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AT&T Sells Its Stake in Game Show Network
Sony Regains Full Control
From Deadline

Sony has acquired AT&T's 42% stake in Game Show Network in a transaction with a total value of $500 million. After the deal, Sony will own 100% of the multimedia entertainment company, whose offerings are anchored by its namesake cable network, which airs original and classic game programming.

Game Show Network channel will continue to be carried on AT&T's DirecTV. Mark Feldman will continue as president and CEO of GSN.

Sony is positioning GSN's suite of game programming alongside its television unit's established game properties such as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

For AT&T, the deal furthers the company's objective to pay down debt and generate cash from non-strategic assets. The telecom and media giant, still digesting its $81 billion acquisition of Time Warner, has sold off a range of assets from real estate to equipment while also completing a massive restructuring of Time Warner, now known as WarnerMedia.

AT&T will receive $380 million from the stake sale, before certain transaction-related adjustments, as well as dividends of about $130 million, making the total value of the deal roughly $500 million.

"We're excited to bring Game Show Network fully into the Sony Pictures Entertainment portfolio," SPT chairman Mike Hopkins said. "The acquisition allows us to work more closely with the company's talented team to deliver the best iconic game shows, develop and syndicate new game show IP for audiences across the nation, as well as to advance the fast-growing GSN Games business, all of which directly aligns with our strategy of developing targeted direct-to-consumer offerings."

Game Show Network TV programming includes originals such as America Says, The Chase, Common Knowledge and Catch 21, syndicated titles including Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud. It also airs classics like The $25,000 Pyramid and Card Sharks. GSN Games' mobile game portfolio includes GSN Casino, Bingo Bash, Solitaire TriPeaks, and WorldWinner.

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posted 11/18/19

Now That the TOC is Over... Who's the Greatest?
That Question Will Be Answered on ABC
From The Futon Critic

On the heels of the iconic Tournament of Champions, "JEOPARDY!" is coming to ABC in a multiple consecutive night event with "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time," premiering TUESDAY, JAN. 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Hosted by Alex Trebek, "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time" is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Harry Friedman will executive produce.

This epic television event brings together the three highest money winners in the long-running game show's history: Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer. The "JEOPARDY!" fan favorites will compete in a series of matches; the first to win three receives $1 million and the title of "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time." The two runners up will each receive $250,000.

"Based on their previous performances, these three are already the 'greatest,' but you can't help wondering: who is the best of the best?" Trebek said.

"I am always so blown away by the incredibly talented and legendary Alex Trebek who has entertained, rallied and championed the masses for generations - and the world class 'JEOPARDY!' team who truly are 'the greatest of all time,'" Said Karey Burke, President, ABC Entertainment. "This timeless and extraordinary format is the gift that keeps on giving and winning the hearts of America every week. We can't wait to deliver this epic and fiercely competitive showdown - with these unprecedented contestants - to ABC viewers and loyal fans everywhere."

"We're excited to bring 'JEOPARDY!' to primetime! It's been a long time in the making - we wanted to create a unique experience sure to wow not just our fans, but all audiences," said Mike Hopkins, Chairman, Sony Pictures Television. "We are thrilled to have James, Brad and Ken, three powerhouse players each worthy of the title 'The Greatest of All Time.' With Alex hosting this is truly going to be something special. I can't wait to see who comes out on top!" .

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posted 11/18/19

"The Wall" Will Be Back... in the UK
BBC1 Renews Game for Another Session
From Digital Spy

Good news you slags, the BBC has given Danny Dyer's game show The Wall a second series!

The EastEnders star was announced as host of the UK version of the hit American show at the start of the year, and series one kicked off in October to a positive (if slightly cringey) reception.

Speaking about the renewal, Danny himself said: "I can't believe we're doing another series of The Wall. I can't wait to get stuck back in and meet these new contestants and hopefully make them very rich. Drop 'em!"

As well as Danny, question master Angela Rippon will be back too, for what the Beeb's Controller of Entertainment Commissioning Kate Phillips called a "wildly unpredictable format".

"I am so looking forward to another series being 'the voice' of The Wall," Rippon added. "What a great opportunity for even more viewers to take on the challenge of The Wall and potentiality win life-changing sums of money.".

