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More on "MasterChef"
Christina Tosi Joins the Crew May 20
From the Futon Critic

Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot welcome judge Christina Tosi, renowned pastry chef, owner and founder of New York City's Milk Bar, to Season Six of MASTERCHEF, premiering with a special two-hour event Wednesday, May 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The culinary smash hit moves into its regular time period the following week on Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

More hopefuls than ever before auditioned at MASTERCHEF's open casting calls in Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA; to prove they have what it takes to make a mark on the culinary world. Only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Courtney Lapresi (Season Five); Luca Manfe (Season Four); Christine Ha (Season Three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season Two); and Whitney Miller (Season One) in the elite group of MASTERCHEF titleholders.

This season will feature 40 contestants from all walks of life representing 16 states - including an engineer, chiropractor, elementary music teacher, petroleum landman, fashion stylist and a drummer - all with the hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/23/15

Upfront: BET
Kelly Rowland Looks for Next Girl Group in "Chasing Destiny"
From the Wrap

Singer and former “X Factor” judge Kelly Rowland embarks on a quest to find a Destiny’s Child-like female supergroup in the upcoming competition series “Chasing Destiny,” BET Networks announced at its annual upfront presentation on Thursday.

The series is from Den of Thieves and executive producers Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Rowland, Tim Weatherspoon and Danny Rose and co-executive producers Jared Morell and Jordan Barrow.

The project is among the new and returning programming on the network’s 2015 slate. BET also announced the 2015 programming for Centric, its network aimed at black women.

The Wrap

posted 4/23/15

More on "Fake Off"
Catch Season 2 May 6
From the Futon Critic

This summer, 10 teams of gifted performers will set out to stun viewers like never before in the second season of truTV's eye-popping competition series Fake Off. Launching its new season Wednesday, May 6, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Fake Off takes viewers into the visually stunning world of Faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion. In each episode, teams are challenged to reimagine iconic moments in pop culture to see who's got the skills to be named America's Fake Off Champions and walk away with a $100,000 cash prize.

Actor and dancer Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) is set to host the second season of Fake Off. Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend) returns to the judging panel and is joined by two new judges: actress, choreographer and Emmy(R)-nominated director Laurieann Gibson (Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, Making the Band) and actor, creative director and choreographer Beau Casper Smart (Street, Big Bang Theory, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Lopez). Meghan Camarena better known as YouTube sensation Strawburry17, will serve as backstage correspondent, a new role created this season.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/23/15

Wednesday: Most Popular Show of the Night... was NOT on Fox
CBS Wins Night; Splits Demo with ABC
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.335 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to its trio of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.838 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.920 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) and "CSI: Cyber" (8.248 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

Sharing in the demo honors however was ABC (6.820 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) with originals from "The Middle" (7.746 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "The Goldbergs" (7.119 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Modern Family" (8.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1), "Black-ish" (6.590 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3) and "Nashville" (5.352 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Next up was FOX (7.360 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with another two-hour "American Idol" (7.360 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.022 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.620 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) followed by repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.256 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Chicago PD" (4.189 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments from "Arrow" (2.716 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.778 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) on The CW (2.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1/season premiered): 490,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 289,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/23/15

Second "Sync"
Spike Renews "Lip Sync Battle"
From the Futon Critic

"Lip Sync Battle" is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike TV. As a result, the network has announced it will pick up another 20 episodes of the highly-rated critically-acclaimed series, debuting in 2016.

"Lip Sync Battle is a television and viral rock star for Spike," proclaimed Kevin Kay, President, Spike. "We are thrilled to be renewing Lip Sync Battle whose success is a direct result of the brilliance and creativity of our producers, the brave performers, and of course the coolest new duo on television, LL COOL J and Chrissy Teigen."

Through four episodes, "Lip Sync Battle" is the most-watched original series in network history, averaging 3 million viewers, and is the top-rated series in its timeslot in the coveted demographic of Adults 18-49 in all of cable. The series is a digital hit as well, amassing over 107 million video streams in three weeks, with the Anne Hathaway "Wrecking Ball" clip securing 14 million views alone.

Other ratings highlights include:

· Across 50 airings (Spike, MTV & BET) between 4/2 and 4/19, "Lip Sync Battle" reached 33.1 million viewers (including 16.5 million women)

· The highest rated series in network history with Adults 18-49

· The most watched program of any kind in network history with women in all demos

Production details, location, and talent participating will be announced at a later date.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers
AV Club

posted 4/22/15

Upfronts: Food Network
Renewals and Spinoffs are On the Menu
From Variety

Food Network is ordering extra helpings of two program genres that have reliably filled its schedule for some time: road trips that explore how a certain kind of cuisine is served up around the nation, and a bevy of competition programs.

The Scripps Networks-owned outlet on Wednesday unveiled its next programming cycle at a morning presentation. Below, a select list of some of the new series expected to air in 2015 and 2016:

Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious (April 2015): Sixteen memorable chefs from previous seasons return to do battle in a five-round tournament. Alton Brown hosts as the chefs vie for a chance to win $75,000. Produced by Embassy Row for Food Network

Spring Baking Championship (April 2015) Eight bakers must prove their abilities in front of tough-love judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale as they try their spatula at Mother’s Day brunches, family picnics, birthday parties and weddings. Hosted by Bobby Deen. Produced by Triage Entertainment for Food Network.

