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DAYTIME EMMYS: "Jeopardy!", Steve Harvey Win
49th Awards Return to In-Person
From NextTV

The Kelly Clarkson Show was the big winner at Friday night's Daytime Emmys, adding two more wins – outstanding entertainment talk show and outstanding entertainment talk show host – to the show's Creative Arts haul of five. This is the second consecutive year that the show has won in this category, and the third that Clarkson, who was not present at the ceremony, has been named outstanding host.

NBCUniversal's daytime strip – headed into season four – is getting upgraded in markets across the country this fall after the end of Warner Bros.' The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The second -biggest winner of the night was ABC's daytime drama General Hospital, which won five Daytime Emmys, including outstanding daytime drama, directing, and outstanding supporting actor and actress. The wins make General Hospital the most-winning daytime drama in history, having won outstanding daytime drama 15 times.

Mishael Morgan of CBS' The Young and the Restless made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win outstanding actress in a daytime drama. The Bold and the Beautiful's John McCook was named outstanding lead actor in a daytime drama.

Syndicated shows led in overall wins with 16, including outstanding game show for Sony Pictures Television-produced Jeopardy!, now executive produced by Michael Davies; outstanding entertainment magazine for CBS Media Ventures' Entertainment Tonight; and outstanding game-show host for Family Feud's Steve Harvey.

Jeopardy! has won this award 19 times across its 38 seasons -- or half of the years that it has been on the air -- and the third time in a row, even with iconic host Alex Trebek dying of pancreatic cancer in late 2020.

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posted 6/26/2022


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"Soon"
Michael Davies Talks All Things Season 39 After Emmy Win
From Yahoo!

Although it's been easy to forget—as the show has just sort of rolled along for the last season with Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings handing off hosting duties, and a number of high-profile winners seemingly unaffected by the transition—but Jeopardy! has been running without a permanent host for nearly a year at this point. That is, since August 2021, when producer Mike Richards was announced as the new permanent host for the show's regular daily broadcast…and then swiftly un-announced after filming just 5 episodes.

But that state of trivia-adjacent uncertainty might soon be coming to an end, as revealed by series executive producer Michael Davies at the Daytime Emmys yesterday, where the game show picked up its latest Outstanding Game Show trophy. (The show has won for the last three years running, and seven times out of the last ten; it also has the most wins overall in the award's history.) Davies didn't shy away from talking about the Richards situation, saying that it was referred to as "the awkward months" around the Jeopardy! offices. "But," he said, "It showed the power of our audience and how passionately our fans care about the program, which is just so important."

Name-checking a number of big winners in the intervening period—including Matt Amodio, Amy Schneider, Mattea Roach, and Ryan Long, all of whom had long streaks on the show, with Schneider and Amodio both breaking the million-dollar winnings barrier—Davies asserted that the show is making moves to shore up its hosting situation. "We hope to have a hosting announcement very, very soon," he said. "But with all of our plans for Jeopardy!—which is more Jeopardy!, not less, more versions—we're going to need multiple hosts to represent the entire audience, to represent the entire country, in order to take this franchise forward."

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posted 6/26/2022


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Wheel of Fortune Casino Coming
Sony Teams with BetMGM
From the Hollywood Reporter

Sony Pictures Television is set to turn its Wheel of Fortune game show franchise, with its legendary roulette wheel, into an online casino.

The Hollywood studio has teamed with BetMGM, the mobile gaming operator, and International Game Technology to launch the branded online Wheel of Fortune Casino in New Jersey later this year.

The online gaming extension, with real money wagering on branded Wheel of Fortune slot machines, comes as the TV game show franchise gets set for its 40th season and seeing around 250 versions of Wheel of Fortune slot games launched.

"We are delighted to be partnering with BetMGM for the launch of Wheel of Fortune's very first online casino. With Wheel of Fortune celebrating its 40th season this year, we are pleased to continue offering players additional, new ways to play the games they know and love," Suzanne Prete, executive vp of game shows at Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement.

BetMGM adds it will include "responsible gaming education" as part of the Wheel of Fortune Casino via GameSense, a program developed and licensed to MGM Resorts by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

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posted 6/23/2022

CBS Lines Up Fall
Survivor, Amazing Race Both Start September 21
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the premiere dates for its 2022-2023 fall season that begins Monday, Sept. 19. The Network will roll out the strategic launches of four new shows and 18 returning series over a few weeks.

Of note, the new romance adventure competition THE REAL LOVE BOAT will now air at 9:00 PM on Wednesdays, leading into THE AMAZING RACE in its new time period at 10:00 PM.

The night will begin with Survivor at 8pm ET. Big Brother's finale will air September 25.

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posted 6/23/2022

G4 Returns to "Arena"
Xavier Woods, Gina Darling to Host New Version Produced in Association with WWE
From Business Wire

G4 and WWE®, announce today they are teaming up for the release of new content series, in partnership with Xfinity, titled, "Arena," a monthly show where the world of streamers, celebrities, pro-athletes and WWE Superstars will collide and enter the G4 Arena to hash out their personal/professional issues with a gauntlet of chaotic, and hilarious, challenges.

From the content studio that is home to Legacy shows like "Attack of the Show!," "XPlay" and "Name Your Price" – G4 is no stranger to delivering fans content that resonates.

Hosted by WWE Superstar Xavier Woods (AKA Austin Creed) and G4 Host Gina Darling, the series will feature major internet personalities including popular Twitch streamers QTCinderella and Myth who are stepping in to the Arena to air out their personal grievances for episode 1.

"WWE® is known for delivering quality entertainment to its loyal fan base and we are so excited to partner with them to bring this content to life and spotlight a mix of awesome talent," said G4 President Russell Arons. "The G4 network creates a fusion between the worlds of gaming and popular culture. With Arena, we're making a comical collision for fans of WWE, streamers, and celebrities with a monthly series on TV, YouTube and Twitch where rivalries will be resolved once and for all."

"All of our work on UpUpDownDown over the past seven years has brought us to this moment where we will see the wrestling and gaming universes collide," said Xavier Woods, host of Arena. I'm psyched to partner with G4 and look forward to surprising our UpUpDownDown fans with some new faces in gaming each month."

Fans won't want to miss the premiere on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on G4's Twitch Channel and WWE's UpUpDownDown YouTube Channel. New episodes of Arena will air every month and feature two new guests to settle their qualms once and for all, with the help of WWE Superstars like Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins and more.

During the first challenge of each episode, the Unbeatable Advantage presented by Xfinity will be awarded to the winning contestant and provide them with the precious gift of time for the final challenge. "Just as Xfinity provides our customers Unbeatable Internet with supersonic Wi-Fi speeds and powerful connections, we are also excited to give contestants an unbeatable advantage during episodes of the Arena," said Matt Lederer, Vice President of Branded Partnerships for Xfinity. "We are looking forward to seeing how contestants utilize the time bonus in their competitions throughout the Arena Series."

The original "Arena" was one of the first original series for the network, hosted by the late Lee Reherman.

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posted 6/23/2022

More on "Alex vs. America" Season 2
Catch It on Food Network July 31
From the Futon Critic

Will Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's winning streak continue? Food Network will find out when Alex returns with more intense and action-packed culinary battles on the new season of Alex vs America, premiering Sunday, July 31st at 9pm ET/PT. In each one-hour episode, Alex simultaneously takes on three talented and brave chefs from across the United States - all experts in the same culinary specialty. Acclaimed chef Eric Adjepong hosts Alex and the competitors in two rounds of challenges that put their culinary specialty skills to the test as they attempt to defeat Alex for ultimate bragging rights and a cash prize. Will the competitors prevail at beating Alex in her own arena or will she send all the ambitious chefs home with nothing but their disappointment? New episodes of Alex vs America are available to stream weekly on discovery+, beginning July 31st.

"I am so excited to step back into the arena to take on a new batch of chefs from across the country," said Guarnaschelli. "These competitors are pulling out all the stops to showcase their culinary talent to try and bring me down. They have a lot on the line, but I don't like to lose so they better bring their A-game."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/23/2022

New "Taskmaster" Lineup Revealed
Dara O Briain, Sarah Millican Among Players for Season 15
From Thurrock Gazette

Dara O Briain and Sarah Millican are among the new contestants announced for the 14th series of TV programme Taskmaster.

The comedy gameshow, which airs on Channel 4, sees five celebrities compete in a series of bizarre challenges presented to them by the Taskmaster Greg Davies.

Comedians O Briain, 50, and Millican, 47, will join actor John Kearns, stand-up comic Fern Brady and digital creator Munya Chawawa to compete to be crowned Taskmaster champion.

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posted 6/23/2022

WEDNESDAY: Avalanche 3, Lightning 1
Stanley Cup Final Wins Night for ABC
From the Programming Insider

Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals (Colorado Avalanche 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2) led ABC to an easy Wednesday night victory (4.35 million, 1.2/12).

In season-premiere news, two episodes of "Wellington Paranormal" on The CW was off the fast affiliate charts at an average 184,000 viewers and no registered results in adults 18-49 in the Wednesday 9 p.m. ET hour. It led out "The Flash" at an also depressed 615,000 viewers and a 0.1/ 1 in the demo at 8 p.m. Remember when this was a 4+ million viewer show each week?

Elsewhere, Fox featured "Masterchef" (Viewers: #4, 2.24 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.4/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (Viewers: #4, 1.51 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.3/ 2 at 9 p.m.). And CBS and NBC were in repeats.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)...
- Forged in Fire (History): 524k/0.11
- America Says (GSN): 382k/0.05

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posted 6/23/2022

USA Recruits Reality Vets for "Snake in the Grass"
"Survivor", "Big Brother" Players Join Alums of "Naked and Afraid"
From Entertainment Weekly

Six Survivor stars —including two former winners — are heading back to the jungle. And this time they are bringing some fellow reality stalwarts with them for a new competition series on USA Network that will force players to work together while attempting to uncover the identity of a saboteur in their midst.

Survivor: Cook Islands champ Yul Kwon and Survivor: Fiji winner Earl Cole will be joined by franchise faves Malcolm Freberg, Cirie Fields, Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick, and Trish Hegarty on USA's Snake in the Grass. Also appearing on the new series will be Big Brother winner Rachel Reilly and four-time favorite Janelle Pierzina, as well as Jeff Zausch and Lacey Jones from the Naked and Afraid franchise.

In a cross between Survivor and former ABC series The Mole, each episode of Snake in the Grass will drop four players into the jungles of Central America for 36 hours, where they will "compete in a series of grueling and mind-twisting challenges, from retrieving game pieces suspended on high wires over a 500-foot canyon to scaling the face of a cliff to solve puzzles."

But one of those players is actually the Snake, and will be trying to sabotage the others to prevent them from winning those challenges, because each challenge win offers a clue to the identity of the Snake. At the end of the journey, the players will meet in the Snake Pit and put forth a guess as to the identity of the saboteur. If they are right, the three of them split a $100,000 prize; if they are wrong, the Snake keeps all the money.

Hosted by radio star, American Idol mentor, and Dancing with the Stars winner Bobby Bones, Snake in the Grass premieres Aug. 1 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

"Getting to host Snake in the Grass has been a really cool experience," says Bones. "I lived in Costa Rica for more than a month while we were shooting it, so I can't wait for everyone to finally get to see what we've been up to. The show is a mix of adventure and mystery — it's going to keep you guessing!"

Entertainment Wekely

posted 6/23/2022

Double the Love... Island
ITV, Hulu to Air Two Seasons in 2023
From TV Insider

It's good news for fans of the British version of Love Island as the hit reality series is returning for a double dose of fun in the sun in 2023.

As reported by Variety and confirmed by the show's broadcaster ITV, the popular dating game show will air both a winter and summer edition next year. The winter series will be broadcast in the New Year and feature a fresh crop of contestants flying out to South Africa for a romantic getaway. This will be followed by the traditional summer version in Mallorca around four months later.

"We're always blown away by the show's ongoing impact and talkability amongst our younger audience," said ITV2's director of reality commissioning and controller Paul Mortimer, (via Variety). "So, rather than just serving up a Summer of Love, we thought we'd make 2023 the Year of Love with two full [seasons] of the show."

The eighth season of Love Island is currently airing in the United Kingdom and landed on Hulu for American viewers on Tuesday, June 21. Meanwhile, the new iteration of Love Island USA will premiere on Peacock on Tuesday, July 19 — CBS previously aired two seasons of the American edition, which are available for streaming on Hulu and Paramount+.

