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ABC Brings Back Freshman Games for 2021-2022
Idol, Shark Tank ALSO Returning; Match Game, Millionaire & Pooch Perfect TBA
From various sources

American Idol will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2022 — and also air its 20th season then.

ABC has renewed Idol for the 2021-22 season, along with long-running unscripted series America’s Funniest Home Videos (season 32) and Shark Tank (season 13) 2020-21 newcomers Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Supermarket Sweep, both of which are getting second seasons. American Idol will air its fifth season on ABC and 20th overall (the first 15 ran on Fox).

The five shows join the previously renewed Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelorette and Holey Moley as part of ABC’s 2021-22 unscripted slate.

As has been the case several times during Idol‘s tenure on ABC, host Ryan Seacrest and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie aren’t yet signed for next season. In the past two years new deals have closed shortly before taping on the following season begins. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter all four are expected to return.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, hosted by Pat Sajak & Vanna White, ABC’s star-studded spin on the iconic game show, ranked as the No. 1 program in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour in Total Viewers during its nine-week run earlier this year. The show is executive produced by three-time Daytime Award winner and 17-time nominee Mike Richards. It’s produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. Wheel of Fortune is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

Hosted and executive produced by SNL‘s Leslie Jones, Supermarket Sweep follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. Produced by Fremantle, Jennifer Mullin is also executive producer. The original format aired on ABC from 1965 to 1967 and on various outlets from 1990 to 2003 and went on to become a global sensation. It was adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the UK.

Missing from the list of renewals are The Bachelor, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Match Game and freshman Pooch Perfect. According to sources, ABC is prioritizing pickups for series that will air this summer and fall, and all of the four shows above are for midseason 2022 consideration.

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posted 5/13/2021


NBCUniversal

Steve Kornacki: Pundit, Analyst... Game Show Host?
MSNBC Correspondent to Join NBC Sports, Develop Game Show
From Deadline

NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki, the data guru who became one of the breakout stars of election night coverage last year, will develop a game show for NBCUniversal’s television and streaming group, and will officially join NBC Sports with plans for appearances during Olympics coverage and Super Bowl LVI.

The game show, which he will host, will showcase his interests in statistics, sports and politics, but details of the show have not yet been announced.

The expanded scope for Kornacki is part of a new deal with the network, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported on the new gigs.

Kornacki already has appeared on NBC football coverage and the Kentucky Derby, and he’s lately been sizing up the Preakness. He’ll join the sports team in Japan this summer for coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, and then next year for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics coverage. He’ll also contribute to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and will contribute to the NBC Regional Sports Networks.

Cesar Conde, chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, said in a statement, “Steve brings so much passion and genuine enthusiasm to his work, on top of his encyclopedic knowledge base, that it’s just impossible as a viewer not to share his interest and excitement.”

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posted 5/13/2021

Big Brother, Love Island Together Again for the First Time
CBS Summer Schedule Launches July 7
From TV Line

The Big Brother house and Love Island are both about to get some new residents: CBS has set a Wednesday, July 7 return date for both of its summertime reality staples, TVLine has reported.

Big Brother will kick off the night at 8/7c with its live, 90-minute Season 23 premiere, followed by the 90-minute premiere of Love Island‘s third season at 9:30 pm.

On the heels of its second All-Stars season last summer, Big Brother will cast all-new houseguests for Season 23, which has a Big Risks and Big Rewards theme. “Houseguests are in for a high-stakes summer… where one wrong gamble could cost them everything,” the logline teases. Beginning Sunday, July 11, the series will resume its usual three-nights-a-week schedule, with episodes airing on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm.

Love Island, meanwhile, will head to the Hawaiian Islands for Season 3, bringing back the Casa Amor temptation, as well as “new games and challenges that test and strengthen the couples’ relationships.” And not to be outdone by Big Brother‘s schedule, Love Island will air five nights a week, with new episodes rolling out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9 pm after its first week.

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Deadline

posted 5/13/2021

Caleb Kennedy Leaving "American Idol"
Offensive Photo Featuring Top 5 Contestant Surfaces
From Deadline

American Idol finalist Caleb Kennedy has been cut from Season 19, after a racially insensitive video surfaced online, in which he’s seated opposite someone who appears to be wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood.

The 16-year-old crooner took to Instagram on Wednesday to break the news to his fans. “Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol,” he wrote. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

Prior to his elimination, Kennedy had made it into the Top 5 on Idol. The finalists he was competing with on the latest season of the singing competition show included Casey Bishop, Grace Kinstler, Chayce Beckham and Willie Spence.

Kennedy’s isn’t the first controversy to emerge from the show’s 19th season, though. In April, contestant Cecil Ray Baker was arrested for ‘burglary of habitation,’ and was also accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

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posted 5/13/2021

Food Network Serves Up "Grill of Victory"
Sabin Lomac to Host
From the Futon Critic

For some backyard grilling is a lifestyle. On the new Food Network competition series Grill of Victory, hardcore home cooks with a passion for barbeque go head-to-head to prove their talents for the chance to win the ultimate backyard kitchen of their dreams. In each of the six hour-long episodes, beginning on Monday, June 21st at 10pm, host and judge Sabin Lomac tasks three meat masters to battle it out in three fierce rounds of grilling challenges.

A rotating panel of judges including, Susie Bulloch, Darnell Ferguson, Tregaye Fraser, and Christian Petroni will help determine who grilled their way to the top to win a brand new custom outdoor kitchen designed by Cristy Lee. The pressure is on to win Grill of Victory!

"The high energy of the competition is thrilling to watch as the competitors face rounds of grueling grilling challenges," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Their passion for grilling, combined with their knowledge and skills is truly impressive and will inspire audiences to get creative with their own backyard barbecues."

In each episode, the amateur chefs are challenged in three rounds to show the judges they can take the heat of the competition and that they have chops on the grill. From a full day of meals, including, breakfast, lunch and dinner, to Italian classics and on-the-go meals, everything must be made on the grill. On the premiere, the backyard grillers must keep the judges' mouths watering in every round. First, they are tested to create their own versions of Southern chicken. Then, in round two they must make a delicious coastal seafood dish. In the final round, the stakes are high as the competitors put their spin on the traditional surf and turf. The one with the most inspired dishes will grill their way to the thrill of winning a brand-new, custom-built backyard kitchen.

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/GrillOfVictory to get to know Sabin Lomac and the judges, and to find out what their favorite dishes are, as well as learn some of their best grilling tips. Also, follow along with the competition on social media using #GrillOfVictory.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/13/2021

Peacock Greenlights Making It, Top Chef Spinoffs
On Deck: Baking It, Top Chef Family Style, ANW Junior Moving
From Deadline

Peacock is preparing a slew of spinoffs of hit non-scripted NBCU series. The streamer has ordered spinoffs of Top Chef and Below Deck as well as Baking It, from Amy Poehler and the team behind Making It, and is becoming the home of American Ninja Warrior Junior, which was previously at Universal Kids.

This comes after Jenny Groom, EVP, Unscripted at NBCUniversal, told Deadline that it was looking to order a number of spinoffs of NBC unscripted series for Peacock in our recent State of the Non-Scripted Business feature.

Amy Poehler’s DIY competition series Making It is getting an appropriately titled cake-based spinoff Baking It. Peacock has ordered six episodes of the show from Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. Poehler, Nicolle Yaron, Pip Wells, Kate Arend and Dave Becky serve as executive producers. The holiday event series sees teams of two talented home bakers compete with their most delectable savory and sweet edible creations for a cash prize with judges including three opinionated real-life grandmas, who happen to be fantastic bakers themselves. The streamer has not revealed the hosts of the show but said Parks & Recreation star Poehler would hand the hosting reigns over to “two celebrity friends”.

Top Chef Family Style is a spinoff of the Bravo reality series. It will be hosted by Meghan Trainor, who recently signed a cross-platform overall deal with NBCU with James Beard Award winner and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson as head judge. The family culinary competition will feature talented young chefs who will each team up with an adult family member partner to compete for a chance to be crowned champions. It is produced by Magical Elves with Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon, Hillary Olsen and showrunner Claire Kosloff serving as executive producers.

Finally, American Ninja Warrior Junior is moving from Universal Kids to Peacock. The kids spinoff of the competition series has been handed a three season order with 15 episodes ordered. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila will return as hosts, alongside sideline reporter Victoria Arlen. It is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton and Jackson Nguyen serving as executive producers. Sharalynn Cornwall serves as co-executive producer.

Deadline

posted 5/13/2021


Nickelodeon

CW Unearths "The Hidden Temple"
Adult Version of Kids Classic Ordered
From The Futon Critic

The CW Network has ordered a new, reimagined edition of the iconic Nickelodeon adventure series LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, further expanding the network's alternative programming slate. The series' premiere date and time will be announced later.

This supersized, adult version of LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE preserves many of the original Nickelodeon series' favorite elements, including "Olmec" - the giant talking Mayan head - the "Moat Crossings," "The Steps of Knowledge," the "Temple Run," and of course, the iconic team names: "Purple Parrots," "Blue Barracudas," "Orange Iguanas," "Red Jaguars," "Silver Snakes" and "Green Monkeys." Only this time, the entire show is taken out of the studio into a "jungle" and scaled up with tougher challenges and much bigger prizes on the line.

Every episode is a hero's journey through a mysterious jungle. Five teams begin the journey, but only one is "strong enough and smart enough" to enter the ominous Olmec's Temple, avoid the "dreaded" Temple Guards, retrieve a lost treasure, and return it to its rightful owner.

LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, the cherished '90s Nickelodeon competition show, originally aired from 1993-1995, with repeats airing continuously for nearly thirty years. LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE holds a special place in millennial hearts -- inspiring a movie, mobile games, a board game, and one of the most popular Halloween costumes every year. The award-winning series was inspired by the seminal Nintendo game "The Legend of Zelda" and the "Indiana Jones" movie franchise.

Based on the original game show created by David G. Stanley, Scott A. Stone and Stephen R. Brown, LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment and Nickelodeon. The series is executive produced by Scott A. Stone and Marcus Fox ("Paradise Run").

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posted 5/13/2021

WEDNESDAY: Quiet as a Fox
"Masked Singer", "Kids Say" Winners
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Kids Say the Darndest Things this Wednesday drew 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, ticking down from last week’s Season 2 premiere.

Leading out of that, on-the-bubble SEAL Team dipped to an audience low (3.4 mil) while posting its fourth straight 0.4 rating. The already-renewed S.W.A.T. (2.8 mil/0.3) also dipped.

Elsewhere:

ABC | Bubble drama Million Little Things slipped to an audience low (1.95 mil) while steady in the demo (with a 0.3); read recap. On the sitcom front, everybody was steady Eddie!

FOX | The Masked Singer (4.4 mil/1.0, read recap) dipped to season lows but still led Wednesday in the demo. Game of Talents (2.2 mil/0.5) was steady.

NBC | Chicago Med (6.8 mil/0.9) was steady in the demo, while Fire (6.9 mil/0.9) and P.D. (5.8 mil/0.8) each dipped.

THE CW | Kung Fu (970K/0.1) and Nancy Drew (470K/0.1) both added eyeballs while steady in the demo.

Cable numbers for Wednesday are forthcoming.

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posted 5/13/2021

TUESDAY: This Is a Split
CBS, NBC Divide the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s This Is Us returned from a month-long break to 4.9 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, holding steady to lead Tuesday in the demo.

Bookending the family drama, The Voice (5.5 mil/0.6) was on par with Monday’s season lows and New Amsterdam (3.2 mil/0.4) was steady.

Elsewhere:

CBS | NCIS (8.6 mil/0.6) and FBI (7.4 mil/0.6) both slipped two tenths in the demo, though the former easily commanded Tuesday’s largest audience. FBI: Most Wanted (5.7 mil/0.5) was steady.