Cake Wars (July 2015) Four bakers compete to determine who will get to take a magical cake creation to a big event and advance their career as a baker. Produced by Super Delicious for Food Network

Camp Cutthroat (August 2015) Alton Brown invites the most elite Cutthroat Kitchen alumni to a secret location deep in the wilderness for an extreme culinary throw down. Produced by Embassy Row for Food Network

Crazy Kitchen (wt) (August 2015) Amateur competitors take on a revolving set of fast, fun games which test their knowledge, quickness, and common sense. Produced by Electus for Food Network

Guy’s Grocery Games All-Stars (August 2015) In this five-episode stunt, some of Food Network’s and Cooking Channel’s biggest stars take over the grocery store aisles for an all-star supermarket showdown, hosted by Guy Fieri. Produced by Relativity Lifestyle for Food Network

Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off (August 2015) Host Rachael Ray is joined by a rotating panel of all-star guests in this six-episode series where they mentor and guide young competitors through a series of cooking challenges and obstacles as these junior chefs vie for their very own series on FoodNetwork.com and the title of Kids Cook-Off champion. Produced by Jane Street for Food Network

Chopped: After Hours (September 2015) Judges move from the table to the kitchen and take a turn at tackling the tricky ingredients of a Chopped basket. Produced by Notional for Food Network

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (wt) (September 2015) Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray each lead a team of celebrity-recruits through rigorous culinary skills-training and challenges, with the goal of turning them into skilled cooks. A $50,000 grand prize for charity is awarded to the celebrity contestant who makes the most impressive culinary transformation. Produced by Optomen Productions, an All3 Media Company, for Food Network

Chopped: Impossible (October 2015) In this four-episode stunt, competitors wind up competing against Robert Irvine in a bid to win this contest. Produced by Notional for Food Network

Variety
The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers
AV Club

posted 4/22/15

Tuesday: The Calm Before the Storm
CBS Wins Despite Airing Pre-Sweep Repeats
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 last night with its mix of "The Voice" (10.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "Undateable" (4.927 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "One Big Happy" (3.943 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Chicago Fire" (6.786 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

ABC (4.239 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with the season finales of "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.045 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Repeat After Me" (3.567 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) plus new episodes of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.268 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Forever" (4.143 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

Next up was CBS (9.442 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and repeats of "NCIS" (10.138 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.831 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) followed by a special "CSI: Cyber" (8.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.917 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up new episodes of "The Flash" (3.664 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "iZombie" (2.171 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, FOX (2.388 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.441 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), a repeat "New Girl" (1.408 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and a new "Weird Loners" (1.263 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.516 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 484,000
- Keywords (HLN): 84,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/22/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Overbooked Daytime"

  • Tom Bergeron, Julie Chen, Vicki Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, Alan Thicke to present Daytime Emmys (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Billy Eichner, Donald Trump, Chrissy Teigen go to "Nerd Prom" (aka the White House Correspondent's Dinner) (Deadline)
     
  • Derek Hough injures his foot after a freak accident (Us)
     
  • Inside the world of Buzzr (Greenfield Reporter)
     
  • "The Talk" to air Daytime Emmys postgame (Broadway World)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alison Sweeney (TV Insider)

posted 4/22/15


Upfront: MTV
"Broke A$$ Game Show", "ABDC" Will Be Back
From the Futon Critic

MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc., (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today unveiled a world premiere look at its reimagining of the beloved horror franchise "Scream," premiering Tuesday, June 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, and "The Shannara Chronicles," an ambitious fantasy drama currently shooting in New Zealand. The two series headline a slate of 8 new and 10 returning series and more than 85 series in development, some of which were previewed at the 2015 MTV Upfront at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

"We're exploding our development process across screens - getting faster, more daring, putting more projects into play and taking bigger swings than ever," said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. "We've exponentially expanded the ways we connect with our audience and deliver for our advertisers."

"This slate demonstrates the creative breadth of what MTV can do - epic scripted dramas, irreverent comedies, inventive format-driven series, fun topical talk shows, all with a distinct, youthful voice," said Susanne Daniels, President of Programming for MTV.

MTV is reinventing the hit competition series "America's Best Dance Crew" with six all-new Video Music Award-themed episodes. All-star dance crews from previous seasons return with their amazing moves and innovative choreography as they battle for dominance on the "America's Best Dance Crew" stage. Hip hop superstar T-Pain, G.O.O.D. Music recording artist Teyana Taylor and television and Broadway performer Frankie Grande will judge the all-star season of "America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs," premiering Wednesday, July 29. The new "America's Best Dance Crew All Stars: Road to the VMAs" will be hosted by Jason Dundas ("Entertainment Tonight").

The winner will be crowned in the live finale episode, which will air as the lead-in to the "2015 MTV Video Music Awards" Pre-Show.

"America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs" is executive produced by Jane Mun ("The Sing Off"), Rob Lee (Bayonne Entertainment) and Howard and Karen Schwartz (Hip Hop International). Brooke Karzen, Dan Sacks and Louise Wuare the executives overseeing the project for Warner Horizon Television ("The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," "The Voice").

MTV also provided advertisers with a look at the latest in its ongoing "Always On" initiative, through which it harnesses the power of its 220 million social followers to create and distribute real-time video and editorial content across on-air, online, mobile and social. Recently, MTV has expanded the "Always On" initiative to create live, multiplatform programming events, from its "MLK IS NOW" pro-social campaign in January to the "Beyoncé-thon" Guinness World Record-breaking dance relay marathon in Times Square last month.

Also returning:

-  "Are You The One?" (Season 3): In the most ambitious dating experiment ever attempted, 10 single women were selected and put through an extensive matchmaking process to find 10 single guys who are their perfect match. Now all 20 are living together in Hawaii trying to figure out who is their match and if they do, they'll split the largest cash prize in MTV history - ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

Executive Producers include Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler of Lighthearted Entertainment. Scott Jeffress is Executive Producer for Lighthearted Entertainment.

- "Broke A$$ Game Show" (Season 2) is a half-hour comedy that hits the streets of NYC luring unsuspecting contestants to push their own personal limits for cash. By never wasting money on fancy lights, stages or expensive props, hosts David Magidoff and Derek Gaines bring the savings to the people with truly "broke ass" challenges and irreverent games, all promising cold hard cash in exchange for contestants' dignity.

Executive Producers are Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher. The show is produced by B-17 Entertainment (A Division of Core Media Group).

- "The Challenge" (Season 27) takes some of MTV's most favorite competitors, along with fresh faces from "The Real World" and "Are You The One?," to an exotic location for a brand-new explosive format. They will battle it out to bring home a life-changing grand prize. Between the new twists and the demanding pressures of the game, it'll take more strength than ever to succeed in this game.