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posted 11/18/19

WEEKEND: Sunday Fight
NBC Wins on SNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.981 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) continued its Sunday reign with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.511 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.019 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (12.727 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.8, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2).

CBS (11.693 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then got a giant boost from "NFL Overrun" (24.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) into new episodes of "60 Minutes" (17.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "God Friended Me" (8.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.455 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Madam Secretary" (5.394 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was FOX (1.774 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.788 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.371 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (2.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Bless the Harts" (1.647 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.844 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Family Guy" (1.887 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (4.090 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Shark Tank" (3.314 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "The Rookie" (3.595 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #19).

And finally, fresh installments from "Batwoman" (1.018 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20) and "Supergirl" (0.801 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.2, #21) on The CW (0.909 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night..

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 544k
- Nashville Squares - 8p (CMT): 241k
- Nashville Squares - 8:30 (CMT): 230k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 705k
- Temptation Island (USA): 602k
- Thanksgiving Pie Fight (S/Food): 377k

- Cash Cab (Bravo): 168k .

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/19

THURSDAY: Cleveland Rocks!
Fox Wins on TNF
From the Futon Critic

FOX (11.650 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was still the top draw on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.022 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (4.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.302 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.606 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.330 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.979 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.666 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (6.255 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.754 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Evil" (3.280 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.721 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (2.737 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Perfect Harmony" (1.859 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "The Good Place" (2.060 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.144 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.764 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.103 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "Supernatural" (1.324 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.882 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 705k
- Temptation Island (USA): 602k
- Thanksgiving Pie Fight (S/Food): 377k

- Cash Cab (Bravo): 168k .

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/19

More on "Top Elf"
Catch It November 29 on Nick
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon is celebrating the holidays with a new competition series, Top Elf, premiering Friday, Nov. 29, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Across five one-hour episodes, seven kid "Elf-testants" with extraordinary building and design skills compete in festive challenges to become Santa's 'Top Elf' and have their wish lists granted - not for themselves, but for good causes in their hometowns. Top Elf airs Fridays at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, with the season finale airing Saturday, Dec. 21, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

In Top Elf, Santa (Tommy Snider) and Ms. Jingles (Samantha Turret) invite seven civilian "Elf-testants" to the North Pole to test their skills in a series of holiday-themed challenges, from designing their own life-sized gingerbread clubhouses, to reimagining Santa's sleigh, to creating giant 3-D holiday cards. And of course, building new toys!

Each "Elf-testant" is paired with one of Santa's elves who help bring their visions to life. Meet the elves: Chip Snuggles (Rudy Martinez), Nog Shimmerhorn (David Magidoff), Ginger O'Tingleton (Jenna Wright), Merry Sparkleberry (Nataliz Jimenez), Tinsel Turtledove (Ashley August), Zippy Twinkles (Davied Morales) and Stretch McDancerpants (Eric Stretch).

The seven skillful "Elf-testants" competing this season are: Aiko from New York; Allison from Walnut, Calif.; Briana from Los Angeles; Cameron from Georgetown, Ky.; Hopper from Highland Park, Texas; Hud from Oxford, Miss.; and Justice from Jamaica, N.Y.

At the end of each episode, "Elf-testants" are judged by Santa, Ms. Jingles and a celebrity guest to decide who is on the "nice" or "naughty" list and one step closer to being named Top Elf. Celebrity guest judges helping Santa and Ms. Jingles find the Top Elf are: Frankie Grande, Amirah Kassem, Peyton List, Alex Wassabi and Pete Wentz.

Top Elf's original concept was created by Mike Duffy and Tim Duffy of Ugly Brother Studios, who executive produce the series along with Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company. Bob Schermerhorn (Project Runway All Stars, America's Next Top Model) and Lisa Fletcher (The Titan Games) are executive producers, with Fletcher also serving as the showrunner. Nickelodeon's Vice Presidents of Unscripted Content Paul J Medford and Mandel Ilagan also serve as executive producers. The series is directed by Michael Pearlman (Chopped, Project Runway All Stars). Production of Top Elf for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/18/19

YouTube Gets Made Up
James Charles to Develop Beauty Competition
From the Futon Critic

Today, YouTube Originals and beauty mogul James Charles announced a new untitled beauty competition series to find the next budding industry influencer. With over 16 million subscribers to his channel, James Charles is best known for his creative makeup transformations which led to him being selected as the first male spokesperson for CoverGirl.

