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Wednesday: Hump Day Wars
NBC Wins over Competition on CBS, Fox, CW
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.890 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (9.067 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "The Carmichael Show" (4.820 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), another "The Carmichael Show" (3.994 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Last Comic Standing" (4.197 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

CBS (5.415 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was a close second with its trio of "Big Brother 17" (6.533 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Extant" (4.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Criminal Minds" (4.934 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Sharing the silver with FOX (3.965 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and originals from "MasterChef" (4.560 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "Home Free" (3.370 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) with repeats of "The Middle" (3.838 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Goldbergs" (3.352 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Modern Family" (4.006 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Black-ish" (3.232 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and the season finale of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.858 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "America's Next Top Model" (1.215 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "A Wicked Offer" (0.641 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) on The CW (0.928 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Camp Cutthroat (Food): 1.118 million
- Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps (VH1): 610,000
- Twinning (VH1): 413,000
- Idiotest (GSN): 298,000
- Steampunk'd (GSN): 177,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/3/15

Your Wish Is Our Command
Brian Ormond Brings "WishList" to TV3
From The Irish Mirror

Brian Ormond dropped a bombshell on RTE yesterday when it was revealed he has landed a new game show with TV3.

The former Montrose star, 36, has signed up to front the Irish version of the BBC National Lottery game show WishList.

But Brian, whose Big Money Game was axed by RTE last year, said he has yet to inform the State station about his new gig.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror at TV3’s autumn launch, he said: “We haven’t said anything to anyone. No one knew about this show until today.

“RTE could have approached me with something in a month’s time but this came up and I love the show.

“There was no bad blood or bad
feelings with RTE. TV3 are a huge player now and they’re starting to put some great shows on.

“I want to do family entertainment and RTE aren’t making the shows I want to host so of course I’m going to take an offer if one like this comes up.”

The Irish Mirror
Her.ie

posted 9/3/15

Day of the Vixen
Quiz Queen Jenny Ryan Officially Joins "The Chase UK"
From STV

The Chase returned this week after a summer break and on Wednesday, there was a brand new Chaser joining the ultra clever clan.

Jenny 'The Vixen' Ryan joins the team in the hit quiz show, presented by Bradley Walsh.

She's in good company, alongside Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty, Shaun 'The Dark Destroyer' Wallace, Mark 'The Beast' Labbett and Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha. Hegerty is also due to lead the home team on the Australian version of the show this fall, while Labbett functions as the sole Chaser in the American version.

She said: ?"I'm thrilled to be joining the formidable line-up on The Chase. It's a dream job for any quizzer, and I can't wait to see what the contestants make of me - especially when I catch them!".

She has already been dubbed the "Bolton Brainiac" by Bradley Walsh and fans of the show have taken to Twitter to show support.

Kei Takeshi said: "I must admit, #TheVixen is a wonderful addition to #TheChase. Jenny Ryan plays very well indeed. She's also very cute. It's the glasses!"

Gordon Donaldson said: "I think Jenny Ryan is a great signing for #TheChase to join the team. A big welcome Jenny."

Ryan even predicted her success in an interview with The Bolton News in 2009 when she hoped to become Europe's "queen of quizzes" after securing second place at the European Quiz Championships 2008.

At the time she said: "There are some people in competitions who read encyclopedias and learn lists, but I don't have that kind of brain.

"I don't really learn like that — I learn because I find something interesting or enjoy it.

"I might read a book or watch a documentary and a few things will stick, so I'm best at things like film and TV, pop culture, literature and arts."

Ryan first became interested in quizzing when her granddad, who used to run a Bolton quiz league, asked her questions as a child.

As a law student, she helped her University of Leeds team reach the semi-final of University Challenge in 2003. She has also appeared on Fifteen to One and The Weakest Link.