Executive Producers are Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldshein, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth. "The Challenge" is produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, LLC.

The Futon Critic
Yahoo!
Deadline
B&C

posted 4/21/15

Syndies: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 12
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil and Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael each grew 3% in the week ended April 12 to tie for first among the syndicated talk shows for the second consecutive week at a 3.1 live plus same day household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In access, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune rolled ahead 3% to a 6.8, and regained game’s sole possession of first-place among households. CTD’s Jeopardy!, which tied Wheel for the first time in 2015 in the prior week, stayed in the race, outpacing 2% to a 6.7. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 5% in households to a 6.0, still up 25% from the same week last year. Family Feud also tied with Judge Judy to lead all of syndication among women 25-54 at a 2.9.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire rebounded from a 13-year low with a 6% rise for the week to a 1.7, still down 15% from last year at this time. Next season, Millionaire will add The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison as host. Debmar-Mercury’s freshman Celebrity Name Game remained at a 1.3.

B&C
TV Newscheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/21/15

Monday: Downtrend
NBC Wins Demo, ABC Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ for the second week in a row thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (10.276 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.526 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

ABC (11.511 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (13.065 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Castle" (8.402 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (8.950 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) with new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (7.443 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "Mike & Molly" (8.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) followed by the season finale of "Scorpion" (10.425 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and a new "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.826 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (4.299 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "The Following" (3.353 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.279 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.074 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 367,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/21/15

Weekend: Cut Off
ABC Wins Night, CW Premieres Stall
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.950 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) claimed the top spot on Friday thanks to the season finales of "Last Man Standing" (6.206 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Cristela" (4.926 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) plus new episodes of "Shark Tank" (6.458 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "20/20" (5.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

CBS (5.586 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "The Amazing Race" (5.519 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), another "The Amazing Race" (5.373 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.866 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.778 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its mix of a new "Grimm" (4.548 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), a repeat "Dateline NBC" (4.552 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.234 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up the feature "Bad Teacher" (2.161 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with the launch of its lineup of "Cedric's Barber Battle" (0.826 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.109 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "The Messengers" (1.184 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable Sunday...
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.512 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious (Food): 1.332 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.272 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/21/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Anniversary"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Dancing with the Stars" anniversary special to air April 28 (Glamour)... but not with Derek Hough (E!)
     
  • Gwen Stefani... Cee Lo Green... and Usher... one night only (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Nahnatchka Khan can handle the freshman season of "Fresh Off the Boat". Eddie Huang...  not so much (Vulture)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Wheel heads to Denver May 8 (KDVR Denver)
     
  • ON THIS DAY: "Take It or Leave It", the show that spawned "The $64,000 Question", began in 1940 on radio (The News Gazette)

posted 4/21/15


Vaya Con Dios, Sabado Gigante
Univision's Record-Breaking Variety Game Show to End After 53 Years September 19
From The Hollywood Reporter

Univision has announced that its top-rated variety show Sabado Gigante is ending after a more-than-53-year run. The show, hosted and created by Don Francisco, will air its final episode on Sept. 19.

Francisco, whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger, will continue contributing to the Univision Network with new projects and by hosting entertainment specials and campaigns like TeletonUSA, the network's annual benefit for disabled children. He will also help Univision look for and develop new on-air talent and professionals.

Sabado Gigante launched in 1962 on Chile's Channel 13, began in the U.S. in 1986, and is still No. 1 on Saturday nights among Hispanics. The weekly, three-hour show is the longest-running variety series in television history and Univision's longest running program.

In 2013, Univision added cohosts Chiquinquira Delgado, host of Univision's morning show Despierta America, and telenovela host Julian Gil to Sabado Gigante's team. The Hispanic network has also been trying to modernize its lineup.

“During my 40 years in the industry I have met few people with the same energy, creativity and passion for television and the audience as Mario, and I join in celebrating him and his team at Sabado Gigante for the great success and the milestones achieved in broadcast television,” Univision Communications CEO Randy Falco said in a statement. “Mario is an important part of the Univision family, and his knowledge of the industry and commitment to innovation will help us to continue defining the future of the media industry."

Kreutzberger (aka Francisco) added: “I’m excited to share with the audience this announcement, with which we’re starting to bring to a close the 53-year cycle of Sabado Gigante, 30 of which were possible thanks to Univision in the United States. There is no doubt that they have been fundamental in my professional development and in my personal and family life. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Channel 13 of the Universidad Catolica de Chile gave me as I was starting out, to Univision in the United States and also to the Televisa Network, which allowed us to bring our Sabado Gigante into the homes of millions of families in the United States and the world every week. I have no words to thank our viewers for the support, loyalty and enthusiasm with which they have honored us through the years and which have allowed the show to become an unprecedented success in the history of this medium."

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The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly
USA Today
Heavy
Miami New Times
TV Line
AV Club
CNN Money
Washington Post
Los Angeles Times

posted 4/20/15

"Only One" Sale
Armoza Sends French Canadian Celebrity Quiz to Turkey
From World Screen

OttO Productions in Turkey has picked up the rights to make a local version of the prime-time studio game show Only One Knows, part of the Armoza Formats catalogue.

Only One Knows looks on as celebrity contestants participate in a competition that tests their general knowledge and intuition for the chance to win money for charity. The program has aired daily on TVA in French Canada, where it is the number one game show. It is distributed by Armoza Formats as part of a strategic collaboration with TVA, along with the celebrity entertainment show By Invitation Only.

Gokhan Mutlay, the executive producer at OttO Productions, commented: "Only One Knows is an amazing game of strategy, suspense, fun and humor with a mesmerizing set. This is a marvelous show which creates excitement and anticipation and will glue viewers to the TV. It also provides a great platform for celebrities to support good causes in an entertaining, fun way."

Avi Armoza, the CEO of Armoza Formats, added: "We are looking forward to working with OttO Productions and to seeing Only One Knows adapted for Turkish audiences. This is an incredibly fun game show that not only keeps audiences on the edge of their seats, but also provides an innovative solution for the in-demand daily stripped slot."