Inspired by his artistry in the space, this series marks the first YouTube Originals beauty competition and will premiere on YouTube next year.

In this four part competition series brought to life by Brian Graden Media, contestants will put their best makeup artistry on display for Charles and a mix of celebrity guest judges as well as seasoned beauty industry veterans. Their work will be judged to see who has what it takes to be a top beauty influencer.

"James Charles is a leader in the industry when it comes to pushing boundaries with creative content," said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. "We are thrilled that James is bringing his energy and talent to our YouTube Originals slate with our first beauty competition series."

"Reality competition shows have always been a guilty pleasure of mine, and ever since I became a content creator on YouTube, it's been one of my biggest dreams to create my own, said James Charles. "Beauty is such a major industry, and I've been lucky enough to grow a huge platform, but now I want to give back and share the knowledge I've gathered with others. Being a superstar influencer takes a whole lot more than just blending eyeshadow, and I can't wait to find out who has what it takes to make it to the top. Producing my own show for YouTube is going to be a crazy challenge but I'm so ready... and hopefully the beauty community is too."

Brian Graden, President of Brian Graden Media said, "BGM is thrilled to extend its partnership with YouTube Originals on yet another exciting project. We love helping content creators realize their longer form visions, and James Charles is truly a one-of-kind star."

Episodes of the new competition series will release weekly and be available for free on YouTube.com/JamesCharles. .

The Futon Critic

posted 11/18/19

More on "Food Network Challenge"
Catch the Reboot December 23
From the Futon Critic

Fan-favorite competition series Food Network Challenge is back and better than ever with new host Ian Ziering and a fresh roster of the country's top cake makers, bakers and sugar artists going head-to-head in pop culture-themed battles to create mind-blowing works of delicious art.

The six-episode season kicks off on Monday, December 23rd at 10pm ET/PT with a celebration of the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Story, complete with over-the-top edible recreations of the iconic film's most memorable moments. Upcoming episode themes include Back to the Future, Pokémon, Monopoly and The Wizard of Oz.

"Every Food Network Challenge contestant has risen to the top of the competitive baking world by winning multiple awards, so these expert bakers are extremely competitive," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The culinary action combined with pop culture nostalgia and host Ian Ziering's charm make for a fun and compelling show for the whole family."

In the season premiere, four top-notch cake artists compete in a celebration of one of the most beloved holiday films of all time: A Christmas Story. From edible pink bunny suits and leg lamps to a visit from Scott Schwartz, who played Flick, there are tons of "oh fudge" moments in this wild ride. Judges Matt Allard, Keegan Gerhard and Claudia Sandoval determine who wins $10,000 for their Christmas stocking, along with the title Food Network Challenge champion.

Viewers can learn more about Ian Ziering, meet the contestants and follow the competition at FoodNetwork.com/FNChallenge. Plus, follow on social channels using # FNChallenge for an exclusive Q&A with Ian and to see top moments from the competition.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/18/19

Somebody Say "New Chaser"?
Bradley Walsh Teases 2020 on "The Chase"
From New Zealand Herald

The Chase host Bradley Walsh has announced there will be a new Chaser joining the team of formidable quiz-masters on the show.

Walsh, who has presented the show since it began in 2009, has promised that the show is set to undergo a "shake-up" when it returns to air at the start of 2020, hinting that the current crop of quizzing experts – The Beast, The Vixen, The Sinnerman, The Governess and The Dark Destroyer – could be joined by not one, but multiple new chasers.

Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com, the charismatic host and Doctor Who star said: "We're making more and more shows all the time, so we need to recruit more people all the time. "So consequently, we have put our feelers out to find other people that will be suitable, and all will be revealed next year.".

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posted 11/18/19

"Celebrity Catchphrase" to Return
Fourth Season Forthcoming
From C21Media

ITV has commissioned a fourth season of its revived quizshow Celebrity Catchphrase.

The new 8×60' season will see a number of celebrities participate in the popular game, in which contestants must identify well-known phrases with the help of visual clues, and will also include a Christmas Special.

The latest instalment of the series was commissioned by Gemma John-Lewis at ITV and will be produced by Glasgow-based STV Productions. Gary Chippington will serve as executive producer..