FOX | The Resident (2.9 mil/0.5) and the recently cancelled Prodigal Son (1.87 mil/0.4) each dropped some eyeballs while steady in the demo.

THE CW | The Flash (767K/0.2) rebounded from last week’s audience low, while Supergirl (472K/0.1) slipped to its own audience low ahead of a three-month (!) break.

ABC | Pooch Perfect (1.8 mil/0.3) and black-ish (1.6 mil/0.3) both dipped in the demo, while mixed-ish (1.5 mil/0.3) and Big Sky (2.6 mil/0.4) were steady.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 765k/0.23 .

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/2021

Juegos en Espanol
Sony Canal Competencias Arrives on Xumo
From Cord Cutters News

Xumo is expanding its game show offerings with two new free channels.

The new channels are ‘Game Show Central,’ Game Show Network’s own digital ad-supported network, and Sony Pictures Television’s ‘Sony Canal Competencias,’ a free, ad-supported TV destination for Spanish-speaking viewers in the U.S. Game Show Central is a channel of engaging and fun game show content with something for everyone.

From classic trivia to word puzzles, physical games and outrageous competitions, Game Show Central offers round-the-clock, beat-the-clock entertainment showcasing the vast library of past Game Show Network hits, including “Winsanity,” “Idiotest” and “Baggage,” to name a few.

Dedicated to friendly reality competitions and fun game shows, Sony Canal Competencias, which targets the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic audience, features programming designed to challenge contestants’ knowledge and skills. The channel debuts with “Escape Perfecto,” the Mexican adaptation of the hit SPT format “Raid the Cage.” On the fast-paced show produced by SPT International Production, pairs complete trivia and physical challenges to haul prizes from a gigantic cage before the doors slam shut.

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posted 5/13/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Eighteen and Out Part 2"

  • Ellen DeGeneres calls attacks on her "orchestrated", "misogynistic" (Deadline)

  • The Cluedle-Doo will unmask next week (Gold Derby)

  • Jeopardy! guest hosts ranked... by ratings (Forbes)

  • The CW is making the move... to Saturdays (TV Newscheck)

  • Katie Thurston apologizes for an Instagram post (Us Magazine)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Jenny Ryan is tired of people thinking she's wearing a wig (My London)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Quizness (News LEtter)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Colton Underwood (Variety)

posted 5/13/2021

UPFRONTS: Telemundo
Exatlón Estados Unidos Returns with Two New Series
From Deadline

Telemundo is out with its slate for 2021-22, featuring Season 3 of Queen of the South along with the sophomore run of Hidden Passion and four new or acquired scripted series.

NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language broadcaster also returns the popular Exatlón Estados Unidos and has a pair of new reality shows set.

Joining Exatlón Estados Unidos, which returns for Season 6, the net’s unscripted lineup includes dance competition Let’s Dance and cohabitation series The Celebrity House.

La Casa de los Famosos (The Celebrity House; working title) Telemundo reimagines the popular reality format, featuring a group of celebrities living together under constant video surveillance, totally isolated from the outside world. It’s the good, the bad, and the ugly as these glittering contestants compete for weekly awards and one grand prize of $200,000. And, with an unobstructed view, audiences will get to know a different side of their favorite celebrities they may have not known in this dramatic, provocative, and highly addictive show.

Así Se Baila (Let’s Dance; working title)
Telemundo’s bold remix on the popular dance competition genre, takes the stage with its singular beat. Featuring 10 celebrity contestants who put their best feet forward, this high-drama dance show pairs them with a loved one in a unique test of dance skills and family relationships captured under bright lights. Each week, teams comprised of couples, siblings, best friends, and mother-and-son duos take center stage in a dancing challenge unlike any other to win immunity against elimination and remain in the competition for another round. With their talents and intimate relationships on display, a panel of expert judges decides which winning couple declares: así se baila! (That’s how you dance!).

Exatlón Estados Unidos
The No. 1 family-friendly sports reality competition on Hispanic TV for four years in a row, returns to Telemundo for its sixth adrenaline-packed season featuring Hispanic contestants from across the country. In this new season, participants of the Famous Team and the Contenders Team tackle challenging new circuits and exhilarating nighttime obstacle courses expertly designed to test their combined physical and mental skills. Often grueling, the teams must endure extreme living conditions and absolute isolation from their daily lives, all in a fast and furious bid to win a grand prize of $1 million dollars and the coveted title of champion.


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posted 5/12/2021

The UK Back Open for Business
HIGNFY to Shoot with an Audience
From Deadline

UK studio comedy and entertainment shows are preparing to throw open their doors to live audiences from next week, as the British government relaxes social restrictions amid an easing of the coronavirus crisis.

From May 17, there won’t just be bums on seats in cinema screening rooms and theatres — some of the UK’s biggest television studios will once again welcome members of the public, meaning comedians and performers can get back to what they do best: Playing to a crowd.

Audiences briefly trickled back into television recordings last fall, but as Covid-19 cases rocketed, doors have been shut for months, and shows have largely recorded in front of virtual gatherings or scrapped audiences completely.

There is hope among producers that the latest unlocking will be more sustainable after the UK’s successful vaccination rollout.

Some shows are planning to open at full capacity from June 21, when there should be a dramatic relaxing of social distancing rules. Starting from next week, the BBC’s iconic topical panel show Have I Got News For You and ITV’s decade-old chat show, The Jonathan Ross Show, will be among the first to bring back audiences.

Jimmy Mulville, founder of Have I Got News For You producer Hat Trick Productions, said the show will be filmed in front of 100 to 200 people at London’s 400-seater Riverside Studios next Thursday. Another 60 to 80 people will also watch the recording live from a cinema at the Riverside facility.

Deadline

posted 5/12/2021

"Feud" Returns to South Africa
Steve Harvey Hosts Season 2
From IOL

Steve Harvey took a chance when he brought his widely popular game show “Family Feud” to South African shores, but it seems to have paid off as the second season makes its way to e.tv.

“Family Feud SA” started on Sunday, May 9, and will run until October 31 on the free to air channel at 6pm.

The game show sees two families compete to name the most popular responses to win cash and prizes. The questions in the game show are from answers received from a survey of 100 South Africans. The family scoring the most points walks off with the money and goes through to the next round.

“Hollywood told me that it can’t be done, so the highlight for me was proving them wrong. I did something that they said can’t be done.

“The quality of TV here is so good, the experience of filming was incredible and the crew were top notch,” said Harvey.

The show’s hugely successful first season, which launched during the national lockdown in 2020 and attracted more than 2.2 million viewers, led to Harvey filming season 2.

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posted 5/12/2021

Down with the Quizness
Tom Allen's New Show Bows on Channel 4 Friday
From Radio Times

Tom Allen’s new game show Quizness starts on Friday 14th May at 8pm on Channel 4. The five-part series will air every week on Fridays from then on.

Tom Allen’s Quizness puts contestants’ general knowledge to the test as they harness their trivia skills for the chance to win £25,000 – but there’s a twist.

The more questions the competitors are able to answer, the dafter they must make themselves look to prove it. Whether it’s substituting nonsense words for correct answers or giving the most ridiculous response to a normal question, these quizzing hopefuls will need to get silly if they want to secure the prize pot.

Other rounds include a quick-fire segment, in which nearly every question has the same answer, and a multiple choice round, which tests the contestants’ speed of thought when having to answer a different question to the one they were actually asked.

Speaking about the show in a statement, host Tom Allen says, “I’m so excited to be doing this quiz show. I grew up loving Larry Grayson and Bruce Forsyth and I love a show that tests the players’ abilities and their ability to answer a complicated question.

“I think audiences will love how this show challenges people’s knowledge to be bright and then translate their answers in a bizarre way for the sake of the game. I mean it’s hilarious and so much fun. The whole family will love it!”

Radio Times

posted 5/12/2021

Ringing in Mongolia
"5 Gold Rings" Sold in Asia
From ITV Press Centre

ITV Studios’ hit game show 5 Gold Rings has been commissioned by Central Television in Mongolia. The highly engaging and interactive game show has already dominated various broadcast schedules across the globe and has now conquered its 11th territory.

Central Television confirmed the acquisition of two seasons. The first season, consisting of 26 episodes, will launch later this year on Central TV.

Mr. Ankhbayar Ganbold, CEO at CENTRAL Television, says “We are truly delighted about the fact that we are localizing and broadcasting “5 Golds Rings”, one of the greatest cognitive TV shows on earth. We are confident that a localized version of “5 Gold Rings” can play an essential role in educating and entertaining the audience here.”

5 Gold Rings is an iconic game show, co-created by John de Mol and Possessed, part of ITV Studios, in which every pixel counts. Contestants answer questions by placing gold rings onto an animated picture, displayed on a huge LED floor. The prize money per level gets higher…whereas the rings get smaller! Viewers can play along at home, by using the app that is available for the show.

ITV Press Centre

posted 5/12/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
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posted 5/12/2021


Los Angeles Times
NORMAN LLOYD: 1914-2021
"St. Elsewhere" Actor Appeared on MGHSH\
From Variety

Actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, best known for his title role in Hitchcock’s “Saboteur” and as Dr. Daniel Auschlander on NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” and famously associated with Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 106.

His friend, producer Dean Hargrove, confirmed his death and said “His third act was really the best time of his life,” referring to the many historical Hollywood retrospectives and events Lloyd had participated in over the past few decades. Lloyd often said his secret to his long and mostly illness-free life was “avoiding disagreeable people,” Hargrove recounted.

Lloyd was hand-picked by Alfred Hitchcock to play the title character and villain in 1942’s “Saboteur,” and it was his character who tumbled to his death from the top of the Statue of Liberty in the pic’s iconic conclusion.

But the hard-working multihyphenate gained his highest profile only in his late 60s and 70s when he appeared as the wise physician Dr. Auschlander on NBC’s prestige medical drama “St. Elsewhere” from 1982-88. During this run, he made his sole game show appearance during St. Elsewhere Week on "The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour" on NBC.

Lloyd began his eight-decade showbiz career in theater, appearing first with Eva Le Galienne’s Civic Repertory Theater, then joining the original company of the Orson Welles-John Houseman Mercury Theater. In addition to Welles and Houseman, the Mercury players included actors such as Joseph Cotten, Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.

Late in his career, he made guest appearances on TV shows “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Wings” and “The Practice.” He was a regular on the show “Seven Days” and appeared in an episode of ABC’s “Modern Family” in 2010.

Born Nov. 8, 2014 in Jersey City, N.J., Lloyd graduated from NYU.

A 2007 documentary about his life, “Who Is Norman Lloyd?,” directed by Matthew Sussman, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

He remained a busy performer to the end, appearing on film panels, at festivals, in student films, and in his own one-man show at the Colony Theatre in Burbank in 2010. Lloyd’s autobiography, “Stages,” was published in 1993. The actor was interviewed by Leonard Maltin before a screening of “The Lady Vanishes” at the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2013.

His wife, Peggy Craven Lloyd, a Broadway actress to whom he was married for 75 years, died in 2011. She was 98.

He is survived by two children.

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posted 5/11/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 30
Results for the Week Ending May 2
From TV News Check

In its 25th and final first-run season, daytime juggernaut Judge Judy jumped 19% to a six-week high 5.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and out-rated most access shows including watercooler favorite Jeopardy in the session ending May 2.

Jeopardy, with guest host Anderson Cooper for a second week, slipped 6% to a 4.8, landing in a tie with Wheel of Fortune, which also fell 6% to a 4.8.

Family Feud led the games — and all of syndication — with an unchanged 5.5.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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) 5.5 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.8 -6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 -6%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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posted 5/11/2021

MONDAY: Going Live...
Fox Wins with 9-1-1
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) stayed on top on Monday with originals from "9-1-1" (5.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (4.686 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

The silver went to NBC (4.699 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with fresh installments of "The Voice" (5.800 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Debris" (2.498 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.410 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "The Neighborhood" (4.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.761 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "All Rise" (3.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (4.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up "The Wonderful World of Disney: Finding Dory" (1.928 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) alongside a new "The Good Doctor" (3.748 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for a repeat "All American" (0.324 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and a new "Black Lightning" (0.312 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) to round out the evening.