World Screen

posted 4/20/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "High on Life"

  • Mark Burnett's 11 shows... and one seriously epic beard (Adweek)
     
  • "Fear Factor" lives on... line (TV Media Insights)
     
  • SPOILER ALERT: Chris Soules went from can-hardly-wait to get married to "putting off marriage for as long as possible", because... (Classicalite)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Lie Detectors (GSN, TODAY!) (Beaver Times)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: Seven Envelopes (Watch, Monday) (Digital Spy)
     
  • Chris Hardwick to play Atlanta (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
     
  • Share a Coke with Erin Andrews' boyfriend... before he gets popped for it (TMZ)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Six lessons from Tim Gunn's new book (TV Insider)

posted 4/20/15

Thursday: Close Calls
CBS Wins AGAIN
From The Futon Critic

CBS (9.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "The Odd Couple" (9.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3), "Mom" (9.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.582 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and "Elementary" (7.430 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

ABC (6.627 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.575 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "Scandal" (7.863 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "American Crime" (4.443 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was FOX (4.057 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Bones" (4.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Backstrom" (3.364 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.847 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Blacklist" (3.330 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.442 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, the return of originals from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.341 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Reign" (0.999 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.594 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.068 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 452,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Vulture

posted 4/17/15

Wednesday: Eye Guess
CBS Wins
From Televisual

CBS (9.243 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.437 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Criminal Minds" (10.202 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "CSI: Cyber" (8.090 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

ABC (5.859 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (7.440 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (6.853 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), a repeat "Modern Family" (5.961 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), a second "The Goldbergs" (5.692 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "Nashville" (4.604 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Next up was FOX (7.491 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and another two-hour "American Idol" (7.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.223 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up repeats of its trio "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.018 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Chicago PD" (4.107 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.408 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "Supernatural" (1.829 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) on The CW (2.119 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- IdioTest (GSN, 8p): 473,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 281,000
- MTV2's Joking Off (MTV2): 276,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/17/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Finish Line"

posted 4/17/15

And the Emmy Goes to... Twitter
CBS Celebrates Daytime Emmy with Tweet Week
From TV by the Numbers 

CBS Daytime will celebrate the “42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” with a special week-long live Twitter chat event featuring stars and producers from across the Network’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated lineup. Beginning Monday, April 20, cast and crew from THE TALK, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE YOUNG AND The Restless and THE PRICE IS RIGHT will live-tweet every weekday, through Friday, April 24, leading up to daytime’s biggest night on Sunday, April 26.

THE TALK hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood will kick off the Twitter event with a live group chat on Monday, April 20. Actors Linsey Godfrey, Scott Clifton and Jacob Young (B&B), Keyboardist Cat Gray and Director Lenn Goodside (LMAD), Actresses Gina Tognoni and Amelia Heinle (Y&R), and Executive Producer Mike Richards (TPIR) will participate in chats throughout the week (see below for full schedule).

CBS leads the 2015 Daytime Emmy nominations with 62 nods, more than any other network. The #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND The Restless, received 25 nominations. In addition, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL received 19 nominations, THE TALK received seven, LET’S MAKE A DEAL and THE PRICE IS RIGHT received two nominations each.

CBS Daytime’s entire entertainment lineup was honored, with both THE YOUNG AND The Restless and The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL receiving nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. THE TALK was nominated for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment and Outstanding Talk Show Host, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT was nominated for Outstanding Game Show.

The following is the schedule for the live Twitter chats:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
3:00 PM, ET / 12:00 PM, PT: LET’S MAKE A DEAL (#LMAD)
o Keyboardist Cat Gray (@letsmakeadeal)
o Director Lenn Goodside (@letsmakeadeal)

FRIDAY, APRIL 24
11:00 AM, ET/ 8:00 AM, PT: THE PRICE IS RIGHT (#PriceIsRight)
o Executive Producer Mike Richards (@MRichTV)

TV by the Numbers

posted 4/16/15

This X Factor Gets Another One
AXS Gets Season 12
From TV by the Numbers 

AXS TV, cable’s premier music entertainment channel, has renewed the hugely successful global hit The X Factor UK for a second consecutive year. The network will continue as the official U.S. broadcast home for the 12th season of the signature program, premiering in the fall on AXS TV. The agreement, which features a 34-episode order, was signed with FremantleMedia International (FMI) and Syco Entertainment. The X Factor UK was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames TV (part of FremantleMedia UK). AXS TV is the first American television network to air the legendary UK version of the show.

AXS TV will continue to air all episodes of The X Factor UK within 24 hours after the respective UK broadcasts. Encore episodes will be broadcast directly following AXS TV’s premieres.

Last year’s broadcast of season 11 was a success for AXS TV, as the DVR-friendly series lifted The X Factor UK’s average audience on AXS TV by 68% (Live+3) during its broadcast run, according to Rentrak. Additionally, the network achieved social media milestones when former contestants of The X Factor, such as One Direction and Fifth Harmony, supported the channel with live tweets and custom video messages.

Known for its high-caliber performances showcasing lavishly produced sets and wardrobes, the series is also one of the first stops for major recording artists to promote their latest hits. Last season, AXS TV viewers were among the first in America to enjoy Taylor Swift’s smash “Shake It Off”; Maroon 5’s “Animals”; two separate Sam Smith performances featuring “Like I Can,” and “Stay With Me,” respectively; One Direction’s single “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” performed live for the first time on TV; and Ed Sheeran’s chart-topper “Thinking Out Loud,” which he later sang with winner Ben Haenow in the finale.

TV by the Numbers

posted 4/16/15

David Flynn Leaving Endemol
Creator Departs After 16 Years
From Televisual

Endemol UK's chief creative officer David Flynn is to leave the company in the summer after 16 years.

His departure comes four months after the completion of Endemol’s merger with Shine.

Flynn joined as a creative intern in 1999, rising to oversee creativity across all of the UK group.

