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Meet the Champions!
AGT The Champions Premieres January 7
From the Futon Critic

NBC has announced the first group of world-renowned, superstar acts who will compete on the all-new winter edition of TV's #1 alternative series, "America's Got Talent: The Champions," premiering Monday, Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

The series, from NBC, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, will feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - as well as new host Terry Crews, star of NBC's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

"America's Got Talent: The Champions" will bring together the world's most talented, memorable and all-around fan favorite acts from past seasons of "AGT" and around the globe from the other "Got Talent" franchises," spanning 194 territories. These all-star acts, which include former winners and finalists, will once again take the stage to compete in a massive global competition with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of World Champion.

Global champions include singers Susan Boyle ("Britain's Got Talent" 2009 finalist) and Kechi ("AGT" 2017 finalist); magicians Shin Lim ("AGT" 2018 winner), Piff the Magic Dragon ("AGT" 2015 finalist) and Issy Simpson ("Britain's Got Talent"2017 finalist); opera singers Prince Poppycock ("AGT" 2010 finalist), Paul Potts ("Britain's Got Talent"2007 winner) and the Texas Tenors ("AGT" 2009 finalist); comedians Tom Cotter ("AGT" 2012 finalist) and Taylor Williamson ("AGT" 2013 runner-up); comedic mime Tape Face ("AGT" 2016 finalist); ventriloquists Darci Lynne Farmer ("AGT" 2017 winner) and Paul Zerdin ("AGT" 2015 winner); dance groups Attraction ("Britain's Got Talent"2013 winner), Justice Crew ("AGT" 2010 winner) and Light Balance ("AGT" 2017 finalist); dance duo Moonlight Brothers ("Denmark's Got Talent" 2018 winner); sand artist Kseniya Simonova ("Ukraine's Got Talent" winner); contortionist Sofie Dossi ("AGT" 2016 finalist); dancing roller skaters Billy and Emily England ("AGT" 2017 finalist); Kid DJ, DJ Arch Jnr ("South Africa's Got Talent" 2015 winner); dog act Sara and Hero ("AGT" 2017 finalist); jump ropers DDF Crew (Holland's Got Talent 2012 winner and Belgium's Got Talent 2016 semi-finalist); knife-throwing act Deadly Games ("AGT" 2016 finalist); and ladder trick act Uzeyer Novruzov ("AGT" 2010 finalist).

The Futon Critic

TV Line

posted 11/16/18

A Mighty Host!
"Love Island" Veteran Hosts Confetti UK
From Deadline

Love Island star Samira Mighty is to host the British remake of Facebook Watch's interactive game-show Confetti.

Thames is set to remake Facebook Watch's interactive game-show Confetti in the UK as the social media platform adapts the show in five markets around the world.

Mighty, who appeared on the most recent season of the breakout ITV2 reality series, will host the show, which is launching in the UK on Monday November 19. It will air weekdays at 1:30pm local time.

Mighty said, "I'm so excited to be presenting this fun new show. It's a game-show where you can win big money in your lunch break. Anyone can play and will have a chance of winning up to £10,000. The questions are all based around pop culture trivia and you can also play with your friends. I can just imagine people getting together in their lunch breaks, having fun and winning a bit of extra bit of cash for drinks after work. And as it's all on Facebook it makes it easy to play too. Please do watch and play along with me, you'd be crazy not to."



posted 11/16/18

Fox Takes Another TNF Win
From Deadline

FOX (11.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) continued its Thursday reign thanks to its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.405 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.938 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (7.854 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (7.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Murphy Brown" (5.928 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.082 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.442 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its fall finales from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.265 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Station 19" (5.907 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.153 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Superstore" (3.269 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Good Place" (2.663 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.933 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14), "I Feel Bad" (1.901 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.991 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally on The CW (1.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.444 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) and "Legacies" (1.069 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) rounded out the night.

On cable... .

- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 818k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 768k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/16/18

Minute to Win It to Return to Philippines
Edu Manzano to Host

Television host Luis Manzano on Monday received a surprise from his "Minute to Win It" family for the game show's return to ABS-CBN.

In an Instagram post, Manzano shared a video of his dressing room filled with blue balloons and a message posted on the wall.

The message wrote: "Your MTWI family is looking forward to start the longest season of the 60 second circle. Welcome back Luis!"

"So this happened today ;) Minute To win it ;) coming soon!" Manzano said in the caption.

The game show hosted by Manzano first aired in 2013. Its second season aired in 2016 and ran until May 2017.