STV
Bolton News

posted 9/3/15

"DOND" Celebrates Anniversary...
A Giant Twist Coming September 18
From Her.ie

Fans of popular TV show Deal Or No Deal are in for a treat later this month as there is set to be a big twist to the format.

An anniversary special of the show will air on September 18th and this time, it will be presenter Noel Edmonds who will be in the hot seat.

The episode will mark 10 years of the hit game show, and will see Noel trying to win the big cash prize in aid of charity.

“To be given the chance to play the game I am so very proud to host was a great honor and one of the biggest shocks of my professional life,” the host revealed according to Digital Spy.

He's doing it for charity.

“I hate the Banker even more now! Playing for Children’s Hospice South West, a charity very close to my heart, was the icing on our 10th birthday cake.”

You can tune in to the show on September 18th at 8pm on Channel 4.

Her.ie
Best Daily

posted 9/3/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Best Look Ever"

  • FIRST LOOK: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (NBC, September 15) (People)
     
  • Is casting Paula Deen on "Dancing" akin to an endorsement of her racism? (The Guardian)
     
  • Ali Fedotowsky, will you accept this ring? (Yahoo!)
     
  • Price Is Right Live! adds another Newark show (NJ.com)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: TPIR heading to New Port Richey September 17. (WTSP Tampa-St. Petersburg)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chip Esten (Cowboys & Indians)

posted 9/2/15


EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!
Season Premiere of "Dancing" September 14
From the Futon Critic

The celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" is lacing up their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. This 21st season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes three platinum-certified music super stars, an Academy Award(R) nominee, a Triple Crown winner, an American Hero, and our first ever married couple, to name a few.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· American train hero Alek Skarlatos partnered with Lindsay Arnold
· Actress Alexa PenaVega partnered with Mark Ballas
· Musician Andy Grammer partnered with Allison Holker
· Nature expert Bindi Irwin partnered with Derek Hough
· Singer/actor Carlos PenaVega partnered with Witney Carson
· Singer Chaka Khan partnered with Keo Motsepe
· Actor Gary Busey partnered with Anna Trebunskaya
· Web celeb Hayes Grier partnered with Emma Slater
· Reality star Kim Zolciak Biermann partnered with Tony Dovolani
· Singer/actor Nick Carter partnered with Sharna Burgess
· Chef Paula Deen partnered with Louis van Amstel
· Singer/TV host Tamar Braxton partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
· Jockey Victor Espinoza partnered with Karina Smirnoff

Us Magazine
Fansided
People
Entertainment Tonight
Us Magazine
The Futon Critic
E!

posted 9/2/15

"Amazing Race": The 17th Lineup
Catch It on CBS September 25
From TV by the Numbers

The upcoming season of THE AMAZING RACE will feature 11 new teams, including former New York Jets cheerleaders, street dancing brothers, TMZ personalities, dating news reporters and an engaged couple whose AMAZING RACE-themed marriage proposal became a viral sensation. The new season of the 10-time Emmy Award-winning series premieres Friday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

As previously announced, the teams take off from Venice Beach, Calif. and travel to their first destination, Rio de Janeiro, where they immediately encounter a potentially game-changing Fast Forward. The entire route for THE AMAZING RACE will be released shortly.

Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

- Alex Manard & Adam Dingeman (22/24; Champaign, IL/Des Moines, IA; cousins)
- Cindy & Rick Chac (36/38; San Diego; married)
- Denise Williams & James Earl Corley (51/26; Prattville, AL; mother/son)
- Ernest Phillips & Jin Lao (29/26; Boston; brothers)
- Jazmine Lewis & Danielle Littleton (23; Moreno Valley, CA/Riverside, CA; best friends)
- Justin Scheman & Diana Bishop (30; Bronx, NY/Sharon Hill, PA; engaged)
- Kelly Berning & Shevonne Sullivan (37/31; Los Angeles/Taunton, MA; TMZ co-workers)
- Kelsey Gerckens & Joey Buttitta (25/26; Ventura, CA; Simi Valley, CA; dating co-workers)
- Logan Fazio & Chris Gordon (36/46; Miami; dating)
- Tanner Kloven & Josh Ahern (26/28; Dallas-Fort Worth; best friend)
- Tiffany Chantell Torres & Krista DeBono (28; Little Falls, NJ/New York City; former NFL cheerleaders for the Jets)