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posted 6/23/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One L of an Error"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Don't fire the Jeopardy! chyron guy (TV Insider)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Remember "The One That Got Away", the pilot special from NBC? Well, Amazon Prime is revisiting it (WNYW New York)

  • Melissa Ordway will skip tomorrow's Daytime Emmys because... yeah. (Instagram @Mel_ordway)

posted 6/21/2022

"Lightning" Struck
BBC Cancels Zoe Lyons Quiz Show
From Chortle

The BBC has axed Zoe Lyons quiz show Lightning after two series.

The comic broke the news on Twitter, posting an image of the shiny suit she wore on the show and the caption: 'Sadly all good quizes must come to an end but I can't tell you what a joy it was to work on @lightningquiz for @bbc2.

'We made 2 cracking series and I loved every second of working with my pals at BBC Belfast. Every contestant was a star.'

The show launched in a 6.30pm weekday slot in early 2021, and the second series ran this spring. It mixed quickfire questions with physical challenges - although that aspect was later axed – as contestants tried to win a £3,000 jackpot.

When the second run launched, Lyons said she hoped Lightning would become a long-running show. 'I hope it runs until I'm 80,' she said. 'It'll be me in my shiny suit and a Farrah Fawcett wig – that's the dream!'

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posted 6/22/2022

"One Question" from Claudia Winkleman
Catch It on Channel 4 June 24
From What to Watch

One Question is a new game show where a single question could change contestants' lives to the tune of £100,000.

The Channel 4 game show is hosted by Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman, where she'll be taking on the role of quiz master and marks her first time hosting a quiz or a game show since appearing on Talking Telephone Numbers in 1997 with Phillip Schofield.

Speaking about returning to the game show world, Claudia said: "It was just such a simple, lovely idea. It came through as literally two sentences. One question, we give them the answer, along with 19 incorrect ones. I was in."

She added: "I'm ridiculously excited. In One Question there's no time limit, no buzzers, no complicated rules. Just a sofa, a chat, and one question that could win our players £100k. Not only that, we give them the answer! The tricky part is we give them 19 wrong answers too. It's such a simple, lovely idea."

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events, Channel 4 also spoke about having Claudia on board, saying: "We're delighted to have Claudia fronting this nail-biting new prime-time game show on Channel 4. With her unmistakable charm and wit, we'll really get to know each of the contestants as they strive towards a potentially life-changing jackpot."

One Question airs on Friday, June 24 at 8pm on Channel 4. The six-part series will then air weekly in the same slot.

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posted 6/22/2022

TUESDAY: ... Dancing By Yourself?
NBC Wins with AGT, "Dancing" Drops
From the Programming Insider

NBC remained the network to beat on Tuesday care of "America's Got Talent", which at 5.72 million viewers and a 0.6/ 6 share in adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. ET — both No. 1 for the night — is still considered a hit in this fractured content marketplace. Unfortunately, recent competition entry "Dancing With Myself" dropped to a modest 2.06 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 3 in the demo (#1t) at 10 p.m.

In the specials department was a Tuesday 10 p.m. edition of ABC's "20/20" themed "Exclusively Elvis", which was not so special at 2.32 million viewers (#2) and a 0.2/ 2 in adults 18-49 (#3) at 10 p.m. It aired out of "Holey Moley" (Viewers: #3, 2.07 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.), and game show "The Chase" (Viewers: #3, 1.97 million; A18-49: #2, 0.3/ 3 at 9 p.m.).

Elsewhere, The CW featured "Superman & Lois" (Viewers: #5, 799,000; A18-49: #5, 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and recent entry "Tom Swift" (Viewers: #5, 371,000; A18-49: #5, 0.0/ 0), which needless to say is not so swift. And CBS and Fox were in repeats.

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 705k/0.15
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 595k/0.12
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 520k/0.12
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 289k/0.06
- America Says (GSN): 285k/0.03
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SP/VH1): 249k/0.14
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 221k/0.13
- Celebrity Game Face (SP/E!): 221k/0.07

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posted 6/22/2022

Next Level Pickup
Ramsay GLobal to Export "Next Level Chef" to UK
From the Futon Critic

Studio Ramsay Global (SRG), Gordon Ramsay's worldwide production venture created with FOX Entertainment, has sold the UK format rights for his newest hit competition series NEXT LEVEL CHEF to ITV, it was jointly announced today by Ramsay; Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Entertainment; and Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning for ITV.

Produced by Studio Ramsay Global and marking SRG's first NEXT LEVEL CHEF format sale, it will be shot in a studio hub in the UK and also feature Ramsay alongside two additional panelists. Ramsay, Lisa Edwards, and Ian Peckham will executive produce. Additionally, SRG will act as the production services partner for FOX Alternative Entertainment on Season Two of the U.S. flagship format of the program from the UK hub. The return of NEXT LEVEL CHEF, America's #1 new entertainment program last season, will premiere on FOX after Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023.

Set on an iconic stage over three stories high, each floor containing a different kitchen featuring culinary equipment and ingredients matching their environment -- from the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement. NEXT LEVEL CHEF pits line cooks, home chefs, social media stars, food truck owners and everything in between against one another as they compete within the circumstances of their assigned kitchen to win a cash prize and become a NEXT LEVEL CHEF.

"When we launched NEXT LEVEL CHEF in the US earlier this year, the goal was for other broadcasters and international territories to recognize the truly original and epic format. I'm delighted ITV stepped up straight away to become our UK broadcast partners and by doing so, enabled us to develop a very exciting NEXT LEVEL CHEF global production Hub out of Acton Studios in West London," Ramsay added. "I'm also personally thrilled that by creating the UK Hub, Studio Ramsay Global is supporting the incredibly talented TV industry workforce here in the UK."

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, said, "NEXT LEVEL CHEF is a dynamic, edge of your seat cooking competition in a league of its own. We're so excited to welcome Gordon back to the UK and get started on perhaps the most ambitious TV studio the world has to offer!"

"With Gordon at the center of this innovative premise that moves the cooking competition space forward, we knew NEXT LEVEL CHEF would be a hit here in the States with enormous potential globally," added Wade. "NEXT LEVEL CHEF's immediate success speaks to the very reason why we're so fortunate to be in business with Gordon; and, as his longtime partners, ITV is the perfect home in the UK for his next big format."

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posted 6/22/2022

All-Round Champion: The Para-Athletes
BYUTV, TVO Joint Production to Go to Five
From the Futon Critic

BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, has greenlit new seasons of returning favorite competition shows "Survivalists" and "All-Round Champion." The 10-episode season three of "Survivalists," which follows families as they brave the elements together, will be released in fall 2022. Filming in Baja California, Mexico, was completed earlier this year. The 10-episode season five of "All-Round Champion," with outstanding young para-athletes competing in each other's sports, is set to begin production later this month and premiere in early 2023. All released episodes of all seasons of both series are always available to stream for free on the BYUtv app and at BYUtv.org.

"Although 'Survivalists,' and 'All-Round Champion' are intense competitions, at their hearts, they shine light on the resilience of the human spirit and the strengthening of bonds between family members and teammates," said Andra Johnson Duke, head of content at BYUtv. "Both shows have captured the imaginations of young people and their parents over the course of their runs, and there's no question that these exciting new iterations will continue to engage and inspire them to want to push harder, do better and be better."

In the new round of "All-Round Champion," nine of the best young athletes in their sports will assemble from the United States, Canada and UK to compete in the ultimate competition, and, for the first time, they'll all be para-athletes. The catch? They'll compete in every sport but their own. With only three days to train in each event, these extraordinary athletes will be pushed to the limit, and only one will be crowned the All-Round Champion. Olympian and world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien returns as host and mentor. "All-Round Champion" is produced by BYUtv and marblemedia with executive producers Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/22/2022

MONDAY: Avalanche 2, Lightning 1
ABC Wins with Stanley Cup
From Deadline

The Tampa Bay Lightning's victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final scored another big win for ABC in primetime Monday among viewers and in key demos.

From 9-11 p.m. ET, the network dominated in viewers (9.07 million), 25-54 (3.2 rating) and 18-49 (2.7), according to Nielsen fast affiliates. The Lightning's win at home trimmed Colorado's lead in the best-of-7 NHL championship series to 2-1.

CBS came in second for the night in viewers (3.22 million) and tied for third with Fox in adults 25-54, despite airing repeats of its comedies and NCIS dramas. NBC aired originals of American Ninja Warrior (0.3 in 18-49, 2.72 million) and Weakest Link (0.3, 2.28M), while Fox had fresh episodes of Don't Forget the Lyrics (0.3, 1.73 million) and Beat Shazam (0.3, 1.66 million).

The CW aired new Roswell, New Mexico (0.1, 480,000) and In the Dark (0.0, 310K).

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49)...
- BBQ Brawl (Food): 843k/0.16
- Chain Reaction (SF/GSN): 488k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 379k/0.03
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 289k/0.06
- America Says (GSN): 285k/0.03

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posted 6/22/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Saddest Day"

  • Tom Mann's fiancee dies on the morning of what was to be their wedding (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Michael Bolton to debut "Beautiful World" for the scores of people who didn't see "American Song Contest" during the Daytime Emmys (The Futon Critic)

  • Mayim Bialik suing the pants off of the Internet (Mediapost)

  • FIRST LOOK: Are Austin Creed, Gina Darling, and the WWE looking to reboot a G4 classic? (Twitter @G4TV)

posted 6/21/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending June 12
From TV Newscheck

Talk shows made the most Nielsen noise in the session ended June 12 with seven of the top 10 strips surging higher.

Jeopardy topped the chart at a 5.2 followed by Family Feud at a 5.1.

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) 5.2 +8%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 +2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.6 -14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

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posted 6/21/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Stop Us If You've Heard This One..."

posted 6/21/2022


World of Wonder/Paramount Global

Queen of the Universe Just Got Spicy
Mel B Signs On as Judge
From the Futon Critic

Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), to celebrate the debut of Paramount+ in the UK and Ireland on June 22, announced singer and global superstar Mel B will join the star-studded panel of judges for Season 2 of its hit global singing competition, QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE, replacing departing judge Leona Lewis. She joins an esteemed lineup of returning judges including platinum-selling recording artist, three-time Emmy(R)-winning producer and judge of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Michelle Visage; multi-Emmy and GRAMMY(R) nominee Vanessa Williams; and American drag superstar Trixie Mattel. Five-time BAFTA TV Award winner Graham Norton will also return as host.

Melanie Brown MBE, aka Mel B, is one of the world's most iconic entertainers. One fifth of the most successful girl band ever, the Spice Girls, she went on to carve out a global career as a television entertainer, theater performer, movie actress and author of a best-selling autobiography, Brutally Honest. As the so-called 'Scary Spice,' she became one of the most recognizable women in the world. Since the band split in 2000, Melanie went on to carve a new career as a host of television shows. Consistently voted 'most popular' judge on shows from "America's Got Talent" to "The X Factor" UK, she embraced a whole new generation to become one of the most recognized faces on television, fronting shows from "Lip Sync" UK, "The X Factor" in Britain and Australia, "Dancing With The Stars" in Australia, "America's Got Talent" and "Celebrity Juice."

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and World of Wonder, the producers of the Emmy(R) Award-winning franchise "RuPaul's Drag Race," QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE follows the world's most talented drag queens as they battle it out for global domination, and countries go head-to-head spotlighting their top talent.

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posted 6/20/2022

WEEKEND: ... So That Happened.
Fox Won with Vince McMahon Appearance. SPOILER ALERT: He Didn't Address His Exit
From Deadline

WWE Chairman/CEO Vince McMahon was a winner and a loser this week.

First, the bad news: He stepped down from his executive position with the WWE as an investigation into misconduct and secret agreements was surfaced by the Wall St. Journal.

Now, the good news: He appeared at the start of Fox's WWE Friday Night SmackDown, boosting the ratings as the world tuned in to see whether he would address the controversy. He didn't. But the hint that he might drove the show's ratings to a winning score of 0.6, marking a 26% week-over-week in total viewers and 46% rise in the coveted 18-49 demo.

The semi-final of reality show Come Dance with Me on CBS came in with an 0.2, setting up a big finish. That was followed by a CBS News special, Watergate: High Crimes, a 50th anniversary documentary on the controversial burglary that brought down a president. It also tallied an 0.2.

ABC had the special Soul of a Nation: Sound of Freedom, examining the legacy of the Juneteenth holiday through the current lens of political and social unrest. It had an 0.2, with newsmag 20/20 running a repeat.

NBC had an exclusive Dateline sit-down with Amber Heard, the ex-wife of Johnny Depp and loser in the defamation trial "heard" 'round the world. Her interview came in with a surprisingly mild score of 0.2, followed by an American Ninja Warrior repeat.

The CW rolled out a repeat of Penn & Teller: Fool Us and back to back repeats World's Funniest Animals.

Cable numbers for Friday (total/A18-49) to follow.

