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Alex Trebek Immortalized on a Stamp
"Trivial Pursuit", "Scrabble" Plays Mondays
From various sources

CLUE: This long-time host of 'Jeopardy!' is now honored with a United States Postal Service 'Forever Stamp.'

RESPONSE: Who is Alex Trebek?

That's right, the beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek will be honored with a "Forever Stamp" to celebrate his legacy and the show's 60th Diamond Celebration.

The sheet of 20 identical stamps resembles the array of video monitors that make up the 'Jeopardy!' game board. Written on each stamp is the prompt "This naturalized U.S. citizen hosted the quiz show 'Jeopardy!' for 37 seasons.' Underneath, written upside down, is the correct response: "Who is Alex Trebek?"

Trebek became the legendary game show host of Jeopardy beginning in 1984. He served as the host of the popular quiz show until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2020. The show has since been hosted by Mike Richards, "Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik, and long-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings.

Currently, Jennings serves as the sole host of the quiz show.

Forever Stamps can be used at any time for one-ounce letters, regardless of when they were purchased. The stamps cover the cost of mailing a one-ounce letter, even if the rate for mailing the letter increases after buying the stamps.

Presales for the special Alex Trebek stamp begin on Friday, June 21 at usps.com.


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posted 6/24/2024

The Challenge Celebrates 40
Veterans to Compete in the "Battle of the Eras"
From various sources

MTV today announced that the longest-running reality competition series The Challenge will embark on its monumental 40th season beginning Wednesday, August 14 at 8PM ET/PT.

The Challenge 40: Battle of the Eras will feature 40 legendary competitors from the series' 26-year history representing their "Challenge Era" in an epic battle for the ages where legends will collide as they strive to immortalize their names as Challenge 40 Champions and earn their share of the one million dollar prize.

This season's stacked roster features the most Challenge champions ever including 7x winner Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio, 5x winner CT Tamburello, 4x winners Darrell Taylor and Jordan Wiseley, 3x winner Derrick Kosinski, 2x winners Mark Long, Jonna Mannion, Rachel Robinson, Cara Maria Sorbello, Laurel Stucky, and Jodi Weatherton, and 1x winners Kaycee Clark, Nehemiah Clark, Katie Cooley, Tori Deal, Brad Fiorenza, Aviv Melmed, Emily Schromm, Devin Walker, and Jenny West alongside fan-favorite Challengers Tina Barta, Paulie Calafiore, Theo Campbell, Derek Chavez, Aneesa Ferreira, Michele Fitzgerald, Amanda Garcia, Leroy Garrett, Horacio Gutiérrez Jr., KellyAnne Judd, Olivia Kaiser, Ryan Kehoe, Josh Martinez, Nurys Mateo, Nia Moore, Brandon Nelson, Tony Raines, Averey Tressler, Cory Wharton, and Kyland Young.

In the monumental 40th Season, The Challenge 40: Battle of the Eras, the path to glory is far from easy, as they must first compete at the Era Invitational and eliminate the weakest links from within their own Challenge Era for only the best will earn a coveted spot on their team. With relentless, new challenges and twists, these seasoned Veterans are perpetually kept on their toes in the game they thought they had mastered.

Challenge Competitors representing Era 1 (Seasons 1-10):
· Tina Barta (8 Challenges) - IG: tinabarta X: @TinaBarta
· Katie Cooley (11 Challenges, 1 win) - IG: KatieCooley26 X: @KatieCooley26
· Aneesa Fereira (17 Challenges) - IG: AneesaMTV X: @AneesaMTV
· Brad Fiorenza (13 Challenges, 1 Win) - IG: bradfiorenza X: @bradfiorenza
· Derrick Kosinski (13 Challenges, 3 Wins) - IG: DerrickMTV X: @DerrickMTV
· Mark Long (8 Challenges, 2 Wins) - IG: TheMarkLong X: @TheMarkLong
· Rachel Robinson (8 Challenges, 2 Wins) - IG: Rachel_Fitness X: @Rachel_Fitness
· CT Tamburello (19 Challenges, 5 Wins) - IG: _famous4nothing
· Darrell Taylor (14 Challenges, 4 Wins) - IG: darrell_taylor_lb4lb X: @mtvrrdarrell
· Jodi Weatherton (5 Challenges, 2 Wins) - IG: JodiMTV

Challenge Competitors representing Era 2 (Seasons 11-20):
· Derek Chavez (5 Challenges) - IG: d.e.r.e.k.c X: @d_e_r_e_kc
· Nehemiah Clark (7 Challenges, 1 win) - IG: nehemiahclark X: @_KingNehemiah
· Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio (23 Challenges, 7 Wins) - IG: JohnnyBananas X: @JohnnyBananas
· KellyAnne Judd (7 Challenges) - IG: kellyannejudd X: @kellyannejudd
· Ryan Kehoe (7 Challenges) - IG: ryankehoe5
· Aviv Melmed (1 Challenges, 1 Win) - IG: aviv_melmedbruno
· Brandon Nelson (6 Challenges) - IG: BrandonDNelson X: @brandondnelson
· Emily Schromm (3 Challenges, 1 Win) - IG: emilyschromm X: @emilynschromm
· Cara Maria Sorbello (15 Challenges, 2 Wins) - IG: misscaramaria
· Laurel Stucky (8 Challenges, 2 Wins) - IG: laurelstucky X: LaurelStucky

Challenge Competitors representing Era 3 (Seasons 21-30):
· Tori Deal (9 Challenges, 1 Win) - IG: tori_deal
· Amanda Garcia (7 Challenges) - IG: mtv_amanda X: @mtvamandag
· Leroy Garrett (13 Challenges) - IG: royleethebarber X: @Bruce_lee85
· Jonna Mannion (10 Challenges, 2 Wins) - IG: jonnamannion X: @jonnamtv
· Nia Moore (4 Challenges) - IG: therealniamoore X: @therealniamoore
· Tony Raines (7 Challenges) - IG: t_raines X: @tonyraines
· Averey Tressler (3 Challenges) - IG: avereytressler X: @ave_tress
· Devin Walker (7 Challenges, 1 Win) - IG: mtv_devin X: @MTVDevinWalker
· Cory Wharton (10 Challenges) - IG: corywharton_ig X: CoryWharton
· Jordan Wiseley (9 Challenges, 4 Wins) - IG: jordan_wiseley

Challenge Competitors representing Era 4 (Seasons 31-39):
· Paulie Calafiore (4 Challenges) - IG: pauliecalafiore_ X: PaulieCalafiore
· Theo Campbell (3 Challenges) - IG: theo_campbell91 X: @theo_campbell91
· Kaycee Clark (5 Challenges, 1 Win) - IG: ksince1987 X: @ThatStudMuffin
· Michele Fitzgerald (4 Challenges) - IG: mich_fitz X: @meeshfitz
· Horacio Gutiérrez Jr. (2 Challenges) - IG: horaciogutierrez
· Olivia Kaiser (2 Challenges) - IG: oliviaannkaiser X: @oliviakaiserxo
· Josh Martinez (6 Challenges) - IG: josh_martinez_ X: @joshmbb19
· Nurys Mateo (2 Challenges) - IG: nuryskmateo X: @nuryskmateo
· Jenny West (2 Challenges, 1 win) - IG: jenniferwestofficial
· Kyland Young (2 Challenges) - IG: kylandyoung X: @kylandyoung


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posted 6/24/2024


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RYAN HADLEY: 1978-2024
"Ink Master" Contestant
From Deadline

Ink Master star Ryan Hadley has died after he was diagnosed with seminoma cancer. He was 46.

Hadley's family announced the tattoo artist died on Thursday, June 20, in an Instagram post to his profile the next day.

He was known for his time on season 6 of the Paramount Network (formerly Spike) reality competition series Ink Master.

"Ryan left this world last night surrounded by loved ones," the announcement began. "While his life was cut short, in that time he left a legacy behind in both the art and tattoo world. He loved his many fans, his friends and clients, and most of all his children." "He'll be missed and always remembered. A legend forever. #rip #f---cancer," concluded the message.

The photo shared was of Hadley grinning ear to ear while he tattooed a customer's arm. "Forever a Legend RIP," read text overlaid on the picture.

Hadley first revealed in December 2023 that he was diagnosed with seminoma cancer —which is a malignant germ cell tumor that is typically found in the testicle, per the National Library of Medicine. At the time, Hadley explained that the seminoma cancer "came from testicular cancer and is a very fast moving cancer cell that seems to make tumors wherever it goes to." He explained that he was undergoing "approximately 122 hours" of chemotherapy, which would entail one week of treatment and two weeks without.