His credits include creating and executive producing the Million Pound Drop. He also co-created and executive produced the game show Pointless, talent show The Singer Takes it All, multiplatform gameshow The Bank Job, factual entertainment format Seven Days On The Breadline and quizshow Ejector Seat.

After joining Endemol in 1999, Flynn became Managing Director of Brighter Pictures in 2007, before becoming Joint Managing Director of Remarkable Television in 2009. Taking the role of Chief Creative Officer in 2013, he co-chaired Endemol UK’s Digital Board and represented Endemol UK at global creative team level.

“In my time at Endemol, I’ve seen the company transform into one of the largest independent producers in the UK and I’m proud to have been part of that journey. It’s been a fantastically creative and supportive environment where I’ve been able to take big risks and make television that’s travelled the world.” said Flynn.

“David has those qualities that absolutely define the creative people here,” said Tim Hincks, President of Endemol Shine Group. “He combines brilliantly innovative thinking with a risk taking spirit and a keen instinct for what makes a hit. We owe him huge thanks for all he’s done during his time here and, as a colleague and friend, I wish him every success in his next adventure.”

Televisual

posted 4/16/15

Tuesday: Close, but Still CBS
CBS Takes Night ... but Just
From the Futon Critic

CBS (12.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled into the top spot with new episodes of "NCIS" (15.401 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (14.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and "Person of Interest" (9.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

The silver then went to NBC (6.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with originals from "The Voice" (10.391 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Undateable" (5.214 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "One Big Happy" (3.671 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) plus a repeat "Chicago Fire" (4.215 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was ABC (3.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its quartet of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.659 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Repeat After Me" (3.076 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.909 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (2.532 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.739 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up fresh installments from "The Flash" (3.500 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and "iZombie" (1.978 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

And finally, a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.518 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), a repeat "New Girl" (1.329 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and a new "Weird Loners" (1.430 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on FOX (2.449 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.383 million
- Face Off (season finale/Syfy): 1.197 million
- Keywords (HLN): 203,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/15/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Lip Sync Respect"

  • Tonight's "Countdown Rude Word" brought to you by...  (Huffington Post)
     
  • "American Idol" down, but not out... (The Wrap)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Cedric's Barber Battle" (CW, Friday) (WISH Indianapolis)
     
  • Ben Gleib plays Calgary (Calgary Herald)
     
  • Add Craig Ferguson to the list of Daytime Emmy presenters (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Bob Barker donates $200,000 to bird project (Daily Progress)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Derek Gaines (Fuse) and Bruce Forsyth (Wales Online)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: ... all we can safely say is that a) it's NSFW, b) it's NOT for anyone under the age of consent, and c) singing is involved. (Uproxx)

posted 4/16/15


A Drink for Syfy!
Zachary Levi to Host, Produce Bar Trivia Quiz Series July 16
From  The Futon Critic

Syfy announced today that Zachary Levi, star of NBC's Chuck and upcoming Heroes Reborn, will executive produce and host the game show Geeks Who Drink through one of his production arms, The Nerd Machine. The weekly series is based on the pub trivia contest of the same name, which has become a nationwide phenomenon with more than 25,000 people participating in over 600 bars across 35 states. Produced by Kinetic Contact (Married at First Sight, Little Women, The Taste) and Condé Nast Entertainment, Geeks Who Drink will premiere on Syfy Thursday, July 16th.

In each installment of Geeks Who Drink, two teams of self-proclaimed "trivia geeks" battle it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics from pop culture to science fiction. Each team consists of three players - a celebrity team captain and two trivia pros. After three rounds of raucous game-play and (mostly) friendly competition, the winning team will earn bragging rights, a spot on the Geeks Who Drink leaderboard and a bevy of prizes to geek out over.

"Not only is Zachary a spectacular talent both in front of and behind the camera, he lives and breathes geekdom and is a true pioneer in bringing the nerd community together," said Heather Olander, SVP, Alternative Programming and Development, Syfy. "As executive producer and host of this series, Zachary has the unparalleled ability to introduce the beloved bar game to the masses, inviting viewers at home to experience the infectious joy of the game for themselves."

Added Levi: "To be the executive producer and host of Geeks Who Drink is an exciting opportunity to broaden my experience on both sides of the camera. Geeks Who Drink is such a fresh take on the game show genre, and something that we at The Nerd Machine believe will resonate with everyone who loves trivia and pop culture. We're looking forward to collaborating with the teams at Syfy, Kinetic Content and Condé Nast Entertainment."

An avid gamer, Levi, co-founded The Nerd Machine with David Coleman as a company designed to create unique new content, spread nerd culture, and bring passionate geeks together from all around the world.

Levi recently signed a first look deal with Universal TV. Under the deal, Levi will be optioning and developing new properties of interest for the company.

In addition to Levi, executive producers for Geeks Who Drink are Chris Coelen, Karrie Wolfe, Corin Nelson, Dawn Ostroff, Joe LaBracio and David Coleman.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
Nerd Reactor
Realscreen
TV Media Insights
B&C
Entertainment Weekly

photo courtesy Warner Bros.

posted 4/15/15

Sports Jeopardy! '15
Crackle Renews Online Quizzer
From Tubefilter

This year, Sony’s Crackle platform opted to present its upcoming original programming during TV’s upfronts rather than the web’s Digital Content Newfronts. In choose to align with TV, Crackle GM Eric Berger cited content that is “long form and premium,” which he believes most closely appeals to TV advertisers.

At Crackle’s upfront presentation, it showed off some of this long form content. Among other new programs, Crackle will debut the feature film Joe Dirt 2 and its first hour-long series, The Art of More.

Crackle’s plan to roll out a sequel to 2001 cult classic Joe Dirt has been in the works for two years, and during its latest presentation, the distributor revealed a July 16th release date for the David Spade comedy, which is billed as the “first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture.”

Later in 2015, Joe Dirt 2 will be joined by two more brand new Crackle originals. The Art of More, which will star Dennis Quaid, will be a drama set in the world of auction houses. Another new project, Supermansion, sees Crackle team up with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios for an animated, half-hour comedy that will feature Bryan Cranston in the lead voice role.

