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Food Network
Iron Chef to Return... Again
Food to Revive Competition with Mark Dacascos, Alton Brown, New Floor Reporter
From Eater

ron Chef continues to be one of the most popular cooking shows on TV thanks, in part, to the fact that its producers keep rebooting the program and sprouting spinoffs — it’s kind of like Law & Order or Air Bud in that regard. After a three-year hiatus, the Food Network brought back the hit competition show this spring with Alton Brown serving as both host and chairman. And now, the network announces that the program is getting a new counterpart series called Iron Chef Showdown, which will feature victorious Iron Chefs cooking against each other in Kitchen Stadium.

Michael Symon, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jose Garces, and newly-minted Iron Chef Stefanie Izard are all on board. Alton will be back as a host, but this time around, series veteran Mark Dacascos will be returning as the Chairman, and ESPN veteran Jaymee Sire will be joining the team as a reporter.

As Alton explains in the Twitter video in the link below, production just wrapped on the show, and it should hit the airwaves early next year.

Eater
Food Network
Awful Announcing
Grub Street

posted 7/26/17

VH1 Signs On
"Signed" to Premiere July 26
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced that the new music competition show "SIGNED" will premiere on Wednesday, July 26th at 9PM ET/PT. The eight, hour-long episodes follow three moguls - rapper, entrepreneur and hip-hop artist Rick Ross, recording artist and Grammy award-winning songwriter The-Dream and Roc Nation's SVP of A&R / Artist Management Lenny S - as they work to develop unsigned hip-hop and R&B artists in Atlanta.

"SIGNED" features aspiring musicians who will undergo auditions and workshops to hone their craft and determine if they really have what it takes to get signed to a deal. Through personal sessions with the music moguls and surprise visits from superstars like DJ Khaled, Meek Mill and Bangladesh, these young artists will face challenges and eliminations as they work their way toward a finale performance showcase. The artists who most impress the moguls have an opportunity to be signed to Maybach Music, Radio Killa Records or Roc Nation.

"Three of the biggest bosses in music coupled with the raw talent of the contestants makes for a fresh new take on a competition series" says Nina L. Diaz, EVP, Head of Unscripted, MTV, VH1 and Logo. "We're thrilled to partner with MGM, Mark Burnett, Rick Ross, The-Dream and Lenny S and can't wait for fans to experience this authentic and compelling journey."

"What an incredible opportunity it has been to bring together these cutting edge, one of a kind music moguls who are at the top their games. Watching them discover and mentor the next greatest talents in hip hop and R&B is a new type of gritty music competition," said executive producer Mark Burnett, President, MGM Television Group and Digital. "Summertime on VH1 is perfect for this show."

"For 'SIGNED' we didn't build a shiny floor set in Hollywood, instead we took our cameras to the real, raw streets and recording studios of Atlanta. It is gritty, intense and life changing for the aspiring artists who ultimately get signed. They are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to collaborate with the biggest moguls in music today," said Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM.

For more information be sure to 'LIKE' "Signed" on Facebook and follow @VH1 on Twitter and Instagram. Use #Signed to join the conversation.

"SIGNED" is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Jason Sands and Barry Poznick for MGM Television. Tiffany Lea Williams and Dan Caster are executive producing for VH1. The series is produced by MGM Television and distributed by MGM.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/10/17

TUESDAY: Another One
NBC Goes to New Heights with "Talent", "World of Dance"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) coasted to another victory on Tuesday with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.880 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.203 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

CBS (5.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant silver with its trio of "NCIS" (6.340 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bull" (4.950 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.308 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "The Middle" (3.050 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.128 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Black-ish" (1.852 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), another "Black-ish" (1.959 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a new "Somewhere Between" (1.780 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) offered up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.688 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Mick" (1.103 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.946 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.286 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.203 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.244 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 7/26/17

MONDAY: The S Word
ABC NARROWLY Beats NBC, Both Drama Premieres Soft
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.238 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) edged out the competition on Monday thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (6.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by the premiere of "Somewhere Between" (3.065 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