In "Minute to Win It," contestants take part in 60-second challenges that use household objects. It was based on an American game show of the same name.

posted 11/16/18

Valerie Bertinelli Starts the Family Food
"Family Food Showdown" to Play in 2019 on Food
From Broadway World

Variety reports that actress Valerie Bertinelli has signed a multi-series deal with Food Network. Bertinelli will host "Family Food Showdown," a family-focused competition show.

In the series, two families will vie for a $10,000 prize over three rounds of cooking challenges. Production on the 13 hour-long episodes will begin in December with the series set to launch in 2019.

Bertinelli will also work on "Kids Baking Championship," in which she cooks and shares tips with the contestants. "With 'Family Food Showdown,' we are excited to showcase talented families cooking and coming together in a creative, competitive series that will also spotlight the role of family dynamics in how these teams work together, for better or worse, in their bid for the prize and family pride," said Courtney White, general manager and executive vice president of programming of Food Network and HGTV, in a prepared statement.

"Our viewers have come to enjoy Valerie's warmth in THE KITCHEN and her unique charm and mentorship with the next generation of bakers on 'Kids Baking Championship,' and with this expanded presence on Food Network, fans can look forward to more to come." .

Broadway World


posted 11/16/18

Millionaire Gets Slotted
New Machines Coming 2019
From InterGame

Online and mobile casino and sportsbook LeoVegas has exclusively launched the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? slot game from Big Time Gaming.

The game will sit on the LeoVegas website for a two-week period, up to November 28, 2018. The slot game makes branded content more engaging by merging the patented Megaways and Dual Reaction formats with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? slot provides the tension of the game show in the form of a highly playable slot machine. The game includes a free spin gamble that puts players in the hot seat to gamble up their bonus free spins. In the V-Gamble Hot Seat, gamers are able to gamble up to 50 free spins prior to the free spins.

Meghna Khanna, marketing manager at LeoVegas, said: "With the exclusive launch of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? slot game, LeoVegas is once again proving itself as the first with the latest – leading the way in bringing customers the newest, most innovative gaming experiences. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is a much-loved TV show, and we're sure fans will enjoy the visually engaging slot game. The game is easy to play with a simple learning curve to suit all player types, from small to seasoned players, the game offers something for everyone.".


posted 11/16/18

Ex2: Exes United
New Season Drops on MTV December 20
From Reality TV World

MTV has announced the winter premiere date for Season 2 of Ex on the Beach, which will feature a cast comprised primarily of familiar faces from reality television.

Ex on the Beach, which was made famous on MTV UK and debuted in the U.S. in April 2018, will premiere its second season on Thursday, December 20 at 8PM ET/PT.

The show will begin with 11 singles, many of whom have starred on Survivor, The Bachelorette, Big Brother, Bad Girls Club, Teen Mom, The Challenge, Are You The One?, and Fire Island. The new cast of celebrities will arrive in paradise in search of love only to be blindsided by their exes, or multiple exes, face-to-face. As 17 former lovers show up -- half of whom also have reality TV ties -- the daters must decide whether to rekindle a past flame or move on with a new prospect.

Actor and rapper, Romeo Miller, will return as host of the series, which was filmed in Malibu Beach.

Reality TV World

posted 11/16/18

GAMES GONE BY: The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

"If you've got the brains, Chuck has the let's make lots of money" was probably the pitch for this "Games Gone By..." to FOX executives trying to fire the first retaliatory salvo in the "Million Dollar Game Show Wars". But can its unique gameplay counter the amount of tension the rest of the show provided? Chris Wolvie has the tell you about "Greed".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/16/18


ED TOUTANT: 1951-2018
Quizzing Legend Played "Millionaire", "Jeopardy!"
From GSNN staff

It's our sad duty to inform you that our friend Ed Toutant passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Toutant, a resident of Austin, TX, was known for a round in 2001 of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" wherein he was given a bad question on the $16,000 level of the Mega Millionaire stunt. He was invited back later that year, where he proceeded to go all the way on this question...

During WWII, U.S. soldiers used the first commercial aerosol cans to hold what? '50:50' lifeline used
• A: Cleaning fluid
• B: Antiseptic
• C: Insecticide
• D: Shaving cream

Toutant won the million, plus $860,000 for the bonus he was contesting.