In April, Hadley announced via Instagram that the chemotherapy "wasn't a success at all." He explained that the "non-treatable" cancer spread to his liver and lungs.

"I may be around for another week or maybe another 3 months, either way it tears me apart that I'm leaving my children behind. Death doesn't scare me in any way.. it's the fact of abandonment with my kids is what pisses me off and there's nothing I can do about it. I'll keep everyone updated to a certain point in all this. I'll be signing off very soon forever," he wrote.

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posted 6/24/2024


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JAMIE KELLNER: 1947-2024
Formative Executive for Fox, The WB
From Deadline

Jamie Kellner, an extremely well-respected TV executive who helped launch Fox and The WB broadcast networks, has died at the age of 77.

At Fox, Kellner developed The Simpsons, Married…With Children, In Living Color, Beverly Hills 90210 and Cops. While at The WB, he developed Dawson's Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, and 7th Heaven, which he created with Aaron Spelling and Brenda Hampton.

While at the Frog Network, Kellner helped launch the careers of Greg Berlanti, JJ Abrams, Kevin Williamson, and Joss Whedon, and comedians like Jamie Foxx, Steve Harvey, and The Wayans Bros.

Berlanti paid tribute to the late executive, saying, "I don't think there's another person in the history of TV that can say they helped start two new major broadcast networks (Fox and The WB). Jamie Kellner was a titan and a visionary in our industry and yet he will be remembered by anyone lucky enough to work for him as an executive or as a showrunner as a warm, funny, charismatic, creative and kind mentor, friend, husband and Dad. He dedicated his life in TV to fostering and betting on generations of talent both in front of and behind the camera. I know I speak for so many others when I say my life was changed by the Camelot-esque home he created for all of us who worked at The WB. He will be greatly missed."

Kellner also predicted the TV future that we now occupy. In 2002, he was memorably asked to comment on the development of DVRs and how it would give TV viewers the ability to fast-forward through commercials. At the time, one in five people who own a DVR like TiVo or ReplayTV said they never watched commercials. "The free television that we've all enjoyed for so many years is based on us watching these commercials," said Kellner, who was the CEO of Turner Broadcasting at the time. "There's no Santa Claus. If you don't watch the commercials, someone's going to have to pay for television and it's going to be you."

The former executive is credited with reshaping and modernizing CNN to compete against upstarts Fox and MSNBC. He also oversaw TNT, TBS, TCM, Cartoon Network, TNT Sports, the Atlanta Braves, Hawks, and NHL Thrashers.

Before becoming president of Fox at its launch, Kellner was at Orion, where he worked alongside Arthur Krim and conceived a partnership with Lorne Michaels to buy the rights to the original seasons of Saturday Night Live. The idea was to recut the 90-minute shows of the NBC sketch show into 30-minute episodes for syndication.

Following the idea's success, Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch hired Kellner as the network's first president. 

"The TV industry lost a historically significant entrepreneur and executive," said Sandy Grushow, who worked for Kellner at Fox as an EVP and eventually the President of Entertainment. "That he happened to have been a sweetheart of a guy and close friend and former Fox colleague makes the loss even more profound. If there's a silver lining, it's that he had the courage and, as it turns out, foresight to take his chips off the table in the prime of his career then go pack 10 lifetimes of adventure into one, with his beautiful wife Julie by his side. The only other silver lining is that a few weeks back, I got to tell him how much I respected that decision. We could all learn a thing or two from Jamie Kellner's remarkable life and the audacious choice(s) he made. That's the gift he left behind."

"My first meeting with Jamie happened at Fox where I had just started as an assistant," added Mike Clements, who worked as a comedy exec for Kellner at Fox and The WB. "We were all summoned to the commissary to say farewell to the man who did the actual building of the network. Blah blah Rupert and Diller … Jamie did the real work. He gave a funny and gracious speech and then proceeded to thank and shake the hand of every employee in attendance. The next time I would shake that hand was my first day as an exec at The WB, which also happened to be the first day of the programming retreat in Montecito. As a valet took my car, there was Jamie handing me a Mai-Tai and welcoming me to the team and his beautiful home. Thus began a great chapter in my life, where under his leadership, we were all encouraged to find the next generation of talent behind and in front of the camera… a chapter where I had incredible bosses, a kick-ass and super smart partner in comedy crime and colleagues who were talented, passionate and cared… a place where everyone seemed to have a common goal… a place where I have made some lifelong friendships… enjoyed many laughs, fun times and thanks to Jamie… some really nice wine. I will have to raise a glass of something else tonight but do so with huge amounts of gratitude in honor of one of the true greats in our business."

Kellner retired at the age of 57 after leading Turner. He turned down offers to return to work and left the entertainment industry to pursue his passions, such as sailing, playing golf, and launching a winery in Santa Ynez Valley called Cent'Anni.

Kellner is survived by his wife of 38 years, Julie, daughter Melissa, son Christopher, and three grandchildren, Jake, Scarlett, and Oliver. 

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posted 6/24/2024

Big Brother Watches Malta
Banijay Sells 70th Adaptation
From Variety

Banijay's landmark reality show "Big Brother" will launch in Malta later this year, thanks to a new pact inked by Banijay Rights with local producer, greatt company, run by co-founder Mark Grech.

The new deal marks the 70th adaptation of the original Dutch television series where a group of total strangers are cooped up in a custom-built house equipped with cameras throughout. While under constant surveillance, the contestants compete in various challenges and try to avoid being kicked out by fellow houseguests. Under the process of elimination, the remaining two vie for the grand cash prize.

"A pioneering format with consistently excellent ratings, 'Big Brother' needs little introduction as a global television hit," said Marion Vergnaud, SVP Iberia, Italy and Malta, Banijay Rights, who brokered the agreement, adding: "We are thrilled to be working with our local broadcast and production partners on this new version in Malta, and we relish the opportunity to delight an even wider audience."

Variety

posted 6/24/2024

Jimmy Carr Living in a Box
UKTV Game Show Based on Korean Format
From TV Zone

Battle in the Box will see pairs of comics and some of the nation's favourite celebrities battle it out for pride, prizes and most importantly floorspace, in this comedy entertainment and reality hybrid. The eight-episode series will comprise of four tense double bills which will see eight pairs spend 24 hours in the box.

When the clock starts two celebrity teams will move into a completely empty box divided by a moveable wall with nothing but a toothbrush. Once inside, they will only have cameras and each other for company – no beds, tables, chairs or home comforts.

Over the course of the day and night, they will need to earn everything by winning a series of physical and mental challenges all set by the orchestrator of this chaos, Jimmy Carr.

Winning a game means more space and luxuries for the lucky duo. But there's a catch: more room for one team means less for the losers, as the Box's sliding wall forces them into an ever-smaller space. And, with games set around the clock, the tide – and the wall – can turn at any time.

TV Zone

posted 6/24/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Sold a Dream"

  • Nick Thompson says he was sold a dream on "Love Is Blind" but "lost everything" (Reality Tidbit)

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe feels betrayed by Jason Tartick. (Reality TV World)

  • Drew Carey now the elder statesman of game shows, has no plans on going anywhere. (TV Insider)

  • Big Brother calls out MrBeast, other YouTbue "copycats" (Deadline)

  • CASTING COUCH: Big Brother 27 now casting (IMDB)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: An actual network is putting on a TV show in which flat earthers will try to convince a panel of experts that they're right (IndieWire)


posted 6/17/2024


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TAYLOR WILY: 1968-2024
"Hawaii Five-0" Actor & Rikishi Featured on "The Amazing Race"
From Deadline

Taylor Wily, the sumo wrestler-turned-Hawaii Five-0 actor, died Thursday, June 20, according to local Hawaii TV outlet KITV. He was 56.

Although specifics regarding the death — where, and a cause — were not immediately known, his passing was confirmed by Peter M. Lenkov, executive producer of the 2010-20 Hawaii Five-0 reboot.

Initially posting an Instagram message saying simply, "I am devastated. Heartbroken. I'll post some detailed feelings later. Just too hard right now," Lenkov followed up with a lengthier post, addressing Wily directly:

"T, as I told you many times, I fell in love with you at the first audition. You came in with a towel on your head mopping up sweat, and I was smitten. You charmed me into making you a regular… on the show… and in my life. You were family. And I will miss you every day, brother.

"PS: when we spoke last week, we laughed at how right you were from Day 1. Five-0 was our dream job. And I was so lucky we got to share that magic together."