NBC (4.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a tight second with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and the launch of "Midnight, Texas" (3.605 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Superhuman" (1.768 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.563 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (3.986 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (3.611 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (3.774 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.288 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Scorpion" (3.361 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.050 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.050 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Dessert Games (Food): 648k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 332k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/26/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Ninja World"

  • "Australian Ninja Warrior" sets a new record (News.com.au)
     

  • Mark Labbett hosts a pub quiz (The Lincolnite)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: they were just two teachers looking for $100,000. Instead... they found each other (Global News)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Henson (WGN-AM Chicago) and Aaron Sanchez (TV Insider)

posted 7/26/17


Women's Weekly
Life Is The Name Of the Game, And We Want to Play with Mel and Sue...
BBC to Revive "The Generation Game"
From Realscreen

Former The Great British Baking Show hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will be returning to the small screen as hosts of the classic series The Generation Game.

BBC has commissioned a four-episode run of the long-running game show, which first premiered on BBC One in 1971.

The series sees pairs of family members across different generations battle it out in a series of performance and task-based games. All of the family pairs will begin in the studio audience and only find out which game they’re playing when Giedroyc and Perkins get them from their seats.

“When asked, this is the TV show that viewers most wanted to see back on their screens and so we are thrilled to be able to make that happen with Mel and Sue, who I know will have just as much fun hosting it as contestants will playing it,” said Guy Freeman, editor, special events and formats for BBC Studios, in a statement.

Giedroyc and Perkins will be joined by a panel of star judges and celebrity guests, although details including scheduling are yet to be announced.

The Generation Game was co-commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of content, and Kate Phillips, controller, entertainment commissioning. Nic McNeilis will serve as executive producer for BBC Studios.

Giedroyc and Perkins were perhaps best known for their roles as hosts of The Great British Bake Off. After Love Productions sold the rights to the show to Channel 4, the two hosts announced their resignations.

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TBI Vision
Telly Mix
Radio Times
ATV Today

Digital Spy
The Times
AppsForPCDaily.com
Sunderland Echo

posted 7/25/17

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results for the Week Ending July 16
From TV Newscheck

Magazines were the major movers in the session ending July 16, with all of the top six breaking into positive territory, and Extra, Access Hollywood and The Insider all scoring double-digit increases.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +5%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 +10%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 +6%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%**
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.0 -9%

In its second week of a six-week trial, game show iWitness, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, scored a 0.7/2 in seven markets with a double run in New York. That was down 13% from week one and 36% from both its 1.1/2 lead-in and year-ago time-period average. Among women 25-54, iWitness identified a 0.5/2.

In the second week of a four-week trial, Fox Television Stations’ Punchline drew a 0.3/1 in nine markets, down 50% from its lead-in and down 40% from its year-ago time-period averages. Among women 25-54, the show remained at a 0.2/1.

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 7/25/17

WEEKEND: Big Brother Battles Back
CBS Wins Friday, Splits Sunday with ABC
From Realscreen

CBS (4.640 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) pulled in front on Friday thanks to a special "Big Brother 19" (5.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) followed by repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (3.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (4.676 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

NBC (4.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with an encore "America's Got Talent" (4.451 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.645 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was ABC (1.619 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its telecast of "Descendants 2" (1.719 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) followed by "Descendants 2: ABC After-Party" (1.116 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.407 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up encores of "MasterChef" (1.521 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Beat Shazam" (1.294 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.271 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.145 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.044 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On Sunday, CBS (4.753 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held off the competition with its summer mix of "60 Minutes" (7.315 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Big Brother 19" (6.052 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.387 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.259 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13). Numbers for "Candy Crush" continued to slide down 17 and 37 percent from Week 2, and now off more than 50 percent from its premiere rating.