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Best Baker in America (SP/Food): 834k/0.15
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 582k/0.11
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 537k/0.04
- Race to the Center of the Earth (SF/NatGeo): 202k/0.03


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/11/2021

WEEKEND: American Kunoichi
CBS, ABC Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.537 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) held onto the demo crown on Sunday with its trio of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "American Idol" (5.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and "The Rookie" (3.777 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

CBS (6.134 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.245 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Equalizer" (6.936 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.891 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was NBC (1.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its lineup of "The American Ninja Warrior Women's Championship" (1.863 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.258 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Good Girls" (1.362 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.919 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up a repeat "The Simpsons" (0.573 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) alongside new episodes of "Bless the Harts" (0.659 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "The Simpsons" (1.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "The Great North" (0.815 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (1.083 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Family Guy" (1.306 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.502 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Batwoman" (0.385 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) on The CW (0.444 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst (Food): 801k/0.17
- Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes (Food): 530k/0.12

FOX (2.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was back on top in demos on Friday thanks to "WWE SmackDown" (2.157 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

CBS (4.479 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) claimed top viewership honors with a rebroadcast of "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) followed by the season finale of "Magnum P.I." (4.778 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a new "Blue Bloods" (5.667 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.117 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with originals from "Shark Tank" (3.454 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and "20/20" (2.949 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) alongside NBC (2.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with fresh installments of "The Blacklist" (3.100 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.728 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

And finally, The CW (0.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the night with the relocated "Charmed" (0.416 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9) and the season premiere of "Dynasty" (0.294 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.0, #10).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/11/20210

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "John Cena Turns Heel"

posted 5/11/2021

More on "You Bet Your Life"
Casting Continues for Fall Release
From WTAJ Altoona

Jay Leno is being reunited with his longtime band leader Kevin Eubanks as they host a remake of the game show “You Bet Your Life!”

The show will takes complete strangers and pair them up to compete in a trivia game to win cash prizes.

Leno says it’s a show the country needs right now. He says, “I’m tired of things that just divide people.” He continued, “We just want to see faces from all over the country, people from different walks of life, people who don’t all have the same point of view. Because, that’s what the whole country is about. Everybody thinks differently. Let’s celebrate that.”

Leno says the show will have some of the elements people loved from this run on “The Tonight Show” and stay away from the controversial which he attributes the show’s long success to. That includes a monologue and taking submissions from viewers like he did with his “Headlines” segment.

What’s unique about the show is that you don’t have to live in New York or Los Angeles to be a contestant. They will be flying in qualified applicants from all over the U.S. to participate. All you have to do is apply on their website and you could be flown to L.A. to play!

WTAJ Altoona
Televisual
Chortle

Beyond the Joke

posted 5/10/2021

Comedy Central UK Goes All-In on Panels
Three New Panel Quizzes Greenlit
From C21 MEdia

ViacomCBS-owned channel Comedy Central in the UK has commissioned three unscripted shows to debut this year.

Yesterday, Today & the Day Before (6×60’), produced by Rumpus Media, sees a female-led panel of comedians offer a fresh take on all that has happened in the world, poring over news, pop culture and funny anecdotes. Rumpus Media founder Emily Hudd exec produces.

From NBCUniversal International Studios label Monkey comes The Complaints Department, a 6×60’ panel show in which two teams of comics are presented with the finest complaints, whines and protests from the public in the UK and beyond.

Also from Monkey, Fact Off (working title) is a 6×60’ quizshow in which four comedians, armed with the most impressive facts and fascinating trivia they know, try to outsmart one another.

Monkey founder Will Macdonald exec produces The Complaints Department and Fact Off with Toby Brack. Sebastian Cardwell, deputy director of programmes at ViacomCBS Networks UK, said: “These three new rich and varied formats with top-tier comedic talent at the heart are guaranteed to keep our audiences laughing.”

C21 Media
Televisual
Chortle

Beyond the Joke

posted 5/10/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Where Were You When the Globes Stopped Spinning"

  • Golden Globes, amidst blowback for half-assing reform, cancelled by NBC (TV Line)

  • Kenny Mayne leaving ESPN after 27 years (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen leads the charge in funneling ad dollars to Black-owned media (Deadline)

  • WinQuik host Pooch Hall signs with Zero Gravity Management (Deadline)

  • Alan Carr in epic trouble. Again (The Irish Post)

posted 5/10/2021


The Independent
TAWNY KITAEN: 1951-2021
Video Vixen Started on "To Tell the Truth"
From Newser

She started out in the world of TV game shows before becoming one of the most well-known faces of the '80s, appearing in Whitesnake music videos and the 1984 film Bachelor Party. Now, a goodbye to Julie "Tawny" Kitaen, who died Friday at the age of 59 in Newport Beach, Calif., reports TMZ. The Orange County Coroner's Office has not yet said the cause of death, per Variety.

Kitaen, a native of San Diego, started her career on the '70s game show revival To Tell the Truth, then saw her big-screen breakthrough opposite Tom Hanks in Bachelor Party. Kitaen also became an '80s "music video vixen," per Page Six, appearing in the Whitesnake videos for "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love," among others. She ended up marrying Whitesnake's lead singer, David Coverdale, in 1989, though they divorced two years later. She married MLB pitcher Chuck Finley in 1997, and they, too, divorced, in 2002 after a five-year marriage, following Finley's accusations against Kitaen of domestic violence. She was also known to struggle with substance abuse and had a few run-ins with the law, including a drug possession charge in 2006 and one for DUI in 2009. "Just woke up to some very sad, unexpected news," Coverdale tweeted Saturday morning. "If it is true, my sincere condolences to her children, her family, friends & fans." Kitaen is survived by her two daughters with Finley, 28-year-old Wynter and 22-year-old Raine.

Newser
AmoMama
TMZ

posted 5/9/2021

A New Host Soon?
That's What Mike Richards Says, At Least
From Esquire

The new permanent host of Jeopardy! will have some big shoes to fill. In November 2020, the death of longtime host Alex Trebek stunned the popular game show’s legions of fans, kicking off an unusual season of television. A revolving door of celebrities and television personalities have put in short-term stints behind the Jeopardy! lectern, but as season 37 winds down, speculation abounds as to who will take over for the long haul. Fans may not have to wait for answers much longer, as Jeopardy! producers have signaled that news about the permanent host is coming soon.

Executive producer and showrunner Mike Richards shared that a casting decision will be made before the next season begins taping in late July or early August. He also detailed the reasons behind the slow hiring process, saying, “We started talking about it internally, that to name someone right away would be very hard for us, because we were still reeling from the loss [of Alex Trebek]. [For] the Jeopardy! family — which is the fans, the country, the staff — that if on Friday it’s Alex’s last show, and then Monday it’s a new person’s show, that would probably be unfair to the person stepping in to do it.”

As they seek out the permanent host, Richards and his fellow producers are scrutinizing the show’s viewership numbers, while also bringing in focus groups and paying close attention to social media. “You want to make an informed decision,” Richards said. “We want to go at this with real analytics and real testing and not just go, ‘Hey, how about this guy?’ which is kind of how a lot of these decisions have been made historically.”

Esquire
Salon
NBC News Today

Screen Rant

posted 5/9/2021

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Return of the... King?"

  • Aaron Rodgers has been named the host of "Jeopardy!"... on "The Conners" (Pro Football Talk)

  • Anne Hegerty enjoying quarantine while waiting to meet Larry Emdur (7 News)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 10 longest-running game shows... IN THE WORLD! (The Things)

posted 5/9/2021


Paramount+/Deadline

NBC Slip Slides Away
Bobby Moynihan, Ron Funches to Host "Ultimate Slip'n Slide" After the Olympics
From The Hollywood Reporter

NBC has found its post-Olympics show. The network has gone straight to series on a 10-episode reality competition game show Ultimate Slip ‘n’ Slide. Hosted by comedians and actors Bobby Moynihan (NBC’s Mr. Mayor) and Ron Funches (The Goldbergs), the series will launch with one episode on Sunday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. PT — immediately after the Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies.

“NBC is proud to be the home of some of the biggest and most outrageous physical competition shows and we’re thrilled to add this larger-than-life version of the classic backyard game to our summer lineup,” said Jenny Groom, the recently installed executive vp unscripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “What better way to celebrate all the gold medals from the Olympic Summer Games than to give everyday people the opportunity to soar down an extraordinary 65-foot-tall slippery yellow slide.”

Described as a “fresh” take on Wham-O’s popular 1960s outdoor game, the series transforms the backyard slide into a real-life water park filled with gigantic slippery rides and the chance to win a big cash prize. Siblings, friends, couples and colleagues will all compete in multiple rounds of the game that includes challenges like Human Bong, Body Bowling, Cornhole and Bocce Fall.

The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
The Wrap

Deadline

The Futon Critic

C21 Media

posted 5/7/2021

A Square Reunion
Stars Past and Present Play for Charity
From the Hollywood Museum

On average 10 million tourists and fans visit a 15-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard every year to visit the Walk of Fame and The Hollywood Museum - Today, it is anything but business as usual for the popular sites, who have turned toward social media to bring Hollywood to the fans at this time.

During the recent and current health crisis, people haven't been able to get out to see the museum, so we are bringing the museum to the people through "The Hollywood Museum Squares," with the help of many celebrities. The proceeds will benefit the museum, which is currently the most recognized venue in the city as the "Official Museum of Hollywood" and the go to for authentic Hollywood and entertainment history.

Hollywood insider, Donelle Dadigan (President/Founder of The Hollywood Museum; Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Chair of the Hollywood Historic Trust & member of the CA Film Commission and more), has been called Hollywood's most influential woman and welcomes you to "The Hollywood Museum Squares."

Hosting will be former hosts Tom Bergeron and John Davidson as well as veteran hosts Marc Summers and Pat Finn and head writer Bruce Vilanch. Each show will also feature a prerecorded intro from the Master of the Hollywood Squares Peter Marshall.


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YouTube

Heavy

posted 5/7/2021


Studio Lambert/Netflix

"Circle" Goes Offline... in the UK
Channel 4 Cancels Competition Series
From Radio Times

After three popular seasons of the reality series with a virtual twist, Channel 4 has announced it will not be renewing The Circle, choosing instead to make space for creative new ideas.

In a statement, a Channel 4 spokesperson told RadioTimes.com, “The Circle has been a huge hit for young audiences and has grown successively over three seasons on Channel 4, consistently outperforming slot averages. We’re incredibly proud to have worked with Studio Lambert North and Motion Content Group to invest in such an innovative show and to have given it a springboard for its international format success.

“In much the same way as when we originally commissioned The Circle, Channel 4 has a responsibility to continually look at how we reinvent and create space for new ideas, and so we have decided not to commission the show for a fourth season. We’d like to thank Studio Lambert, Motion and all those involved for The Circle’s huge success over the last three series.”

A spokesperson for Studio Lambert confirmed they are “in talks with Netflix” about the future of the series, saying, “The second season of The Circle US is doing very well on Netflix and we are in talks with Netflix about the future of the show in both America and in the UK.

“We are grateful to Channel 4 for all they did to help launch this innovative and entertaining format.”

Hosted by Emma Willis, the game show sees contestants communicate only via a social media platform. Not meeting face-to-face, they can play as anyone they wish – “anyone can be anyone in The Circle”.

This year also saw the first ever Celebrity Circle for Stand Up to Cancer, with rapper Lady Leshurr winning the series after catfishing as Big Narstie.

The American version of the reality show, The Circle USA, airs on Netflix
.