Previously, Toutant was a player on Jeopardy! and The Challengers in the early 1990s. He generously mentored many other aspiring game show contestants, and acted as a consultant on the IBM Watson Jeopardy! project. He competed in the acclaimed CU Boulder Trivia Bowl for 34 consecutive years, and made many deep and lasting friendships there.

A Trivia Hall of Fame inductee in 2018, Toutant became a fixture on the national and international circuit, competing in the Trivia Conference of North America, among others.

Ed was loved and admired for his generosity, humility, intellect, loyalty and sense of humor and fun. At his core, Ed was deeply connected to his family. He was particularly interested in the lives of his nieces and nephews and was an enthusiastic supporter of their endeavors. His family could count on him to remember birthdays with an appropriate song or an eccentric post card, to send long and detailed emails in the middle of the night, and always to be the last to leave family gatherings. Ed will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial fund has been set up at, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting competitions based on answering questions from all areas of knowledge by providing resources to writers, competitors, events, and organizations.

On a personal level, Toutant was one of the first people that this site interviewed. From that came a lasting friendship. We will all miss his amazing intellect, his joie de vivre, and his indomitable spirit. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Ratterman Brothers Mortuary
The Austin Statesman

posted 11/8/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Really, Nick?"

  • Nick Viall is not looking to get back with Kaitlyn any time soon (Reality TV World) while a couple that DID make it through are about to face their greatest fear: parenthood (Reality TV World)

  • TriviaMob calls itself "106 & Park" meets "Jeopardy!", plays Sunday (Cheddar)

  • Channing Dungey leaving ABC (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen, Betty White, Henry Winkler, Rita Moreno to be honored by NATPE (Broadway World)

posted 11/16/18

TV Land

"Little House's" Mrs. Oleson Played "Family Feud"
From TV Line

Actress Katherine MacGregor, best known to TV audiences for her role as town gossiper Harriet Oleson on the long-running family drama Little House on the Prairie, has died at the age of 93.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacGregor died on Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Los Angeles.

Little House star Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder) eulogized her former castmate in a touching Instagram post. "This woman taught me so much," Gilbert said. "She was outspoken and hilariously funny. A truly gifted actress as she was able to play a despicable character but with so much heart. Her Harriet Oleson was the woman our fans loved to hate. A perfect antagonist… I really loved her and I find great comfort knowing that she is at peace and, per her beliefs, her soul has moved on to its next incarnation."

MacGregor appeared in all nine seasons of Little House. She reportedly missed the NBC western's 1984 series finale — the TV-movie The Last Farewell — because she was on pilgrimage in India.

Before her nine-year run on Little House, MacGregor's TV credits included guest-starring and bit roles on such series as Mannix, Emergency! and Ironside. Prior to that, she acted on Broadway, off Broadway and in regional theatre in and around New York City. She also played Family Feud.

TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 11/15/18

The Mad Music Asylum

ROY CLARK: 1933-2018
Country Music Legend Played Hollywood Squares
From TV Line

Roy Clark, best known to TV audiences as co-host of the long-running country music variety series Hee Haw, has died at the age of 85.

According to Variety, Clark passed away in his Tulsa, Okla. home following complications from pneumonia.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, as well as his four children and five grandchildren.

Clark served as co-host of Hee Haw in all three of its incarnations; the series began on CBS in 1969, then transitioned to first-run syndication in 1971, where it ran through 1993. A short-lived revival then aired on the now-defunct TNN from 1996-1997.

Prior to Hee Haw, Clark was a frequent musical guest on some of TV's biggest variety shows, including American Bandstand and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Additional TV credits included episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, The Odd Couple and Love, American Style. His game show appearances include The Hollywood Squares and The Game Game. He most recently made an appearance at the 2016 CMA Awards, where he paid tribute to former Hee Haw co-host Buck Owens.

Clark was a Grammy, ACM and CMA award winner, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He had nearly two-dozen Top 40 country hits, including "The Tip of My Fingers," "Yesterday, When I Was Young" and "I Never Picked Cotton."

TV Line

posted 11/15/18

WEDNESDAY: Country Strong
ABC Wins Night on CMAs
From the Futon Critic

ABC (10.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) surged in front on Wednesday thanks to its telecast of "The 52nd Annual CMA Awards" (10.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

FOX (4.297 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then got bumped to second with new episodes of "Empire" (4.899 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Star" (3.695 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.925 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.482 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Chicago Fire" (7.287 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Chicago PD" (6.006 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up new episodes from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.190 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "SEAL Team" (5.180 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Criminal Minds" (4.495 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally on The CW (0.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), originals from "Riverdale" (1.244 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "All American" (0.663 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.163m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 820k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 748k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 738k
- Are You the One Reunion (MTV): 466k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 146k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/15/18

Project Runway All-Stars... January
Lifetime Lines Up Final Season
From Yahoo!