Several existing Crackle programs will also return. Chosen, starring Milo Ventimiglia, will transition to an hour-long format for its fourth season, and the Dan Patrick-hosted Sports Jeopardy! will return with new episodes as well. The most well-known Crackle series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, will also roll into its sixth season. As seen in a recent teaser, Jerry Seinfeld‘s upcoming guests include Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Steve Harvey, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, and Trevor Noah.

Tubefilter

posted 4/15/15

Top Chef Does California
Catch the New Season
From B&C

Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning "Top Chef" embarks on an epic gastronomic road trip through California for season 13.

Returning to San Francisco and Los Angeles where the series began, the culinary competition will also make stops in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Set to premiere this fall, cheftestants will battle it out in iconic destinations across the Golden State to see if they have what it takes to earn the title and culinary bragging rights. Production begins this spring with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio as well as judges Gail Simmons and Richard Blais. The competition will also feature California-based chefs, culinary stars and celebrities as guest judges throughout the season. "Top Chef" is the #1 food competition show on cable among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 year to-date, according to Nielsen. The announcement was made today in partnership with Visit California

"The entire food landscape has transformed in the 10 years since 'Top Chef' first launched," said Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media. "What better way to explore where it all started then to head out to California, one of the top culinary destinations in the world, for an unprecedented six-city expedition."

Caroline Beteta, president & CEO of Visit California adds, "The Golden State truly is the 'land of wine and food.' California is the ultimate destination and viewers will see first-hand the abundance and diversity of the state's fresh produce offerings, world-class chefs and renowned dining experiences within our iconic cities, wine regions and agricultural communities."

The Futon Critic
Variety

posted 4/15/15


Heads Up! An App Is Coming to Television!
HLN Picks Up Ellen DeGeneres Project for 2016
From TV by the Numbers

Heads Up!, a new television series based on the wildly popular game and app of the same name from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is coming to HLN as its own highly addictive, fast-paced game show. Launching in first quarter 2016, the 65-episode half-hour game show strip from Telepictures will be hosted by Loni Love — comedian, actress and co-host of syndicated talk show The Real — and will air daily, Mondays through Fridays.

In the Heads Up! TV show, contestants pair up with a celebrity and try to correctly identify as many cards as they can based on clues from their teammate in categories ranging from movies and songs to actions, accents, body parts and more. In Heads Up!, (almost) nothing is off limits.

Ellen DeGeneres said: “I’m so excited that Heads Up! is going to be a game show. It’s so fun and addictive. I play it on my show all the time. I play it at home. I played it last night at Jennifer Aniston’s house. She wasn’t home, so please don’t print that part.”

“We’re excited to translate this innovative game app into a TV show on HLN, and create another all-screens experience for our social media audience,” said Albie Hecht, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HLN. “And to be in business with a break-the-Internet star like Ellen is incredible.”

The Heads Up! app (iOS and Android) has been downloaded more than 16 million times worldwide and been played more than a half billion times. It was Apple’s top paid app of 2014.

The Heads Up! series is HLN’s second game show based on a successful app. In January, the Keywords app paved the way for the premiere of Keywords, the TV show, in March.

Heads Up! is from A Very Good Production in association with Telepictures. Ellen DeGeneres, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner and Jeff Kleeman are the executive producers of the series.

TV by the Numbers
Variety
Tubefilter
Deadline
Radio Times

photo courtesy Warner Bros.

posted 4/15/15

More on "500 Questions"
ABC, Warners Quiz Goes to International Market
From C21 Media

Warner Bros International Television Production (WBITVP) will preview a forthcoming US gameshow from executive producer Mark Burnett and creator Mike Darnell at MipTV.

500 Questions is a primetime ABC entertainment format from Darnell, who joined Warner Bros as president of its unscripted and alternative television division in 2013 after leaving Fox.

The preview event will take place on Monday April 13 with Survivor creator Burnett and Darnell in Cannes, presented by CNN’s Richard Quest, who hosts 500 Questions in the forthcoming ABC version.

The show will be produced by Burnett’s United Artists Media Group in association with Warner Horizon Television (The Voice, The Bachelor).

Contestants compete to answer 500 difficult general knowledge questions and cannot advance if they get three wrong in a row.

Andy Zein, senior VP of creative and format development and sales at WBITVP, said: “500 Questions brings together an unrivalled combination of Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell, two of the world’s most trusted and successful primetime entertainment producers.

“This is a show unlike any seen in years: original in structure, immediately accessible in game play and epic in suspense, with big characters competing against the clock. The entire show is staged within an incredible-looking and high-concept studio setting.”

Burnett and Phil Parsons are executive producers of the series. 500 Questions is distributed globally by Warner Bros Worldwide Television Distribution, with format sales handled by WBITVP.

C21 Media
Realscreen
World Screen
Variety

posted 4/15/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Lip Sync Respect"

  • VIDEO WALL: ever see an Emmy-nominated game show host get lip-sync serenaded by a not-Emmy-nominated game show host? Want to? (The Futon Critic)
     
  • "The Voice" has its battery of mentors... and they are... (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Jimmy McGuire brings Classroom Jeopardy! to the Triangle (WTVD Durham)
     
  • Nigel Lythgoe is watching. He's watching. He's watching American tel-e-VIS-ion (Twitter @dizzyfeet)
     
  • How Tim Gunn makes "Make it work" work (USA Today)
     
  • "The Chase UK": bad contestant... or WORST. CONTESTANT. EVER? (Metro)
     
  • Richard Osman brings classic British series to iPlayer (Digital Spy)

posted 4/16/15

LEN FIRESTONE: 1921-2015
Founded Syndicator for "Gong Show", "To Tell the Truth"
From Miami Herald

Decades before networks kept low-rated programs like Nashville on the air long enough to build up enough episodes to sell into lucrative syndication, Len Firestone was a pioneer.