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posted 6/20/2022


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For $100,000, Here Are Your Partners
Catch Season 6 on ABC July 10
From Parade

Clue: A show that involves word association clues with answers in categories like "What Cinnamon Might Say" or "Things You Do In Bed." There are lots and lots of celebrities and host Michael Strahan. And it's tons of fun. Answer: The $100,000 Pyramid, returning to ABC July 10.

ABC is giving Parade.com readers a first look preview at season six and the exclusive on the celebrity lineup. See below to learn who will be playing! Each full episode contains two full games and four celebrities per game.

The celebrities...
- Multimedia personality Tayshia Adams
- Actress Pamela Adlon
- Actor Jason Alexander
- Actress Lauren Ash
- Actor Diedrich Bader
- Pro wrestler Brie Bella
- Actress RAchel Bloom
- Actress Yvette Nicole Brown
- TV host Nicole Byer
- Actress Tisha Campbell
- Actor Mario Cantone
- Actress D'Arcy Carden
- Actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer
- Actress Erika Christensen
- TV host RuPaul Charles
- Actor Deon Cole
- Actor/writer Mark Duplass
- Actor Michael Ealy
- Actor Jermaine Fowler
- Actor/comedian Ron Funches
- Actor Troy Gentile
- Actor Sean Giambrone
- Entrepreneur Robert Herjavec
- Actor Dule Hill
- Comedian Pete Holmes
- Actress Janelle James
- TV personality/author Matt James
- TV host/writer Ken Jennings
- Actor Wayne Knight
- TV host Amanda Kloots
- Comedian Jo Koy
- TV personality Carson Kressley
- Actor Taran Killam
- Comedian Lauren Lapkus
- Actress Ali Larter
- TV host Marcus Lemonis
- Actor Tom Lennon
- TV host Loni Love
- Actor Josh Malina
- TV personality Ross Mathews
- Actress Wendi McClendon-Covey
- Singer Wanya Morris
- Actor/comedian Bobby Moynihan
- Comedian/actress Rosie O'Donnell
- Comedian Russell Peters
- Actress Francia Raisa
- TV host Rob Riggle
- The Roastmaster General Jeff Ross
- Actor Nico Santos
- Actor Will Sasso
- Actor Steve Schirripa
- Comedian Amanda Seales
- Comedian Iliza Shlesinger
- Broadcaster Joe Tessitore
- Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Ty Dolla $ign
- Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn
- Comedian Matt Walsh
- Actress Lisa Ann Walter
- Comedian Larry Wilmore
- Grammy-nominated recoding artist Wiz Khalifa

Season six of $100,000 Pyramid premieres Sunday, July 10 (10-11 p.m. ET), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.


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posted 6/17/2022

So Much for The Big D...
TBS Cancels Series Before Its Scheduled Premiere Date
From TV Line

The Big D now stands for dunzo.

TBS' new dating competition hosted by Bachelorette alumni JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers has been cancelled, just weeks ahead of its Thursday, July 7 debut — and after promos for it (watch a trailer below) had already begun to air.

The news comes on the heels of parent company Warner Discovery reassessing its slate at large, and making some harsh cuts. Most notably, the J.J. Abrams-shephered sci-fi drama Demimonde, which reportedly had a budget in the $200 million range, had the plug pulled on it earlier this month.

Regarding The Big D being jilted, "We're assessing our schedule to ensure we have the right content mix to support our network strategies," a TBS/TNT rep told Deadline. "We are grateful to JoJo Fletcher, Jordan Rodgers, and the executive producers of Big D for their partnership through the process."

The Big D promised to take on the relationship space "with a twist," following recent divorcees as they search for romance in paradise with one catch — their exes will be along for the journey.

Over the course of several weeks, 10 divorced couples moved into a tropical villa in Costa Rica to re-learn how to date and search for love amongst a group of other single divorcees, including their ex. The group takes part in revealing relationship "EX-ercises" [groan] designed to help the singles form connections, make peace with their former partners, and finally get over the issues holding them back from dating.

In each episode, one person "who isn't relationship material" will be eliminated.

Or, would have been, as it turns out.

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posted 6/16/2022

TCA Awards: And the Nominees Are...
Awards to Be Handed Out August 6
From the Hollywood Reporter

As it turns out, broadcast television isn't dead after all.

ABC's breakout freshman comedy Abbott Elementary leads all series nominations at the annual Television Critics Association's awards. The comedy created by and starring Quinta Brunson scored five nominations, topping AMC's Better Call Saul, Apple's Severance and Showtime's Yellowjackets — each of which earned four mentions. HBO Max's Hacks, Hulu's Only Murders in the Building, Netflix's Squid Game and HBO's Succession scored three each.

Among all platforms, HBO (12) and HBO Max (nine) combined to lead the pack with 21. Netflix came in second with 13, followed by Apple with 10.enn.

The TCA's program of the year category is dominated by first-year shows and features Abbott Elementary, Severance, Squid Game, The White Lotus and Yellowjackets competing for the coveted prize alongside Better Call Saul, Succession and Hacks.

"The 2022 TCA Awards are an exciting landmark for the organization and its members, as it will be the first time in three years that we are finally able to celebrate together in person," said Melanie McFarland, TCA president and TV critic for Salon. "It's fitting, then, that we should ring in this long-awaited occasion with one of the most competitive, talented, and star-heavy nominee rosters in recent memory. This lineup is a testament to how diverse and innovative the modern television landscape has become. We cannot wait to see who will rise above the rest when the winners are revealed at the 38th annual TCA Awards on Aug. 6."

And the nominees are...
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY
The Amazing Race – CBS (2011 Winner in Category)
Cheer – Netflix (2020 Winner in Category)
Finding Magic Mike – HBO Max
Legendary – HBO Max
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – Bravo
Real World Homecoming: New Orleans – Paramount+
Take Out With Lisa Ling – HBO Max
Top Chef: Houston – Bravo


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posted 6/16/2022

ABC Announces Fall Dates
Games Begin with Shark Tank September 23
From NextTV

ABC has revealed its fall premiere dates, which includes the series premieres of The Rookie: Feds airing September 27 and Alaska Daily on October 6.

Sophomore comedy Abbott Elementary premieres Wednesday, September 21, joining The Conners, The Goldbergs and Home Economics on the night. Drama Big Sky follows the comedies.

The first-ever live Shark Tank, featuring all six original Sharks, is on Friday, September 23. 20/20 follows.

Celebrity Jeopardy! starts Sunday, September 25, followed by Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. The Rookie follows the celeb game shows. America's Funniest Home Videos slides into Sundays October 2.

The fun continues Tuesday, September 27, when Bachelor in Paradise debuts, and leads into The Rookie: Feds. Niecy Nash-Betts stars in the spinoff of The Rookie, which was created by Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter.

Bachelor in Paradise begins its two-night weekly airing Monday, October 3.

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posted 6/16/2022

WEDNESDAY: Avalanche 1, Lightning 0
ABC, CBS Split Night with "Price", Stanley Cup
From Deadline

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on ABC was the big demo winner (0.9 rating) in primetime Wednesday, with more than 3.2 million viewers tuning in watch the Colorado Avalanche edge the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime. Game 2 is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

CBS managed to get more eyeballs, however, on the night with The Price is Right Celebrates 50 Years special, which notched a 0.4 among adults 18-49 and lured close to 3.85 million viewers, according to Nielsen fast affiliate ratings. A rerun of S.W.A.T. (0.3 rating, 2.17 million viewers).

A new episode of MasterChef (0.4, 2.28M) on Fox was down more than 5 percent from the previous week. It was followed by So You Think You Can Dance, (0.3, 1.68M), which was up 11% in the demo and more than 20% in viewers.

NBC performed admirably with its Chicago shows, which are in reruns. Chicago Med (0.3, 3.01), followed by Chicago Fire (0.3, 2.82M) and Chicago P.D. (0.3, 2.36M).

The CW had new episodes of The Flash (0.1, 520,000) and Kung Fu (0.4, 410K).

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49):
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 599k/0.14
- Forged in Fire (History): 547k/0.10
- Forged in Fire: Best of (History): 426k/0.10
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 352k/0.02
- America Says (GSN): 306k/0.02

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posted 6/16/2022

Millionaire Gets a Rush
New Casino Slot Machine Coming
From World Casino Directory

Big Time Gaming has just announced the release of a brand-new Who Wants to be a Millionaire style online slot game, featuring a new game mechanic. Millionaire Rush is a MegaClusters title that offers MegaTrail, a new mechanic that includes 12 levels of bonuses that are randomly put into play after each spin. The slot sees the game symbols split and react, which can create up to 100 symbols on the reels.

With the new MegaTrail component mixed in as well, players never know what will appear on the reels. Details of Millionaire Rush Load the game and you enter the studio of the popular television game show. The reels take center stage and include gems in bright colors along with wilds. Spin the game grid, watch as symbols form combinations, and trigger special features. Hear the classic game theme in the background that amps up as you play.

The slot includes the MegaClusters mechanic where winning icons split and react with each combination. The Big Time Gaming title starts with five rows and five columns with each win, an icon in the combination is replaced by four smaller symbols. Wins with the smaller symbols will then collapse and new icons fall into place. Reactions will continue until there are no new wins on the reels.

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posted 6/16/2022

A Few More "Links" in the British Chain
Romesh Ranganathan to Return as Host
From Bang Showbiz

The BBC have confirmed the popular quiz show will be back for 12 more 60-minute episodes later in 2022, once again hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan, who first presented the show last year.

He said: "I'm delighted to be doing another series, partly because it's a fun show and the response has been amazing, but mainly to avoid 'Turns out Romesh was The Weakest Link' headlines."

An all-star line-up of celebrity contestants will attempt to win up to £50,000 for charity by answering general knowledge questions before only two remain and play head-to-head to determine the winner.

Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted at the BBC, said: "Led once again by our ringmaster Romesh, viewers can expect plenty more laughs and almost certainly loads of back stabbing too as the nation's favourite quick fire quiz returns, I can't wait!"

Pete Ogden, Executive Producer BBC Studios, added: "I am so excited to make 'The Weakest Link' again out of Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

"It was wonderful to see the last series land so well with viewers and there's nothing we love more than putting celebrities under pressure and making them vote each other off. "Romesh is a treat to work with and I can't wait to unleash him on another batch of celebrities."

The new series will be once again filmed at BBC Pacific Quay in Glasgow, with 'The Weakest Link' returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later in 2022. The celebrity contestants will be confirmed in due course.

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posted 6/16/2022


Netflix

Netflix Plots Non-Lethal For-Real "Squid Game"
Adaptation of Korean Drama to Offer $4.56 Million
From the Futon Critic

Netflix is bringing the global phenomenon Squid Game to life with the biggest reality competition series ever, Squid Game: The Challenge.

With both the largest cast and lump sum cash prize in reality TV history, 456 real players will enter the game in pursuit of a life-changing reward of $4.56 million. As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show - plus surprising new additions - their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them. The stakes are high, but in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed.

Recruitment is open now at SquidGameCasting.com. For this round, the Front Man is in search of English-language speakers from any part of the world.

"Squid Game took the world by storm with Director Hwang's captivating story and iconic imagery. We're grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment," said Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series. "Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of tension and twists, with the biggest ever cash prize at the end."

The 10-episode competition series is a co-production between Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E), part of ITV Studios, and it will be filmed in the UK. Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, and Toni Ireland from Studio Lambert and John Hay, Nicola Hill, and Nicola Brown from The Garden will serve as executive producers.

The scripted drama Squid Game holds the record as Netflix's most popular series of all time, with over 1.65 billion view hours in the first 28 days after its September 2021 premiere. On June 12, 2022, Squid Game was officially renewed for season 2 as Netflix and Director Hwang confirmed they will once again team up for a whole new round.

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posted 6/15/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Category Is Quarantine"

  • Mayim Bialik tests positive for COVID. Here's what that means for "Jeopardy!" (Just Jared)

  • Tia Booth has a baby on the way (Reality TV World)

  • BETTERIDGE's LAW: Is tWitch headed for his own talk show? (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Eddie McGee, Big Brother's first champion (EW)

posted 6/20/2022


Netflix

Netflix Hungry for a Fight
"Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend" Drops June 15
From Entertainment Weekly

Five culinary superstars will be sharpening their knives and donning the iconic Iron Chef jackets in Netflix's upcoming revival of the cooking competition series, Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. Curtis Stone, Dominique Crenn, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai, and Gabriela Cámara are set to defend Kitchen Stadium as the new Iron Chefs when the show premieres June 15.

Stone is no stranger to culinary competition shows, having appeared on Take Home Chef, Top Chef Masters, and Top Chef Junior. The Michelin-starred Australian chef is the creative force behind Maude in Beverly Hills, Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant in Hollywood, and Georgie in Dallas.