Radio Times
Manchester EVening News
Business Live

posted 5/7/2021

Steve Wozniak Looking for the Next Unicorn
"Shark Tank" Variant Begins on Prime Video May 10
From MarketWatch

A new streaming-TV series called “Unicorn Hunters” will spotlight up-and-coming growth companies looking to hit the $1 billion “unicorn” valuation.

The series, which has been described as a “Shark Tank”–style show by its creators and will air on a number of streaming services, allows a group of investors to put up money for pre-IPO companies. Those investors include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and TransparentBusiness CEO Alex Konanykhin.

One way “Unicorn Hunters,” set to debut on May 10, is different from the ABC program “Shark Tank” lies in who is allowed to invest. On “Shark Tank,” only the so-called sharks on the show can invest in the featured companies, while on “Unicorn Hunters” viewers can get in on the investing.

“We will provide millions of people a transparent access to select pre-IPO investment opportunities, which in the past were usually only available to venture-capital funds and investment banks,” Konanykhin said in a press release. “The capital raised by the companies featured on the show may reach the nine-figure range, and some of them may deliver high returns on investment.”

In an email to MarketWatch, Konanykhin said audience investments “will be handled through FINRA-licensed broker-dealer companies and, in case of a crowdfunding round, via licensed crowdfunding platforms.”

The show’s website includes a section that allows people to pre-register for “special access” to featured companies.

The emergence of this show comes as the number of investors is spiking. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have gotten into various forms of investing for the first time.

“Unicorn Hunters” can be seen on Amazon Prime Video, LinkedIn Broadcast, Facebook Watch, YouTube, and Vimeo.

MarketWatch

posted 5/7/2021

THURSDAY: TGIT Returns
ABC Splits wth CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was back on top on Thursday with originals from "Station 19" (4.285 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.804 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "Rebel" (3.243 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

NBC (2.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) moved up to second with its lineup of "Manifest" (2.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), a second "Manifest" (2.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.267 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.204 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with fresh installments from "Young Sheldon" (6.364 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "United States of Al" (4.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Mom" (5.154 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3), "B Positive" (4.035 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Clarice" (2.537 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.488 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "Name That Tune" (1.487 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) alongside new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (2.029 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Let's Be Real" (0.950 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.743 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the evening with new episodes of "Walker" (0.975 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Legacies" (0.510 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 906k/0.28
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 855k/0.21

- Wipeout (TBS): 688k/0.20

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/7/2021

WEDNESDAY: Kids Say... Not Much
NBC Wins on Chicago
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Kids Say the Darndest Things made its CBS debut to 3.6 million total viewers and a 0.3 rating, down sharply in the demo (yet steady in audience) versus its Season 1 averages on ABC (3.6 mil/0.6).

Now with a lower-rated lead-in than Tough as Nails, bubble-straddling SEAL Team (3.7 mil/0.4) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo. S.W.A.T. (3.1 mil/0.4) was steady.

Elsewhere:

FOX | The Masked Singer (4.4 mil/1.0) led Wednesday in the demo; Game of Talents (2.3 mil/0.5) dipped.

NBC | Chicago Med (6.8 mil/0.8) dipped, while Fire (7 mil/0.9) and P.D. (5.6 mil/0.9) were steady — with Fire delivering the night’s biggest audience.

THE CW | The newly renewed Kung Fu (970K/0.1) dipped again, while Nancy Drew (480K/0.1) was steady.

ABC | The Goldbergs (2.8 mil/0.5) and Home Economics (2.2 mil/0.4) were steady. Bubble drama A Million Little Things (2.04 mil/0.3) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Forged in Fire (History): 680k/0.14
- The Challenge: Double Agents Reunion (S/MTV): 579k/0.32
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 569k/0.15

TV Line
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/6/2021

Another Dog in the Fight
A&E Renews "America's Top Dog"
From the Futon Critic

A&E Network is celebrating man's best friend this summer with the return of competition series "America's Top Dog" and the premiere of a new series, "An Animal Saved My Life" both from Big Fish Entertainment. Bringing together working dogs, K9s, and "underdogs," two new back-to-back seasons of "America's Top Dog" take the competition to the next level with a new course and more breeds than ever before. New series "An Animal Saved My Life," showcases extraordinary acts of heroism by animals. The two-hour premiere of "America's Top Dog" begins Tuesday, June 29 at 8pm ET/PT. "An Animal Saved My Life" premieres with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, July 6 at 9pm ET/PT.

In each one-hour episode, "America's Top Dog" features furry friends alongside their handlers facing off on a massive canine obstacle course designed to test their speed, agility, teamwork, and trust as they navigate a series of challenges over two rounds of competition. Award-winning veteran studio and sports broadcaster Curt Menefee ("FOX NFL Sunday," "The OT") and actor and comedian David Koechner ("Anchorman," "The Office") serve as hosts and break down the action, while sideline reporter Rachel Bonnetta (FOX Sports, "FOX Bet Live") catches up with the teams down on the course.

Season two introduces a new format with head-to-head match ups, pitting a pup against another competitor in their class across working dogs, police K9s and "underdogs," for an epic battle to prove who is best. The winners of each of the three classes face-off head-to-head to determine who is that week's Top Dog. Each week, the winning team will receive a $10,000 cash prize as well as an additional $5,000 to donate to the animal charity of their choice. In the final week of competition, the winning teams return for the ultimate face off for the title of "America's Top Dog" and an additional $25,000. The competition continues across season three with even more breeds, high-stakes and new rules.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/6/2021

BBQ Brawl to Return, Expand
A New Challenger Enters the Arena June 14
From the Futon Critic

The brawl is back as culinary icons and acclaimed Food Network hosts Bobby Flay and Michael Symon face-off for a rematch on a new season of BBQ Brawl, premiering with a special 90-minute episode, Monday, June 14th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. However, a new twist is in store for Michael and Bobby as they are joined by a third coach who knows a thing or two about grilling, with Food Network's Eddie Jackson ready to take the competition to a whole new level; through 10 episodes, Bobby, Michael and Eddie mentor and coach 12 talented and buzzworthy barbecue stars from around the country for ultimate bragging rights. Set at the famed Star Hill Ranch in Austin, Texas, the competitors are broken into three teams as they are challenged in each episode with two rounds of barbecue battles that test their individual skills along with how well they work together as a team. With the captains inspiring their teams every step of the way, a panel of judges featuring barbecue legend Rodney Scott, famed chef Brooke Williamson, and lifestyle personality Carson Kressley, decide which team was least successful each episode, with the competitor deemed the weakest link eliminated. The captains must do everything in their power to keep their team members in the game - including diving into the action themselves - but in the end, only one chef will win the coveted title of "Master of Cue" and appear across Food Network's digital platforms to become its official BBQ expert for the year, giving tips and tricks to work a grill no matter your skill level.

"Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Eddie Jackson are Food Network stars with experience in culinary competitions at the highest level, but they have their work cut out for them as they mentor these talented competitors through a fast-paced and highly intense BBQ showdown," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The stakes couldn't be higher as the captains guide their teams to the finish line to earn bragging rights over each other."

Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Eddie Jackson get their teams ready as they select their barbecue standouts. Nothing is off limits in hopes of avoiding elimination, with challenges that include the teams exploring the sports side of barbecue, bringing friends and family together around the grill to fire up their team spirit and taste buds. An unexpected twist is in store for the teams in another episode, as fishing comes into play to prove the competitors can handle some delicate seafood just as well as meat. And the competitors put everything on the line heading into the double-episode finale on Monday, August 9th at 9pm ET/PT, with the remaining team members joining forces with their captains to impress the judges and earn a spot to compete in the ultimate barbecue gauntlet - a super-sized all-day competition filled with surprises that will have one captain and competitor celebrating as BBQ champion.

Fans can check out Food Network's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms for exclusive barbecue how-tos with Bobby, Michael and Eddie, and to get the captains' best cookout recipes. Join the conversation all season using #BBQBrawl.

BBQ Brawl is produced by Rock Shrimp Productions.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/6/2021

More on "The Ultimate Surfer"
Jesse Palmer to Host for ABC
From Deadline

Jesse Palmer, the former NFL quarterback who appeared as The Bachelor in season five, is hosting ABC’s reality competition series The Ultimate Surfer.

Palmer, who played for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers and also hosted ABC’s The Proposal, will front the series with the help of sports anchor Erin Coscarelli and the voice of surfing Joe Turpel as commentators. Surf champion Kelly Slater is the lead consultant and also serves as a special correspondent.

The competition series, which is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, was shot at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Kings County, California.

It features top up-and-coming surfers training and battling it out at the surf ranch with men and women competing in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour.

The Ultimate Surfer is exec produced by Craig Piligian, WSL CEO Erik Logan, UFC President Dana White and Faye Stapleton.

The surfers competing for the title of The Ultimate Surfer include:

- Anastasia Ashley – 33, Miami Beach, Fla.
- Kai Barger – 30, Haiku, Hawaii
- Mason Barnes – 26, Venice, Calif.
- Tia Blanco – 23, Oceanside, Calif.
- Austin Clouse – 26, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
- Brianna Cope – 25, Koloa, Hawaii
- Luke Davis – 27, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Kayla Durden – 27, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
- Juli Hernandez – 22, Costa Mesa, Calif.
- Zeke Lau – 26, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Alejandro Moreda – 34, San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Koa Smith – 25, Sunset Beach, Hawaii
- Malia Ward – 22, San Clemente, Calif.
- Bruna Zaun – 30, Redondo Beach, Calif.


The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 5/6/2021

Alone in Canada
Catch It on History June 3
From The Futon Critic

The HISTORY(R) Channel's popular nonfiction survival series "Alone" returns for season eight on Thursday, June 3 at 9:30PM ET/PT. This season, ten contestants fight to survive in the Canadian wilderness on the shores of Chilko Lake, British Columbia - a location with one of the densest grizzly bear populations on earth. Survivalists are dropped off in undisclosed, remote locations and equipped with just ten survival tools, and enough camera gear to self-document their experiences. The survivalist who endures the longest, facing total isolation, punishing weather, and deadly predators, will win the $500,000 grand prize. No camera crews. No gimmicks. "Alone" is the ultimate test of human will.

"'Alone' has always been a hit series for The HISTORY Channel, but this past year it has particularly resonated with audiences now-more-than-ever as we've watched survivalists endure total isolation through their ingenuity and mental willpower," said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for The HISTORY Channel. "This new season will continue to authentically feature the grit of human endurance and challenge viewers to look at the outdoors - and their own backyards - a bit differently."

Season eight of "Alone" sets the stakes higher than ever before in the most dangerous location yet. Survivalists must build their own shelters, forage their own food, and overcome numerous obstacles and dangerous predators in hopes of being the last person standing. Never before have contestants come into such frequent contact with the fierce and territorial grizzly bear, until now.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/6/2021

NCT Is Looking for a Newbie
K-Pop Competition - Yes Another One - Coming from MGM, SM Entertainment
From Deadline

The Korean pop movement that has spawned the likes of BTS and Blackpink is getting another competition series.

MGM and Korea’s SM Entertainment, founded by Soo-Man Lee, are developing a reality series to find the latest member of K-pop band NCT.

The MGM/SM Entertainment untitled series, which is open to young men between the ages of 13-25, will see America’s most talented emerging artists compete against each other to win a coveted spot in the NCT Universe. NCT is currently comprised of 23 members from across the globe, who also make up the sub-groups NCT 127, NCT DREAM, and WayV.

Once chosen, the contestants will be sent to Seoul, South Korea to attend K-Pop bootcamp at the SM Campus. In each episode, they will compete in challenges designed to test their dance skills, vocals and style, and will be judged and mentored by Soo-Man Lee and a variety of current NCT superstars including NCT 127.

Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/6/2021


Amazon Studios

More on "Making the Cut" Season 2
Catch It July 16 on Prime Video
From The Futon Critic

Amazon Original series Making the Cut, hosted and executive produced by fashion's favorite duo Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, will premiere its second season on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, July 16, 2021. The eight-episode fashion competition series, which brings together a diverse group of 10 visionary designers and entrepreneurs, will drop two new episodes each week, culminating in a grand finale with an epic runway show on August 6, 2021.

Filmed in Los Angeles, Season Two showcases 10 designers from five different countries who compete in assignments that challenge not only their design skills but also their ability to run all facets of a fashion brand. Throughout the competition, designers who do not "make the cut" will be eliminated, with the winner crowned during the finale episode receiving the ultimate prize of $1 million to invest in their business, the opportunity to sell a collection in Amazon Fashion's store, and a mentorship with Amazon Fashion.

Judging their looks and business acumen are some of fashion's most exciting and fresh names, global supermodel Winnie Harlow and Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott, plus guest judges, including award-winning fashion designer and activist Prabal Gurung and costume designer and celebrity stylist Shiona Turini. Limited editions of the winning look from each episode will be available for purchase immediately following each episode exclusively in Amazon Fashion's Making the Cut store. After most winning looks from Season One sold out in under two days, Season Two will offer increased availability of winning looks. We encourage customers to shop early so they can watch it and wear it.

The series is executive produced by Sara Rea, Page Feldman, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, and Jennifer Love and is produced by Hello Sunshine and Amazon Studios.

The 10 designers competing for the opportunity of a lifetime are:

- Ally Ferguson (Los Angeles, California)
- Andrea Pitter (Brooklyn, New York)
- Andrea Salazar (Medellín, Colombia)
- Dushyant Asthana (Jaipur, India)
- Gary Graham (Franklin, New York)
- Joshua Scacheri (London, England)
- Lendrell Martin (South Orange, New Jersey)
- Lucie Brochard (Paris, France)
- Olivia Oblanc (New Orleans, Louisiana)
- Raf Swiader (Sosnowiec, Poland)


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Deadline

REality Blurred

posted 5/6/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Case of the Ex"

  • Matt James: "It's unfair to leave people". THAT's why he's back with Rachel. (USA Today)

  • #ICYMI: The Circle players (re)unite (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the best queens of RuPaul's Drag Race (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 5/6/2021

David Mitchell Gets a Peep at a Game SHow
Half of Mitchell & Webb to Host "Outsiders"
From MSN

David Mitchell, known as much for his famous rants on Would I Lie to You? as he is for Peep Show, is fronting a new game show that's been announced as part of a line-up of brand new originals for Dave.

David Mitchell standing in front of a stage: Peep Show's David Mitchell to front new game show Outsiders with Taskmaster favorites, as Dave has announced a host of brand new series.

Outsiders will be a series of six hour-long episodes that feature three pairs of comedians trying to survive in the great outdoors. Ed Gamble, Jamali Maddix, Jessica Knappett, Kerry Godliman, Lou Sanders and Toussaint Douglass will be the comics taking part, and you'll recognise all bar the latter from appearing on Taskmaster over the years.

Another series that we're excited to see is Question Team, hosted by Richard Ayoade. Three comedians will take part in each hour-long episode and they themselves will be setting the questions, which sounds like it could be very chaotic.

Radio Times
MSN

posted 5/5/2021

TUESDAY: Eye Works
CBS Wins Night
From TV Line

CBS (7.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) claimed top honors on Tuesday thanks to its trio of "NCIS" (9.262 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1), "FBI" (7.853 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (5.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

FOX (2.651 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver with its duo of "The Resident" (3.269 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Prodigal Son" (2.033 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.233 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the season finale of "Young Rock" (2.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) followed by repeats of "Young Rock" (1.686 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "This Is Us" (1.797 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a new "New Amsterdam" (2.878 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.025 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Pooch Perfect" (2.231 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) alongside repeats of "Black-ish" (1.389 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Mixed-ish" (1.295 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) as well as a new "Big Sky" (2.503 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (0.761 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Supergirl" (0.617 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 792k/0.19
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 540k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 277k/0.14

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/5/2021

K-Pop from Latin America?
HBO Max Wants to Play
From Deadline

K-pop is fast becoming a global musical force with the success of BTS and Blackpink.

HBO Max is looking to take advantage of this with a new series designed to find a new K-pop phenomenon. The twist? The streamer is looking for the band to come out of Latin America.

The WarnerMedia-backed streamer is developing the untitled competition series with Korean media firm CJ ENM, the company behind Fox’s I Can See Your Voice, and Endemol Shine Boomdog, the Spanish-language arm of Endemol Shine North America, which produces series including MasterChef Mexico and Univision’s Mira Quien Baila.

Deadline

posted 5/5/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Plinko de Mayo"

  • Alan Carr gets OFCOM complaints for... doing the right thing. (Metro)

  • Who should host Jeopardy!? Let's look at the candidates again... (New York Times)

  • After 35 years at the helm of Wheel and Jeopardy!, John Lauderdale is calling it a career (Instagram)

posted 5/5/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 25
From TV News Check

Coverage of concluding arguments and the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial dealt daytime syndication a blow as it preempted the primary runs of many popular shows cleared on network affiliates in the session ending April 25.

Elsewhere, Family Feud gained 4% to a 5.5 and flew into first place among the game shows and all of syndication. Jeopardy, with guest host Anderson Cooper, sank 7% to a 5.1 and landed in a tie with Wheel of Fortune, which fell 4%. Jeopardy had been the syndie leader for the past two weeks with iconic quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the podium.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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) 5.5 +4%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 -7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.1 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


PopCulture
TV Newscheck
The Wrap
NextTV

posted 5/4/2021

MONDAY: 10 Years And Just The Beginning
Fox Wins with 9-1-1
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.438 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the victor on Monday thanks to fresh installments of "9-1-1" (5.777 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

NBC (4.735 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver with originals from "The Voice" (5.816 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Debris" (2.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (5.064 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.631 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), "All Rise" (3.556 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (5.282 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) opted for "The Wonderful World of Disney: Incredibles 2" (2.190 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a repeat "Home Economics" (1.207 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

And finally, a repeat "All American" (0.312 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and a new "Black Lightning" (0.344 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.328 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Best Baker in America (SP/Food): 878k/0.18
- Chopped Sweets (SP/Food): 636k/0.16
- Race to the Center of the Earth (NatGeo): 229k/0.05


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/4/2021

WEEKEND: A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
CBS, ABC TIe Demo; Eye Takes Sunday Outright
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Equalizer" (6.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.477 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.749 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

ABC (4.732 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its trio of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.560 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "American Idol" (5.259 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "The Rookie" (3.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was NBC (1.477 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.527 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) alongside originals from "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.774 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.242 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Good Girls" (1.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.757 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up its lineup of "The Simpsons" (0.593 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), a new "Bless the Harts" (0.579 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.767 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Great North" (0.607 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (0.925 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, the return of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.456 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and the relocated "Batwoman" (0.381 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) rounded out the night for The CW (0.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst (Food): 779k/0.15
- Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes (Food): 544k/0.11

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Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/4/2021

Open for Business?
CDC Issues Recommendations, LA County Readies
From Deadline

Los Angeles County officially qualified for the least-restrictive Yellow tier in the state’s Covid-19 reopening blueprint today. San Francisco and tiny Trinity County advanced from the Orange tier into Yellow. That’s about 11 million California residents who will be able to move more freely. It’s also remarkable, given that L.A. and S.F. are among the most densely-populated counties in the state and were once among its most infected regions.

Los Angeles is the only Southern California county to advance to the yellow tier. The rest of the region will remain in the Orange tier — sad news for Disneyland fans. But Orange County’s Covid-related hospitalizations fell out of triple digits for the first time in months on Monday, while the county also reported just 55 new infections and did not log any new fatalities.

What this means for TV and film productions, which would seem to fall in between those two examples, remains to be seen. The guidance says that Americans are safe to attend small, outdoor gatherings with fully-vaccinated family and friends without a mask. Assuming most workers on a film and TV set are vaccinated and the production is using the zone model, this would seem to open the way to maskless outdoor shoots and maybe even small crowd scenes.

However, the CDC does warn that risk increases, even for the fully vaccinated, during “activities that involve behaviors such as singing, shouting, physical exertion or heavy breathing, inability to wear a mask, or inability to maintain physical distancing.”

Deadline
Deadline

Deadline

posted 5/4/2021

Get Lucky in NZ
Maori TV to Premiere "Lucky Dip"
From Scoop

Māori Television’s new fun-filled family game show, LUCKY DIP – where contestants are given an opportunity to swap their prizes in a random draw – premieres on Māori Television on Thursday 13 May at 7.30 PM.

Charismatic entertainer Luke Bird hosts the hilarious heartland half-hour show which combines local knowledge-based and Māori language quiz questions with physical games and challenges.

“If I had to describe LUCKY DIP, think ‘It’s in the Bag’ meets ‘Sidewalk Karaoke’ and you’re getting close,” says Bird. “There’s a whole lot of energy to this show that promises to get people off their seats and competing for the goodies in a way that will leave viewers at home in tears of laughter.”

Contestants draw a LUCKY DIP cube from a machine; the cube could contain a booby prize or cash ranging from $50 to $2,000 but they will not know until they correctly answer two questions as part of the first challenge. If successful, Bird’s co-host Marcia Hopa reveals the prize and the contestant chooses whether to draw another cube from the LUCKY DIP machine in the hope of a better return. Again, they will not know what they have won until they complete a second and then a third challenge which may involve simple hand-eye coordination exercises, charades or impersonations.

Scoop
Stuff

posted 5/4/2021

Israel Drops It
Reshet 13 to Remake "Money Drop"
From C21 Media

Israeli broadcaster Reshet 13 has ordered a local version of Remarkable Television’s gameshow format The Money Drop.

The Money Drop, adapted in 53 international territories but off-air for a decade in Israel, will be produced by Banjiay-owned Endemol Shine Israel.

The series sees contestants begin with a huge cash prize that they can only keep if they can answer multiple choice questions. If they answer incorrectly, their winnings fall through a trap door and are gone forever.

Amir Ganor, CEO of Endemol Shine Israel, said: “This format offers entertainment at its very best. After a 10-year hiatus, we can’t wait to produce this nail-biting gameshow with Reshet, bringing The Money Drop to a new generation of Israelis and welcoming back those that previously loved the show.”

C21Media

posted 5/4/2021

Red Arrow Points to TV Asahi
First Project: "Crazy Elevator"
From Televisual

Red Arrow Studios International and Japanese commercial broadcaster TV Asahi have announced a new co-development partnership, which will see the two companies work closely together to develop new entertainment formats for the international market.

The first project in development is Crazy Elevator (w/t), a new gameshow in which players try to reach the top of a tower to claim the treasure that awaits them. However, each floor presents a different hilarious challenge they must successfully complete and make it back inside the elevator before the doors close!

Motoko Nakai, Director of International Business Department at TV Asahi Corporation, said: “We are excited to be working with the talented team at Red Arrow Studios International. TV Asahi pioneered family gameshows in Japan and we’re confident this partnership will take our creativity to the next level. We look forward to working closely with Red Arrow Studios International and entertaining the international audience with our fresh and fun-loving concepts.”

David Barber, VP Format Development & Production at Red Arrow Studios International, added: “I’m delighted to be working with the talented, forward-thinking team at TV Asahi. We are currently hard at work developing our first project, Crazy Elevator (w/t). It’s a high-concept project with state of the art technology, but despite this, there’s nothing more hilarious than watching players spin around a baseball bat and get so dizzy they crash into the wall rather than make it back through the elevator doors!”

TV Asahi will distribute the format in Asia, while Red Arrow Studios International will handle distribution rights for the rest of the world..

Televisual
C21Media

Rapid TV News

posted 5/4/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "This Is... Who Is This?"