ABC (4.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was a close second with its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.291 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.280 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.117 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with a full two hours of "NASCAR Overrun" (5.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) followed by "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (2.711 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and the season finale of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (1.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.825 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.918 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "The Simpsons" (1.241 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.355 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and a new "American Grit" (1.128 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on FOX (1.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.722m
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 927k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 157k

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posted 7/24/17

Starcade: The Extended Play
Entire Series to Stream on Twitch
From Slash Gear

In addition to being the home of video game live streams (and the occasional food channel), Twitch has been gaining a reputation for hosting a number of marathon streams of aging TV shows. There’s been one for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the Pokemon cartoon, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and even anime. Now the next one has been announced: the ’80s arcade game TV show called Starcade.

If you were a gaming fan in the early ’80s, you might remember Starcade. The program aired on TBS between 1982 and 1984, and featured contestants answering game-related trivia questions and facing off in rounds of hit arcade games of the time, including Pac-Man, Centipede, and Galaga. There were 123 episodes in total, and soon you’ll be able to stream them all from Twitch.

Shout Factory, the production company responsible for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival (as well as its Twitch stream), recently purchased the rights to reboot Starcade as a modern show. They’ll be hosting this Twitch marathon as well, likely as promotion for the new version.

There’s no set date yet for when the Starcade marathon will begin, so keep an eye on Shout Factory’s Twitch channel if you’re interested. They add that all the episodes have been digitized from the original master tapes, allowing the stream to broadcast them in the “best quality possible,” without the fuzzy blur that’s usually seen on shows from the era.

Slashgear
PC Gamer

posted 7/25/17


Games Gone By: You Don't Know Jack
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

A game show...that's based on a computer game...that's, essentially, a PARODY of game shows. This idea should either be really good...or really insulting. But when you put "Pee Wee Herman" in it on a comeback and you don't think it'll at least turn some heads,...well, then, "You Don't Know Jack"! Chris Wolvie presents a summer-one-timer in his latest "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 7/25/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Almost Fall"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: ABC sets fall dates for "Dancing with the Stars" (September 18), "The Toy Box" (October 1), and "To Tell the Truth" (October 8) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ICYMI: SYTYCD announces its top 30 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mel & Sue also planning on writing... and starring... in a new comedy from the BBC (Huffington Post)
     

  • Noel Edmonds to Lloyds' fraud unit: $392 million... Deal or no deal? (Reuters)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: _ _ A S I M O D _ (Digital Spy)
     

  • Trisha Paytas: from "Who Wants to Be A Superhero"... to "The Price Is Right"... to "Celebrity Big Brother?" (We The Unicorns)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal taking credit for Chance the Rapper (DNAInfo)

posted 7/25/17


Birmingham Post
PUDSEY THE DOG: 2005-2017
One-Half of Season 6 "Britain's Got Talent" Winners
From Billboard

The 2012 winner of Britain's Got Talent, Ashleigh Butler, recently opened up about the death of her beloved dance partner, Pudsey the dog.

On Monday (July 24) Butler appeared on the U.K.’s This Morning and broke down in tears as she opened up about her relationship with Pudsey, who died at 11-years-old from acute leukemia on Friday (July 21).

In the sixth season of Britain’s Got Talent, Butler and her furry friend rose to fame with their choreographed dance routines, winning the hearts of millions of viewers and claiming the title at the series finale.

“I took him on Britain’s Got Talent to show how incredible he was. He gave me opportunities that I never thought I would ever have,” Butler said of her “best friend."

Butler explained that Pudsey “wasn't himself” last week and her family had to put him down. She said, “We took him to the vet on Tuesday and from the Tuesday to the Thursday he went downhill so quickly … the vet told us he had acute leukemia and on Thursday it got to the point where he couldn't lift his head.”

Butler said she will continue performing with her dog Sully, who has been consoling her in the wake of Pudsey's death. She said, “There was always going to be a point when Sully would take over from Pudsey. I didn't expect it to happen like this but just carrying on from what Pudsey started will help me.”

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Telly Mix
BBC News

posted 7/24/17

"Candy Crush" Sweetens MENA
Series Format to Be Exported to Dubai
From World Screen

Lionsgate has licensed the game show Candy Crush to Dubai-based Eagle Films for an Arabic-language version.