Born Teila Tuli on June 14, 1968, Wily was from Laie, Hawaii and was of American Samoan descent. Prior to becoming an actor, he was a successful and popular sumo wrester and mixed martial artist. After leaving sumo, Wily began competing in Ultimate Fighting Championships, competing as Teila Tuli in his first UFC bout in November 1993.

His first notable acting role in a major film came in the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008 in which he played a hotel worker who befriends Jason Segel's main character Peter Bretter. Two years later, he was cast in a recurring role on Hawaii Five-0 as informant Kamekona, a character he would play for the next ten years on the show.

He played the same character in seven episodes of Magnum P.I. from 2018 to 2020.

During the run on "Hawaii Five-0", Wily made a special appearance on "The Amazing Race".

Wily is survived by wife Halona and their two children.

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posted 6/21/2024

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Game Shows Are Awesome. Shocker."

  • Steve Harvey says game show hosts have a pretty good gig (Variety)

  • Simon Cowell is looking for a few good boys... to be in a boy band (Reality Tidbit)

  • Perfect Match cast members say their queer storyline was cut (The Wrap)

  • Alan Cumming signs first look deal with NBCUniversal (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (The Hollywood Reporter)


posted 6/21/2024


CW

UPFRONTS: CW
"Trivial Pursuit", "Scrabble" Plays Mondays
From various sources

The CW Network today announced its primetime premiere dates for the Fall 2024 season, including new and returning series and live sporting events.

The CW's new fall season begins with the return of the Emmy(R) Award-winning weekly studio series INSIDE THE NFL on Friday, August 30 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) with host Ryan Clark leading a panel of football experts to preview the upcoming 2024 NFL season.

The college football season on The CW kicks off with a Pac-12 doubleheader on Saturday, August 31 when the Portland State Vikings visit the Washington State Cougars (3:00-6:30pm ET) followed by a primetime matchup between the Idaho State Bengals and Oregon State Beavers (6:30-10:00pm ET).

Season 4 of the global phenomenon THE CHOSEN, chronicling the life of Jesus, will make its broadcast television debut on Sunday, September 1 (8:00-9:30pm ET/PT).

The hit improv series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? returns for a 13th season on Friday, September 6 with back-to-back episodes (8:00-8:30pm ET/PT, 8:30-9:00pm ET/PT).

The NASCAR XFINITY SERIES makes its CW debut with a live race from the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, September 20 (7:00-10:00pm ET).

The next generation of WWE Superstars enter the ring when WWE NXT makes its live CW debut on Tuesday, October 1 (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The hit drama SULLIVAN'S CROSSING starring Morgan Kohan, Chad Michael Murray and Scott Patterson returns for Season 2 on Wednesday, October 2 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the premiere the new drama series JOAN (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), starring Emmy(R)-nominated Sophie Turner ("Game of Thrones") as notorious jewel thief Joan Hannington.

Gather the family for game night on Monday, October 7 with the series premieres of SCRABBLE (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), hosted by fan-favorite Raven-Symoné, followed by TRIVIAL PURSUIT (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), with Emmy(R) Award-winner LeVar Burton hosting the competition.

SUPERMAN & LOIS soars into its thrilling final season with a special two-hour premiere event on Thursday, October 17 (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The new fantasy adventure series THE LIBRARIANS: THE NEXT CHAPTER, from executive producer Dean Devlin ("Independence Day"), will make its debut the following week on Thursday, October 24 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Hit family comedy CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING will return for its fourth season with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, November 13 (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT, 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT).

The following is The CW's Fall Primetime Schedule for the 2024-2025 season and accompanying details on each new series.

MONDAY
- 8p: TRIVIAL PURSUIT (new)
- 9p: SCRABBLE (new)


TUESDAY
- 8p: WWE NXT

WEDNESDAY
- 8p: Sullivan's Crossing
- 9p: JOAN (new)

THURSDAY
- 8p: Superman & Lois (final season)
- 9p: THE LIBRARIANS: THE NEXT CHAPTER (new)

FRIDAY
- 8p: Whose Line Is It Anyway?
- 8:30p: Whose Line Is It Anyway?

- 9p: Inside the NFL

SATURDAY
- 8p: CW Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
- 7p: The CW Sunday Movie Night

MIDSEASON TBA
- Good Cop, Bad Cop
- Sherlock & Daughter

About the new series...
- SCRABBLE is a captivating, fast-paced take on the global board-game phenomenon. In each episode, wordsmiths battle it out over a series of addictive word games of skill and strategy to win points and master a giant Scrabble board in the center of the set. Hosted by fan-favorite actor, singer, producer and director Raven-Symoné, SCRABBLE is produced by Hasbro Entertainment, The CW, Mattel Television Studios and Lionsgate Alternative Television. David Garfinkle, Gabriel Marano and Michelle Mendelovitz serve as executive producers.
- TRIVIAL PURSUIT The beloved trivia game TRIVIAL PURSUIT is reimagined in a question-packed entertainment format. Gameplay takes place on a giant version of the iconic Trivial Pursuit game board, as contestants battle it out over a range of play-along question categories to win wedges and beat each other to the center. The victor then takes on a dramatic finale against the clock to claim the big money jackpot. Hosted by Emmy(R) Award-winning actor, director, producer and podcaster LeVar Burton, TRIVIAL PURSUIT is produced by Hasbro Entertainment, The CW, Lionsgate Alternative Television and Talpa Studios. David Garfinkle, Gabriel Marano, John De Mol, Matt Walton and Matt Pritchard serve as executive producers.


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posted 5/16/2024


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Double Jeopardy! (UK)
ITV Reportedly Renews Stephen Fry's Take
From Female First

Stephen Fry is reportedly returning to host a second series of 'Jeopardy!' for ITV.

ITV is reportedly set to green light another series of 'Jeopardy' in the UK ITV is reportedly set to green light another series of 'Jeopardy' in the UK.

The 66-year-old former 'QI' host will be back on screens presenting the UK version of the iconic quiz show on weekdays, which, according to The Sun, is set to be recommissioned The show sees him challenge contestants to win money by phrasing answers as a question. Stephen previously begged ITV bosses not to dumb down the show.

As quoted by the Daily Star newspaper's Hot TV column, he said: "I was fairly insistent from the outset that we shouldn't compromise one the standard and or dicker about with the rules and procedures, which are time-honoured and proven.

"Fortunately, ITV and the production company behind the series were in complete agreement. It's not very different at all.

"The only real difference is that the UK version is a little longer with an extra round."

There's plenty of cash up for grabs.

He said: "It builds and builds for as long as the champion stays on. In theory, a really brilliant champion could win hundreds of thousands of pounds or more."

Before his return to the small screen, Stephen is currently on screen in the film 'Treasure' alongside 'Girls' creator Lena Dunham.

It sees him play Edek, a Polish Holocaust survivor, reluctantly turning to his homeland with his journalist daughter played by 38-year-old Lena.

Stephen said of the part: "Just occasionally, roles come along that ask for something else, and to have someone like Lena to work with – I fell in love with her straight away."

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posted 6/19/2024


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WILLIE MAYS: 1931-2024
One of the Greatest to Ever Play Baseball Played Game Shows
From the AP

Willie Mays, the electrifying "Say Hey Kid" whose singular combination of talent, drive and exuberance made him one of baseball's greatest and most beloved players, has died. He was 93.

Mays' family and the San Francisco Giants jointly announced Tuesday night he had died earlier in the afternoon in the Bay Area.

"My father has passed away peacefully and among loved ones," son Michael Mays said in a statement released by the club. "I want to thank you all from the bottom of my broken heart for the unwavering love you have shown him over the years. You have been his life's blood."

The center fielder, who began his professional career in the Negro Leagues in 1948, had been baseball's oldest living Hall of Famer. He was voted into the Hall in 1979, his first year of eligibility, and in 1999 followed only Babe Ruth on The Sporting News' list of the game's top stars. The Giants retired his uniform number, 24, and set their AT&T Park in San Francisco on Willie Mays Plaza.

Mays died two days before a game between the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals to honor the Negro Leagues at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

"All of Major League Baseball is in mourning today as we are gathered at the very ballpark where a career and a legacy like no other began," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "Willie Mays took his all-around brilliance from the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League to the historic Giants franchise. From coast to coast ... Willie inspired generations of players and fans as the game grew and truly earned its place as our National Pastime."

Few were so blessed with each of the five essential qualities for a superstar — hitting for average, hitting for power, speed, fielding and throwing. Fewer so joyously exerted those qualities — whether launching home runs; dashing around the bases, loose-fitting cap flying off his head; or chasing down fly balls in center field and finishing the job with his trademark basket catch.