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posted 11/18/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "More Kellyoke!"

  • Kelly Clarkson scores the syndie season's second renewal (THe Futon Critic)

  • ABC to bring back "Idol" second chance during DWTS, AMAs (THe Futon Critic)

  • Nick Cannon picks up his own talker (Deadline)

  • CASTING COUCH: Feud heads to New Orleans (The Advocate)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 10 richest game show hosts OF ALL TIME (THeRichest)

  • Elizabeth Beisel, Missy Byrd apologize for... yeah, THAT. (TV Line)

posted 11/18/19

More on "Making It" Season 2
Catch It on NBC December 2
From the Futon Critic

Get thread-y for it! NBC has announced the 10 makers vying for the title of "Master Maker" and a $100,000 grand prize on Season 2 of "Making It," returning Monday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Executive producers and Emmy Award-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman return with judges Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's trend expert, and Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York. In a binge-worthy holiday treat, "Making It" will air Dec. 2-5 (10-11 p.m.), Dec. 9 (10-11 p.m.) and Dec. 10 (10-11 p.m.) before concluding with a two-hour grand finale telecast on Wednesday, Dec. 11 (9-11 p.m.).

This season brings together a diverse group of makers from woodworkers to balloon artists and calligraphists to costume makers. These ultimate DIY-ers bring skill and heart as they create with mediums from food to felt, hoping to impress the judges and become "Master Maker."

- ASHLEY BASNIGHT (Norman, OK)
- ASPEN VO HASSE (Marina, CA / San Francisco, CA)
- EAGAN TILGHMAN (Meridian, MS)
- F
LOYD DAVIS (Chicago, IL / Los Angeles, CA)
- JAMIE HUDSON (Portland, OR)
- JESSIE BEARDEN (Austin, TX / New York, NY)
- JUSTINE SILVA (Andover, MA / Los Angeles, CA)
- LILLY JIMENEZ (Miami, FL)
- MATT KAWIKA ORTIZ (Honolulu, HI)
- REBECCA PROPES (Gilbert, AZ)

Each episode will revolve around a central theme with the Makers completing two crafts based on current trends in DIY and anchored in America's love for all things handmade. The first, a "faster-craft," gives the Makers a limited time to execute their personal take on each theme. Next is the more in-depth "master craft," challenging each Maker to display their respective expertise while combining originality, imagination, and quality finishing to move on to the next round of the competition. In the end, the winning contestant will be crowned "Master Maker."

The Futon Critic

posted 11/14/19

WEDNESDAY: And the Award Goes to...
ABC Wins Thanks to CMAs
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was sparked into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to "The 53rd Annual CMA Awards" (11.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

FOX (3.611 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with originals from "The Masked Singer" (5.551 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Almost Family" (1.671 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was NBC (6.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.146 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.044 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up a special two-hour "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) alongside a new "SWAT" (3.045 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, originals from "Riverdale" (0.822 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Nancy Drew" (0.712 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.767 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 812k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 613k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 575k

- Catch 21 (GSN): 407k
- America Says (GSN): 383k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 278k .

The Futon Critic

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posted 11/13/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Play Along"

  • Jeopardy! alums (DISCLAIMER: of which two of the people who run this site are) play along for charity (USA Today)

  • #ICYMI: When a professional "Survivor" writer AND a former contestant decides that they're done with this season... (Boston.com)

  • Baby Bass in paradise (Reality TV World)

  • Hannah Brown was at the CMAs last night, and she did not. Play. (Reality TV World)

  • Temptation Island just taped the reunion show and... it gets ugly (Us)

  • FIRST LOOK: Sugar Rush Christmas (The Futon Critic)

  • Michael Sheen looks nothing like himself as he transforms into Chris Tarrant for AMC's "Quiz" (Deadline)

  • Aaron Sanchez picks up where Eddie Huang left off in the chef's-life-as-a-sitcom genre (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Dhruv Gaur (Deadline)

posted 11/14/19

25 Words.... Another Season
Game Show Among Fox Block Renewed for 2020-21
From Deadline

Fox Corp.'s station group has renewed 25 Words or Less, a new game show hosted and produced by Meredith Vieira, for a second season.

Fox's station unit has 28 full-power stations in markets including nine of the top 10 largest in the U.S. In addition to serving as key strategic platforms for promoting sports and primetime programming, the stations also are valuable real estate in syndication.