Among the shows that syndication executive Firestone helped sell when TV was in its infancy: Sea Hunt, starring Lloyd Bridges, and The Rifleman with Chuck Connors. After he founded his own company, he was distributing first-run talk shows like The New Steve Allen Show and game shows To Tell the Truth, Beat the Clock and The Gong Show.

For Firestone, born to immigrant parents in 1921 in Pittsburgh, “he was the business part of show business,” his son, actor Jack Firestone, said from his home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where his father died at age 93 on March 4. He bought a home in Aventura in 1993.

“He was such a great promoter of the TV shows he produced and distributed, the business portion of him was so much that people mistook him for a lawyer,” his son said. “That’s the legacy he left me and my siblings.”

So much so, author Telly Davidson (TV’s Grooviest Variety Shows of the ’60s and ’70s) wrote in an email to Firestone’s other son, Brian: “I remember talking with another old-school exec covering NATPE (National Association of Television Executives) about 10 years ago, and Len’s name came up. He laughed that while Mr. Firestone had quite the ego, I guess he was entitled. He was sort of the Blake Carrington of the syndication biz — he knew it, and so did everyone else!”

His son Jack chuckles at the Dynasty reference.

“He would always say a good business deal was one that worked for you and for me … and had to be fair and square.”

But, at the same time, “he had a lot of humility,” his son added. Firestone, by the mid-1960s, had founded his company, Firestone Films. His biggest sell into first-run syndication: the 1960s game show To Tell the Truth.

A young Jack appeared on the program in 1968 and attempted to fool the panel, which included host Garry Moore, radio and TV personality Bill Cullen, and singer-actress Kitty Carlisle.

“At the reveal at the end of the show, I only got one vote out of the four and Garry said to me, ‘What is your real name?’ I stood up and said, ‘My name is Jack Firestone, and my father is the syndicator of this show.’ Kitty Carlisle and Bill Cullen said, ‘We should have voted for him.’”

Miami Herald
B&C
Variety

posted 4/14/15

Syndies: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending April 5
From B&C

With the end of Queen Latifah, CBS Television Distribution’s rookie court show, Hot Bench, made moves in several markets and gained 6% in the week ended April 5 to a 1.7 live plus same day national rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In top market New York, Hot Bench moved from WLNY at noon, where it was doing a 0.2 rating/1 share to WCBS at 9 a.m., where it improved 550% to a 1.3/4. In Los Angeles, Hot Bench shifted from KCAL at 10 a.m., where it was averaging a 0.1/0, to KCBS at 2 p.m., where it gained 300% to a 0.4/1. And in Chicago, the show moved from WCUU at 11 a.m., where it was turning in a 0.1/0 to WBBC at 2 p.m., where it increased 1,000% to a 1.1/4.

As for the other rookies, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game remained unchanged at a second place 1.3. Warner Bros.’ The Real also was flat at a 1.1, but led the newcomers among women 25-54 at a 0.9. NBCUniversal’s Meredith Vieira dropped 9% to a 1.0 in households, while Trifecta’s Judge Faith faded 11% to a 0.8.

In access, CTD’s Jeopardy!, which with Wheel of Fortune has been renewed through the 2017-18 TV season, tied Wheel as the top game show in households for the first time since Dec. 22. Jeopardy! jumped 5% to a 6.6, while Wheel inched up 3%, reversing three weeks of straight declines.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud edged ahead 2% to a 6.3, and also led all of syndication among women 25-54 at a 3.2.

In repeats, Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which will replace host Terry Crews with The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison this fall, sank 11% to a 1.6, the show’s lowest rating in its 13-year history and down 24% from last year at this time.

B&C
TV News Check
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/14/15

Monday: Dancing Voices
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.153 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (10.832 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.796 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

CBS (8.627 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with its quartet of "2 Broke Girls" (7.140 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (7.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "Scorpion" (9.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6).

Next up was ABC (11.165 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and a new "Dancing with the Stars" (13.627 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) plus a repeat "Castle" (6.243 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.952 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up the return of "Gotham" (4.417 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and a new "The Following" (3.487 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.396 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.463 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) on The CW (1.429 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Food Fortunes (Food): 547,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 382,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 340,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/14/15

Weekend: Shark Blood
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.352 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Cristela" (5.154 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Shark Tank" (6.559 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "20/20" (5.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (8.205 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (5.846 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.637 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (10.133 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was NBC (5.116 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with originals from "Grimm" (4.797 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (5.275 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the feature "Date Night" (1.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, second runs of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.620 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.685 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.068 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.360 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On Sunday...
- Nuestra Belleza Latina (Univision): 6.9 million
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.677 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.376 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.228 million

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/14/15

"Boom!" Exploding Over the World
Asia, South America Latest on Board
From C21 Media

Cambodian broadcaster Bayon Radio and Television has picked up format rights to Keshet International’s gameshow Boom!, marking the programme’s first foray into Asia.

Made in-house by Bayon, Boom! is due to start airing on the channel in a weekly slot from this summer.

The format is also broadening its South American footprint, with Peru’s TV America the latest broadcaster to license it. The Peruvian version of Boom! will also be made in-house at the broadcaster and is set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Argentina’s Telefe and TVN in Chile both licensed Keshet’s format earlier this year, while Uruguay’s Canal 10 picked up a finished 35-episode Spanish version. Fox is due to launch a US version this June.

In Europe, Boom! earned itself an extended run on Spain’s Antenta 3, while on TV2 in Hungary, it grew the slot average by 134%. VTM in Belgium and TF1 in France have also licensed the format.

C21 Media
Realscreen

posted 4/14/15

Mark Burnett in a Family Way
UAMG, Televisa Team for "Generation Gap"
From Variety

High-flying Mark Burnett, whose reality/faith shows are No. 1 in U.S. adult 18-49 ratings four or five nights out of seven, is teaming with Mexican TV giant Televisa to create a new multigenerational, family-friendly quiz show ”Generation Gap.”

Presented at Mip TV on Monday by Burnett and Ricardo Ehrsham, Televisa managing director, global entertainment formats, “Generation Gap” was created by United Artists Media Group and is being co-produced by United Artists and Televisa.