Crenn has shattered glass ceilings for women in cooking, becoming the first woman in the United States to receive three Michelin stars. A 2016 episode of Netflix's Chef's Table zoomed in on Crenn's distinguished career and namesake restaurant Atelier Crenn.

Samuelsson placed sixth on The Next Iron Chef in 2011 and has served as a judge on shows such as Chopped and Top Chef: Family Style. He also memorably introduced Anthony Bourdain to Ethiopian cuisine in a 2015 episode of Parts Unknown.Chefs once again battle head-to-head in the new series, premiering on Netflix on Wednesday, June 15. Watch the teaser below.

Tsai's take on East-West cuisine has led him to opening the restaurants Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon. His series Simply Ming is PBS's longest-running cooking show.

Last but not least, Cámara is the chef behind acclaimed Mexican restaurants Contramar, Entremar, Itacate Del Mar, and Caracol Del Mar. Her work drives sustainability efforts in the restaurant industry.

Alton Brown returns to the kitchen stadium to host with Kristen Kish. Dacascos reprises his role of The Chairman.

Based on Fuji Television Network's format, the series is reborn with a supersized approach. "It's been called the toughest culinary challenge a chef will ever experience. This is where world-class cuisine meets high-octane sports. Five new trailblazing Iron Chefs will welcome brave Challenger Chefs to the reimagined Kitchen Stadium, where they'll face off and be pushed to the limits of endurance and creativity, as they cook up extraordinary culinary creations," Netflix teases of the eight-episode series. "The competition's most successful Challenger will return to battle in a grand finale for the chance to be named the first ever 'Iron Legend.'"

Eytan Keller, Daniel Calin, and Ross Weintraub serve as executive producers for the series produced by Keller Productions, in association with 3 Ball Productions. Netflix will also be releasing Iron Chef Mexico and Iron Chef Brazil this year.

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posted 6/15/2022

TUESDAY: Got Talent Gets Tuesday
NBC Takes Night on "Talent", "Dancing"
From Deadline

Three weeks in, NBC's stalwart America's Got Talent continues to tower over the summer competition. Down just a fraction from its first two episodes, the variety competition drew 5.95 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals. AGT is being used to launch new viral video-inspired NBC series Dancing With Myself (2.13M, 0.3 rating in 18-49), which also is keeping relatively steady but has not been able to capitalize on its big lead-in.

Underscoring the repeatability of crime drama procedurals, reruns of the three FBI series on CBS ranked as #2, #3 and #4 behind AGT for the night in total viewers.

ABC's reality block of established reality performers Holey Moley and The Chase has been solid, with the Muppets-themed new season of Holey Moley taking second place for the night in the demo (0.4 rating) behind AGT.

Fox was paced by staple MasterChef Junior, which tied The Chase, Dancing With Myself and the FBI repeat for #3 in the demo for the night.

The cooking competition improved on the delivery in the hour by TMZ's Johnny Depp-Amber Heard special last week.

The CW's Tom Swift (0.29M, 0.1) held up OK with a rerun of Superman & Lois as a lead-in vs. an original last week.

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49):
- Chopped (Food): 718k/0.17
- Supermarket Stakeout )Food): 602k/0.14
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 491k/0.10
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 435k/0.11
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 413k/0.02
- America Says (GSN): 299k/0.02

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posted 6/15/2022

Leah Remini to Join "SYTYCD"
"People Puzzler" Host to Judge Alongside JoJo Siwa, "tWitch" Boss
From the Futon Critic

Emmy Award-winning actor, New York Times Best Selling author and producer Leah Remini has joined the judging panel of the Emmy Award-winning dance competition series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, alongside Stephen "tWitch" Boss and dancer, singer and digital sensation JoJo Siwa. Presenter and author Cat Deeley continues to host the dance competition series, which will see Remini make her debut on the milestone 300th episode airing Wednesday, June 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

"I am thrilled to join SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on its milestone 300th episode," said Remini. "I look forward to guiding these incredibly talented artists through this competition as a fan of the show and a great admirer of dancers. I can't wait to see the artistry that the contestants bring to the stage!"

The 300th episode will celebrate the show's legacy and introduce this season's Top 12 dancers, selected to move on to the SYTYCD studio to showcase their talents in various dance genres, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. As they work with world-renowned choreographers and compete each week in a variety of styles, brand-new twists and turns will be introduced into the competition.

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posted 6/15/2022


ITV/CBS

"Love Island UK" Voice Joins "Love Island USA"
Catch It on Peacock July 19
From the Futon Critic

Today, it was announced that UK comedian Iain Stirling will continue his role as narrator of LOVE ISLAND, this time for Peacock's highly anticipated US adaptation of the global hit phenomenon. The upcoming season will mark the first time Iain lends his iconic voice to the US version of LOVE ISLAND. Peacock's new season premieres July 19th with 6 episode drops per week.

"The moment the decision was made to bring an all-new version of LOVE ISLAND to Peacock, we knew we had to get Iain on board," said Jenny Groom, EVP Entertainment Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal. Groom continued, "Iain embodies everything fans love about the show - humor, irreverence and cheeky fun. LOVE ISLAND would not be the same without him."

BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is best known as the acclaimed voice of the hit reality show Love Island (ITV2), which is currently on air in the UK with its eighth series, with a run on Hulu to follow. Following his success on Love Island, Iain appeared in series 8 of Taskmaster (C4/Dave), and took on the role of host for ITV2's comedy entertainment show, CelebAbility, which is also currently on air with its sixth series. His first stand-up special Failing Upwards recently launched on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories, while his sitcom, Buffering, a brand-new comedy written, created by and starring Iain debuted on ITV2 in 2021.

Peacock Original LOVE ISLAND, from ITV Entertainment, will be hotter than ever as Islanders couple up in new surroundings to compete in naughtier games and sexier challenges. Throughout their stay, temptations will rise and drama will ensue as Islanders are forced to decide if they want to remain with their current partners or "recouple" with someone new. Islanders will also be at the mercy of viewers at home who vote to determine who gets another shot at love and who leaves the villa heartbroken and empty-handed.

Filming on the California coast, LOVE ISLAND is an unscripted reality romance and competition series where glamorous singles go on a search for love while living together in a beautiful villa.

Cast and schedule to be announced at a later date.

The US version of LOVE ISLAND is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company. David George, Adam Sher, Simon Thomas, Ben Thursby-Palmer, Andy Cadman and Mike Espinosa serve as executive producers, alongside Tom Gould, Richard Cowles, Mike Spencer, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster. The series is based on a format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, and distributed by ITV Studios.

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posted 6/15/2022

MONDAY: Warriors 3, Celtics 2
ABC Wins on Game 5
From the Programming Insider

It was an easy victory for ABC, of course, care of game 5 of The NBA Finals (Golden State Warriors 104, Boston Celtics 94), which averaged an approximate 8.07 million viewers and a 2.3 rating/19 share for the primetime portion. As a reminder, fast affiliate results for any live sporting event are only a rough estimate. Earlier in the evening on ABC was a half-hour primetime edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and the half-hour pregame.

On NBC, diluted "American Ninja Warrior" remained just that with 2.72 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 3 in adults 18-49 (#2) from 8-10 p.m. That led into game show "The Weakest Link" at an also unimpressive 2.28 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 2 in the demo (#2) at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox featured "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (Viewers: #4, 1.73 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and "Beat Shazam" (Viewers: #4, 1.65 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 2 at 9 p.m.), which both did not make a dent. And what can you say about the canceled CW combo of "Roswell, New Mexico" (Viewers: #5, 477,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and "IN the Dark" (Viewers: #5, 309,000; A18-49: #5, 0.0/ 0 at 9 p.m.)? Not much!

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49):
- BBQ Brawl (Food): 790k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 480k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 300k/0.04

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posted 6/14/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending June 5
From TV Newscheck

After nine straight weeks as the No. 1 show in syndication, Jeopardy finally came up with a wrong answer and skidded 8% to a second-place 4.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session that began with Memorial Day and ended June 5. That put it behind Family Feud, which took over the top spot by falling only a more modest 2% to a 4.9.

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) 4.9 -2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.8 -8%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.4 -4%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 +33%

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posted 6/14/2022

Returning to FBoy Island
Catch It on HBO Max July 14
From the Futon Critic

Season two of the Max Original reality dating series FBOY ISLAND, hosted by comedian and actress Nikki Glaser (HBO's upcoming comedy special and nationwide comedy tour "One Night with Nikki Glaser"), debuts THURSDAY, JULY 14 with the first three episodes of the ten-episode season, followed by three additional episodes on July 21, two episodes on July 28 and the final two episodes on August 4. The series concept was created by Elan Gale ("The Bachelor" franchise) with Sam Dean (Max Original "12 Dates of Christmas," "Love is Blind") as co-showrunner with Bill Dixon. The second season of FBOY ISLAND, from STXalternative, was filmed earlier this year in Cabo San Lucas.

Season two of FBOY ISLAND follows three new women, Mia Emani Jones, Louise Barnard and Tamaris Sepulveda, who move to a tropical paradise where they're joined by 26 men - 13 self-proclaimed "Nice Guys" looking for love, and 13 self-proclaimed "FBoys," there to compete for cold, hard cash. The women will navigate the dating pool together with the hope of finding a lasting love connection. By the finale, all will be revealed: who is a Nice Guy, who is an FBoy, who the women ultimately choose, and who walks away with the prize money. FBOY ISLAND is a social experiment that asks: Can FBoys truly reform or do Nice Guys always finish last? The new season will see the return of some familiar faces and a bombshell twist that changes everything.

Season one of FBOY ISLAND had the biggest launch for a Max Original reality series since the platform launched in Spring 2020, with viewership growth week over week. The Washington Post hailed the series as "deliciously twisty," and TIME called it a "compelling and clever masterpiece" with "smart execution." Insider praised it for being "an unpredictable and sexy breath of fresh air" with a "refreshing dose of self-awareness and humor."

Season two of FBOY ISLAND is produced by STXalternative. The series concept was created by Elan Gale who is executive producing for TheYearOfElan Productions alongside Jason Goldberg and Audrey E. Smith for STXalternative, Ben Bitonti, Nikki Glaser and co-showrunners Sam Dean and Bill Dixon.

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posted 6/14/2022

Love Island UK Returns to Hulu
Catch It on June 21
From the Futon Critic

Hulu has got you covered for your weekly summer binge with new episodes of the British reality sensation premiering daily starting June 21.

New episodes streaming daily Tuesday through Saturday, as well as "Unseen Bits" and the weekly recap special "Aftersun" also streaming on Saturdays. The season 8 finale is slated to stream on Hulu August 16th with a Reunion special to follow - date TBD.

Love Island UK returns for an eighth season, offering the ultimate summer of fun, romance and drama. In this record-breaking, award-winning reality show that never fails to get everyone talking, 12 singles arrive at a luxury villa to spend their summer looking for love. But they must choose their partner wisely. Shock eliminations and new 'bombshell' arrivals can change the dynamic, and anyone left single risks being sent home. Which couples can stay the distance? As the addictive season concludes, viewers crown their favorite couple - but they'll face one final twist.

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posted 6/14/2022

More on "The Challenge USA"
Meet the Challengers
From the Futon Critic

THE CHALLENGE: USA announced today the 28 fan favorites from SURVIVOR, BIG BROTHER, THE AMAZING RACE and LOVE ISLAND who will compete in the most unpredictable and demanding game of their lives this summer, on THE CHALLENGE: USA, premiering Wednesday, July 6 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Following the Network's 90-minute premiere, the inaugural broadcast of MTV's hit reality global franchise will air Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). T.J. Lavin is the host.

The all-star group of players who will take on the new challenge includes SURVIVOR winners Tyson Apostol, Ben Driebergen and Sarah Lacina, BIG BROTHER winner Xavier Prather, THE AMAZING RACE winner James Wallington and LOVE ISLAND winner Justine Ndiba.

Players have proven they can "outwit, outlast and outplay" their competition and "expect the unexpected," but now, for the first time in THE CHALLENGE history, they will compete in the most grueling mental and physical competitions they have ever faced. Upon arrival, the CBS reality titans are given $1,000 to start their individual challenge accounts, and they quickly discover they must battle to keep and increase their handsome reward. In each episode, an algorithm pairs contestants who will face off to earn money for their accounts by winning challenges or eliminating their opponents. This will not be an easy task, as they will be paired with a randomly selected competitor every episode, making alliances and strategies more difficult than ever. Players must adapt to survive the game and protect their challenge accounts. With the $500,000 grand prize and title of Challenge Champion on the line, players will be in a constant state of paranoia, unable to trust anyone but themselves.