While Project Runway is set to return to Bravo for season 17, Lifetime still has one more season of Project Runway All Stars. And it's going to be epic.

ET can exclusively reveal that All Stars will determine the first-ever "world champion of the catwalk" when it welcomes seven foreign champions -- all winners of international editions of Project Runway -- to compete against seven previous winners from the U.S. for its seventh and final season on the network. Contestants include winners from Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands and the U.K.

Representing the U.S. seasons:
Irina Shabayeva from Brooklyn, NY Winner, PR Season 6
- Seth Aaron Henderson from Vancouver, WA Winner, PR Season 7 and All Stars Season 3
- Anya Ayoung-Chee from West Indies Winner, PR Season 9
- Dmitry Sholokhov from New York, NY Winner, PR Season 10 and All Stars Season 4
- Michelle Lesniak from Portland, OR Winner, PR Season 11
- Sean Kelly from Brooklyn, New York Winner, PR Season 13
- Anthony Ryan from San Antonio, TX Winner, All Stars Season 2

Representing the international seasons:
- Juli Grbac from Australia Winner, Project Runway Australia Season 1
- Christina Exie from Australia Winner, Project Runway Australia Season 4
- Cynthia Hayashi from Brazil Winner, Project Runway Brazil Season 1
- Django Steenbakker from the Netherlands Winner, Project Runway Netherlands Season 1
- Jasper Garvida from England Winner, Project Catwalk. Season 3
- Evan Biddell from Canada Winner, Project Runway Canada Season 1
- Sunny Fong from Canada Winner, Project Runway Canada Season 2

Lifetime In addition to a grand prize of $100,000, a fashion spread in Marie Claire, a Brother Sewing and Embroidery studio, a trip for two to London provided by butterLONDON and the opportunity to create a capsule collection with JC Penney, the department store will be selling the winning designs immediately following that week's competition.

Hosted by Alyssa Milano, the series welcomes back longtime judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman as well as mentor and Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. They will be joined by a roster of A-list guest judges: Debra Messing, Vanessa Williams, Anna Camp, Andrew Rannells, Andrea Riseborough, Cynthia Erivo, Asia Kate Dillon, Wendy Williams, Tamron Hall, Danica Patrick, Disney stars Sofia Carson and Peyton List, designers Reem Acra and Rebecca Minkoff, fashion icon Iris Apfel, models Lily Aldridge, Olivia Culpo, Joan Smalls, Martha Hunt and Jasmine Tookes, and the fiercest judge of all, Nina Garcia.

While the new season marks the last for All Stars on Lifetime, the reality competition will continue on Bravo. However, the upcoming 17th season will also be notably different, with host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn both departing to partner on a new fashion-themed reality competition for Amazon. They have been replaced by model Karlie Kloss and past Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. Additionally, Zac Posen, who joined the judging panel in season 11, is also leaving the series.

The final season of Project Runway All Stars premieres Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.


posted 11/14/18

American Beauty Star... January
Ashley Graham Joins as Host on Lifetime
From the Futon Critic

With the beginning of a new year, comes the opportunity for new looks! Whether it's the perfect cat eye or crown braid, Lifetime's hit beauty competition series, American Beauty Star, has all your glam desires covered with the return of the show beginning Wednesday, January 2 at 10pm ET/PT, following new episodes of Project Runway All Stars.

International superstar model Ashley Graham joins as the new host with celebrity makeup artist Sir John returning as mentor and a new panel of judges that include the world's original supermodel Christie Brinkley, Cosmopolitan's Chief Beauty Director Leah Wyar, and world acclaimed celebrity fashion and beauty photographer Yu Tsai for 13 all-new episodes.

Created by Herrick Entertainment, American Beauty Star season two features fourteen hair and makeup artists who will compete in a series of intense challenges, from creating high-end editorial looks to the latest red carpet and runway-ready beauty trends. The stakes are even higher this season as the contestants will be responsible for executing every aspect of their look from hair to makeup and everything in between. Each judge will use their unique expertise and decide who stays in and who packs up their brushes in each episode, leading to an explosive LIVE season finale event where viewers from across the country will vote for their favorite artist and help determine who will be the next American Beauty Star.