  • Chrissy Metz to guest judge "The Masked Singer" (Gold Derby)

  • Two "Drag Race" all stars get new projects at World of Wonder (Deadline)

  • Nicole Byer relives season 5 of "Nailed It!" (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Stephen Fry (New York Times)

posted 5/4/2021



Sony Pictures TV Studios

Another Changing of the Guard
Anderson Cooper Steps Aside for Bill Whitaker
From WBZ Boston

Bill Whitaker is set to host his “favorite show” starting Monday. The longtime journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent is the latest guest host to take the reins of “Jeopardy!”

“Was I nervous? Yes,” Whitaker said. “This is a totally different animal. I’ve been doing the journalism thing for more than 30 years and I could almost do it in my sleep. . . but this is different.”

Whitaker is taking over for two weeks from his “60 Minutes” coworker Anderson Cooper. The other celebrity guest hosts slated to step up and fill in for the late Alex Trebek include Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Farber, Joe Buck and LeVar Burton.

A donation will be made to a charity of each guest host’s choice, equal to the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete while they’re hosting. Whitaker’s charity is Media Fellowship House.

Whitaker said “Jeopardy!” is his favorite show and one he watches every night with his wife. His goal for this guest hosting experience was a simple one. “I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t walk away from here looking like an idiot,” he said.

WBZ Boston
Washington Post
DEcider
KFI Los Angeles
MSN
PopCulture

posted 5/3/2020

An All-Star Food Truck Race
Catch It on Food Network June 6
From The Futon Critic

Seven winning alumni teams from The Great Food Truck Race are back for an action-packed culinary journey to decide once and for all which truck is the ultimate champion in The Great Food Truck Race: All-Stars, premiering Sunday, June 6th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and streaming the same day on discovery+.

Hosted by Tyler Florence and shot on-location in the food mecca of San Francisco and the Bay Area, each team must prove their cooking chops, marketing savvy and selling skills to stay in the game.

Kicking off at Fisherman's Wharf with a bread bowl battle, the route then hits Napa Valley's famed wineries for a grape-stomping challenge, the Redwoods for a foraging adventure, Ocean Beach for a seaside bites competition and a hoop shooting contest at the home arena of the Golden State Warriors, ultimately ending in Chinatown where only one team is awarded $50,000 and named all-time champion of The Great Food Truck Race.

"California is where the food truck trend first exploded and we are excited to bring these fan-favorite teams back to where it all began for this fierce culinary race," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "An unexpected moment is just around the corner every week and the non-stop action is sure to keep our viewers on the edge of their seat."

The all-star trucks competing are:
- Aloha Plate - Lanai City, Hawaii (Lanai Tabura, Adam Tabura, Shawn Felipe)
- The Lime Truck - Irvine, California (Daniel Shemtob, Jesse Brockman, Mark Esposito)
- The Middle Feast - Los Angeles, California (Tommy Marudi, Daniella Marudi, Gabriel Villagrana)
- Mystikka Masala - Santa Monica, California (Andrew Pettke, Navin Hariprasad, Doug Long)
- NOLA Creations - Shreveport, Louisiana (Darrell Johnson, Aunna Johnson, Terrell Gaskin)
- Seoul Sausage - Los Angeles, California (Ted Kim, Yong Kim, Han Hwang)
- Waffle Love - Provo, Utah (Adam Terry, Jared Terry, Steve Terry).


THe FUton Critic

posted 5/3/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Next One"

posted 5/3/2021

BBC Fills in the "Blank"
Bradley Walsh to Host New Series
From ATV Today

Blankety Blank, the iconic gameshow which sees celebrities helping contestants by filling in the missing blanks, will return to Saturday nights on BBC One for a brand-new series following the Christmas Special that aired in 2020.

Made by Thames, a Fremantle label, Blankety Blank - the British version of "Match Game" - will return for a ten-part series as each episode sees a panel of six celebrities try to fill in the missing blanks over a series of rounds and help win some brilliant prizes for contestants.

“I struggle to remember the last time I laughed as much as when I was filming Blankety Blank – so when they asked if I’d be up for doing a series, I jumped at the chance, I’m just so pleased I get to be a part of it," says host Bradley Walsh. "I stand on the shoulders of giants like Les Dawson and Sir Terry Wogan but I’m hoping to put my own stamp on the fantastically nostalgic show."

ATV Today
Daily Star
Digital Spy

posted 4/30/2021

THURSDAY: With the First Pick in the 2021 NFL Draft...
ABC Wins with NFL Coverage
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.237 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its primetime coverage of the "2021 NFL Draft - Round 1" (4.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1). Said audience fell short of the "2020 NFL Draft - Round 1" (6.141 million viewers; adults 18-49: 1.6) last year.

CBS (4.150 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) took home the silver with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.043 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), "United States of Al" (5.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Mom" (5.116 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "B Positive" (3.967 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a repeat "Clarice" (1.830 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.870 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with a new "Manifest" (3.155 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), a second "Manifest" (3.067 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.526 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up a repeat "Name That Tune" (1.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), a new "Last Man Standing" (2.046 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and the seriers premiere of "Let's Be Real" (1.135 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.840 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "People Presents: William & Kate's Royal Anniversary" (0.880 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "People Presents: Harry & Meghan's American Dream" (0.799 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 898k/0.31
- Wipeout (TBS): 747k/0.23
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 743k/0.15


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/30/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "America's Most Watched Network"

  • Dave Wasserman we ain't, but we've seen enough. America's Most Watched Network for this season is... (Deadline)

  • Nick Jonas to host Billboard Music Awards (The FUton Critic)

posted 4/29/2021


Billboard

Niecy Nash to Host "Don't Forget the Lyrics!"
Fox Orders Reboot for 2021-2022
From The Wrap

Niecy Nash will host a revival of the game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” at Fox next season, the network announced Wednesday.

The game show, which originally ran on Fox for two seasons between 2007 and 2009 and in syndication for another, challenges contestants to recall the lyrics to 10 songs from a variety of genres, eras and musical artists for a $1 million prize. The revival will debut on the network during the 2021-22 TV season.

The new role keeps Nash in the fold at Fox, where she recently guest-hosted the first few episodes of “The Masked Singer” Season 5 after regular host Nick Cannon tested positive for COVID-19.

The original iteration of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” was hosted by Wayne Brady and later by Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. It was created by Jeff Apploff, who also produces “Beat Shazam,” “Mental Samurai” and “Game of Talents” at Fox. The revival is produced by Apploff Entertainment and Bunim/Murray Productions. Apploff, Rupert Dobson and Nash serve as executive producers.

“Whether it’s tapping a toe to keep rhythm, humming a melody or outright singing along, music is one thing that is universally appealing. ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics’ wraps everything about why people love, enjoy and treasure music into one big, fun, high-energy and high-stakes show,” Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at FOX Entertainment, said. “Niecy Nash is one of the most talented, beloved and spirited people in the business. She’s been a dear friend to FOX for many years, most recently on THE MASKED SINGER, and we are so happy to keep her on our air next season with ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics.'”

“I’m so excited to be part of the DFTL family,” Nash added. “I love music and I’m happy to be involved in a show that gives people an opportunity to win life-changing amounts of money.” “‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics’ has been my baby ever since it originally premiered in 2007,” Apploff, show creator and executive producer, said. “Not only was it a hit on FOX, but we also sold the show in over 20 countries around the world. The time is perfect to make it even bigger and better! We are so thankful to bring back this amazingly fun and entertaining show with the incredible Niecy Nash at the helm.”

The Wrap
The Futon Critic
Deadline
Variety

C21 Media

posted 4/29/2021

More on "Lego Masters" Season 2
Show to Be Produced Remotely
From The Wrap

Virtualis Studios — the cloud-based, fully virtual video production division of Super League Gaming — will provide remote production and monitoring solutions for the second season of FOX’s “Lego Masters,” the company announced on Wednesday.

Endemol Shine North America, which produces the show, said in a statement that it made the move “to maintain COVID-safe environments, contain costs, meet tight production timelines and facilitate critical real-time, remote communications between producers, executives, directors, agents, contestants and talent while shooting.”

“Virtualis Studios was an integral and invaluable contributor to our daily production and communication workflows for LEGO Masters. We needed someone with deep experience in remote production and monitoring who could eliminate the unknowns and provide a solution that just worked for our team and our partners, no matter what,” Rob Day, Endemol Shine’s EVP and Head of Production, said. “Virtualis understands that production has changed forever and has a system and approach that meet our current and future needs."

Bringing imagination, design and creativity to life, Season Two of LEGO MASTERS - hosted and executive-produced by Will Arnett - premieres Tuesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, when 12 new pairs of LEGO(R) enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO(R) bricks.

The new duos are set to compete against each other in even more ambitious brick-building challenges - including an earthquake tower challenge, a demolition derby, a LEGO(R) fashion show and more - to be crowned the country's most talented amateur LEGO(R) builders. In each episode, Arnett, alongside expert Brickmasters and LEGO(R) employees Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard, will encourage the builders, introduce incredible challenges and put their creativity and skills to the test.

The competing pairs who impress the Brickmasters the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the top teams will face off for a $100,000 cash prize, the ultimate LEGO(R) trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.

Meet the 24 LEGO MASTERS Contestants:
- DAVE & RICHARD Age: 43 I 39 Cities: Chicago, IL | Brooklyn, NY Relationship: Friends
- CALEB & JACOB Age: 22 I 22 City: La Crosse, WI Relationship: Brothers
- BRYAN & LAUREN Age: 25 I 22 Cities: Laguna Beach, CA Relationship: Siblings
- SUSAN & JEN Age: 44 I 48 Cities: American Fork, UT Relationship: Friends
- ZACH & TIM Age: 18 I 47 City: Gaylord, MI Relationship: Father-Son
- JACK & DAWN Age: 67 I 59 Cities: Milton, OH | Coopersville, MI Relationship: Siblings
- NATALIE & MICHELLE Age: 32 | 42 Cities: Tulsa, OK | Mesa, AZ Relationship: Friends
- SYREETA & RANDALL Age: 33 I 34 Cities: Queens, NY | Chicago, IL Relationship: Friends
- PARAS & MOTO Age: 48 I 48 Cities: Boston, MA | Denver, CO Relationship: Friends
- MARK & STEVEN Age: 27 I 25 City: Atlanta, GA Relationship: Brothers
- MARIA & PHILIP Age: 38 I 38 City: Grand Rapids, MI Relationship: Married Couple
- ZACK & WAYNE Age: 26 I 28 City: Stockton, CA Relationship: Brothers


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The Futon Critic

posted 4/29/2021

WEDNESDAY: ABC Sinks the Mask
Ratings for Games...
From TV Line

Numbers for Wednesday...
- The Price Is Right at Night (S/CBS): 3.956m/0.54
- The Masked Singer (Fox): 3.615m/0.80
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 653k/0.15
- Forged in Fire (History): 643k/0.13
- The Challenge: Double Agents Reunion (S/MTV): 611k/0.35
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (SF/INSP): 609k/0.04

TV Series Finale
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/29/2021

TUESDAY: Eye Guess
CBS Wins Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Tuesday dramas tied for the nightly demo win — even while all slipping in the wake of last week’s last-minute swapping in of reruns.

The recently renewed NCIS drew 8.2 million total viewers (Tuesday’s biggest audience) and a 0.6 demo rating, down 20 and 40 percent to mark series lows. FBI (7.4 mil/0.6) similarly tied its lows, while FBI: Most Wanted (5.5 mil/0.6) merely dipped.

Elsewhere, on an oddly depressed Tuesday where HUT (Households Using Televisions) levels were down anywhere from 3 to 7 percent…:

FOX | The Resident (3.1 mil/0.5) was steady, while fellow “bubble” drama Prodigal Son (1.8 mil/0.3) slipped to series lows.