Plus, in addition to the prize money, the cast of THE CHALLENGE: USA will be competing for a spot on THE CHALLENGE: GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP (working title) that will stream exclusively on Paramount+, further highlighting Paramount's strategy of leveraging its popular franchises across the company's global platforms.

Following are the players competing on THE CHALLENGE: USA:
- Domenick Abbate SURVIVOR 36
- Azah Awasum BIG BROTHER 23
- David Alexander BIG BROTHER 21, 22
- Tasha Fox SURVIVOR 28, 31
- Tyson Apostol SURVIVOR 18, 20, 27 Winner, 40
- Kyra Green LOVE ISLAND 1
- Cashel Barnett LOVE ISLAND 1
- Alyssa Lopez BIG BROTHER 23
- Ben Driebergen SURVIVOR 35 Winner, 40
- Sarah Lacina SURVIVOR 28, 34 Winner, 40
- Melvin "Cinco" Holland Jr. LOVE ISLAND 3
- Tiffany Mitchell BIG BROTHER 23
- Danny McCray SURVIVOR 41
- Justine Ndiba LOVE ISLAND 2 Winner
- Enzo Palumbo BIG BROTHER 12, 22
- Cayla Platt THE AMAZING RACE 33
- Xavier Prather BIG BROTHER 23 Winner
- Cashay Proudfoot LOVE ISLAND 3
- Leo Temory THE AMAZING RACE 23, 24, 31
- Angela Rummans BIG BROTHER 20
- Javonny Vega LOVE ISLAND 3
- Shannon St. Clair LOVE ISLAND 3
- James Wallington THE AMAZING RACE 32 Winner
- Shan Smith SURVIVOR 41
- Kyland Young BIG BROTHER 23
- Desi Williams SURVIVOR 35
- Derek Xiao BIG BROTHER 23
- Cely Vazquez LOVE ISLAND 2.

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posted 6/14/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Trilogy of Error"

  • Joe Tessitore on the mic laughing about a boxer shadow boxing and disoriented... who died after his fight (Awful Announcing)

  • Janelle James afraid of making a mistake in front of Sheryl Lee Ralph... as is everyone (EW)

  • Amy Schneider had a hell of a first pitch. You didn't see it if you watched the Fox Sports feed (Yahoo!/NBC News Out)

posted 6/14/2022

MTV Launches a "Shore" Thing
"All Star Shore" To Bring Competition to the Party
From TV Line

The next big reality competition series coming to Paramount+ is essentially Jersey Shore meets Love Island meets RuPaul's Drag Race meets… so much alcohol.

Premiering on Wednesday, June 29, All Star Shore will pit 14 international reality stars against one another for a brutal "party competition series," featuring challenges like "Party Pong" and "Shots and Found."

The following reality stars have been tapped to compete: Angelina Pivarnick (Jersey Shore), Bethan Kershaw (Geordie Shore), Blake Horstmann (Bachelor in Paradise), Chloe Ferry (Geordie Shore), Giannina Gibelli (Love Is Blind), James Tindale (Geordie Shore), Joey Essex (The Only Way Is Essex), Johnny Middlebrooks (Love Island), Karime Pindter (Acapulco Shore), Luis "Potro" Caballero (Acapulco Shore), Marina Gregory (The Circle: Brazil). Ricardo Salusse (Rio Shore), Trina Njoroge (Love Island) and Vanessa "Vanjie" Mateo (RuPaul's Drag Race).

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posted 6/13/2022

Critics Choice: And The Winners Were...
"Drag Race", "Top Chef", "Jeopardy!" Rule Their Respective Categories
From the Futon Critic

VH1 stalwart RuPaul's Drag Race and Bravo veteran Top Chef tied for Best Competition Series and led the field with three wins apiece Sunday night at the fourth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards.

Bravo topped all networks with five trophies, including one for Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi as Best Show Host for Hulu's Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi and Top Chef.

The hardware was handed out during an in-person ceremony hosted by the Sklar Brothers at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Selena + Chef host Selena Gomez took the fan-voted Female Star of the Year award, and Robert Irvine of Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible was named Male Star of the Year.

Showtime's We Need to Talk About Cosby won for Best Limited Series, Jeopardy! took Best Game Show, and Netflix's Love Is Blind bagged Best Relationship Show. Bravo's Project Runway Won for Best Lifestyle Show: Fashion/Beauty.

Deadline
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posted 6/13/2022

FRIDAY: Celtics 2, Warriors 2
ABC Wins on Game 4
From Deadline

The National Basketball Assn. topped Friday's ratings by a healthy margin, the game coming in with a 2.3 and 7.95 million viewers in the early results. Those numbers may go up when finalized. In the Friday game, the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics to tie the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It's now down to the best 2 out of 3 in what's sure to be a drama-filled slate of games. Also doing well for ABC on Friday was the pre-game Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which came in with an early 1.1 and 5.54 million viewers, and the throat-clearing NBA Countdown, which had a 1.0 and 4.44 million count.

What's not up for debate is that the rest of the field on Friday night performed admirably in the face of stiff competition. The WWE Friday Night SmackDown on Fox held its own, down just a tick to an 0.4. At NBC, Dateline had a solid 0.4 for its examination of the murder of chef Daniel Brophy. The Peacock Network started the night with a rerun of perennial summer fave American Ninja Warrior. CBS saw reality dance competition Come Dance with Me deliver an 0.2, up from last week in demos and audience size. That was trailed by Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods reruns. The CW had a busy night, as the series finale of Charmed brought in an 0.1 and 0.43 viewership, both numbers up impressively. The audience stuck around for two segments of World's Funniest Animals, both humming with an 0.1.

Cable numbers for Friday (total/A18-49):
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 470k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 362k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 348k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 176k/0.05

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posted 6/13/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "This Anniversary Is Going to Be Legen... Wait for it..."

  • Neil Patrick Harris is going to be the Doctor's worst enemy (TV Line)

  • John Cena makes good for Ukrainian teenager (Deadline)

  • Jeff Probst admits Survivor need a refresh to be fresh (The Wrap)

  • Haley FErguson married hockey (Reality TV World)

  • James Corden wants to go back to Britain after "Late Late Show" run wraps (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ryan Long (Do You Remember?)

  • DARY! LEGENDARY!

posted 6/13/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Meet My Girlfriend"

  • Rebel Wilson comes out on Instagram (TMZ)

  • Becca Tilley updates her relationship status (E!)

  • Lauren Bushnell trying to remain optimistic after pregnancy complications (People)

  • Tayshia Adams leaves the door open to hosting "Bachelorette" again (Entertainment Tonight)

  • "Family Feud" champions pay it forward (Toledo Blade)

posted 6/10/2022


Food Network

Kitchen Crash Goes Outdoors
Catch Season 2 on Food Network
From the Futon Critic

Host Jeff Mauro brings a new twist to outdoor culinary competitions on the return of Kitchen Crash, premiering on Tuesday, July 12th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. On each of the four hour-long episodes, three professional chefs head to an unsuspecting local neighborhood block party on a suburban street and surprise the residents with an outdoor cook-off. These professional chefs must turn on the charm, with only 10 minutes on the clock, to convince the residents living on the block to hand over food from their fridge and provisions from their pantries to use in the competition. The residents of each household must gather all the ingredients from their kitchens for the competing chefs, who can only use the items that the homeowners fit into one bin. With no additional pantry items and no option to restock, the chefs must ration what they are given for the entire competition. The chef that can make world class dishes in their curbside kitchen will earn a cash prize to split with the family who provided the ingredients.

"No two pantries or fridges in America are alike, making the ingredients in the bins as varied as they can possibly be. The chefs must be able to communicate effectively with the family to get everything they need, and they need to be creative and resourceful with what they get. It really is difficult, but fun and exhilarating to watch," said Mauro.

"The exciting and hysterical outdoor neighborhood cooking competition, Kitchen Crash is sure to entertain audiences, as Jeff Mauro's charisma and wit along with all the surprising kitchen raids make for a must-see combination," said Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery.

With their bins full of ingredients, the chefs must prove their skills in curbside kitchens. They will be tested in three rounds of challenges, including savory surf and turf, French bistro fare, an elevated prom night dinner, and more. Jeff Mauro along with one special guest judge, including Cliff Crooks, Marc Murphy, Julian Rodarte, and Justin Sutherland will decide who crushed the competition. In the end, one winning chef will split a $10,000 cash prize with their lucky host family!

The Futon Critic

posted 6/9/2022

Wild'n Out: Old School vs. New School
New Episodes Premiere June 21 on VH1
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced that its NAACP Award-winning franchise Wild 'N Out will return with all new episodes beginning Tuesday, June 21 at 8PM ET/PT. Following the premiere, fans can catch fresh episodes every Tuesday night.

Hosted and created by Nick Cannon, this season's guest stars and performances include Marsai Martin, Bobby Shmurda, 112, Adam Waheed, Hannah Stocking, Juelz Santana, CoCo Jones, Anthony Hamilton, Olympian Jordan Chiles, Sherry Cola, Coco, Bun B, Josh Richards, Álvaro Díaz, Fireboy DML, Special Ed, Jabari Banks, Jordan L. Jones, Jay Sean, Chrisette Michele, Soul for Real, Novi Brown, Zack Luga, DJ Quik, Nems, La'Ron Hines, Toosii, Andrew C. Caldwell, Tyron Woodley, Jon B, P-Lo, Rubi Rose, Trillville, Bradley Constant, Smiley, Big Tigger and more set to appear.

Each episode will put Team Old School against Team New School in some of the most hilarious and outrageous battles yet. The battles will bring both groups head-to-head in comic throwdowns where the games escalate with each act, all building up towards the "Wildstyle battle" to decide who takes home the coveted WnO championship belt.

Wild 'N Out has curated one of the most impressive arsenals of entertainers, increasing mainstream exposure for some of today's biggest comedians like Kevin Hart, Mike Epps and Katt Williams. Over the years, the show has highlighted original comedic material helping launch the careers of Pete Davidson, Affion Crockett, Taran Killam, DeRay Davis, DC Young Fly, Mikey Day and many more. The freestyle show has featured some of TV's most viral moments from celebrity guests Chance the Rapper, Zendaya, Kanye West, Chrissy Teigen, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Migos, Michael Strahan, Lil Wayne, Shaq, Latto, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, Chloe x Halle, Wu-Tang Clan and more.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/9/2022

WEDNESDAY: Celtics 2, Warriors 1
ABC Wins on Game 3
From the Programming Insider

ABC, of course, led this second Wednesday in June care of game three of the NBA Finals (Boston Celtics 116, Golden State Warriors 100) at an estimated 8.20 million viewers and a 2.6 rating/22 share in adults 18-49 for the primetime portion. Keep in mind, of course, that results for any live event are always very approximate. Earlier in the evening on ABC was a half-hour edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and the NBA Countdown pregame from 8-9 p.m. ET.

Elsewhere, CBS featured two primetime editions of game shows "Let's Make a Deal", a new one (Viewers: #2, 3.52 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and a rerun (Viewers: #2, 3.53 million; A18-49: #2, 0.4/ 3 at 9 p.m.) into a repeat of "S.W.A.T." at 10 p.m. Fox offered "Masterchef" (Viewers: #4, 2.11 million; A18-49: #2, 0.4/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and the unnecessary return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (Viewers: #4, 1.38 million; A18-49: #3, 0.3/ 2 at 9 p.m.). And The CW featured "The Flash" (Viewers: 595,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and "Kung Fu" (Viewers: 464,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 9 p.m.).

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49):
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 763k/0.18
- Forged in Fire (History): 457k/0.06
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 428k/0.03
- Forged in Fire: Best of (History): 320k/0.07
- America Says (GSN): 313k/0.02

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posted 6/9/2022

In and Out at Sony
Michael Weinberg Tapped at Game Show Division, Jeff Frost Out
From Variety

Sony Pictures Television has brought on unscripted executive and producer Michael Weinberg as senior vice president of development in its newly-formed game show production unit, Variety has learned exclusively.

In the new role, Weinberg will develop game shows across all platforms and will identify new growth opportunities for the game shows division, which is focused on expanding the company's footprint in the category. Sony Pictures Television is behind mega-powerhouses "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!"

An Emmy-winning producer, Weinberg's extensive list of game show credits includes "Press Your Luck," "1 Versus 100," "To Tell the Truth" and "Don't Forget the Lyrics."

Sony Pictures Television president Jeff Frost is leaving the indie studio. The exec, who had been with Sony since joining from ABC Studios in 2008, had led the studio since he and Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell were promoted to co-presidents in 2017 following the departures of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to Apple.