TV by the Numbers
TV Insider
TV Line

posted 9/2/15

Tuesday: America's Got A Renewal
NBC Wins with One-Two of "Talent", "Game Night"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) opened the month of September on top with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.383 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Hollywood Game Night" (4.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

It was also announced that NBC has renewed America's Got Talent for an eleventh season. Auditions for summer 2016 will start in November. No official word yet whether Nick Cannon will return as host and Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum as judges. Howard Stern announced earlier this summer that he would be leaving after a four-year stint behind the judging table. Production of AGT had been moved to New York for Stern. There had been talk of bringing it back to Los Angeles if he is no longer on the show. More details as they become available.

CBS (6.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (7.772 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Zoo" (5.833 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.777 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its marathon lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.837 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.454 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), yet another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.357 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), even more "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.146 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.206 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) offered up a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.325 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) alongside repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.194 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.018 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.230 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "iZombie" (0.908 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.676 million
- Chopped Teen Tournament (Food): 1.337 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 883,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Deadline

posted 9/2/15

GSN: Best. Summer. EVER.
A Quarter More Viewers Tune Into "Skin Wars", "Idiotest", "The Chase"
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that Summer 2015 (June, July, August) was the network's most-watched summer in its 20-year history, in Primetime (8p-11p) and Total Day in Total Viewers (P2+) and its key demos, P18-49, W18-49, P25-54 and W25-54.

The network achieved this milestone through the strength of its original programming across the three-month period, including SKIN WARS, IDIOTEST, THE CHASE, CHAIN REACTION and newcomer STEAMPUNK'D, as well as favorites like FAMILY FEUD. Compared to GSN's previous summer high (Summer 2013) in primetime, they are up 24% in Total Viewers, 37% in W18-49 and 31% in W25-54. In Total Day, they are up 23% in Total Viewers, 15% in W18-49 and 12% in W25-54 versus the previous summer high (2013).

Looking at Summer 2015 vs 2014, in primetime, GSN is up 29% in Total Viewers, 63% in W18-49 and 39% W25-54. In Total Day, they are up 36% in Total Viewers, 60% in W18-49 and 37% in W25-54. GSN has also seen its highest rated month ever, in five of the eight months of 2015.

"When new viewers came to GSN this summer they were treated to a fresh new on-air look and buzzworthy competition shows like Skin Wars and Steampunk'd," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP of Programming for GSN. "The great news is that they also stayed for our top of the line contemporary shiny floor shows, The Chase, Idiotest and Chain Reaction and Family Feud."

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/15

Go Beyond the Tank Again
Limited Series Returns to ABC September 29
From The Futon Critic

Watch as the Sharks roll up their sleeves to help their Entrepreneurs make the tough decisions that hopefully lead to success, growth and profits in "Beyond the Tank," the companion series from the producers of the Emmy-award winning reality series, "Shark Tank." The one-hour episodes of "Beyond the Tank" will feature the captivating and surprising outcomes after the Sharks strike a deal with the Entrepreneurs on "Shark Tank." The season premiere, "Episode 110," airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (The 4-week event of "Beyond the Tank" will run through Tuesday, October 20).

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/15

Who's on the Street with Billy for Season 4?
Find Out September 3
From The Futon Critic

truTV announced today additional guest appearances for Season 4 of Funny or Die's Billy on the Street. Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis, will join previously announced guests Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Anna Kendrick and Julianne Moore appearing on Billy on the Street, this fall.