In game shows, Mays was featured in episodes of "Home Run Derby", "What's My Line", "Frontpage Challenge", and "Dream Girl of '67"

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posted 6/19/2024

Wylleen May Exits Fremantle After 22 Years
Most of Her Time Spent on "American Idol"
From Deadline

Wylleen May, who has worked on American Idol since its launch over twenty years ago, has been let go by producer Fremantle.

Executive in Charge of Production May has been on the show for 22 years, having stewarded it during its initial run on Fox as well as its reboot on ABC. She left after the most recent run, season 22 (or season 7, per ABC), which ended on May 19.

"It is hard to express the gratitude I have to the team at Fremantle and American Idol, the place I knew as home for the last 22 years. It may sound cliche, but it was my absolute honor to work day in and day out with people I consider to be some of the most talented, dedicated, and devoted in the business. I will miss you terribly," she said in a statement to Deadline.

She continued, "That being said, I am sad to be leaving. I will forever cherish my time with Idol, and hope I am remembered for my experience, passion, and dedication to my role. All we want for ourselves is to know that our work had a lasting impact. I am excited for my next journey, and what that will bring. Sometimes you need a little push forward, and I am grateful for all of it – beginning, middle, and end."

May's departure comes after an HR investigation at the end of last year.

"Unfortunately, my exit has been the subject of hurtful speculation and innuendo. Yes, at the end of 2023, I was the subject of an HR investigation following a complaint about how I interacted with certain members of my team. I fully and completely cooperated with this investigation, and it was closed quickly without any action taken. The decision to move on from me to a new EIC is not related, and any implication otherwise is completely misleading and inaccurate," she added.

"Wylleen has played a crucial role in helping build the lasting legacy of American Idol over the course of 22 seasons. She steered the production to enduring success, and we are deeply grateful for her contributions and dedication to the show. The decision to make staffing changes for the next season was not based on the conclusion of any investigation," a Fremantle spokeswoman told Deadline. May, who has also worked on shows including So You Think You Can Dance, has seen a large number of changes on the show, which began on Fox in June 2002.

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posted 6/19/2024

Juneteenth Lightning Round
... or "Freedom Is The Right of All Sentient Beings"

  • FIRST LOOK: The Glass Bridge is reborn on "Squid Game: The Challenge" (Variety)

  • #TodayILearned: Jeopardy! has 44 Emmys to its credit, an Emmy record (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Adriana Harmeyer is second in Final Jeopardy! gets. The lone man on the top: James Holzhauer (TV Insider)

  • Ryan Sutter effed around on his socials... now he's in the "find out" stage (Reality TV World)


posted 6/18/2024


Sony Pictures TV

11 Million Wheel Watchers Say Farewell
Pat Sajak's Final Episode Attracts Largest Audience Since 2020
From Broadcasting & Cable

Pat Sajak closed out his final day on Wheel of Fortune with 11.03 million viewers, the largest audience to have tuned into the access game show in more than four years.

Sajak's last episode, which aired on Friday, June 7, was the most-watched telecast in all of television, excluding sports, among households with a 6.2 rating in the week ended Sunday, June 9, according to Nielsen. All five of that week's episodes landed in TV's top 15 telecasts among homes and total viewers, according to the show's distributor, CBS Media Ventures. Across the total week, the Sony Pictures Television-produced show averaged a 5.0 rating in households, up 16% compared to the same week last year, and 8.5 million viewers.

Sajak, 77, has hosted Wheel of Fortune for all of the 8,000 episodes and 41 seasons it has aired in syndication, making him the longest-running game-show host in television history. He surpassed The Price is Right's late Bob Barker to take that title in 2018. Along the way, Sajak has won three Emmys for outstanding game-show host, as well as received the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. He is expected to remain with the show for three more years as a consultant.

Sajak's co-host, Vanna White, 67, joined the show in 1982. Sajak will be replaced by Ryan Seacrest in September while White has signed to remain with Wheel of Fortune through the 2025-26 season. Bellamie Blackstone is the executive producer, having joined Wheel of Fortune in March 2022.

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posted 6/18/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Be CAreful What You Say on Live Television"

  • Cat Deeley apologizes about making light of seizures on TV (Deadline)

  • Jeff Probst is already planning season 51 (Variety)

  • Ekin-Su Culculoglu makes it official with Peter Weber (Reality TV World)

  • Ashley Iaconetti says Jared Haibon feels "no attachment" to babies before their birth (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: Barbecue Showdown (Netflix, July 4) (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Drag Race" EP Tom Campbell (Deadline)


posted 6/18/2024

Critics Choice Real TV Awards: And The Winners Were...
"The Traitors" Tops Recipients with Four Awards
From the Hollywood Reporter

The Traitors was the top winner at the 2024 Critics Choice Real TV Awards, with the Peacock series taking home four awards, including best competition series, best ensemble cast in an unscripted series, best show host and male star of the year, the latter two won by Traitors emcee Alan Cumming.

Apple TV+'s The Reluctant Traveler With Eugene Levy won two awards, including best unstructured series and best travel/adventure show, the only other multiple award-winning program on Saturday night.

Though RuPaul's Drag Race went into the evening tied with The Traitors for the most nominations this year (five each), Drag Race only won one award, for best lifestyle show: fashion/beauty. Best structured show went to HBO's We're Here. Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix was named female star of the year.

In addition to the competitive awards, the Critics Choice Association honored Tom Bergeron with the first ever Sam Rubin Award, named for the KTLA anchor and longtime Critics Choice board member who died last month, and John Walsh with the career achievement award. Alfonso Ribeiro presented Bergeron with his honor and Walsh's son, Callahan, presented his dad with his award.

Hosted by Randy and Jason Sklar, the sixth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards recognized excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming.

Presenters at the Fairmont Century Plaza ceremony in Los Angeles included Brock Davies, Chelsea Lazkani, Drew and Jonathan Scott, Duff Goldman, Jane Lynch, Joe Manganiello, Justin Willman, Kamie Crawford, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Bonnet, Matt Iseman, Nicole Young, Patti Stanger, Phil Keoghan, Retta, Sandra Lee, Scheana Shay and more.

Other winners of note include...
- BEST COMPETITION SERIES: TALENT/VARIETY: "The Voice" (NBC)
- BEST CULINARY SHOW: "Top Chef" (Bravo)
- BEST GAME SHOW: "Celebrity Jeopardy!" (ABC)
- BEST BUSINESS SHOW: "Shark Tank" (ABC)
- BEST RELATIONSHIP SHOW: "The Golden Bachelor" (ABC)

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posted 6/17/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Changing the Game"

  • Dropout holds an FYC party for "Game Changers" (Variety) while "Drag Race" opens the Library (Variety)

  • After a nasty bike accident, Gordon Ramsay is "lucky to be here", bringing with that an important message... WEAR A HELMET. (Deadline)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "I Kissed a Boy" (Hulu) (Reality Blurred)

  • No clue who Jeff Arcuri is, but he's now dating Katie Thurston (Us Weekly)

  • Marc Summers celebrates a golden anniversary (People)

  • Stephen Fry plays king... again (Variety)


posted 6/17/2024


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AND THEY ARE!
Lineup for 25th Anniversary Season Reported
From TV Insider

Celebrities are getting in the hot seat for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire this summer—but the good news is they won't be doing it alone (and no, we don't just mean via a lifeline).

The game show, hosted by late night's Jimmy Kimmel, celebrates its 25th anniversary when the new season premieres on Wednesday, July 10 at 8/7c on ABC.

TV Insider has reported a first look at the promo as well as the unveiling of the celeb player pairings. There's a first-time twist this season, with pairs of celebrity contestants playing together in the hopes of winning $1 million for the charity of their choice. The pairings are as follows:
- John Mulaney and Nick Kroll
- Rosie O'Donnell and Lisa Ann Walter
- John Stamos and Dave Coulier
- Ray Romano and Brad Garrett
- Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell
- Zach Braff and Donald Faison
- Lil Dicky and GaTa
- Kelly and Jack Osbourne
- Ike Barinholtz and Alan Barinholtz
- Sebastian Maniscalco and Omar J. Dorsey
- Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata
- Sophia Bush and Alex Edelman
- Gillian Jacobs and Danny Pudi
- Natasha Leggero and Jason Ritter
- Ron Funches and Reggie Watts
- Jeff Ross and "Cousin Sal" Iacono.