NBC | Young Rock (2.4 mil/0.4) dipped, Kenan (1.8 mil/0.4) was steady with its freshman finale and New Amsterdam (3 mil/0.3) hit series lows leading out of another This Is Us rerun.

ABC | Pooch Perfect (2.6 mil/0.4) and mixed-ish (1.7 mil/0.3) were steady, black-ish (2 mil/0.3) dipped and Big Sky (2.6 mil/0.3, read recap) hit new series lows.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 856k/0.19
- Temptation Island (SF/USA): 590k/0.24
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 540k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 218k/0.11

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/29/2021

"Survivor Brazil" Returns
Globo to Run New Series
From TBI

Brazilian giant Globo has ordered a new version of Banijay’s format Survivor, 12 years after the show last aired in the country.

The reality series will be produced by Globo and Banijay-owned Endemol Shine Brasil, and known locally as No Limite.

It will be hosted by André Marques and, unlike other international versions, will feature a cast of previous contestants from fellow Banijay-owned format Big Brother Brasil.

In addition to the 11-episode run, Globo has also commissioned a spin-off for its entertainment channel, Multishow, which will also host re-runs. Globo’s entertainment portal, Gshow, and its VOD service, Globoplay, will host exclusive content and highlights.

TBI

posted 4/29/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "In Jeopardy!"

  • A contestant sorta kinda apologizes for an on-air display... (The Wrap) ... but only after over 400 former contestants did this. (THe Wrap)

  • Ken Jeong hosts MTV's AAPI campaign (Deadline)

  • ... yeah, she's a big winner, but is Vanna White okay? (Cinema Blend)

  • ... and Cluedle-Doo has some clues of his own (Gold Derby)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Big Shot with Bethenny" (HBO Max) (Reality Blurred)

  • VIDEO WALL: Legendary season 2 (The Futon Critic)

posted 4/29/2021

ABC's Summer Schedule Swap
Surfer, Card Sharks Moved Back; Pyramid, PYL Moved Up
From Deadline

The Ultimate Surfer is set to crash into the waves a week after originally intended.

ABC has moved back the summer premiere of the surfing competition reality series as well as the return of Card Sharks.

The Disney-owned network has brought forward the return of Press Your Luck and The $100,000 Pyramid as part of the moves, which are general tweaks to the schedule rather than any result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ultimate Surfer was set to premiere on Monday August 16 but has been pushed a week to Monday August 23. Card Sharks was set to return on Wednesday June 9 but has been pushed to Wednesday June 16. Press Your Luck and The $100,000 Pyramid were set to premiere on Wednesday June 9 but have been brought forward to Wednesday May 26.

It comes as ABC’s summer unscripted lineup gets back to normal after a year interrupted by the pandemic.

The network recently renewed The Chase and The Hustler for second seasons and is bringing back Bachelor in Paradise and bringing in a summer run of The Bachelorette.

Rob Mills, EVP, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, told Deadline, “The year before the pandemic, we had made a play to really program summer like we programmed the rest of the year and have original programming on almost every night. Then things kind of got slowed down with the pandemic and we had to pull some of our shows last summer. Now the fact that we can produce all these shows and we’re going to have new original programming on almost the entire summer, it feels great.”

Deadline

posted 4/28/2021

The Next "Challenge" on Hold
Production Stalled Due to COVID Diagnosis
From TV Fanatic

The Challenge recently crowned a winner for its 36th season, but it looks like the next season is already in doubt.

According to The Ashley Reality Roundup, The Challenge Season 37, which was in production in Croatia, has been completely shut down.

The reason is that someone associated with the show tested positive for COVID-19.

While there's no confirmation, a source has claimed to the outlet that it was a cast member who tested positive for the virus.

Stringent protocols were in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, meaning that the cast members had to pass countless tests before being allowed to be a part of the cast.

The positive test came five to six days into filming, but producers announced they would be testing cast members multiple times per week.

“[The cast member] tested positive after [he/she] had already been in the Challenge House and had completed and filmed the first daily challenge,” a source explained to the outlet. “That’s especially problematic because [that person] was in close contact with many other cast members and crew.”

It's unclear at this stage whether anyone else tested positive in addition to the reported positive test.

TV Fanatic
Screen Rant

posted 4/28/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Runs the Awards AND the Supermarket"

  • LEslie Jones to host MTV Movie & TV Awards (THe Futon Critic)
  • ... but when you replace yourself...(Outsider)

  • Avalon Young from season 15 of "Idol" is battling brain cancer (TMZ)

  • #ICYMI: History was made on Wheel.... (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jean Trebek (Today)

posted 4/28/2021

MONDAY: 9-1-1 vs. The Voice
Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Hollywood Reporter

NBC's The Voice and Fox's 911 led Monday's primetime rankings, with the former scoring the biggest total audience and 911 leading the demographic rankings. The Voice ticked up in total viewers to 6.8 million, about 360,000 more than a week ago, but was off slightly among adults 18-49 with a 0.81 rating.

Debris followed with 2.6 million viewers and 0.38 in the key ad demo, narrowly ahead of last week in both measures.

At Fox, 911 came down about a tenth of a point in adults 18-49 from its spring debut last week, but its 0.95 rating still topped primetime (it also led among adults 25-54 and 18-34). The show finished second to The Voice in total viewers with 5.96 million. 911: Lone Star drew a 0.74 in the demo and 4.92 million viewers, off a bit from last week.

ABC's Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days special drew a modest 2.33 million viewers and a 0.47 in the 18-49 demo. The Good Doctor (3.78 million, 0.49) was a bit below its season average.

CBS' The Neighborhood (4.89 million viewers, 0.61 in 18-49) and Bob Hearts Abishola (0.49, 4.69 million) were down a little as well, but All Rise (3.53 million, 0.38) and Bull (5.02 million, 0.46) improved in viewers while holding steady in adults 18-49.

The CW's All American (617,000, 0.22) and Black Lightning (319,000, 0.09) were in line with recent airings.

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 976k/0.21
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 543k/0.03
- Cakealikes (Food): 503k/0.14
- Race to the Center of the Earth (NatGeo): 197k/0.03


The Hollywood Reporter
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/27/2021

The Great Disney Baking Show
Isaac Ryan Brown to Host "Disney's Magic Bake-Off"
From TV Line

Raven’s Home star Issac Ryan Brown has carved out quite a niche for himself at Disney and ABC — and now has added reality-TV host to his repertoire.

Brown, who has also guest-starred on ABC’s black-ish (and How To Get Away with Murder) and voices Bingo the pug on the animated series Puppy Dog Pals, has been tapped to join High School Musical: The Musical: The Series‘ Dara Renee as co-hosts of the new cooking competition Disney’s Magic Bake-Off, Disney Channel announced Tuesday.

Aimed at kids age 6-14 and marking a partnership between the cabler and Tastemade, Disney’s Magic Bake-Off cooks up complicated challenges and fun games as contestants shape and bake extravagant Disney-inspired cakes. Production is currently underway with an eye on a summer premiere.

Contestants will compete on three teams of two, and design elaborate cakes using Tastemade’s recipe videos and a pantry brimming with “exciting and unexpected ingredients.” Hosts Brown and Renee, along with the help of Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, will assist the bakers while sparking their imaginations and elevating their skillsets.

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 4/27/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending April 18
From TV News Check

Tamron Hall, celebrating its 300th episode on April 14, was a standout in the week ending April 18. While none of the other talkers in the top five was able to score a household rating advance in the session, and the vast majority of syndies went sideways, sophomore Hall strengthened 14% from the prior frame to a three-week high 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and rose 33% in the key women 25-54 demo.

Among the games, things got more competitive as Jeopardy fell in the second week of football star Aaron Rodgers’ tenure as guest host while rivals Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud both gained. The former home of the late Alex Trebek still clung to a narrow lead despite slipping 2% to a 5.5. Wheel forged ahead 4% to a 5.3, tying Feud, which ticked up 2% to a 5.3.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.5 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.3 +4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


Sports Illustrated
TV Newscheck
The Wrap/Yahoo!
NextTV

posted 4/27/2021

WEEKEND: The Calm Before the Sweep
NBC Wins Friday
From The Futon Critic

The Season 13 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race was a clear winner for VH1. Friday’s final episode of the season drew 772,000 total viewers in Live+SD, making it the most-watched episode of the Emmy-winning reality drag queen competition series since the Season 10 finale in 2018.

NBC (3.476 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the top draw on a competitive Friday with its duo of "The Blacklist" (3.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (3.547 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

ABC (2.735 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared in the demo honors with "Shark Tank" (3.927 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "20/20" (2.139 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) as did FOX (2.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) with "WWE SmackDown" (2.042 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "MacGyver" (3.008 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (3.287 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (3.591 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) as well as The CW (0.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.832 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.876 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.879 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (SF/VH1): 772k/0.32


Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst (SP/Food): 930k/0.17
- Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes (SP/Food): 653k/00.14

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/27/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Alex Trebek Was His Own Star"

  • Alex Trebek didn't want to be a star... (Outsider) ... but when you replace yourself...(Outsider)

  • Elizabeth Banks is plotting a trip to "Bedrock" (The Futon Critic)

  • Okay so Matt James & Rachael Kirkconnel are not back together (E!)

  • ... and Clare Crawley is apparently back with Dale and OMG THAT RING (Us)

  • Nicole Byer wants to "Kill the Orange-Faced Bear" (The Futon Critic)

  • Rachel Lindsay leaves "Bachelor Happy Hour" (Deadline)

  • Jeremy Clarkson throws shade at Matt LeBlanc (Bristol Live)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the first person to ever be blocked from "The Circle" (Screen Rant)

posted 4/27/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

Final Round of Guest Hosts Announced
LeVar Burton Highlights Final List
From WDAF Kansas City

Hit game show “Jeopardy!” has finally revealed its last group of guests hosts for Season 37.

The hosting gig was left vacant last year when the beloved host who was synonymous with the gameshow, Alex Trebek, died of cancer. Since his death, a roster of celebrity hosts and some past “Jeopardy!” champs have filled Trebek’s very large shoes, including Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, Dr. Oz and Aaron Rodgers.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper is currently guest hosting through April 30.

The show has already announced hosts for dozens of episodes through July 9, including “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik and TODAY Show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. But now fans have even more guests hosts to look forward to!

Here are the celebrities coming to the show and when their episodes will air:
* “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos: July 12-16, 2021
* “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts: July 19-23, 2021
* Actor, former host of “Reading Rainbow” LeVar Burton: July 26-30, 2021
* CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” co-host David Faber: August 2-6, 2021
* Fox sportscaster Joe Buck: August 9-13, 2021

Thousands of people have been pushing to make Burton the permanent host of the popular game show. A petition on Change.org has more than 246,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon, urging producers to give the former “Reading Rainbow” host the top job at “Jeopardy!” Burton supports the petition, tweeting the link, and it even grabbed the attention of “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert.

The show has not made any indications about who could become the next full-time host. You can see the full rundown of “Jeopardy!” guest hosts on the show’s website.


WDAF-TV Kansas City
CBS News
Screen Rant
NBC News Today
Forbes

CBS News
CNBC
Sony PR

WBNG Binghamton
NY1
The Spun

The Wrap
Deadline
TV Line

Huffpost
MassLive
CBR

Insider

WBTV Charlotte

THe Philadelphia Inquirer

Primetimer


posted 4/26/2021


Netflix Studios

Floor Two... More Lava
Netflix Renews Obstacle Course Game
From Deadline

Floor Is Lava is returning to Netflix for a second season.

As expected, the streamer has renewed the non-scripted series, which debuted in June 2020.

The series, which is hosted by Rutledge Wood, sees teams compete to navigate rooms flooded with lava by leaping from chairs, hanging from curtains and swinging from chandeliers.