Revlon is the exclusive beauty sponsor across all categories including cosmetics, beauty tools and Revlon Professional hair products.

The winner of American Beauty Star will receive over $100,000 in cash and prizes including a $50,000 contract as a Consulting Beauty Artist with Revlon, an editorial feature in Cosmopolitan magazine, an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to see the hit Broadway musical, "Waitress," $10,000 worth of JTV jewelry and an opportunity to design their own signature collection of Zenni Eyewear.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/14/18

The Bachelor... January
Colton Underwood's Search for Love Begins on ABC
From the Futon Critic

Colton Underwood burst onto the scene during season 14 of "The Bachelorette." It was his good looks, love for dogs and vulnerability that charmed not only Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, but all of Bachelor Nation. This former NFL player made a play for Becca's heart but was sadly sent home after professing he had fallen in love. Now Colton is back and ready to capture hearts across America yet again when he returns for another shot at love as the star of the 23rd season of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," premiering MONDAY, JAN. 7 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

During its 22nd season, ABC's "The Bachelor" dominated its 2-hour time period among Adults 18-49 and stood as Monday's No. 1 television series with Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 11/14/18

TUESDAY: Battle On
NBC, CBS Split The Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.769 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (8.796 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "This Is Us" (8.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (6.053 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

CBS (9.662 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with its dramas "NCIS" (12.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "FBI" (9.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9). Next up was

ABC (4.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and originals from "The Conners" (6.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.696 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Black-ish" (4.060 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Splitting Up Together" (2.892 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Rookie" (3.964 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.371 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Gifted" (1.967 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.775 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening with new episodes of "The Flash" (1.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Black Lightning" (0.938 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.097m
- Real Country (P/USA): 1.007m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 953k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 828k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 517k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/14/18

Netflix Gets Its Hustle On
Network Greenlights Rap Competition with Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, TI
From Deadline

Netflix is officially throwing its hat in the singing competition reality series arena with the hip-hop-themed Rhythm & Flow, from John Legend, Jesse Collins and Jeff Gaspin. Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. have been tapped to serve as the three main judges and executive produce the show aimed at finding the next breakout hip-hop star.

The 10-episode hourlong multi-city competition series, which had been in development at Netflix for over a year, is set to premiere in fall 2019. Auditions will begin this fall across the country, including the judges' hometowns of Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. In each audition city, established rappers who hail from that city will serve as guest judges.

Netflix Netflix Jesse Collins executive produces for Jesse Collins Entertainment, along with John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius for Get Lifted, Jeff Gaspin for Gaspin Media, as well as Nikki Boella, Jeff Pollack, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. Additional audition information can be found at


posted 11/14/18

NBC Unwraps Games for the Holidays
Get Ready for Special "Game Night", "Game of Games"
From Deadline

Here is a rundown of NBC's holiday plans, with synopses from the network:

- Hollywood Game Night (8-9 p.m.; repeat Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.) Celebrities will partake in such games as "Block This Way," "Four-Letter Words,"' "Popped Quiz," "Back to Back" and "7 Seconds of Fame."

- Deal or No Deal: Happy Howie Days (10-11 p.m.) Howie Mandel's hit game show is back after 10 years and he's offering up the possibility of a $1 million holiday present. A family who has overcome all odds, an incredible adoption story and a player who pushes the limits to bring life-changing money home for the holidays. The series premieres Wednesday, Dec. 5 on CNBC.

- Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas (9-10 p.m.) Winner of the 2017 season of "America's Got Talent," Darci Lynne Farmer will celebrate the holidays Oklahoma style with her puppets and guests Kristin Chenoweth, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling.
- Hollywood Game Night (10-11 p.m.) Hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, episode will play holiday-themed games between teams that include Jameela Jamil ("The Good Place"), Lauren Ash ("Superstore") and Tony Hale ("Arrested Development").

- Ellen's Game of Games (8-9 p.m.; repeat Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m.) A holiday edition of last season's #1 new alternative series.
- Little Big Shots (9-10 p.m.) The Steve Harvey-hosted series returns to celebrate the holiday season with fan-favorite acts that include Angelica Hale, Miles Caton and more.