As Kimmel says in the promo, which you can watch in full above and shows some of those pairings together, it's "the most dramatic hour of three people sitting on stools in the history of American television."

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"Naked and Afraid: Last One Standing" to Return
Catch It on Discovery July 14
From the Futon Critic

Extreme challenges, cutthroat competition, and explosive group dynamics that push even the most elite survivalists to their limits are just a few of the reasons that NAKED AND AFRAID: LAST ONE STANDING was Discovery Channel's #1 series in 2023. Now it returns to the network on Sunday, July 14 at 8PM ET/PT with fourteen Naked and Afraid All-Stars testing their primitive survival skills in the punishing African bush for 45-days. The group, a mix of fan favorites and polarizing personalities, will risk everything for a chance to take home a coveted cash prize and be crowned the Last One Standing.

Competitors will arrive empty handed and must earn the tools they need to secure food, water, fire and shelter through grueling, multi-phase challenges. In an unexpected twist, a head-to-head challenge occurs on Day One, resulting in a double elimination before the survivalists even get to camp. The stakes are even higher in this season's competition because survivalists will not be allowed to share any of their tools with fellow participants.

The vast expanse of Africa's Munzwa Valley intensifies both the risks and rewards for contestants. In the harsh killing zone, survivalists must compete against lions, leopards and hyena to hunt the same large prey, including warthog, impala and kudu. As rhinos and baboons threaten to push the survivalists out of their territory, one camp is forced to abandon their shelter in the middle of the night.

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posted 6/14/2024

WEDNESDAY: One Game Away
Competition Gives Way to NBA, ABC
From Spoiler TV

In the latest TV ratings, the other networks save for Fox & CW gave the night over to the NBA on ABC.

Game 3 of the Finals (Celtics 106-99 Mavericks) was easily the most watched program of the night with 10.973 million viewers and an A18-49 ratings of 3.20.

The pre-game NBA Countdown episode precluded with 3.576m/0.69, NARROWLY beaten by a rerun of The Price Is Right At Night.

Elsewhere, Fox was on the board with new episodes of Masterchef Generations (1.753m/0.22) and Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars (1.053m/0.14).

The CW rounded out the night with Walker (500k/0.06) and a Wild Cards rerun.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 687k/0.12
- Beat the Bridge (GSN): 409k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 374k/0.02
- Split Second (GSN): 350k/0.02

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posted 6/14/2024

More on "The Traitors" Season 3
Alan Cumming Says It "Ups The Ante"
From Entertainment Weekly

Alan Cumming is always looking to one-up himself — and not just with his fashion.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly on the first day of filming The Traitors season 3, the host reveals how he and the team behind the hit Peacock reality competition are changing the game for their third outing.

"Having the freedom to push the boundaries like we've been doing, that's made it really exciting," says the Tony winner. "It's great to see that working — with viewers' interest in the show — so that when we come back to it each season, we kind of up the ante a bit more."

Cumming reveals he pushed for more queer representation after the early banishment of RuPaul's Drag Race alum Peppermint on season 2, which wasn't a "good look in the world we live in," given that she was the only trans person — and one of the only queer people. But demographic changes aren't the only alterations as the show evolves: "This season's very different, and it's got a whole new series of challenges for me as well as for the contestants," says Cumming, who admits he's still feeling out his role as host.

"I'm still working on it all. I don't feel I've figured it all out," he says. "I didn't quite understand why they wanted me to do it. But I met with them and I realized that it was because they wanted me to be theatrical and camp, to play this larger-than-life character, and create the mood of the whole show. Once I understood that, I was really on board."

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posted 6/14/2024

More on "Squid Game: The Challenge" Season 2
Catch It on Netflix Later This Year
From Entertainment Weekly

It's been six months since Squid Game: The Challenge awarded the biggest prize pot in reality TV history to Player 287, a.k.a. Mai Whelan, after the most high-stakes game of rock/paper/scissors ever. But the show's producers are still in shock a half year later thinking about how they successfully shot, edited, and released the whole thing.

Based on Netflix's Emmy-winning scripted drama Squid Game, the reality competition adaptation featured 456 contestants competing for a $4.56 million prize, with the set, costumes, and games meticulously recreated from creator Hwang Dong-hyuk's vision. And Squid Game: The Challenge executive producers John Hay and Stephen Yemoh admit to Entertainment Weekly that for "most of production," they weren't really sure they could even pull off a show of this magnitude.

"If you're given a gift like this, the chance to adapt IP this special and successful, if you're not having those moments of doubt at some point in the course of each working day, you're probably not pushing it far enough," Hay tells EW. "The good thing about that is, usually the second season is the one that's burdened with expectations — on this show, the first season was burdened with expectations, so that's nothing new for us."

Netflix previously renewed both the scripted drama and reality competition series for second seasons, and Yemoh says he feels "fortunate" to not only return for season 2 but also simply to continue working in TV after they didn't screw up adapting one of the biggest shows in recent years. "It's heartening to know we're not going to lose our jobs," Yemoh says with a smile. "The big thing was we didn't want anyone to say that we've messed up Squid Game. This is such a beloved IP that the nerves are even more jangling because you don't want to ruin it. There was a lot of expectation on this show for various reasons, and so you want to do what's right by the fans, and so until the show's been seen and you start to see the comments and you start to get the messages from your friends and people like that, you start to go, 'Okay, I think we can work again.'"

While the producers can't reveal much about season 2, they promise that they're planning to keep things "fresh."

"We're very excited, but that's kind of all we can say at this point," Hay says.

Yemoh adds that they learned a lot through the process of making the first season, and they're using that knowledge while planning season 2. "You can't underestimate the planning that goes into the tiniest thing with this show," Yemoh says. "Season 1 showed us just the logistics involved in doing a show like this — even the first 15 minutes of our show, just Red Light, Green Light alone, the logistics and the planning and the development and the tech that had to go into that 15 minutes alone is probably more than some shows have to do for a whole season. It's credit to the whole team for making sure we had 456 people on that start line on that first day of shooting, all in a tracksuit, all had a number, all had the rules, they all knew exactly what they were doing, all had their squibs on and they all worked, and stuff like that."

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posted 6/14/2024


Paramount

No Deal.
Both Sides Fail "To Real Mutually Acceptable Terms"
From Deadline

After months of negotiations, Paramount Global's controlling shareholder Shari Redstone has broken off merger talks with David Ellison's Skydance.

National Amusements has "not been able to reach mutually acceptable terms regarding the potential transaction with Skydance Media for the acquisition of a controlling stake in NAI," said the Redstone family trust that controls Paramount.

"NAI is grateful to Skydance for their months of work in pursuing this potential transaction and looks forward to the ongoing, successful production collaboration between Paramount and Skydance.

"NAI supports the recently announced strategic plan being executed by Paramount's Office of the CEO as well as their ongoing work and that of the Company's Board of Directors to continue to explore opportunities to drive value creation for all Paramount shareholders."

The two sides have been deep in discussions during and after a one-month exclusive negotiating period in April and Redstone at one point had favored the deal, which would have paid her a premium and also kept the businesses together, at least initially. The proposed transaction called for Skydance to acquire Redstone's NAI, gaining control of Paramount, and then see Par and Skydance merge. As recently as this past weekend, talks were intense but there were a few major sticking points. One is said to center around who would assume potential legal liabilities in the likely case of shareholders lawsuits.

Paramount Global stockholders vocally disliked the Skydance deal from the start and threatened to sue. Skydance, backed by Larry Ellison and Gerry Cardinale's RedBird Capital, revised the deal several times to sweeten the pot for them, but they still weren't enamored.

Meanwhile, a few other bidders had emerged to acquire Shari Redstone's controlling stake in a deal that would be a change of control of the publicly traded company, but not a merger. Producer Steven Paul put together a group of deep-pocketed investors and is interested. And former Universal chief Edgar Bronfman Jr, backed by Bain Capital, is also looking at a deal. Paul at least, a friend of Redstone, was regarded as a stalking horse by many — a bidder encouraged by a company, in this case Paramount, to lob an offer and pressure other parties.

With Skydance out, Paul and Bronfman are now higher profile. The offers are only for Redstone's controlling stake in Paramount, which would be the simpler way for her to go.