It is produced by American Ninja Warrior producer A. Smith & Co and Haymaker Media. Irad Eyal and Megan McGrath exec produce alongside showrunner Anthony Carbone, Arthur Smith, Frank Sinton, Caroline Baumgard, and Anthony Storm.

As with other non-scripted series, Netflix has gone to unusual lengths to keep its renewals secret with A. Smith & Co. putting out a casting call under the title Get Across The Room to find new contestants.

Deadline
Variety
Vulture
The Wrap

The Nation

Digital Spy

posted 4/26/2021

Katherine Ryan's "Ready to Mingle"
Comedian to Host Comic Take on "The Bachelor"... With a Twist
From UPI/Reality TV World

Comedian Katherine Ryan has signed on to host the new British dating game show, Ready to Mingle.

A press release said the series "follows a single girl in the search for her perfect partner, as 12 male suitors compete for her affections and the chance to win a big money prize.

"But in a mischievous twist, not all the boys are single, with a number of them being guided by their partners in pursuit of the prize," the synopsis explained. "Taking up residence in a luxurious house, the single girl will get to know all the boys through activities, games and dates, eliminating each boy one-by-one until her 'dream man' remains."

ITV said Monday the first season is slated to premiere in the fall and will include 19 hour-long episodes.

"I am so excited to be a part of this new dating game show. How could I say no? It's like nothing we've seen before, but still with all the drama and dating dilemmas we love to see, and I'll be there front row as it all unfolds!" Ryan said in a statement..

UPI/Reality TV World
Tyla
The List
Digital Spy

Beyond the Joke
British Comedy Guide

Chortle

posted 4/26/2021


Kahn Family
BERNIE KAHN: 1930-2021
Veteran Comedy Writer Worked Game Shows
From Deadline

Bernie Kahn, a comedy writer-producer who penned more than 100 episodes of television including Bewitched, The Addams Family, Get Smart and Three’s Company, died April 21 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 90.

A spokesperson for his family confirmed the death. Born on April 26, 1930, in Brooklyn, he began his showbiz career after a stint in the U.S. Army.

His first job as a producer and writer was at NBC’s Monitor Radio. He later would join the Bob and Ray comedy radio show as a staff writer and was its last surviving original scribe. He also worked on a number of popular TV game shows in the early 1960s, including NBC’s Your First Impression, but the bulk of his work would be in sitcoms.

Over the years, he wrote for such series as Get Smart, Maude, The Addams Family, The Love Boat, Tabitha, Three’s Company, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Partridge Family, The Lucy Show, Love American Style, James at 15 and more than a dozen episodes of Bewitched. He also created the sitcom Joe & Valerie, which aired on NBC in 1978-79.

On the feature side, Kahn wrote The Barefoot Executive and Basic Training, while producing movies for television, including She Led Two Lives, Father & Son: Dangerous Relations and Fire in the Dark.

He earned two Writers Guild Award nominations for Get Smart! and My World and Welcome to It.

Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/26/2021

WEDNESDAY: Double the Masks, Double the Win
Fox Wins Demo with Masked Singer, NBC Takes Total with Chicago
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.861 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "The Masked Singer" (4.645 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and a second hour of "The Masked Singer" (5.076 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1).

NBC (6.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver with its dramas "Chicago Med" (6.884 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Chicago Fire" (6.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (5.800 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.432 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its mix of "The Price Is Right at Night" (3.833 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7), "SEAL Team" (3.414 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "S.W.A.T." (3.049 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.391 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6), "Home Economics" (2.547 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Conners" (2.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Call Your Mother" (1.811 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "A Million Little Things" (2.007 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, a new "Kung Fu" (1.062 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and a repeat "Nancy Drew" (0.405 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the evening for The CW (0.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (SF/MTV): 990k/0.58
- Forged in Fire (History): 717k/0.14
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 659k/0.25
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 641k/0.05

An additional note, the season finale of MTV’s The Challenge: Double Agents scored a 1.12 adults 18-49 Live+Same Day rating and 5.2 share, marking the popular reality franchise’s highest rated episode in over one year and the best share in 15 years. The finale’s total L+SD viewership was 990K. The 36th season averaged a .94 demo rating, making Double Agents one of the highest rated seasons in the past 8 years, and a 4.26 share, the highest in more than 13 years.

The season’s total viewers average was 891K, one of the highest in the last six years. The Challenge: Double Agents totaled over 3.6M social interactions (up +50% vs Season 35), ranking as the #2 most social competition reality show on cable only behind RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

Deadline

posted 4/26/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You Betta Subscribe, B!#ch"

  • VIDEO WALL: A preview of "Rupaul's Drag Race All-Stars" (Paramount+) (The Futon Critic) and "Small Fortune" (NBC) (People)

  • Alec Baldwin's pilot with Kelsey Grammer gets BLANKED (TV Line)

  • Okay so Matt James & Rachael Kirkconnel are back together (TMZ)

  • Carrie Ann Inaba is taking a break from "The Talk" (TV Line)

  • Tayshia Adams, Katie Thurston reportedly wrap "The Bachelorette" (Us Magazine)

  • A MOMENT OF AWESOME: Meet the world's youngest "Mastermind" (The Glasgow Times)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joey Sasso (Heat World)

posted 4/26/2021

THURSDAY: Everyone's a Winner
Ties All the Way
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.013 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on a competitive Thursday with its trio of "Station 19" (4.312 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.626 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "Rebel" (3.101 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Next was NBC (3.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its own trio of "Manifest" (3.106 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.344 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Law & Order: Organized Crime" (4.240 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

FOX (2.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) likewise shared in the demo honors with the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.756 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), a new "Last Man Standing" (2.533 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and the departing "The Moodys" (1.287 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up "Young Sheldon" (6.615 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "United States of Al" (5.123 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Mom" (4.865 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "B Positive" (3.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a repeat "Clarice" (1.486 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the feature "2040" (0.302 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 892k/0.29
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 882k/0.22
- Wipeout (TBS): 817k/0.25


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/23/2021

Wheel Sweet Wheel
Wheel Contest Returns April 26
From PopCulture

Wheel of Fortune is giving people a chance to win more than just cash.

While contestants test their brains by solving puzzles during the weekly broadcasts, viewers tuning in from home will have the chance to score a major prize of their own, as the long-running game show is officially bringing back its Home Sweet Home Giveaway.

On Monday, Wheel of Fortune confirmed it has again teamed up with Minto Communities and Margaritaville to give away a new home valued at $350,000 in the Latitude Margaritaville Florida community, a 55-and-up community for adults. In a video teasing the contest and featuring Jimmy Buffet, the game show said they have "your keys to a life in paradise," announcing that the show is "giving away another home” to one lucky viewer." The contest begins on Monday, April 26.

To enter the 2021 Home Sweet Home Giveaway, simply "sit back, relax and watch" Wheel of Fortune during the week of Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30. While watching, keep your eyes out and write down the nightly Bonus Round Puzzle Solution. You will then need to sign up for the Wheel Watchers Club, which you can do by clicking here, and enter the Bonus Round Puzzle Solution after each show airs. You can give yourself a better chance at scoring the grand prize by entering all five nights, which will double your entries.

For more chances to win, according to the game show, "come back and enter each night of the giveaway between 3:00 p.m. PT and 2:59 p.m. PT the next day." The grand prize winner will win a home valued at $350,000. They will have their choice between three Latitude Margaritaville communities located Watersound or Daytona Beach, Florida or Hilton Head, South Carolina. For those under the age of 55, you can still enter the competition and win a Minto Communities home in the Westlake community in Westlake, Florida. Grand prize winners will also have the option to receive a cash prize of $150,000 instead of a home. There will also be other chances for prizes, including a Margaritaville Adirondack chair.

The Wheel of Fortune Home Sweet Home Giveaway began in 2018.

PopCulture

posted 4/23/2021

Who Will Win the Week?
New Panel Quiz to Test News, Loyalty
From IF

Alex Lee and Craig Reucassel will feature in a new ABC quiz show set to air Wednesdays.

Hosted by Lee with Reucassel as a regular team member, Wrapsheet’s Win The Week will pair everyday Australians with celebrities in a test of news knowledge and loyalty. Questions will cover anything from the preceding week’s news, including politics, world events, sport, celebrity gossip, and viral videos on social media.

Each half-hour episode will see three teams of two players go head-to-head over four rounds, with each team comprising an everyday Aussie as Team Captain and a celebrity who will both need to work together to win. But team loyalties will be put to the test at the end of each round with a dramatic “Stay or Betray” choice – one team captain must decide whether to stay with their celeb teammate or to betray them and swap to a different celeb from another team in order to Win the Week.

Scott Abbot and Craig Reucassel executive producing alongside ABC executive producer Rachel Millar.

IF
TV Blackbox

posted 4/23/2021

Power Rankings
Sony-Baked Stellify Buys International Rights to "Masked Singer" Creator's New Show
From Deadline

Sony Pictures Television-owned Stellify Media has optioned the U.S. and UK rights to My Ranking, a genre-bending singing game show from The Masked Singer creator Won-Woo Park.

My Ranking is billed as a studio game show mixed with a celebrity singing contest, where contestants are challenged to guess how a live audience will rank the night’s performances from best to worst. If they judge correctly, they unlock a safe containing a cash prize.

Park’s production company, DiTurn, has recently completed filming on a non-broadcast pilot in Korea in the hope that it can match the success of MBC Korea’s The King Of Mask Singer.

Kieran Doherty, joint-CEO and founder of Stellify Media, said: “We cannot wait to take this show to market and work alongside Won-Woo Park. Just like Masked Singer — it is modern, funny, and play-along for the viewers at home.”

The Masked Singer has been a huge hit in the U.S. on Fox and ITV in the UK.

Deadline

posted 4/23/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "King of the Universe"

  • Steve Harvey talks about being replaced as Miss Universe host (Audacy)

  • Steve Harvey makes a splash on Tiktok (Good Housekeeping)

  • Someone's dropping a lot of hints about his next gig. IT's not Steve HArvey (Deadline)

posted 4/23/2021

"Dating Game" Has Celebrities... And Heeeeeeeeeeeeere They Are!
Tuesday's Child Launches New Series for ITV2
From People

Former Bachelorette star Hannah Brown is returning to reality TV.

On Wednesday, ABC announced the first celebrity contestants for its upcoming game show The Celebrity Dating Game, which premieres in June.

In addition to Brown, 26, Taye Diggs and Iggy Azalea will compete on the show, which is a take on the original The Dating Game that ran from 1965 to 1986.

According to ABC's description of the show, each episode will follow two celebrities as they pick one suitor from a hidden panel. The celebrity version's twist is that the celebrities' identities will also be hidden from the suitors, who will receive clues about who the stars are through parody songs from host Michael Bolton. Bolton will host the show along with Zooey Deschanel.

People
UPI
Us Magazine
Billboard

posted 4/22/2021

You, Me & the Apocalypse. Wow.
Tuesday's Child Launches New Series for ITV2
From Realscreen

UK indie Tuesday’s Child has been tapped by ITV to produce Apocalypse Wow, a new game show launching this summer. The format will air on ITV2 and ITV Hub.

British TV presenter AJ Odudu will host the series alongside actress and comedy writer Donna Preston.

Apocalypse Wow will see TV stars and comedians led through a “Torture Dome” where they’ll have to defeat opponents ranging from strongmen to Gravy wrestlers in physical challenges to win a cash prize for charity. Contestants on the show include TV personality Scarlett Moffatt, Love Island star Chris Hughes, TV presenter Karim Zeroual and more.

The executive producer on Apocalypse Wow is Steph Harris and the series producer is Ben Wilson.

“I am absolutely buzzing to be hosting ITV2′s new show, Apocalypse Wow – it’s bonkers, but brilliant. It’s full of humour, challenges and all our favourite celebrities,” Odudu said in a release Wednesday (April 21).

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ATV Today
C21 Media
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posted 4/22/2021

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