MONDAY, DEC. 17 America's Got Talent (10-11 p.m.; repeat Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.)
- A holiday edition of the #1 alternative series on television.


posted 11/14/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Losing Horns"

  • Drew Carey calls it quits with his fiance (PopCulture)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS BLEEP UP: A TV host, a former X Factor finalist, a Chaser, and Captain Jack are heading to the jungle (Essex Live)

  • Snoop Dogg to get star #420 on the Hollyweed Walk of Fame (WTOP-AM Washington)

  • Lauren Bushnell on the rebound (Us Weekly)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Deal or No Deal to double up first two weeks (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sharon Carpenter (Desi Blitz)

posted 11/14/18

I Have To Go Back to the Island...
USA to Drop Reboot of "Temptation Island" January 15
From the Futon Critic

Today, USA Network announced that it will reboot one of the buzziest reality shows in television history: TEMPTATION ISLAND.

The 10-episode series, produced by Banijay Studios North America, will premiere on Tuesday, January 15 at 10/9c. Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original series that premiered in 2001, is set to return as host. TEMPTATION ISLAND follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives -- or should go their separate ways.

Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the "single life," in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.

David Goldberg, CEO, Banijay Studios North America, comments: "In a period of revival television, the return of TEMPTATION ISLAND, a show that leapt onto the scene with equal parts ratings bang and media attention, makes all the sense in the world. TEMPTATION ISLAND retains key format elements, but a concerted effort was made to populate the island with singles genuinely looking for love whose personalities are appealing to the four couples who are questioning the long term viability of their relationships. TEMPTATION ISLAND has never been more relevant because in so many ways it mirrors the way singles and couples navigate today's myriad of options to connect."

"As cable's #1 entertainment network for 12 years and running, USA is home to some of the most-talked about shows on TV," said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "Our reboot of TEMPTATION ISLAND is sure to spark intrigue, debate and conversation for a whole new generation of viewers."

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posted 11/13/18

Results for the Week Ending November 4
From TV Newscheck

The top-tier talkers were syndication's hottest sector in the session ending Nov. 4, which marked the first full week of the traditional November sweep survey period. Dr. Phil rose to the occasion and came up with the right medicine to lead the chat pack, topping the talk shows for the 113th consecutive frame with a six-week high 3.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, up 3% from the previous appointment.

In access, Family Feud outplayed the game shows with a 5% advance to a new season-high 6.4. Among magazines, TMZ and Page Six TV were the only two shows moving up, with the former recovering 20% to a 1.2, tying the steady Access and Page Six TV surging 17% to match its season-high 0.7 with a 33% leap in the coveted women 25-54 demo.

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.

- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4* +5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1* +3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 11/13/18

MONDAY: Playoffs?
"The Voice" Helps NBC To the Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held off the competition on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (8.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Manifest" (6.100 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (7.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "The Good Doctor" (6.521 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (5.747 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Neighborhood" (6.139 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Happy Together" (4.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.470 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Bull" (6.434 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.885 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Resident" (2.761 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "9-1-1" (3.008 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) served up new episodes of "Arrow" (1.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.302 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

On cable...
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.133m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/18

Today: Ripkord.TV's Grand Coming Out Party
After a Soft Open Summer, the "Twitch Meets Game Show Network" App Launches

Another HQ Trivia-like app is in the game. on Tuesday launched an interactive entertainment app that integrates mobile gaming, social media and live streaming.

The company rolled out five live game shows that let viewers participate, including games similar to a trivia bowl and a scavenger hunt.

Similar to HQ Trivia, Ripkord is offering money to viewers who compete and win.

"Our belief is that thousands to millions of people playing together can create unique entertainment experiences that have never been done before," Todd Peterson, founder and CEO of, said in a statement. "To put it simply we are 'Twitch meets Game Show Network.'"

Peterson and CTO Neil Harris founded in 2018. The pair also created the daily fantasy esports platform AlphaDraft that FanDuel acquired in 2015. Peterson and Harris are both vets of the esports industry.

The app is available free in the Apple App Store for devices running iOS 10.0 or later, and in Google Play for Android devices running version 4.4 and up. Its five games are Raise the Bar, In or Out, Word Up, Fast Facts and The Hunt.



posted 11/13/18

WEEKEND: Veteran's Day Weekend
"Hell's Kitchen" Helps Fox to Demo Win, Split with CBS
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Friday with originals from "Last Man Standing" (6.332 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.826 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

CBS (7.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.481 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (8.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.543 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.086 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), "Speechless" (2.426 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Child Support" (2.193 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "20/20" (2.682 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.481 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (2.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Midnight, Texas" (1.948 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (2.796 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally on The CW (0.532 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.641 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.423 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 968k
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 759k
- Double Dare (Nick): 556k

On cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (Food): 1.058m
- Worst Cooks in America (S/Food): 836k

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posted 11/13/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Feed the Fight"

  • Guy Fieri is feeding firefighters in the path of the California wildfires (TV Line)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS BLEEP UP: an AGT player was going touring with a ZZ Top member, until... (Brooklyn Vegan)

posted 11/13/18

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STAN LEE: 1922-2018
Marvel Comics Legend Hosted "Who Wants to Be a Superhero"
From Broadway World

Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher, has passed away at the age of 95.