Earlier this year, Sony made a major push into unscripted content expansion with the $350 million acquisition of Industrial Media. At that time, the company also announced that longtime Sony exec Suzanne Prete would oversee production in a newly-formed game show division. Weinberg will report to Prete, executive vice president of game shows.

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posted 6/9/2022

2021-2022 in Review... The Top Games of the Season
New Episodes Premiere June 21 on VH1
From the Hollywood Reporter

No one would argue that broadcast TV is booming in 2022, but on a show by show basis, things don't look quite as bleak as they did a year ago.

Whereas in 2020-21, only one network series — The CW's All American — grew both its total audience and adults 18-49 rating, several shows managed the feat in the 2021-22 season, according to Nielsen's final seven-day ratings for the season. The gainers were led by the top two shows on TV, NBC's Sunday Night Football (18 million viewers, 5.0 rating in 18-49) and Fox's Thursday Night Football (15.4 million, 4.3), which posted decent improvements in both measures.

The Monday edition of American Idol (6.99 million viewers, 1.0 in 18-49) and several other sports franchises, including ABC's Saturday college football and NBA showcases, also had gains in both viewers and the key ad demographic. NBC's Law & Order: SVU and CBS' The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, SWAT and Bob Hearts Abishola all posted total-viewer growth, though they dipped some in the 18-49 demo.

Among entertainment programs, CBS' NCIS led the viewer charts with 10.9 million people per episode. The swan song for NBC's This Is Us finished first among adults 18-49 with a 1.6 rating; it was the top network drama in the demo for each of its six seasons.

The charts below are seven-day averages for the full 2021-22 TV season (Sept. 20, 2021 to May 25, 2022). Series that aired fewer than three episodes during the season, continuations of summer shows from the previous season and sports pre- and postgame shows are excluded. The numbers below also don't include streaming, which makes up a significant portion of the audience for a number of shows.

GAME SHOWS (total audience/% change over year)
14 (t): The Voice - Tuesday (NBC):
8.28m/-0.02%.
18 (t): The Voice - Monday (NBC): 8.12m/-3.3%
23: Survivor (CBS): 7.36m
25: American Idol - Sunday (ABC): 7.29m/-1.8%
28: American Idol - Monday (ABC): 6.99m/12%
36: DAncing with the Stars (ABC): 6.36m/-10.3%
40: The Masked Singer (Fox): 5.85m/-22.6%
46: The Amazing Race (CBS): 5.5m/1.7%
48: America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC): 5.13m/-3.6%
53 (t): Shark Tank (ABC): 4.53m/-8.9%
53 (t): The Bachelor (ABC): 4.53m/-29.9%
57: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (ABC): 4.24m/-40.7%
63: AGT Extreme (NBC): 4m
64 (t): Next Level Chef (Fox): 3.92m
67: The BAchelorette (ABC): 3.83/-36.7%
70: Tough as Nails (CBS): 3.57m/-7%
74: Holey Moley (ABC): 3.15m
75: Beyond the Edge (CBS): 3.07m
77: That's My Jam (NBC): 3.01m
79 (t): The Chase (ABC): 2.94m/-47.5%
83: MasterChef Junior (Fox): 2.86
84: The Wall (NBC): 2.8m/-19.3%
85: Supermarket Sweep (ABC): 2.78m/-28.4%
89 (t): Alter Ego (Fox): 2.63m
89 (t): I Can See Your Voice (Fox): 2.63m/-45.7%
92: To Tell the Truth (ABC): 2.53m/-43.7%
95: Come Dance with Me (CBS): 2.36m
99: Weakest Link (NBC): 2.24m/-49.8%
101: American Song Contest (NBC): 2.06m
103: Domino Masters (Fox): 2.05m
105: Name That Tune (Fox): 2.01m/-39%
107 (t): Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer (Fox): 1.97m
109 (t): The Real Dirty Dancing (Fox): 1.92m
123: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW): 0.94m/-7.8%
125 (t): The Courtship (NBC): 0.92
128: Whose Line Is It Anyway? *CW): 0.78m/-29.1%
137: The Great Chocolate Showdown (CW): 0.52m
142 (t): Would I Lie to You? (CW): 0.33
144: Legends of the Hidden Temple (CW): 0.3m
146: Killer Camp (CW): 0.21m

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posted 6/9/2022

Canada Drags the World
"Drag Race: Canada vs. the World" Coming
From the Hollywood Reporter

Eh-leganza is about to go global when RuPaul's international all-stars descend upon North America to compete on Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs. the World.

Production company World of Wonder announced Thursday that the Drag Race franchise will welcome queens from its multiple worldwide iterations to compete on Canada vs. the World when it premieres later this year, with returning judges Brooke Lynn Hytes, Brad Goreski, and Traci Melchor set to preside over the series' panel.

The six-episode season will see the queens competing for the title of "Queen of the Mother-Pucking World," with the cast being revealed in the near future.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 6/9/2022

"Epic Gameshow" To Return
Alan Carr Lines Up New Episodes June 18
From Telly Mix

Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow is back for new episodes in 2022 – here's all you need to know.

Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow sees Alan Carr take helm of the nation's all-time favorite gameshows.

The series sees both celebrities and members of the public compete to win either big-cash rewards or top-of-the-range prizes. Alongside the entertaining, hilarious and nail-biting contests that viewers know and love, each episode will climax with an all-new epic endgame, bringing the iconic shows bang up to date.

The new series of Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow airs on ITV from Saturday, 18 June 2022 at 7PM. The first episode will be a celebrity special of Play Your Cards Right featuring big-name couples vying to win the jackpot for their charity of choice. Other game shows that regularly feature on the series include The Price is Right, Take Your Pick, Strike It Lucky, Bullseye and Name That Tune.

Telly Mix

posted 6/9/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Oh BAby"

  • Nick Cannon expecting baby #9 (TMZ)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "MasterChef Junior" moves to Tuesdays starting June 14 (The Futon Critic)

  • Boston Rob Mariano joins Secret Celebrity Renovation (The Futon Critic)

  • LEVAr Burton calls book bans "Bullsh*t", isn't wrong (The Wrap)

  • Matt James calls his season of "The Bachelor" not for "the right audience", also isn't wrong (The Hollywood Reporter) PLUS the first footage from "Bachelorette" seaosn 19 (Entertainment Weekly)

  • swears she's going to be extra when it comes to this wedding of hers (Us Weekly)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sara Haines (Hollywood Outbreak)

posted 6/8/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending May 29
From TV Newscheck

Ellen DeGeneres saved the best for last. Her eponymous talk show came to a glorious end after a 19-year run in the session ending May 29 as the sole syndicated show to hit a new season high. The final scorecard for the popular program, which has been honored with more than 60 Emmys, was an 18% increase from the prior week to a 1.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, Ellen's biggest number of the year.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.0 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.6 -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

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Soap Opera Network

posted 6/8/2022

TUESDAY: AGT Takes the Gold
NBC's Lineup Scores Across the Board
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW's Tom Swift in Week 2 drew 350,000 total viewers (down 20 percent from its debut) and a 0.1. demo rating.

Leading into the Nancy Drew offshoot, Superman & Lois (710K/0.1) was steady week-to-week.

NBC's America's Got Talent (6.1 mil/0.7) dipped a bit but still dominated Tuesday across the board. Dancing With Myself (2.3 mil/0.4) was pretty steady.

Over on ABC, Holey Moley (2.3 mil/0.3) is looking at lows, while The Chase (2.1 mil/0.3) and Who Do You Believe? (1.5 mil/0.2) were steady.

Fox's TMZ/Depp/Heard thing drew 880K and a 0.2.

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49):
- CHopped (Food): 832k/0.19
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 682k/0.14
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 472k/0.11
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 428k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 357k/0.04

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posted 6/8/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Chrisley Knew"

  • Todd Chrisley, wife found guilty, looking at 30 years (TV Line)

  • CBS brings back "Some Like It Hot" for daytime (Deadline)

  • DGC, AMPTP reach tentative labor deal (Deadline)

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe swears she's going to be extra when it comes to this wedding of hers (Us Weekly)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rutledge Wood (ET Canada)

posted 6/8/2022


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See You in November, Ryan Long
"Jeopardy!" Superstreaker Ends at 16
From the Philadelphia Inquirer

Academics and account managers. Ivy League graduates. Teachers. Mild-mannered Philadelphia rideshare driver Ryan Long beat them all during his 16-game winning streak on Jeopardy! with a combination of luck, strategic betting, and mastery of certain categories.

But Long's journey on the popular game show ended Monday night when he finished in third place behind National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Ahasic and actress Stephanie Garrison.

Long, 39, closed the gap with Ahasic entering Final Jeopardy, trailing by $3,400 and facing the following Greek Mythology clue: Of the Argonauts seeking the Golden Fleece, these two from the same family were from Sparta according to Homer. Long answered "Who are Agamemnon and Menelaus?", which was incorrect, leaving him with just $1. Ahasic answered correctly with "Who are Castor and Pollux," winning the game and unseating Long with a final score of $18,401.

Long ends his Jeopardy! run with the ninth-most consecutive wins in the show's history, dating back to 2003 when a five-game cap was lifted. Overall, he'll take home $300,400 before taxes — $299,400 in winnings, and $1,000 for finishing third Monday.

Long shared an emotional message on Twitter Monday evening, gushing over his time on the trivia show and looking forward to the future.

"So many feelings … I'm going to try and keep this short, but I'll probably fail. I want to thank everybody who watched and supported me. I want to thank all my fellow contestants who were, to a person, exemplary human beings," Long began his thread.

He noted in another tweet that he wanted to thank his "momma" and "everyone who put me in the position to do this."

"I owe them everything. Sometimes it seems like society put you in a box, and you are classified as a certain thing with a certain destiny, even though you may feel different person could really break out of that box," he continued.

Long is set to return for the game show's "Tournament of Champions," airing this fall, where he will battle other Season 38 players, including Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach.

He went on, "But I feel like this thing that just happened is proof that you can. Trust yourself, hold on to your dreams, you know who you really are. Take your shot, and don't let anybody tell you you can't do this or that, or you should be doing things a certain way.

"As my grandmom would've said, never let ANYBODY steal your shine. Much love to everybody. See you in the fall," he concluded his tweet..


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posted 6/7/2022

MONDAY: CBS Takes on Ninjas... Wins.
Demos Land in Three-Way Tie
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW's Roswell, New Mexico opened its final season with 430,000 total viewers and a 0.0 demo rating, down from its previous (in-season) averages (550K/0.1) and hitting a low in the demo.

In the Dark kicked off its own farewell tour with 320K and a 0.0, down from last summer's averages (365K/0.1) and matching its demo low.

CBS' The Neighborhood rerun (3.8 mil/0.4) drew Monday's largest audience and landed in a three-way tie for the nightly demo win.

Over on NBC, American Ninja Warrior's season premiere (3 mil/0.4) was down from last summer's averages (3.3 mil/0.5) and tied its all-time demo low. Leading out of that, Weakest Link (2.2 mil/0.3) ticked up from its most recent Sunday outing.

Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics (2 mil/0.3) was steady, while Beat Shazam (2 mil/0.4) ticked up to join ANW and The Neighborhood in that demo tie.

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49):
- BBQ Brawl (Food): 934k/0.16
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 428k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 385k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 364k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 356k/0.02

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posted 6/7/2022


Fox

UPFRONTS: Fox
IN: Gordon Ramsay, Masked Singer, LEGO Masters, Crime Scene Kitchen
From the Futon Critic

Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment, today will unveil the FOX content slate for the 2022-2023 television season to the national advertising community during its in-person Upfront Presentation. FOX is adding three new dramas, two new animated comedies and one new unscripted series to its lineup, expanding its content strategy with increased program ownership that spans scripted, reality and animation. Original content from in-house business units FOX Entertainment Studios, Studio Ramsay Global, FOX Alternative Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment will drive growth and fuel thematic scheduling across network and streaming.

"FOX Entertainment enters the Upfront - a week literally built for broadcasters to align with advertisers - as the only company, no matter the platform, with advertising at its core. Advertisers have been our focus since the start of this company, and we're proud that this too is proof of FOX's differentiation," said Charlie Collier. "As you'll see during our presentation, building barriers between our best content and our brand-partners simply isn't our business model."

Returning FOX series include dramas 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Season Four) and THE CLEANING LADY (Season Two); comedies CALL ME KAT (Season Three) and WELCOME TO FLATCH (Season Two); animated series THE SIMPSONS (Season 34), FAMILY GUY (Season 20), BOB'S BURGERS (Season 12), THE GREAT NORTH (Season Three) and HOUSEBROKEN (Season Two); and unscripted series THE MASKED SINGER (Season Eight), CRIME SCENE KITCHEN (Season Two) and, as previously announced, HELL'S KITCHEN (Season 21). Additional series renewals to be announced.