"Every day, America welcomes us into their homes to laugh, cry and play," said Stephen Brown, Fox Television Stations EVP Programming and Development. "We are part of their everyday ritual and we look forward to being there for a long time to come."

Deadline

posted 11/13/19

Here's a Picture of Peter Weber Being Pensive...
Must Be Time for "The Bachelor", ABC January
From the Futon Critic

ABC has made a date for the three-hour Season 24 premiere of The Bachelor. The scrum to land airline pilot Peter Weber will begin at 8 PM Monday, January 6.

Watch the new promo with the once-jilted but oh-so-eligible Weber below.

Here is the network's logline for the reality staple's latest cycle: Weber flew into the hearts of women everywhere and left all of America shocked and heartbroken when Hannah Brown decided to end their relationship. Now Peter is back and ready to once again capture hearts across the nation when he returns for another shot at love. Peter's search for his soul mate takes off to new heights on premiere day, when a few women earn their wings on a daring group date plus other romantic dates — a first for a Bachelor premiere — and will feature a special surprise visitor who has everyone talking.

During its Season 23 run this year, The Bachelor was Monday night's top-rated series among adults 18-49 on each of its 10 telecasts. It delivered a 4.3 rating in the demo across all platforms after 35 days of delayed viewing, marking an impressive 19% gain versus the prior year.

Season 24 endured some offscreen drama last month when Weber — who was announced as the Bachelor for the upcoming season shortly before taping began — reportedly received 22 stitches after slipping as he went to step onto a golf cart, hitting his head and reportedly cutting his face on a cocktail glass he was carrying that shattered. Production on the show was not interrupted..

The Futon Critic

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posted 11/13/19

TUESDAY: The Usual Suspects
CBS Wins Total, NBC Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat in demos on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (8.453 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "This Is Us" (7.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.105 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (8.914 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "NCIS" (11.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "FBI" (8.847 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.397 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "The Resident" (3.662 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Empire" (2.587 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.721 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its combination of "The Conners" (5.484 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.507 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mixed-ish" (2.785 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Black-ish" (2.633 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again!" (3.958 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.629 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.778 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Arrow" (0.481 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 783k
-
The Misery Index (TBS): 647k
- Chopped Junior (SP/Food): 637k
- America Says (GSN): 492k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 345k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 263k .

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/19

ABC Hangs Ten
"Ultimate Surfer" from Kelly Slater in Development
From The Wrap

Hang ten, dudes: ABC has ordered "Ultimate Surfer," a new surfing competition series from 11-time World Surf League champion Kelly Slater.

Slater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent for the eight-episode reality show that "will gather some of the world's greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League's (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater's man-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world's fastest-growing sport."

Production on the series, which is produced by Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, will begin in 2020 and a premiere will be announced at a later date.

Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in "Ultimate Surfer" as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater's remarkable, one-of-a-kind, man-made wave – the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery – is at the heart of the series.

"In addition to being a globally recognized sport, surfing is also a lifestyle; and 'Ultimate Surfer' will give viewers a uniquely personal look at what goes into becoming a world-class champion," said Rob Mills, senior vice president of alternative series, specials and late night at ABC Entertainment. "We're ecstatic about the opportunity to utilize Kelly's world-class surf facility and his expertise in showcasing these incredibly talented on-the-rise athletes.".

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posted 11/13/19

CBS Midseason
Survivor 40 Begins February 12
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced the series premieres of two new dramas, FBI: MOST WANTED and TOMMY; the debuts of the milestone 40th season of SURVIVOR and the 15th and final season of CRIMINAL MINDS; and the return of MACGYVER and UNDERCOVER BOSS.

The milestone 40th season and 20th year of the Emmy Award-winning, ground-breaking series SURVIVOR debuts with a special two-hour episode Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM), hosted by Jeff Probst. It moves to its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on Feb. 19.

Earlier this year, Inside Survivor reported the 40th Survivor season will be the show's first all-winners edition and feature a cast of 20 former Survivor champions competing to win an unprecedented $2 million grand prize.

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posted 11/13/19

Fox for the Holidays
"Beat Shazam", "Masked Singer" to Mount Specials
From various sources

Christmas is coming early! Fox is giving the gift of The Masked Singer two nights in a row for a holiday-themed event ahead of its December 18 season finale.