According to TMZ, an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was brought to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died.

Lee had suffered several illnesses recently, including pneumonia and vision issues.

Known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry, Stan's co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and hundreds of others.

He introduced Spider-Man as a newspaper strip which became the most successful of all Syndicated adventure strips having appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide.

Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. Lee was member of both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.

Stan served as host & mentor for two seasons of "Who Wants to Be a Superhero" from 2006 to 2007 for Syfy. He also made appeareances on "Let's Make a Deal", "Jeopardy!", "Hell's Kitchen", "Identity", and "To Tell the Truth"

Lee also made cameo appearances in all of the Marvel movies to-date. Disney's Marvel Studios is one of the largest film franchises ever, with blockbusters like "The Avengers," "Black Panther," and "Guardians of the Galaxy."

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posted 11/12/18

Santa Trish
Game Show Network Celebrates "12 Draws of Christmas"
From Broadway World

Game Show Network's popular daily sweepstakes, Game Show Network DAILY DRAW, is super-sizing for the holidays by giving away up to $25,000 throughout its "Twelve Draws of Christmas." On weeknights from Monday, December 10 through Tuesday, December 25 at 7 p.m. ET, host Trish Suhr will announce which twelve lucky viewers will win cash prizes ranging from $750 to $10,000!

To play, viewers need to watch Game Show Network for the code word each weeknight from 8 pm - 2 am and then enter the code word online at or send in a postcard for a chance to win. For more information go to

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posted 11/12/18

Mile Run
Tim Tebow to Host "Million Dollar Mile" for CBS
From The Futon Critic

Tim Tebow, former college football champion and NFL quarterback, will serve as host of MILLION DOLLAR MILE, a new 10-episode high-stakes physical competition series on the CBS Television Network. Matt "Money" Smith, the voice of the L.A. Chargers play-by-play, and Maria Taylor, ESPN host and reporter, will serve as commentators.

The series comes from executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan with Fly on the Wall Entertainment and LeBron James and Maverick Carter with SpringHill Entertainment, as well as Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.

"Watching good people compete at their highest ability is always inspirational to me," said Tebow. "MILLION DOLLAR MILE is a show that does just that - it motivates, thrills, and is aspirational, and I'm excited to be hosting this show."

In this unprecedented television event series, contestants will have the chance to win $1,000,000 every time they run the Million Dollar Mile. Standing in their way is the most challenging course ever designed and a group of elite athletes with one mission: to stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs. Currently, the series is in production in Los Angeles for broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

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posted 11/12/18

Yaaaaaaass All Star Judges!
New All-Stars Drag Race Returns December
From the Futon Critic

Following the record-breaking tenth season of VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race," which just became the first show to ever win an Emmy(R) Award in both the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year, VH1 has announced the queens returning to the mainstage to compete in the fourth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars."

VH1 today announced the guest judges set to join the highly anticipated fourth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars." RuPaul will be joined by a star-studded line-up of celebrities, alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews, as they decide who will stay, lip-sync for their legacy, or "sashay away." "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" follows the record-breaking tenth season of VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race," which just became the first show to ever win an Emmy(R) Award in both the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year. The series will return to the runway with supersized 90-minute episodes on Friday, December 14th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1. This season's guest judges include Jenifer Lewis, Ciara, Kacey Musgraves, Gus Kenworthy, Keiynan Lonsdale, Zoë Kravitz, Yvette Nicole Brown, Cecily Strong, Rita Ora, Susanne Bartsch, Ellen Pompeo, Frances Bean Cobain, Felicity Huffman, Jason Wu and Erica Ash.