FOX doubles down on unscripted series from Gordon Ramsay with GORDON RAMSAY'S FOOD STARS, the award-winning chef's all-new search for the next big food & drink entrepreneur. GORDON RAMSAY'S FOOD STARS will join this season's #1 new entertainment series, NEXT LEVEL CHEF, which will debut its second season immediately following SUPER BOWL LVII, airing Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. THE MASKED SINGER, CRIME SCENE KITCHEN and, as previously announced, HELL'S KITCHEN return next season. Additionally, new seasons of FANTASY ISLAND and LEGO MASTERS, previously scheduled to air this summer, now will air during the 2022-2023 season. LEGO MASTERS also will air the brand-new multiple-night event CELEBRITY LEGO MASTERS: HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR.

In Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars, the chef and restaurateur plans to focus his attention on the most "exciting and innovative new food and drink entrepreneurs" by backing the winner of his latest competition with an angel investment. The series will be produced by Studio Ramsay Global (SRG) and Fox Alternative Entertainment. Ramsay serves as executive producer along with Lisa Edwards and Danny Schrader, who will also be the showrunner. It is based on Ramsay's own BBC series, which launched on the British public broadcaster last month. The UK series offers 12 up and coming food and drink entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for £150,000 in investment.

There is no sign of The Masked Singer spinoff The Masked Dancer, which aired between December 2020 and February 2021, Wayne Brady-hosted Game of Talents, which premiered in March 2021, Rob Lowe-hosted Mental Samurai, which launched its second season in May 2021 and avatar-led singing competition Alter Ego, which performed its first tune in September 2021. It marks a new trend in unscripted where shows are not picked up or canceled and essentially being parked. Some may return – as So You Think You Can Dance, which returns three years after it was last on air – and others will quietly go away.

In the schedule announced, "The Masked Singer" and "LEGO Masters" are locked in on Wednesdays, while "Hell's Kitchen" will heat up Thursdays. Reported new seasons of "Crime Scene Kitchen" and "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" will be held to midseason.

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posted 6/6/2022


Nickelodeon Productions/CW

"Hidden Temple" Returns to Legend
CW Cancels Reboot After 1 Season
From TV Line

The CW has lost more Legends.

The network's reboot of Legends of the Hidden Temple has been cancelled after one season, TVLine has confirmed.

Hidden Temple over its 13-episode run averaged not quite 300,000 total viewers and just a 0.1 demo rating — and that's with Live+7 playback factored in. Out of everything The CW aired this past TV season, it only drew a larger audience than Killer Camp and March.

The Season 1 finale, now serving as the series finale, aired Jan. 16.

A nostalgia-filled reboot of Nickelodeon's 1993-95 game show, The CW's Legends of the Hidden Temple pitted four teams of two adults against one another in physical and mental challenges, until the last duo standing got a chance to run through Olmec's temple and potentially win $25,000 in the final round. Actress and comedian Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) hosted this new iteration, while OG Legends alum Dee Bradley Baker returned as the voice of Olmec.

It's been an atypically cancellation-happy year for The CW, likely due to the network's rumored upcoming sale (perhaps to the Nexstar affiliate group) and thus its uncertain future. Last month alone, The CW axed Legacies, Charmed, 4400, Naomi, Dynasty, In the Dark and Roswell, New Mexico, all of which joined the previously cancelled Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow. Riverdale, meanwhile, will end with Season 7, set to premiere in 2023..

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posted 6/6/2022

FRIDAY: The Usual Suspects
Fox Wins with "Smackdown"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, the penultimate episode of The CW's Charmed drew 380,000 total viewers — its third-largest audience of the season — and a 0.1. demo rating.

Leading out of that, the similarly terminal Dynasty inched up to its best audience in six episodes (240K) and that nice, round 0.0 rating.

Fox's Friday Night SmackDown (1.9 mil/0.4) was steady and tied 20/20 (3.2 mil/0.4) for the nightly demo win, whereas the ABC newsmagazine claimed Friday's biggest audience.

Elsewhere, CBS' Come Dance With Me (2.2 mil/0.2) returned to its demo low.

Cable numbers for Friday (total/A18-49):
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 428k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 353k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 385k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 333k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 183k/0.04

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posted 6/6/2022


AP
BO HOPKINS: 1942-2022
"Trapper John, MD" Actor Made the Rounds on Game Shows
From the Wrap

Bo Hopkins, the actor who has appeared in classics like "American Graffiti," "The Wild Bunch," "Midnight Express" and "The Getaway," died Friday. He was 80 years old.

Hopkins' death was confirmed on the actor's official website. "It is with great sadness that we announce that Bo has passed away," reads a statement on the website. "Bo loved hearing from his fans from around the world and although he was unable to respond to every email over the last few years, he appreciated hearing from each and every one of you."

The actor was born William Hopkins in Greenville, S.C. on February 2, 1942.. He later changed his name to "Bo" in reference to the character he played in "Bus Stop," his first off-Broadway play. After his father died when he was only nine years old, Hopkins was raised by his mother and grandmother. He later learned he was an adopted child and went on to meet his birth parents.

He joined the U.S. Army at the age of 16. After his service in the military, he decided to pursue a career in acting and gained experience in summer stock productions and guest spots in several TV episodes. Well known for playing key supporting roles in a number of major studio films between 1969 and 1979, Hopkins got his start in feature films as "Crazy Lee" in the iconic 1969 western "The Wild Bunch." He was subsequently hired by director Sam Peckinpah for another supporting turn as a bank robber in "The Getaway" (1972).

Hopkins later starred in dozens of feature films, such as "White Lightning" (1973), "Posse" (1975), "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973), "Midnight Express" (1978), "American Graffiti" (1973) and "The Bounty Hunter" (1989). In addition to his work in film, Hopkins' acting credits in TV include guest-starring on "The Rockford Files" (1974), "Charlie's Angels" (1976), "The A-Team" (1983), "Hotel" (1983) and "Matt Houston" (1982). He was also featured on "Dynasty" in 1981.

Hopkins also appeared on episodes of "Battle of the Network STars" and "Tattletales".

Hopkins is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sian Eleanor Green; his son, Matthew Hopkins and his daughter, Jane Hopkins.

Variety

posted 6/1/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "And the Hosts Are..."

  • Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner to host the Daytime Emmys (The Futon Critic)

  • Willow Pill hates people, but Emmy loves her (The Wrap)

  • Dale Moss dating... I don't know, somebody... (Us Weekly)

  • Jeremy Clarkson doesn't want to hug you (Female First)

  • Andrew O'Keefe has a court date... December 7 (News.com.au)

  • Howie Mandel is the new slightly opaque face of holoportation (Globe Newswire)

posted 6/6/2022

Matthew Morrison OUT on "SYTYCD"
Now-Former Judge Shares DMs Sent to Contestant
From TV Line

Following his abrupt exit from So You Think You Can Dance, ex-judge Matthew Morrison has addressed speculation that he had an inappropriate relationship with a Season 17 contestant.

In an Instagram video posted Thursday night, Morrison appears to obliquely address a recent People article in which an unnamed source claimed Morrison was let go from the Fox series for sending "flirty direct messages" to a female competitor.

After calling the allegations "blatantly untrue," Morrison reads aloud "the one message" he says he sent to a contestant.

"'Hey, it's Matthew. If you don't mind, would love to get your number and talk you through some things.' The end," Morrison recites. "I sent this because this dancer and I both share a mutual respect for a choreographer that I've known for over 20 years, and I was trying to help her get a job as a choreographer on the show.

"It's devastating that we live in this world where gossip rules and people's lives are being thrown around as clickbait," he continues. "I think this is much bigger than me and this story. Gossip is toxic and it is destroying our society, and we need to do better."

Morrison confirmed his exit from the dancing competition on May 27, just a week after making his debut as a judge in the Season 17 premiere. Morrison said in a statement at the time: "I did not follow competition production protocols, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly."


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posted 6/3/2022

"Game Face" to Return June 21
Celebrity Couples Announced for Season 3
From TV Line

Hosted and executive produced by Kevin Hart, "Celebrity Game Face" returns for season three on Tuesday, June 21st at 9pm ET/PT with new celebrity contestants and wilder games, as the pairings go head-to-head with the hopes of winning the "Hart of Champion" trophy and are awarded money for their charity of choice.

Each team will compete in at-home games such as "Guilty as Charged," where Kevin accuses one blindfolded member from each team of dirty secrets and their partner guesses if they are guilty or innocent; "Cake Heads," where each contestant stacks an entire package of cupcakes on their partner's forehead and "Sounds Fishy," where the celebrities have to sing five childhood-favorite songs underwater.

Full list of celebrity pairings this season include: Cedric the Entertainer & Tichina Arnold, Morris Chestnut & Pam Byse, Amanda Seales & James Bland, Jimmy Kimmel & Guillermo, Keke Palmer & Darius Jackson, Matt Iseman & Akbar Gbajabiamila, Lamorne Morris & Monnie Aleahmad, Fortune Feimster & Jax Smith, Niecy Nash & Jessica "JB" Betts, Rick Ross & Pretty Vee, T-Pain & Amber Najm V, T.I. & Tiny, Jeff Ross & Seth Green, Natasha Leggero & Moshe Kasher, Jimmy O. Yang & Tawny Newsome, Brie & Nikki Bella, Xavier Woods & Cesaro, Naomi & Jimmy Uso, Will.I.Am & Apple De Ap, Julie Bowen & Chad Sanders, Gabriel Iglesias & Alfred Robles, Amber Ruffin & Jeff Wright, Donnell Rawlings & Angela Yee, Taran Killam & Ronnie Kimble, Deon Cole & Brooklynn Marie, Neal Brennan & Bianca Sia, Tank & Zena Foster, Jay Leno & Kevin Eubanks, Wayne Brady & Jonathon Magnum, London Hughes & Tehran Von Ghasri, Big Boi & Bamboo Patton, DJ Khaled & Nicole Tuck, Sasheer Zamata & Caitlin McGee, Jermaine Fowler & Katrina, Dulce Sloan & Ben Bergman, Anthony Ramos & Sara Steinweiss, Chris & Vanessa Spencer, Charlamagne Tha God & Nyla Simone, Saweetie & Kendra Jae.

Catch up on the first two seasons of "Celebrity Game Face" streaming now on Peacock. · "Celebrity Game Face" is produced by Critical Content and HartBeat Productions with Kevin Hart, Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Bryan Smiley, Mike Stein, Michael Canter and Jeff Krask serving as Executive Producers.

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posted 6/3/2022

THURSDAY: Celtics 1, Warriors 0
ABC Wins Night 1 of the Finals
From the Hollywood Reporter

The opening of the 2022 NBA Finals scored for ABC.

Game one of the series, a 120-108 win for the Boston Celtics over the Golden State Warriors, drew 11.4 million viewers — the biggest audience for the series opener in three years, per preliminary Nielsen figures.

It's currently up up 33 percent from last year's game, which averaged 8.56 million viewers. The audience for Thursday's game also surpassed that of any NBA Finals game — save the deciding game six last year — in 2020 and '21, pending updates. ABC's broadcast also earned a 3.63 rating among adults 18-49, a 27 percent gain over the 2.86 for the opener of the 2021 series. Final figures, which will likely be somewhat higher with the inclusion of out of home viewing, will be available Monday morning.

The NBA telecast was far and away the most watched program in primetime Thursday. A rerun of Young Sheldon on CBS (3.86 million viewers) was a distant second, while the CBS News-produced Her Majesty the Queen: A Gayle King Special drew 3.13 million.

Cable numbers for Thursday (total/A18-49):
- Alone (History): 1.170m/0.13
- Top Chef Houston (SF/Bravo): 694k/0.20
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 637k/0.11
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP): 519k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 394k/0.05
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 357k/0.03
- Rat in the Kitchen (TBS): 358k/0.11
- Top Chef Family Style (OB/Bravo): 276k/0.06

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posted 6/3/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Winners MAke the Difference"

  • Drag Race All Stars make history at Paramount+ (Deadline)

  • Jonathan Littman exits Jerry Bruckheimer Television to form his own shingle (Deadline)

  • #ICYMI: The latest $100,000 win (Parade)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Paul Sinha (Huffpost)

posted 6/2/2022


Netflix

"Is It" A Renewal? Yes. Yes It Is.
Netflix Renews Mystery Bake-Off
From the Futon Critic

Netflix has renewed the hit series, Is It Cake?, where the world's most talented bakers compete to create hyper-realistic cakes that look exactly like everyday objects, in the hopes of fooling a panel of judges, with cash on the line.

The second season will have Mikey Day returning as host and an all new line up of contestants and guest judges.