The reality singing competition with judges Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg and host Nick Cannon will air on December 10 where six of the remaining masked contestants will compete. Fox will air a second episode on December 11 where not one, but two masked celebrity singers will be "unwrapped" in the holiday-themed semifinals episode. The grand finale will air on December 18 where three finalists will compete for the top prize and everyone will be unmasked. But before the holiday event, The Masked Singer will welcome Triumph the Insult Dog to the judges' panel on Wednesday November 13.

Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx returns as host and executive producer for a special holiday episode of BEAT SHAZAM. Actress, model and writer Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, returns as deejay. Seasonal classics mix with music's biggest hit songs, as teams of cousins, military DJs and a father/daughter duo compete in the all-new "Santa Jamie" special holiday episode airing Monday, Dec. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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posted 11/12/19

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending October 27
From TV Newscheck

Halloween week helped the top-four talkers to their best ratings of the season in the week ended Nov. 3, with CBS Television Distribution's Dr. Phil improving 4% to hit a season-high 2.6 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

All of the rookies were unchanged.

Fox's 25 Words or Less, executive produced and hosted by Meredith Vieira, was unchanged at a 0.9 for the fifth straight week. GSN's America Says was steady at a 0.6 for the third straight week.

CTD's Jeopardy! inched up 2% to a new season-high 6.1 to lead the games for a fourth consecutive week. CTD's Wheel of Fortune sped up 2% to a new season-high 5.9. Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak had emergency surgery on Thursday for an intestinal blockage so longtime co-host Vanna White will fill in on shows to be aired next month.

Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud also added 2% to come in right behind Wheel at a 5.8.

Further back, Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask was unchanged at a 0.5 for a sixth straight week.

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.

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- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1* +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9* +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 11/12/19

MONDAY: Fingers Crossed
NBC Wins Demo, ABC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) took sole position of the demo crown on Monday thanks to new episodes of "9-1-1" (6.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.387 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

ABC (6.776 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The Good Doctor" (5.975 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

NBC (6.264 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) likewise shared the silver with originals from "The Voice" (7.529 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Bluff City Law" (3.734 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (5.876 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.971 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Bull" (4.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "All Rise" (2.984 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "All American" (0.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.718 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) over on The CW (0.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Rock the Block (SF/HGTV): 1.871m
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.369m
- Rock the Block: Winner's Choice (SF/HGTV): 1.243m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.044m
- Catch 21 (GSN): 429k
- Cash CAb (Bravo): 223k

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posted 11/11/19

WEEKEND: Skol!
NBC Wins with Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) dominated the competition on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.530 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Football Night in America #3" (17.801 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1).

FOX (8.585 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then got a boost from a full hour of "The OT" (19.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.3, #2) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (6.032 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Bless the Harts" (2.482 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Bob's Burgers" (2.072 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Family Guy" (2.119 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.543 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (4.002 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Shark Tank" (3.495 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "The Rookie" (3.740 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up fresh installments of "60 Minutes" (7.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "God Friended Me" (6.137 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.037 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) and "Madam Secretary" (3.976 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17).

And finally, originals from "Batwoman" (1.159 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.861 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19) rounded out the night on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 459k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 334k
- Nashville Squares - 8p (CMT): 314k.

On cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (Food): 1.108m
- Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption (S/Food): 913k
- Cash CAb (Bravo): 258k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/11/19

A Question of Sport at 50
British Panel Quiz Celebrates Anniversary
From Glasgow Evening Times

HIT TV show A Question of Sport will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an all-new live tour which is coming to Glasgow. The TV quiz show will be at the SEC Armadillo on Friday, April 17 as part of the show's first UK tour in nine years.

The format will include host Sue Barker and resident team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell. It will also feature big-name guests from across the sporting world.

Sue said: "2020 is a landmark year for A Question of Sport. It's the show's 50th anniversary and I can't think of a better way to celebrate this Golden Anniversary than to take the show around the country. We had such a brilliant time on the last tour so I can't wait to do it again!"

Glasgow Evening Times

posted 11/12/19

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posted 11/12/19


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Pat Sajak Undergoes Emergency Surgery
Vanna White to Host "Wheel" While Host Recovers
From People

Pat Sajak is looking forward to getting back to work!