"The fourth season of 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' is going to blow. your. mother. tucking. mind.," said three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host and EP RuPaul. "Satisfaction guaranteed or your henny back." The ten super queens competing to prove that they're ready to become "Drag Race" royalty in the fourth season of "All Stars" include:

- Farrah Moan (Season Nine) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @farrahrized, Instagram: @farrahrized Farrah moaned her way through season nine, and your favorite Vegas showgirl is back for "All Stars" four! The cotton candy queen may have gotten lost in her emotions in her season, but on "All Stars," she's ready to highlight (wink) her talents... . She wants to prove to the world that she's more than just a cry baby and take her place on a pink pedestal in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame!
- Gia Gunn (Season Six) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @GiaGunn, Instagram: @gia_gunn Gia Gunn is back, but does she have the firepower to blast her way into the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame? Absolutely. Gia wants to show she's more than sassy catchphrases from season six. She's fully seasoned and ready to snatch that "All Stars" crown!
- Jasmine Masters (Season Seven) Los Angeles, CA | Instagram: @msjasminemasters Her name is Jasmine Masters, and she has something to say... she's here, b*tches! Back for more, on "All Stars" four! Since season seven, Jasmine has gone viral on social media making her the ultimate "meme queen." But Jasmine wants to prove she packs more than a punchline and has the skills to take home the crown.
- Latrice Royale (Season Four and "All Stars" One) Hollywood, FL | Twitter: @LatriceRoyale, Instagram: @latriceroyale She's large and in charge, chunky yet funky... she is Latrice Royale! Latrice competed on season four and as half of "Team Latrila" on "All Stars" one, but she failed to make her way to the top both times. She's back in the werkroom to prove that an OG queen can serve it to the younger queens and finally secure her spot in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame!
- Manila Luzon (Season Three and "All Stars" One) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @manilaluzon, Instagram: @manilaluzon Runner-up on season three and gone-too-soon on "All Stars" one, Manila is back again hoping the third time is the charm. She's got a closet full of campy couture and the comedic chops to make Manila an "All Stars" thrilla, but will it be enough to finally take home the "Drag Race" crown?
- Monét X Change (Season Ten) New York, NY | Twitter: @monetxchange, Instagram: @monetxchange On her season, Monet X Change won the hearts of all and the Miss Congeniality title. Fresh off of season 10, she's back with a fire lit under her padded ass to serve some polished looks and prove she has everything it takes to soak up the "All Stars" crown!
- Monique Heart (Season Ten) Kansas City, MO | Twitter: @IAmMoniqueHeart, Instagram: @iammoniqueheart Monique Heart came to Season 10 with talent, glitter, and Jesus... What she lacked was the funds for a closet full of costumes. Since her season, she's performed all over the world, making that coin and amassing a stunning collection of lerks. Monique is back for "All Stars," reclaiming her time, and vying for a spot in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame!
- Naomi Smalls (Season Eight) Chicago, IL | Twitter: @naomismallsduh, Instagram: @naomismalls On Season eight, Naomi Smalls put the LEG in "legendary" and stomped her way into the top three. She's back on "All Stars" to prove she can outperform the best of 'em and to show the world you should never underestimate the tall, pretty fashion model.
- Trinity Taylor (Season Nine) Orlando, FL | Twitter: @trinitythetuck, Instagram: @trinitythetuck Trinity Taylor is back as Trinity the Tuck... and this tuck has teeth! On Season nine the pageant queen, with body for days, made us laugh all the way to the top four. But now, full "All Star" confidence, she's here to claim her seat in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame.
- Valentina (Season Nine) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @allofvalentina, Instagram: @allaboutvalentina It's fan favorite, Valentina! She was chopped from season nine for not knowing the words, but since her season, there's no masking her talent. The glamorous, high fashion, Latin American diva is back on "All Stars" for her Telenovela redemption story... . and the "All Stars" crown.

Beginning today at 10:00 AM ET/7:00 AM PT, the reigning "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" winner, Trixie Mattel, will be joined by former "All Stars" finalists Detox and Katya to spill the tea on the new cast of queens in a talk show-style live stream which will be broadcast on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms. Throughout the stream, Trixie will encourage fans to comment on their favorite queen moments and sound off about who they're rooting for. Fans comments will be visualized in a SLAY-O-METER graphic overlay showcasing the volume of social conversation around each queen.

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posted 11/12/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Kamen Knowledge"

  • FIRST LOOK: The Masked Singer (TV Line)

  • CASTING COUCH: Savannah gets Wheelmobiled (Savannah Morning News)

  • Price Is Right Live! comes to Macon (WMAZ Macon)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The "Lights" go up November 26 on the new season of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (Broadway World)

  • Carrie Underwood couldn't sing for a while after her injury (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (Vulture)

posted 11/12/18

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