Emmy(R)-nominated comedian Billy Eichner makes his truTV debut returning to the streets of New York City to surprise unsuspecting pedestrians with quick-witted, rapid-fire questions on pop-culture. Season 4 will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on truTV.

A 90 second sneak peek of the upcoming season will premiere during the Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special, set to air Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT., when truTV's Impractical Jokers, in celebration of their groundbreaking 100th episode, will take on their most challenging dare yet: an epic high-wire walk five stories in the air above New York City during the show's first ever live punishment extravaganza.

The Futon Critic
Instagram @BillyEichner

posted 9/2/15

Return to the House of DVF
Catch It on E! September 13
From the Futon Critic

E! unwraps the inner workings of the glamorous world of fashion as seven determined young women enter the house that icon Diane Von Furstenberg built during season two of "House of DVF." In a fierce competition to become DVF's next Global Brand Ambassador, these aspiring fashionistas will be put to the ultimate test - from styling exacting celebrity clients, to spearheading new designs, to jet setting for fabulous assignments and more - to see if they have what it takes to represent the legendary brand. "House of DVF" premieres on E! on September 13 at 9pm ET/PT, and moves to its regular timeslot of Sundays at 10pm ET/PT on September 20. The series will also premiere internationally on E! in over 160 countries this fall.

"The second season of 'House of DVF' is not only entertaining and informative, but also allows viewers inside my fashion world," says Diane von Furstenberg. "I will also continue to provide empowering messages to a generation of millennial women in order to guide them to becoming the women they want to be."

With exclusive access to the world of Diane von Furstenberg, including runway shows, high profile events across the globe, and revealing looks at the inner workings of this singular brand, "House of DVF" is like no other show on television. Eight high-stakes episodes take viewers on an adventurous and sometimes emotional ride, as this group of driven young women who are each dedicated to their own personal brands, experience the challenges and triumph while being tested for the job of a lifetime.

Along with Diane, season one winner and current DVF Global Brand Ambassador Brittany Hampton returns to help find experienced hopefuls, knowing all too well what the demanding yet fun position entails. Jessica Joffe (DVF's Style Editor) and Stefani Greenfield (DVF's Creative Brand Director) also return to offer their professional guidance and insight. DVF and her team will inspire and empower the women to fulfill their potential, chase their dreams and embrace independence.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/15

Monday: Always Bet on Red... White & Blue
NBC Wins with "Ninja Warrior" Finals
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.976 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was back on top on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (7.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.592 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

ABC (3.934 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then fell to second place with new episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.213 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "After Paradise" (3.818 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and the season finale of "The Whispers" (2.772 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.950 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.543 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "The Odd Couple" (3.757 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Scorpion" (4.658 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.041 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.950 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.950 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, originals from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.127 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.769 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Significant Mother" (0.915 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- She's Got Game (VH1): 1.721 million
- Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off (Food): 1.229 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/2/15

Halloween on GSN...
"Hellevator" Descends October 21
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of horror-themed game show HELLEVATOR on Wednesday, October 21 at 8 PM ET/PT.

The terrifying eight episode genre-bending series from Blumhouse, the team that brought the world the "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious," "Ouija" and "The Purge" franchises, dares contestants to survive a series of challenges from the depths of an abandoned slaughterhouse. The new series continues GSN's growth into "gamifying" cultural trends, including the successful SKIN WARS and STEAMPUNK'D.

In HELLEVATOR, a team of three friends rides a haunted elevator into various levels of the abandoned slaughterhouse. One player must get out on each floor and conquer a frightening challenge in order to earn money for the team. If they don't make it back in time, the elevator moves on without them. Participants can earn up to $50,000 by properly completing their challenges, including the final challenge - The Labyrinth - where the surviving contestants work together to face their most difficult and terrifying challenge in a mad-dash race to accumulate more money. Horror film icons Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka the "Twisted Twins," serve as masterminds behind the scenes, pulling the strings throughout the game, taking delight in the horror and leaving contestants struggling to remember "it's just a game."

HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Executive Producers are Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity," "The Purge," "Ouija" and "Insidious"), who won a 2014 Emmy(R) Award for "The Normal Heart," and was nominated for an Academy Award(R) for "Whiplash," Jay Peterson, and Todd Lubin of Matador ("Lip Sync Battle") and Shye Sutherland ("Wipeout," "Bullseye").

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Broadway World
1428 Elm
Realscreen
Horror-Movies.ca

posted 9/2/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "TV Hates You"

  • Chris Bukowski posts a mea culpa after "Bachelor in Paradise": "I honestly thought those involved in my television career were “looking out for my best interests.”" (Jezebel)
     
  • Mark Cuban is singing oh, oh, oh... oh, oh, oh... on season 2 of "Girl Meets World" (TV Line)
     
  • Jonathan Coulton, "Ask Me Another's" One Man House Band, contributes music to "The Spongebob Musical" (Toonzone)
     
  • Janice Dickinson has a seizure in the Big Brother House (Heat World)
     
  • Nick considering bringing back old classics. Could mean more game shows. Could mean something else. (Variety)
     
  • Cablevision, GSN to finally settle this whole... thing... (FierceCable)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Grant Denyer (Daily Mail)

posted 9/2/15

... And Halloween on Food Network
"Halloween Baking Championship" Comes Out of the Kitchen October 5
From The Futon Critic

From spider cupcakes, to cheesecake coffins, to witch finger cookies and mummy macarons, seven of the country's top bakers compete to create Halloween's spookiest and most creepy crawly confections on Food Network's Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, October 5th at 9:00pm ET/PT. In order to survive this haunted competition, hosted by Richard Blais, contestants must prove their baking abilities and impress judges Ron Ben-Israel, Carla Hall, and Sherry Yard. Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Halloween Baking Champion!

"Halloween Baking Championship is packed with stunning, outlandish creations from wickedly-talented bakers, that are sure to inspire viewers to create spellbinding treats in their own haunted homes," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network.

In each of the hour-long episodes, the bakers' skills are put to the test as they battle it out in difficult challenges that will cause quite a fright. Will the bakers be able to sculpt scrumptious spooky treats using only store-bought ingredients? Whose towering confections of terror will put a sweet spell on the judges? Which ghostly treat will be sent to the baker's graveyard and never return? On the first episode, the bakers' skills are tested in the pre-heat challenge to create Halloween cupcakes using iconic trick-or-treat candies, including candy corn, peanut butter cups and lollipops. One contestant will win a special advantage in the main heat challenge, where they need to make a baked dessert that looks like a classic Halloween costume - ghost, zombie, mummy and witch. They must not be put under a spell when twists are thrown their way.

Fans can meet the competitors, access top moments from the show, and get a behind-the-scenes look with Richard Blais and the judges on FoodNetwork.com/BakingChampionship Plus, they can join the baking banter on Twitter using #BakingChampionship.

Halloween Baking Championship is produced by Triage Entertainment.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/1/15

Syndies: The Run to the Finish
Final Results for the 2014-2015 Season
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil ended the syndicated TV season, which wrapped on Sunday, Aug. 30, as daytime’s top talker for the four year in a row.
Phil closed out its season with a genre-leading 3.2 most-current household average, according to Nielsen Media Research. Phil also led among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54 with a 1.7.

For the week ending August 23, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud extended its game winning streak for the ninth week out of the past 11 with a 2% gain to a first-place 6.2. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune also saw a 2% uptick to a 5.9 and moved up to second place. CTD’s Jeopardy! softened 3% to a 5.7, falling back to third. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Debmar-Mercury's Celebrity Name Game both were flat at a 1.7 and 1.3, respectively.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/1/15

Best Sidekick Ever
Nicole Scherzinger Joins NPH Series
From Broadway World

Neil Patrick Harris and Little NPH today welcomed Nicole Scherzinger (CATS) to the BEST TIME EVER family. Scherzinger will play sidekick to Harris on "Best Time Ever," assisting him in a variety of segments including the karaoke-based game Singalong Live where home viewers have a chance to participate in the live broadcast.