United Artists/MGM and Televisa will distribute the gameshow worldwide with companies splitting territories. A pilot has been produced. The Mexican original will air on Televisa from September in a Sunday evening primetime lead-in slot, which represents a big bet on the show, said Ehrsham.

“Generation Gap” features a parent, grandparents and children from the same family who answer easy multiple-choice questions about subjects from their decade. If a contestant answers correctly a question aimed at another family member, the whole family scores more money. “A grandparent getting, say, a Katy Perry question right would win even more money,” Burnett explained.

Questions are easy. Four families compete. Two go through to the final for big prizes. “’Generation Gap” is “fast-paced, a lot of fun, very play-along and uplifting,” Burnett said at Mip TV, presenting a trailer.

Variety
World Screen

posted 4/14/15

Continuing to "Do" the World
Nordisk Buys "I Can Do That" for Sweden, Denmark, Norway
From C21 Media

Banijay-owned Nordisk Film has bought the rights to Armoza Formats’ primetime entertainment format I Can Do That! for Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

The show is already in production in the region for MTV Oy, made with Banijay Finland.

I Can Do That! is underway in 15 countries, including a second season on Italy’s flagship public channel Rai Uno, which launched this month.

It is also in its second season on Brazil’s Rede Record, while first seasons are currently in production in the US and Mexico, with an all-star US version lined up by NBC for this May.

The weekly primetime studio format involves a group of competitive celebrities who are challenged to perform daring live acts.

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, said the show “continues to meet the broadcasters’ need for a fresh, new primetime show.”

The deal follows the sale of gameshow Still Standing, which has been picked up by Mediaset’s Canale 5 for Italy.

C21 Media

posted 4/14/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Avengers Assembled"

  • #ICYMI: ABC is re-airing the Avengers Feud on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" tonight (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Sue Perkins takes a break after the Internet reacted in sadly all-too-typical fashion to news that she's a favorite to host "Top Gear". This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we can't have nice things. (The Guardian)
     
  • #ICYMI 2: Snatch Game (Jezebel)
     
  • Buzzr bolsters team (World Screen)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Scott Borchetta (TV Insider) and Amanda Byram (Irish Mirror)

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Following" (3.487 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.396 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.463 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) on The CW (1.429 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Food Fortunes (Food): 547,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 382,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 340,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/14/15

Weekend: Shark Blood
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.352 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Cristela" (5.154 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Shark Tank" (6.559 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "20/20" (5.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (8.205 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (5.846 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.637 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (10.133 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was NBC (5.116 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with originals from "Grimm" (4.797 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (5.275 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the feature "Date Night" (1.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, second runs of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.620 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.685 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.068 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.360 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On Sunday...
- Nuestra Belleza Latina (Univision): 6.9 million
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.677 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.376 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.228 million

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers

posted 4/14/15

"Boom!" Exploding Over the World
Asia, South America Latest on Board
From C21 Media
Cambodian broadcaster Bayon Radio and Television has picked up format rights to Keshet International’s gameshow Boom!, marking the programme’s first foray into Asia.

Made in-house by Bayon, Boom! is due to start airing on the channel in a weekly slot from this summer.

The format is also broadening its South American footprint, with Peru’s TV America the latest broadcaster to license it. The Peruvian version of Boom! will also be made in-house at the broadcaster and is set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Argentina’s Telefe and TVN in Chile both licensed Keshet’s format earlier this year, while Uruguay’s Canal 10 picked up a finished 35-episode Spanish version. Fox is due to launch a US version this June.

In Europe, Boom! earned itself an extended run on Spain’s Antenta 3, while on TV2 in Hungary, it grew the slot average by 134%. VTM in Belgium and TF1 in France have also licensed the format.

C21 Media
Realscreen

posted 4/14/15

Mark Burnett in a Family Way
UAMG, Televisa Team for "Generation Gap"
From Variety
High-flying Mark Burnett, whose reality/faith shows are No. 1 in U.S. adult 18-49 ratings four or five nights out of seven, is teaming with Mexican TV giant Televisa to create a new multigenerational, family-friendly quiz show ”Generation Gap.”

Presented at Mip TV on Monday by Burnett and Ricardo Ehrsham, Televisa managing director, global entertainment formats, “Generation Gap” was created by United Artists Media Group and is being co-produced by United Artists and Televisa.

United Artists/MGM and Televisa will distribute the gameshow worldwide with companies splitting territories. A pilot has been produced. The Mexican original will air on Televisa from September in a Sunday evening primetime lead-in slot, which represents a big bet on the show, said Ehrsham.

“Generation Gap” features a parent, grandparents and children from the same family who answer easy multiple-choice questions about subjects from their decade. If a contestant answers correctly a question aimed at another family member, the whole family scores more money. “A grandparent getting, say, a Katy Perry question right would win even more money,” Burnett explained.

Questions are easy. Four families compete. Two go through to the final for big prizes. “’Generation Gap” is “fast-paced, a lot of fun, very play-along and uplifting,” Burnett said at Mip TV, presenting a trailer.

Variety
World Screen

posted 4/14/15

Continuing to "Do" the World
Nordisk Buys "I Can Do That" for Sweden, Denmark, Norway
From C21 Media
Banijay-owned Nordisk Film has bought the rights to Armoza Formats’ primetime entertainment format I Can Do That! for Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

The show is already in production in the region for MTV Oy, made with Banijay Finland.

I Can Do That! is underway in 15 countries, including a second season on Italy’s flagship public channel Rai Uno, which launched this month.

It is also in its second season on Brazil’s Rede Record, while first seasons are currently in production in the US and Mexico, with an all-star US version lined up by NBC for this May.

The weekly primetime studio format involves a group of competitive celebrities who are challenged to perform daring live acts.

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, said the show “continues to meet the broadcasters’ need for a fresh, new primetime show.”

The deal follows the sale of gameshow Still Standing, which has been picked up by Mediaset’s Canale 5 for Italy.

C21 Media

posted 4/14/15

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posted 4/14/15

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