The new game-show format will be adapted for the Middle East and North Africa region and produced by Beelink Productions. The 13×60-minute Arabic-language treatment of Candy Crush is slated to go into production later this year.

Peter Iacono, Lionsgate’s president of international television and digital distribution, commented, “With over one trillion game rounds played since launch, Candy Crush is one of the world’s most iconic mobile games. Fans are avid players and are extremely excited to have a live-action TV game show to watch as they play at home. We are proud to announce Eagle Films and Beelink as our first international partners and expect to announce many international adaptations to be produced in the coming months.”

Jamal Sannan, CEO of Eagle Films, said, “Following 15 years of successful collaboration with Lionsgate, we are looking forward to working together again to bring a brand-new TV gaming experience to our viewers, which we are confident will set a new standard in game-show production values.”

Safa Aburizik, the managing director of Beelink Productions, added, “We are very pleased to be the first international licensees of the Candy Crush format after CBS. Content is always king; we believe in premium content and we strive to deliver high production standards that can succeed in our region and travel worldwide.”

World Screen

posted 7/24/17

THURSDAY: Another Big Night for Big Brother
Everything Else... Not So Much.
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Life in Pieces" (4.594 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Big Brother 19" (5.877 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Zoo" (2.892 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

NBC (4.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.876 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "The Wall" (5.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Night Shift" (4.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Love Connection" (2.332 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.489 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Boy Band" (2.267 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.542 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Gong Show" (2.659 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, week two of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.778 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Hooten & The Lady" (0.997 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.388 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.539m
- Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 842k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 810k
- SafeWord (MTV): 649k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 325k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 236k

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posted 7/24/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "What Is 77?"

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 for 77: Alex Trebek's best NOT including Jeopardy! (Parade)
     

  • J-Lo, A-Rod celebrate B-Day (Reality TV World)
     

  • Scotty McCreery detained at RDU for carrying his 9. In other news, Scotty McCreery owns a 9 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Harrison to host Miss America (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/21/17

Another Round of "Worst Cooks: Celebrity"
Catch It on Food Network August 23!
From The Futon Critic

Food icons Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray return to lead a star-studded culinary boot camp for cooking-challenged celebrities this summer with a brand-new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, premiering Wednesday, August 23rd at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Anne and Rachael each lead a team of recruits through the intense kitchen challenges, but only the most improved star wins a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their team master. The new celebrity recruits are: Nora Dunn, Carmen Electra, Erik Estrada, Vivica A. Fox, Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, Sean Lowe and Melissa Peterman.

"Anne and Rachael have their culinary work cut out for them with this batch of celebrity recruits - and the results are high-energy and hilarious," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming Scripps Networks Interactive. "These stars enter boot camp with less-than-impressive cooking skills and watching them gain confidence in the kitchen is remarkable."

In the first episode, Anne and Rachael kick things off with a social media-inspired challenge. The celebrities must make a dish inspired by their tastiest food snaps on social media and judging from their pages online, these stars love a good meal but clearly do not know how to cook one. The mentors follow with a lobster lesson, which proves to be a disaster for some of these clueless cooks. Anne and Rachael then choose their teams, and the culinary training begins. Upcoming episodes feature international flavors, dessert-themed milkshake and cupcake challenges and the return of trivia game Family Food, this time with a "freaky food" twist. The most-improved celebrity cook is awarded a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice in the season finale on Wednesday, October 11th at 9pm ET/PT.

Viewers can learn more about the famous faces competing for kitchen glory at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks and watch video highlights, see photos from the challenges and take quizzes to improve their own cooking. Tell us who your favorite celeb is on social media using the hashtag #WorstCooks.

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Reality TV World

posted 7/21/17

Syfy Puts on "Game Face"
"Face Off" Spins Off August 22
From The Futon Critic

Syfy is about to get its Game Face on.