She'll also assist in mini-game shows, competitions and contribute to the high-fueled and heart-stopping End of The Show show.

"Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" premieres Tuesday, September 15 on NBC (10pm ET/PT).

Broadway World

posted 9/1/15

Sunday: Waiting All Day...
NFL Beats Out Everything
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) landed the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "The Carmichael Show" (3.779 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), another "The Carmichael Show" (3.957 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "NFL Preseason Kickoff" (7.198 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) and "NFL Preseason: Arizona at Oakland" (6.296 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3).

CBS (5.571 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then claimed the silver with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.376 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Big Brother 17" (6.726 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1), "Madam Secretary" (3.474 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16) and "CSI: Cyber" (3.709 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16).

Next up was ABC (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.848 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.366 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the finale of "Save My Life: Boston Trauma" (3.115 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, FOX (2.467 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T) closed out the evening with "NFL Overrun" (5.245 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) followed by repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.174 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.217 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.685 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Family Guy" (1.867 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.615 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.680 million
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.586 million
- Sunday Best (BET/SF): 1.364 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.106 million
- Funny or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman (TBS): 665,000
- Race to Escape (Science/SF): 310,000

The Futon Critic
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posted 9/1/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Heavens to Murgatroyd!"

  • Peta Murgatroyd injures her ankle, is done for the season. This is not an NFL report, this is for "Dancing with the Stars" (People)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: want to dance for $100,000? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • GSN casts a WideOrbit (Sys-Con)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Big Brother Canada cast visits a fan with depression (Infotel)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with JoAnne Worley (Palm Springs Life)

posted 9/1/15

Vin Scully: One More Season
"It Takes Two" Host to Call Final Season of Dodger Baseball Next Year
From AAMG

Friday night's announcement that Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will return for his 67th season calling Dodgers baseball in 2016 came replete with a video on the scoreboard featuring team co-owner Magic Johnson introducing the news and Jimmy Kimmel delivering it via cue cards flashed at the audience. But Scully, in a press conference Saturday, indicated that 2016 is likely to be his last season with the Dodgers.

“I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we’ve decided to do it again in 2016,” said Scully, who began calling Dodgers games in Brooklyn in 1950 and is heard in a simulcast for three innings at home games and West Coast/Phoenix road games on iHEARTMEDIA/Dodgers Sports KLAC-A (AM 570 LA SPORTS)/Los Angeles; he calls all nine innings on the television side for Time Warner Cable Sportsnet LA. “There’s no place like home and Dodger Stadium and we look forward to being a part of it with all of our friends.”

But at his press conference, Scully added, "I would say, realistically -- I don't want any headlines -- but next year would be the last one. How much longer can you go fooling people? Dear God, if you give me next year, I'll hang it up. I do feel in my bones that will be enough. I'm sure the people will feel that will be enough, too. Enough is enough. Without a doubt, next year, my gosh, what's that saying, talk about next year and make the devil laugh? I'm very wary of that."

“Vin is a national treasure and the Dodgers couldn’t be happier to have him back at the microphone in 2016,” said Dodgers Pres./CEO Stan Kasten in a press release. “Vin makes every broadcast special and generation after generation of Dodger fans have been blessed to be able to listen to him create his poetic magic since 1950. We look forward to adding many new chapters to that legacy in 2016.”

AAMG

posted 8/31/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "American Revolution"

  • Tila Tequila explores all her options, including a lawsuit (TMZ)
     
  • Steve Harvey is a very busy man (New York Post)
     
  • Mark your calendars for September 2. That's when Jenny Ryan officially takes on the mantle of "The Vixen" (Radio Times)

posted 8/31/15

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