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Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Missing Words"

  • Trixie Mattel doesn't pull punches in "The Pit Stop" (The Wrap)

  • The six words Jeff Probst misses saying: "Thirty-nine days, 18 people, one... Survivor" (The Wrap)

  • FIRST LOOK: Claim to Fame season 3 (TV Insider)

  • Brita takes a tumble on a Pride stage (Entertainment Weekly)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Steve Harvey (Cinema Blend)


posted 6/14/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Shark Tank"

  • John Cena to host Shark Week (The Futon Critic)

  • Jimmy Fallon extends his stay at NBC through 2028 (The Futon Critic)

  • Is Meghan Trainor making a play for Katy Perry's seat? (TV Insider)

  • Clive Myrie reportedly makes public address to asset management company exposed to arms suppliers (Deadline)


posted 6/13/2024


CBS Studios

Nate Burleson the Latest Master of the Squares
NFL All-Pro-Turned-Emmy-Winning "CBS Mornings" Host to Front "Hollywood Squares"
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today Nate Burleson (co-host of CBS MORNINGS and analyst for THE NFL TODAY) will host the new edition of the legendary game show HOLLYWOOD SQUARES. The celebrity-stacked game show, starring Drew Barrymore as the famed center square, will air Wednesdays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) starting in January on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*.

Nate Burleson is a co-host of CBS MORNINGS, a position he started in September 2021 when he joined Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil on the CBS morning news program. Burleson, who joined CBS Sports in 2017, is also an Emmy Award-winning studio analyst for the Network's NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game show, THE NFL TODAY, and is the host of Nickelodeon's NFL SLIMETIME. In 2024, Burleson served as analyst for the first-ever alternate telecast of a Super Bowl, which aired exclusively on Nickelodeon.

Burleson played in the NFL for 11 years as a wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. In 2003, he was drafted in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, but raised in Seattle, Burleson now resides in New Jersey with his wife, Atoya, and three children, Nathaniel, Nehemiah and Mia Pearl.

Burleson follows in the footsteps of previous "Squares" hosts Peter Marshall, Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, John Davidson, and Tom Bergeron.

HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, starring Drew Barrymore, is a classic game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. The "board" for the game is a vertical stack of open-faced cubes, each occupied by a celebrity seated at a desk and facing the contestants. The celebrities are asked questions and the contestants judge the legitimacy of their answers to win the game. Award-winning actress and talk show host Drew Barrymore will take her place as the famed center square, answering questions for the contestants.

HOLLYWOOD SQUARES is produced by Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment and Drew Barrymore and Flower Films, Inc.

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posted 6/12/2024

The Coldest, Most Remote "Alone" Awaits
Watch The Drop Thursday on History
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Alone, the hit History channel survival series, is moving into the audio space.

The History Channel is launching a companion podcast to the show to coincide with the launch of Season 11.

Alone: The Official Podcast, a watch-along show, will be hosted by former participants Lucas Miller and Callie North and presenter Dan Brown.

It will launch on June 14, the day after the TV show, with episodes dropping weekly the day after the show airs. It is produced by Spacestation.

The show will feature special guests including current and former participants to producers, and celebrity fans.

In future seasons of the podcast, the trio will go back in time and rewatch every episode starting from season one to the current day.

It comes after the Australian version of the show, which airs on public broadcaster SBS, launched its own companion podcast.

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posted 6/12/2024

The Big Wheel Stops at... New York
Touring Wheel Heads to Strong Museum
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Three major pieces of television history — literally and figuratively — arrived at The Strong National Museum of Play Monday morning: a Showcase Showdown wheel and Magic Number cabinet from "The Price is Right" and a giant Zonks phone from "Let's Make a Deal."

All will figure prominently in the first large-scale exhibit in the museum's National Archives of Game Show History, announced in 2021.

Tentatively called "Beyond the Buzzer: Game Shows in America," the exhibit will open in 2026.

Christopher Bensch, the museum's chief curator and the archive's overseer, said he's thrilled to have received the items and called the Showcase Showdown wheel, aka the Big Wheel, iconic. "With its signature sound and light effects, the wheel has been an enduring element of the show for years," he said.

The one given to the museum is seven-eighths the size of the wheel used on the show, he said. "But in every other way, it feels very accurate, and I'm sure it will be a huge magnet for visitors."

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posted 6/12/2024


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JERRY WEST: 1948-2024
"The Logo" of the NBA Played "It's Your Bet"
From TV Line

NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West died on Wednesday morning at the age of 86.

The Los Angeles Clippers, for whom West had been working as a consultant, announced his passing, saying, "the personification of basketball excellence and a friend to all who knew him, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 86. His wife, Karen, was by his side."

West played college ball for the West Virginia Mountaineers from 1957-1960. He was then drafted as a first round pick by the Los Angeles née Minneapolis Lakers, and played for the team through 1974.

West coached the Lakers from 1976 to 1979, and then as general manager helped build the 1980s Lakers dynasty that was dubbed "Showtime" (and chronicled in the HBO series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty).

"Jerry West was a basketball genius and a defining figure in our league for more than 60 years," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "He distinguished himself not only as an NBA champion and an All-Star in all 14, of his playing seasons, but also as a consummate competitor who embraced the biggest moments. He was the league's first Finals MVP and made rising to the occasion his signature quality, earning him the nickname Mr. Clutch.

"Jerry's four decades with the Lakers also included a successful stint as a head coach and a remarkable run in the front office that cemented his reputation as one of the greatest executives in sports history," Silver continued. "He helped build eight championship teams during his tenure in the NBA – a legacy of achievement that mirrors his on court excellence. And he will be enshrined this October into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor, becoming the first person ever inducted as both a player and a contributor."

Also, West's silhouette was the basis for the NBA logo.

In game shows, West was featured on an episode of "It's Your Bet".

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posted 6/12/2024


Game Show Network

MONDAY: Game Show Network Opens the "Bridge"
Catch the New Series
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Remember last year when Cameron Mathison took Drew Cain away from General Hospital after he got out of Pentonville? While Drew was taking care of his personal business in Australia, his portrayer was taping a new game show — Beat The Bridge — which debuts tonight on The Game Show Network.

Based on the hit BBC show Bridge of Lies, Beat The Bridge features a gigantic interactive bridge that contestants attempt to cross, hoping to win money in their team's bank. Team members only get to keep accumulated money if they "beat the bridge."

"My career has really been about 50% acting and 50% hosting with reality shows, and talk shows," the actor/host tells Soap Hub. The fan-favorite adds that hosting a game show is a good fit in that he brings energy and enthusiasm to his new role. Mathison's gregarious manner makes him a natural to interact with players who are hoping to win some money.

The premiere of the series topped all original series on Game Show Network for the day, scoring 394,000 viewers with an 18-49 rating of 0.3.

Elsewhere, ABC won the night with coverage of the Stanley Cup Final between the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers. It took all key demos with 3.558m viewers and an 18-49 rating of 0.95.

NBC came in a close second with American Ninja Warrior (3.063m/0.36) and the season finale of Weakest Link (2.411m/0.24).

Fox's all-game-show lineup couldn't beat CBS' reruns, but Name That Tune (1.602m/0.18) and The 1% Club (1.676m/0.25) were steady.

The CW rounded out the night with a new All-American 470k/0.12).

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Summer Baking Championship (Food): 926k/0.10
- Battle on the Beach (HGTV): 842k/0.10
- Next Baking Master: Paris (Food): 423k/0.04
- Beat the Bridge (P/GSN): 394k/0.03
- Switch (GSN): 374k/0.02
- Split Second (GSN): 372k/0.03
- Race to Survive New Zealand (USA): 344k/0.10


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Rita Ora Returning to "Masked Singer"
Report: Another Judge Exchange for Season 12
From EW

Rita Ora is not giving her final guess on The Masked Singer stage just yet.

The British singer-songwriter, who first joined the hit disguised celebrity singing show in season 11 to replace Nicole Scherzinger, will be returning as a panelist once more in its upcoming 12th season, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The show welcomes her back alongside series mainstays Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy-Walhberg, Robin Thicke, and host Nick Cannon.

Although Scherzinger will not be returning to the judges' desk this time around, it's understood that no casting decisions have been made for any future seasons beyond season 12, and the door is open for her return. Scherzinger's representatives have yet to comment.

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posted 6/11/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Settle This Like Adults..."

  • Takeru Kobayashi, Joey Chestnut get their rematch - this September on Netflix (The Futon Critic)

  • Producers for "The Golden Bachelorette" surprised by emotional vulnerability (The Wrap)

  • Ken JEnnings "in it for the long run" (The Sun)

  • Is Katie Nolan headed for Pop Culture Jeopardy!? (TV Insider)

  • MArk Labbett makes a dig at his ex. Oh yeah, he broke up with his girlfriend (Devon Live)


posted 6/12/2024


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Without a Doubt, The Greatest Renewal of All Time...
"After Midnight" Scores Second Season
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced its late-night series AFTER MIDNIGHT, hosted by Taylor Tomlinson, has been renewed for the 2024-2025 broadcast season.