After premiering in March 2022, the first season of Is It Cake? spent 4 weeks on Netflix's global Top 10 English TV list and reached the Top 10 in TV in 75 countries around the world. ·

Is It Cake? is produced by Alfred Street Industries, with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Nan Strait, Dan Volpe, and Andrew Wallace executive producing.

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posted 6/2/2022

... Wait, "Killer Camp" Is Still a Thing?
CW Sets a Return for UK Series
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network today announced summer 2022 premiere dates for new scripted series BUMP and LEONARDO, as well as a revised premiere date for the returning scripted series DEVILS and the return of the alternative series KILLER CAMP.

These premieres are in addition to the previously announced premiere dates for the final seasons of The CW's original scripted series ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO and IN THE DARK, the new season of WELLINGTON PARANORMAL and the return of the unscripted series MYSTERIES DECODED.

The Australian comedy-drama series BUMP makes its U.S. debut with back-to-back original episodes on Thursday, August 11 (8:00-8:30pm & 8:30-9:00pm ET/PT). The new historical drama series LEONARDO starring Aidan Turner and Freddie Highmore premieres on Tuesday, August 16 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the season two premiere of the international financial conspiracy thriller DEVILS (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT). DEVILS was originally scheduled to return on Thursday, June 30 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). The satirical British horror whodunit reality competition series KILLER CAMP returns on Friday, August 5 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by an original episode of DYNASTY (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT)..

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posted 6/2/2022

WEDNESDAY: Let's Make a Win
CBS Rules Among Non-Repeat Fare
From the Programming Insider

With 69 percent of the broadcast nets in repeats, CBS topped the night in total viewers as a result of primetime editions of game shows "Let's Make a Deal" (Viewers: #1, 3.39 million; A18-49: #1t, 0.4/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and "The Price Is Right" (Viewers: 3.82 million; A18-49: 0.5/ 5 at 9 p.m. – #1 for the night in both categories). They led into an encore telecast of "S.W.A.T." at 10 p.m.

Fox was the only other network in originals courtesy of "Masterchef" (Viewers: #4, 2.16 million; A18-49: #1t, 0.4/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and the recent underwhelming return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (Viewers: #3, 1.58 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 9 p.m.).

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49):
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 663k/0.12
- Forged in Fire (History): 610k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 395k/0.02
- America Says (GSN): 385k/0.06
- Forged in Fire: Best of (History) 381k/0.07

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posted 6/2/2022

LMAD Makes G-A-I-Ns
Results for the Daytime Week Ending May 27
From Soap Opera Network

During the week of May 23-27, 2022, "The View" (2.420 million), "GMA3: What You Need to Know" (1.680 million) and "The Talk" (1.619 million) experienced the strongest week-to-week gains with the ABC chatfest up +227,000 week-to-week and up +171,000 viewers compared to the same week last year. The second half-hour of "Let's Make a Deal" (2.775 million) also saw week-to-week gains, +4,000 viewers compared to one week earlier. The show was down a mere -3,000 viewers versus its performance during the same week last year, however.

Viewing levels were hitting multi-year highs in 2020 during the initial shutdown of the country due to COVID-19. "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless" began their months-long era of classic episodes which continued through late July 2020 and early August 2020, respectively. Comparable 2020 figures for "General Hospital" will return in August as the show aired reruns for most of the summer that year and was not rated (NR) by Nielsen.

WOMEN 18-49
1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 0.5/10
2. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 0.4/8
4. Let's Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 0.3/7
4. Let's Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 0.3/5
WOMEN 25-54
1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 0.7/11
2. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 0.6/9
5. Let's Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 0.5/7
8. Let's Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 0.4/6
TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS
1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 2.8/14
2. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 2.5/12
5. Let's Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 1.8/9
7. Let's Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 1.5/8
TOTAL VIEWERS
1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 4,398,000
2. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 3,820,000
5. Let's Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 2,775,000
7. Let's Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 2,405,000

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posted 6/2/2022

Amazing Race Filming Season 34
Tough As Nails to Film Later This Summer
From Gold Derby

We waited more than a year for "The Amazing Race 33" after COVID-19 suspended production in 2020, but the wait for Season 34 will probably not be that long. Here is everything we know so far about the next installment of "The Amazing Race."

CBS renewed "The Amazing Race" for a 34th season in March, a week after the Season 33 finale aired. Despite the difficulties with the pandemic, which halted production on Season 33 from February 2020 until September 2021, a renewal was always in the offing. Host Phil Keoghan told Gold Derby last June that "the expectation from the network is that we get Season 33 finished and then we roll into more seasons again." In December, while Omicron was surging, co-creator and executive producer Bertram van Munster said it was a "waiting game right now" in regards to future seasons. "We're being very, very careful."

As of June, filming on Season 34 is underway. Keoghan is filming both "The Amazing Race" and his other CBS series "Tough as Nails" this summer.

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posted 6/2/2022

Meet the French Ladies of "Drag Race France"
Nicky Doll Hosts for WOW PResents Plus
From EW

In the words of Dida Ritz: Bonjour, ladies!

Mama RuPaul's Drag Race France has unveiled the group of 10 queens set to compete across the first French edition of the global franchise, which will be presided over by season 12 alum, head judge Nicky Doll.

Among the cast is the self-identified most-followed queen of France (who walked for Jean-Paul Gaultier's last Haute Couture collection), a bearded queen, a trans cabaret performer who also works as a voice actress, and the first queen to have her portrait run in Elle's French edition, according to a press release.

Joining Nicky on the panel are actress and TV host Daphné Bürki as well as DJ and LGBTQ+ activist Kiddy Smile.

"I'm honored and thrilled to be the mistress of ceremonies of this emblematic show, which is going to revolutionize French drag and give prominence to incredible queer artists!" Nicky previously said of Drag Race France in a statement. "So, start your engines, and may the best drag queen… win!"

EW

posted 6/2/2022

TUESDAY: Welcome to the Summer
NBC Wins the First Tuesday of the Summer
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's America's Got Talent opened Season 17 with 6.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, dominating Tuesday in both measures.

List Leading out of that, Dancing With Myself debuted to 2.7 mil and a 0.4 rating.

Over on ABC, Holey Moley (2.4 mil/0.3) slipped to one of its smallest audiences ever while matching its demo low. The Chase (2.2 mil/0.3) and Who Do You Believe? (1.2 mil/0.2) were comparatively steady.

Back from its latest multi-week break, Superman & Lois (730K/0.1) was steady in audience but dipped in the demo. Tom Swift's out-of-season debut (450K/0.1) was not quite on par with time slot predecessor Naomi's averages (520K/0.1).

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 706k/0.14
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 606k/0.11
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 457k/0.03
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 425k/0.08
- America Says (GSN): 327k/0.05

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posted 6/2/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Christmas in Atlanta... with Memphis"

  • Christmas Abbott, Memphis Garrett make it official (People)

  • Nicole Remy's fairy tale romance comes to a very REAL ending (E! Online)

  • Romeo Escobar comes out on "Survivor". What happens next... is beautiful (EW)

  • Derek Hough, Hayley Erbert need a ring and a date, y'all (Reality TV World)

  • Survivor superfan Sia has a surprise for Drea Wheeler (Gold Derby)

  • Warwick Davis' parents told he'd be "dead" by his teen years, making the rest of us medical professionals look bad (Entertainment Daily)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with George Gray (Cinema Blend)

posted 6/2/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending May 22
From TV Newscheck

The penultimate week of the long-running Ellen DeGeneres scored the biggest increase of any show in syndication, surging 22% in households and 33% in the key demo from the prior frame in the session ending May 22 to match its highest rating of the season.

Turning to access time periods, Jeopardy continued to lead the overall chart, inching up 2% to a 5.3, with Family Feud second at an unchanged 5.1.

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) 5.3 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.7 +2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

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posted 6/1/2022

Conrad Green to Return to "Dancing"?
Former EP in "Advanced" Talks
From Deadline

It looks like a homecoming parade may be in order for Conrad Green: Deadline reported the veteran reality show producer is in advanced talks to return to Dancing with the Stars as its executive producer.

Green was the EP/showrunner of the competition show when it first launched on ABC. He was also part of the original BBC Worldwide Prods. team of Dancing that pitched the format to ABC. He departed DWTS at the end of the 18th season to exec produce the Fox show Utopia. Though the show was short-lived, he signed an overall with the network in 2015.

Green would replace Executive Producer Andrew Llinares, who parted ways with DWTS before a 31st season of the show was ordered. In April, it was announced DWTS has received a two-year pickup — for Seasons 31 and 32 — to debut exclusively on Disney+ this fall in the U.S. and Canada. It will be the first live series to debut on the service.

Green's recent credits include exec producing ABC's remake of The Gong Show and Ultimate Tag on Fox. He earned nine Emmy nominations during his stint on Dancing With The Stars. Previously, he was an executive at BBC in London, where he developed and produced new entertainment formats. Green also served as a series editor for the first season of the UK version of Big Brother, and the series producer of Popstars..

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posted 6/1/2022


Wikipedia
CHARLES SIEBERT: 1938-2022
"Trapper John, MD" Actor Made the Rounds on Game Shows
From the Wrap

Charles Siebert, a character actor who is probably best known for his role as Dr. Stanley Riverside II on "Trapper John, M.D.," a well-liked spin-off of "M*A*S*H" that ran on CBS for seven seasons from 1979 to 1984, has died at the age of 84.

Siebert appeared on various TV shows, starting in the 1950s and through the late 1990s, when he appeared on "Xena: Warrior Princess" while also directing several episodes himself (he also directed episodes of the campion series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"). Among the primetime shows he guest-starred on were "Murder, She Wrote," "Dallas" and "Matlock," alongside daytime soaps like "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live." He made several appearances on "The Love Boat," including one where he played his character from "Trapper John, M.D."

You also might remember Siebert thanks to his appearance on a number of 1980s game shows, including "$25,000 Pyramid" and "Super Password."

Siebert's survivors include his second wife, Kristine, children Gillian and Christopher, along with step-children Kristina, Max and Jeremy and brothers Ronald, Leonard and Jack.

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posted 6/1/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "New Cab, Same Driver"

  • Tony Tackaberry forms new shingle (Deadline)

  • Ryan Long addresses the squinted elephant in the room (TV Shows Ace)

  • Buzzy Cohen reveals he was playing injured (The Sun)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Amy Schneider (Insider) and Mattea Roach (AOL/NBC Out)

posted 6/1/2022

CBS Announces Dates for "Big Brother", "The Challenge: USA"
Reality Alums to Play the Game This Summer
From Deadline

CBS' reality competition shows are cranking up the heat with the back-to-back summer premieres of BIG BROTHER and THE CHALLENGE: USA, on Wednesday, July 6. BIG BROTHER opens the night with a 90-minute episode (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT), followed by the 90-minute premiere of one of the world's most popular competition series, THE CHALLENGE: USA (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT). Both franchises will also be available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+*.

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions, THE CHALLENGE: USA inaugural broadcast on CBS further underscores Paramount's strategy of leveraging its popular franchises across the company's global platforms. The summer premieres also come on the heels of recent ratings success. For three of the last four summers, including summer 2021, BIG BROTHER was a top 10 summer series in viewers, and top five in adults 25-54. Most recently, THE CHALLENGE: SPIES, LIES AND ALLIES finished the fourth quarter of 2021 as the #1 unscripted cable series (P18-34).

MTV's THE CHALLENGE was the very first reality competition series when it launched on June 1, 1998 and is currently the longest-running reality series in the history of television.

Produced by Fly On The Wall Entertainment in association with Endemol Shine North America, BIG BROTHER kicks off season 24 as a group of all-new Houseguests move into the BIG BROTHER House. Expect the unexpected this summer with a season full of new and unique twists and turns to challenge the Houseguests. Following the premiere, the series will air Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, LIVE ET/ delayed PT), featuring the live evictions, and Sundays and Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Julie Chen Moonves returns as host. Paramount+ subscribers can continue to catch all the action on the BIG BROTHER Live Feeds. Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan serve as executive producers.

In a special edition of the blockbuster global franchise, THE CHALLENGE: USA brings together fan favorites from CBS' reality shows, including SURVIVOR, BIG BROTHER, THE AMAZING RACE and LOVE ISLAND, to compete in one of the most unpredictable and demanding games of their lives, living in a constant state of paranoia and unable to trust anyone but themselves.

Following the Network's 90-minute premiere, the show will air Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). In addition to the $500,000 prize, the cast of THE CHALLENGE: USA will be competing for a spot on THE CHALLENGE: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (working title) that will stream on Paramount+. T.J. Lavin serves as host. Julie Pizzi and Justin Booth serve as executive producers. Additional details about the upcoming seasons of BIG BROTHER and THE CHALLENGE: USA will be announced soon.

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