The network has announced a spinoff of their award-winning Face Off reality competition, in which four all-stars race against the clock to complete three challenges, with eliminations after every round, until one of ’em walks away with the $10,000 prize.

Face Off‘s McKenzie Westmore will reprise her role as host, alongside renowned judges (and multiple Academy Award winners) Ve Neill (Beetlejuice) and Rick Baker (The Wolfman).

Game Face premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10/9c.

TV Line

posted 7/21/17

WEDNESDAY: Big Night for Big Brother
CBS Wins Overnights
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.877 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Wednesday with new episodes of "Big Brother 19" (6.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Salvation" (4.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

The silver then went to FOX (2.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.101 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.581 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (5.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "The Carmichael Show" (3.267 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.641 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "This Is Us" (2.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) resumed repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.006 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.177 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "Modern Family" (2.524 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "American Housewife" (2.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Modern Family" (2.365 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and another "The Goldbergs" (1.983 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.863 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.747 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) rounded out the night for The CW (0.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (SF/SPike): 768k
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 715k
- Cutthroat Kitchen - 9p (Food): 519k
- Cutthroat Kitchen - 8p (Food): 489k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 387k
- Idiotest - 9:30p (GSN): 319k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 315k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 280k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 278k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (GSN): 254k

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posted 7/19/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Can You Say Backdoor Pilot?"

  • Jackie Evancho's got a TLC special... with her family (Variety)
     

  • Akbar Gbaja-Biamila heads to "The Night Shift" (TV Line)
     

  • Eddie McGuire returns to "The Footy Show" (Mediaweek)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Billy Eichner's Emmy episode (Gold Derby)

posted 7/21/17


iHeart Media
He's Back!
Ryan Seacrest Signs on to Host "Idol" Reboot
From TV Line

ABC is now confirming what has been speculated about for months: Ryan Seacrest will reprise his signature role as host of American Idol for the network’s spring 2018 revival. Seacrest made the announcement on Thursday’s edition of Live With Kelly and Ryan.

“It’s genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me,” Seacrest said in a statement. “I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal. I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially Idol‘s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

“So much of American Idol‘s overwhelming success can be attributed to Ryan, whose larger-than-life personality and laudable dedication to creating quality entertainment has made him a true master of his craft,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. “His talent is limitless, and I can’t think of a more appropriate person to honor the Idol legacy as it takes on new life than the man who has been there through it all.”

New Idol judge Katy Perry immediately responded to the news on social media, saying that “all the right ingredients are coming together” ahead of the singing competition’s return.

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posted 7/20/17


Zynga
MGM to Download "Words with Friends"
Zynga to Help Adapt Hit Mobile Game
From Variety

MGM Television and Zynga are partnering to develop a new television game show based on “Words With Friends,” the companies announced Wednesday.

Since launching in 2009, “Words With Friends” has been installed more than 200 million times and is one of the App Store’s Top 10 free games of all time. An estimated 55 million Words With Friends matches are played around the world at any given moment and more than 75 million words are played every day.

“The interactive social experience of ‘Words With Friends’ makes it the perfect mobile game for us to bring to primetime, following our success with Beat Shazam on Fox,” said Barry Poznick, president of unscripted television for MGM. “Playing ‘Words’ is a daily ritual for some of the biggest names in Hollywood and we’ve created the perfect format to capture their competitiveness and creative wordplay.”

MGM Television, which is headed by Mark Burnett, currently has unscripted series on all four major TV networks, including “Survivor” for CBS, “The Voice” for NBC, “Shark Tank” on ABC, “Beat Shazam” on Fox, and “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” on ABC.

“Over the past eight years, ‘Words With Friends’ has proven to be a place where millions of people connect with their friends and family from around the world every day,” said Bernard Kim, president of publishing for Zynga. “We’re proud to partner with MGM, an industry leader in creating innovative and engaging programming, to extend the iconic gameplay and rich social experience of Words With Friends, and our broader collection of With Friends games, to new mainstream entertainment mediums.”

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posted 7/20/17

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