The longtime Wheel of Fortune host, 73, gave fans a health update on Monday, just three days after the show announced that he had to undergo emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

"I'm so grateful for all the good wishes during my recent illness," he wrote on Twitter. "Happy to say that the worst has passed, and I'll be out of the hospital in a day [or] two, then back to work (unless @TheVannaWhite has completely taken over!)" he joked, referencing the fact that in his absence, White will be stepping in as host.

Sajak has hosted the syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune since it debuted in 1983, with White joining him as co-host and letter turner. Both Sajak and White recently renewed their contracts to remain on Wheel through the year 2022.

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posted 11/11/19

One "Quizmaster" to Rule Them All
ITV Picks Up New Format
From Realscreen

ITV has commissioned London-based indie Spun Gold TV to produce a shiny floor entertainment format that will pit previous contestants of various television game shows in head-to-head competition.

Quizmaster will serve as a 90-minute special that will feature 15 previous contestants of major quiz shows competing to become the ultimate Quizmaster.

Hosted by Jeremy Vine, the competitors will battle it out through 15 rounds, each designed to test their quiz knowledge, catch out other contestants or beat the clock. The least knowledgeable contestants will be eliminated each round, with the two left standing meeting in a climactic final.

Quizmaster will consist of past contestants of such programs as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Mastermind, The Chase, Fifteen to One and University Challenge.

The format is produced by Colin Farquhar, with Richard van't Riet as director and Sue Allison as executive producer. ITV's Sue Murphy and Kate Teckman commissioned the one-off, which is being distributed internationally by All3Media International.

"How clever do you have to be to win a million on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Cleverer than a Mastermind champion? Or are the students on University Challenge the brainiest?" Vine asked in a statement. "Well we decided to find out. And you could have cut the tension in the studio with a knife. This quiz is a Christmas monster."

"We Brits love a quiz show – from the intellectual rigours of Mastermind to the high drama and life-changing moments of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, we are a nation of quiz addicts," Daniela Neumann, MD of Spun Gold added. "But we've never seen the contestants of these shows competing against each other. Quizmaster will answer the ultimate question all fans want to know — who is the cleverest of them all?"

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posted 11/11/19

CW Sees Holidays
Special Episodes & a New Series to Come
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network today announced its slate of upcoming holiday specials, including the holiday special PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US airing Friday, November 29 (9:00-10:00pm ET) and new specials THE CHRISTMAS CAROLER CHALLENGE premiering Sunday, December 15 (8:00-9:00pm ET), GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN 2019 airing Monday, December 16, DOGS OF THE YEAR airing Tuesday, December 17 (8:00-9:00pm ET) and POPSTAR'S BEST OF 2019 airing Friday, December 27 (9:00-10:00pm ET.

Airing on Friday, November 29 (9:00-10:00pm ET) is the very merry episode of PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US. The magical duo of PENN & TELLER is joined by host Alyson Hannigan to help kick off the holiday season with this all-new special complete with magicians, costumes and a Christmas Trophy! PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US stars Penn & Teller and host Alyson Hannigan ("How I Met Your Mother"). PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 1/17 PRODUCTIONS with executive producers Peter Adam Golden, Andrew Golder, Penn Jillette and Teller. An encore presentation of PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US will air on Monday, December 16 (8:00-9:00pm ET).

The all-new special THE CHRISTMAS CAROLER CHALLENGE premieres Sunday, December 15 (8:00-9:00pm ET). Hosted by Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie, the six-episode hour-long Christmas caroling competition series featuring 12 extraordinary Christmas carol groups, each with their own stylized brand of performance, in celebrating the great Christmas music we have all come to love. We'll meet these groups from the most elaborate ultra-traditional virtuoso performances to those with the most unexpected twists on the classic Christmas carol. Each group which will be judged by three celebrity judges. This all-new special is produced by Associated Television International.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/11/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Bunch of Jerks"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS to preempt daytime programming Wednesday and Friday. We all know why. (Deadline)

  • Joel McHale... NO SOUP FOR YOU! (TV Line)

  • Lindsay Arnold unavailable again this week (Reality TV World)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Dhruv uses his Final Jeopardy! to... I'm not crying, YOU'RE CRYING! (TV Line)

posted 11/11/19

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