"Taylor is a gifted comedian who brings a unique voice, energy and plenty of rizz to late night (I learned rizz is a real word thanks to the show.) We're excited for more of her daily smart takes about the dumbest things on the internet," said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment.

Inspired by Comedy Central's Emmy Award-winning series "@midnight," with celebrated comedian Taylor Tomlinson at the helm and a panel of guests from the worlds of entertainment, comedy, music and beyond, AFTER MIDNIGHT is a late-night comedy series about what set the internet abuzz that day.

AFTER MIDNIGHT, from CBS Studios, Spartina Industries and Funny Or Die, is executive produced by Stephen Colbert, Carrie Byalick, Tom Purcell and Evelyn McGee Colbert of Spartina Industries; James Dixon of Dixon Talent; Jack Martin; Joe Farrell; Mike Farah; Whitney Hodack and Henry R. Muñoz III of Funny Or Die; and Jason U. Nadler of Serious Business. Jo Firestone is co-executive producer and head writer while Alexx Wells also serves as co-executive producer. Sharon Everitt directs.

AFTER MIDNIGHT airs on the CBS Television Network at 12:35 AM, ET/PT and is available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.*

*Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers will have access to stream live via the feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service, as well as on demand. Paramount+ Essential subscribers will not have the option to stream live but will have access to on-demand the day after the show airs.

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posted 6/11/2024

IATSE-AMPTP: June 27
Talks to Continue "As Soon as Next Week"
From the Hollywood Reporter

IATSE is hoping to wrap up bargaining a new contract with the studios by June 27, after adding an extra week of talks to the schedule.

The union announced Monday that it will restart negotiations on both the Basic Agreement and the Area Standards Agreement on June 24, allotting four more days to close both deals.

"We look forward to concluding our bargaining with the AMPTP and reaching an agreement that our members will be proud to ratify," Matt Loeb, the international president, said in a statement.

Negotiators have reached agreement on several subjects, including provisions covering the use of artificial intelligence and subcontracting. But the major "economic" issues have yet to be resolved, including overall wage increases and funding a $670 million gap in the pension and health plans.

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posted 6/11/2024

CBS Plans a Year-Long Celebration for "Survivor 50"
Amy Reisenbach Has Big Plans...
From Deadline

Survivor is close to heading into its 50th season.

CBS just finished airing Season 46 but the network is already thinking ahead.

"We're already talking about Season 50 for Survivor. We just wrapped up Season 47 in Fiji. I was texting with Jeff [Probst] last night and he said there's some pretty epic blindsides coming up. I think this show can go on for a really long time," CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach told Deadline.

Reisenbach, who was speaking Tuesday at a Deadline-moderated panel at the Banff World Media Festival, said Season 50 will start shooting next spring.

"We will absolutely be celebrating and I would consider it kind of a year-long celebration. We do that really well on CBS. We will have a lot of plans in the works… it'd be the first time in the new era that will have returning players. That's really exciting," she added.

Probst revealed recently that Season 50, which will likely air in spring 2026, will feature all returning players.

Survivor is exec produced by Probst, Mark Burnett, Matt VanWagenen, Kahaia Pearson and Jesse Jensen. It is produced by S.E.G. Holdco.

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posted 6/11/2024

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posted 6/11/2024

James Acaster a "People Person"
Channel 4 Pilots New Quiz Show
From Chortle

Channel 4 has ordered a pilot episode of the James Acaster quiz show People Person.

Chortle first revealed the comedian was developing the format for television in February, when he hosted a run-through in London. Now a one-hour version is to be filmed – but not aired – to try out the format in which a panel of comedians have to answer questions about a line-up of ordinary people.

It is based on a game Acaster played on the Dave show Question Team in 2021.

Then he asked his fellow comics to guess which one of his people had the biggest garden, the most battery life left on their phones and who the most friends. And for the final question they had to guess who would bring a chocolate bar back to the studio first.

Acaster said: 'This is more than just a pilot. It's the co-pilot, flight attendants, passengers and the bloke with the paddles on the runway. This is about people. And I'm a people person. Let's do this'.

Channel 4 commissioning editor Cimran Shah said the show was a 'simple, scalable and clever concept with stellar talent attached and a clear opportunity to develop a new generation of channel-defining comedians'.

The show is being made by Tuesday's Child Scotland and Interstellar, which made Question Team with Screen Scotland helping to finance the pilot.

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posted 6/11/2024

TCA Awards: And the Nominees Are...
40th Annual Awards to Be Given Out July 12
From the Futon Critic

The Television Critics Association (TCA) announced today the nominees for the organization's landmark 40TH Annual TCA Awards, putting the spotlight on the best performances, series, creators, and stars from the 2023-2024 TV season. The TCA is a non-profit organization of more than 230 professional television journalists from the U.S. and Canada. They made their nominations based on programming available on broadcast, cable, and streaming outlets. Winners will be announced at an exclusive ceremony held in-person at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena on Friday, July 12.

The TCA presents awards in 12 distinct categories, highlighting outstanding achievements in Drama; Comedy; Miniseries; News and Information; Reality; Variety, Sketch or Talk Shows, and more, headlined by the organization's coveted Program of the Year Award. Two additional awards will be announced on July 12.

This year saw a tie for the top spot, FX and Netflix lead all competitors with 16 nominations each, dominating the Program of the Year category with three nominations for FX and two for Netflix. HBO | Max is in second place with 13 nominations, followed by Disney+ with six; while ABC, PBS/PBS KIDS, and Prime Video are tied with three. Rounding out the list is Apple TV+, NBC, and Peacock with two each; and Adult Swim, Bravo, CBS, Comedy Central, ID, Nat Geo, and Showtime with one apiece.

In our favorite category...

Outstanding Achievement in Reality
- The Amazing Race - CBS (2011 & 2022 Winner in Category)
- Conan O'Brien Must Go - HBO | Max
- Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show - HBO | Max
- The Traitors - Peacock
- Top Chef - Bravo
- We're Here - HBO | Max Welcome to Wrexham - FX


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posted 6/10/2024

Trivia Hall of Fame: And the 2024 Nominees Are...
Voting Ends July 10
From Trivia Hall of Fame

Who deserves to be in the Trivia Hall of Fame? Cast your votes!

The Trivia Hall of Fame™ recognizes achievements and contributions to the worlds of trivia and quizzing. You may vote ONCE for FOUR nominees. (You must vote for four.) The top four vote-getters will be inducted.

The voting will close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 10th. Note that going forward there will be no more acclamations.

To the greatest extent possible, we ask permission of living non-celebrities before we nominate them. Some have declined nomination. We can also remove people on request.

And the nominations are...
- Colby Burnett (Jeopardy!)
- "Los Lobos": Valentin Ferrero, Erundino Alonso, Manuel Zapata, Alberto Sanfruto (Boom!)
- Ed Goodgold & Dan Carlinsky (founders of "trivia")
- Tom "Cookie Masterson" Gottlieb (You Don't Know Jack)
- Daoud Jackson & Joey Goldman (Mimir's Well founders)
- Magnus Magnusson (Mastermind host)
- Wing Commander GR Mulky (KQA founder)
- Yogesh Raut (Jeopardy!)
- Mattea Roach (Jeopardy!)
- Anne Robinson & Jane Lynch (The Weakest Link)
- Gail Trimble (University Challenge).


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posted 6/10/2024


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Dr. MICHAEL MOSLEY: 1957-2024
British TV Doctor Played "Pointless Celebrities"
From People

An initial post-mortem examination found that Michael Mosley died of natural causes, according to multiple reports.

The popular British television doctor, 67, was found dead on Sunday, June 9, after he disappeared in Greece earlier that week, his wife Clare confirmed in a statement previously obtained by PEOPLE.

Greek police spokeswoman Konstantia Dimoglidou told the BBC that the initial examination on his body found no injuries that would have caused his death.

A local public broadcaster also reported that foul play has been ruled out, per The Guardian.

However, his exact cause of death has yet to be determined. British newspaper The Times reported that the coroner was unable to make a determination due to the delay in finding his body during the extreme heat.

A toxicology and histology report have been ordered, although results are expected to take months, according to the BBC and The Guardian.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE following his death, Bailey shared her heartbreak at losing her husband of 27 years. "It's devastating to have lost Michael, my wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband. We had an incredibly lucky life together," she said. "We loved each other very much and were so happy together."

"My family and I have been hugely comforted by the outpouring of love from people from around the world," she added. "It's clear that Michael meant a huge amount to so many of you."

In game shows, Mosley appeared as a contestant on the BBC's "Pointless Celebrities".

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The Wrap

posted 6/3/2024


Daily Express
NICHOLAS BALL: 1946-2024
"EastEnders" Actor Played Games
From RadioTimes

Nicholas Ball, the actor known for playing gangster Terry Bates in EastEnders, has died at the age of 78.

The news was announced by Ball's agent, who said in a statement that he "passed away following a short illness", and that his "successful acting career on stage and screen spanned an impressive six decades".

Ball played Terry on BBC soap EastEnders between 2007 and 2009, with the character leading a gang who stormed the Queen Vic and took a number of hostages, including Peggy Mitchell and Patrick Trueman. Terry also was part of the murder of Jase Dyer, the character played by Stephen Lord. He was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, with Terry confirmed to have died in a 2019 episode.

Ball was born in 1946 in Leamington Spa, and went on to star in series such as Bergerac, Heartbeat, Red Dwarf, Jonathan Creek, Footballers' Wives, Hustle and Doctors. He also played the title role in detective series Hazell.

Ball was married to actress, comedian and psychologist Pamela Stephenson, although the couple later divorced. He is survived by his second wife, Ayda.

Fans have been quick to pay tribute to Ball on X, with one saying in a post: "Sorry to hear of the passing of Nicholas Ball.

"More commonly seen in our house in the TV series 'Hazell' for me he will always be that conniving trickster (to put it mildly) in the Hammer House TV episode 'The House That Bled to Death.'"

Another said: "Very sad to hear that the brilliant Nicholas Ball has passed away. He was Red Dwarf's original simulant, and turned in a hugely memorable performance. RIP."

A third added: "Nicholas Ball was absolutely brilliant as Terry Bates in EastEnders. One of the show's more underrated villains."

Meanwhile, actor Arthur Wilde posted: "Very sad to hear about the passing of the great Nicholas Ball today. I had the honour of working with him on what will be his final role. He was warm, friendly and so very gracious. I'm honoured to have acted alongside him."

In game shows, Ball played Star Games and The Pyramid Game, the British version of our "Pyramid" format.

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Entertainment Daily
AOL/The Independent

posted 6/10/2024

Shania Twain's "Got Talent"
Country Pop Star Joins Canadian Version
From the CBC

Canadian country icon Shania Twain is set to join the upcoming season of the Citytv competition series, Canada's Got Talent.

Twain will have a seat on the judges' panel alongside returning stars Howie Mandel and Kardinal Offishall. Another new addition will be Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan. At the time of announcement, there was no confirmation on whether previous judges Lilly Singh or Trish Stratus will be returning.

"Canada! I'm really excited to discover the amazing talent you have to share," Twain said in a press release. "Canada is well known for having high calibre creative people and it's my honour to sit back and see you at your best. Let's go my fellow Canadians!"

Canada's Got Talent first premiered in 2012, and previous winners include Saguenay, Que. singer Jeanick Fournier and Prince Albert, Sask. singer Rebecca Strong.

Season four of Canada's Got Talent will premiere in spring 2025.

CBC News
Canadian Press

CityNews

posted 6/10/2024


Amazon MGM Studios

Gladiators Ready....
Prime Video Lines Up Reboot
From The Futon Critic

Contenders, ready! Gladiators, ready! Today, Prime Video announced the revival of the epic competition series, American Gladiators, produced by MGM Alternative and Amazon MGM Studios. The series is set to premiere on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

American Gladiators will once again see a team of Gladiators compete against a brave set of Contenders in the ultimate test of speed and strength. The new show will include classics like "Gauntlet," "Hang Tough," and the ultimate challenge "The Eliminator," as well as some brand-new challenges.

"Gladiators is an enduring, physical challenge format that continues to engage families around the world," said Lauren Anderson, head, Brand and Content Innovation, Amazon MGM Studios. "We look forward to delighting our global Prime Video customers with both reimagined and nostalgic elements that celebrate the best of the original series."

"Doing a cross-country casting search is exciting for us, and for the fans. Our goal is to find a real cross-section of America's fittest and fiercest competitors. This is the ultimate in sports entertainment," said Barry Poznick, general manager MGM Alternative, Evolution Media and Big Fish Entertainment.

American Gladiators first premiered in the United States in 1989 and ran for seven successful seasons until 1996. Originally hosted by Joe Theismann and Mike Adamle, the series featured more than 30 Gladiators during its original run in the U.S. and since then, there have been over 300 superhumans who have donned the coveted Gladiator uniform in franchises around the world including the UK, Australia, Japan, Denmark, South Africa, and more.

The sports entertainment show has also seen great success with international formats of Gladiators gaining in popularity around the world. The premiere of Gladiators UK on January 13, 2024 brought in 6 million viewers and climbed to 9.8 million premiere viewers over 28 days. It was the biggest launch for a new entertainment series on BBC One since 2017 and proved that linear television still satisfies audiences during the age of streaming. Over the course of the season, Gladiators UK held steady with the series averaging 8.3 million viewers. The show continues to provide family friendly content, with viewers under the age of 45 making up 56% of audiences. Gladiators also appealed equally to male and female viewers with overall viewership balancing at 48% male and 52% female. Based on the series' massive success, it was announced that the physical competition show had been picked up for Season Two.

One of Fox's interesting strategies that has just started on screen is windowing shows from rival streamers. Deadline revealed earlier this year that Fox had taken a second window on Amazon's U.S. reboot of British game show The 1% Club, hosted by Patton Oswalt. That show launched last week on Fox.

Alternative head Rob Wade is now looking at other titles, including Amazon's latest reboot of American Gladiators. He said certain streamers, particularly Amazon Prime Video and Max, are now open to these opportunities, both in unscripted and scripted.

"We're talking a lot about it. We have to make sure we have our schedule available and also obviously we have a Hulu relationship. We've got to make sure to balance that," he said. "In a world where IP is king, and it's very difficult to break through with new shows, that's obviously a very key piece. You get marketing, you get exposure to a very different audience, and you get a reduction in cost, which is really valuable."

MGM Alternative is currently conducting a nationwide search for Contenders. Those who believe that they have what it takes and are ready to prove that they have what it takes to beat some of the greatest athletes in the world, should apply at www.AmericanGladiatorsCasting@gmail.com.

American Gladiators is produced by MGM Alternative and Amazon MGM Studios for Prime Video in association with Flor-Jon Films. The American Gladiators series was created by Johnny C. Ferraro, and is based upon the original concept created by Johnny C. Ferraro and Dan Carr. Johnny C. Ferrero is also an executive producer on the revival. The format is distributed by Amazon MGM Studios Distribution.

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posted 6/10/2024

More on "The Bachelorette" Season 21
Meet Jenn's Men
From Variety

"The Bachelorette" is back, and it's time to meet the 25 suitors who will be competing for Jenn Tran's final rose on the 21st season of the reality series.

Tran, 26, was on Joey Graziadei's season of "The Bachelor" and is described as a "sweet and compassionate woman who has dedicated her life to helping others and is currently studying to become a physician assistant.

The bilingual Vietnamese beauty currently resides in Miami and is ready to find love with a man who is as reliable and thoughtful as she is."

Among the men vying for Tran's heart include Aaron, the brother of "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor in Paradise" alum Noah Erb; a sommelier named Dakota; Marcus, an Army Ranger veteran; an algebra teacher named Moze; and Spencer, a pet portrait entrepreneur. Tran's suitors range in age from 24 to 35 and hail mostly from the U.S., though there are two Canadians on the list.

Graziadei's season ended with his engagement to Kelsey Anderson, a 25-year-old junior project manager from New Orleans. The two are still going strong, with many fans dubbing them the best "Bachelor" couple in ages.

Tran's season of "The Bachelorette" kicks off on Monday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, with episodes streaming the next day on Hulu. "The Bachelorette" is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. Bennett Graebner, Claire Freeland, Jason Ehrlich, Tim Warner and Peter Gust serve as executive producers.

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Reality TV World

posted 6/10/2024

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  • Kelly Clarkson made a promise to her kids that she wouldn't replace Katy Perry on "Idol" (Deadline)

  • Will Arnett signs production deal with Fox (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with...
    - Taylor Tomlinson (Variety)
    - Gabe Bertaccini (Reality Blurred)
    - Melissa Peterman (WAGA Atlanta)



posted 6/10/2024

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