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MTV Signs On a Broke A$$ Game Show
Catch It in 2015
From TV Line
MTV is amping up its 2015 schedule with two new unscripted series.

First up is Broke A$$ Game Show, a half-hour competition in which random New York City street-walkers are forced into cheap competitions for cold, hard cash. Hosted by David Magidoff (Veronica Mars) and Derek Gaines, Game Show has been ordered for eight 30-minute episodes.

Also on the docket is a docu-series that follows choreographer/singer/dancer/actor/YouTuber Todrick Hall and his troupe of “creative collaborators.” Ordered for eight 30-minute episodes, Todrick will follow Hall’s crew as they “write, choreograph, style, and direct full-scale productions weekly – all while balancing side jobs to pay the bills.”

Hall first rose to fame as a semifinalist on Season 9 of American Idol, and has since made a name for himself with song-and-dance productions including a Virgin Airlines flight-safety video and an eye-popping Glee audition.

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posted 10/22/14

Face Lift
New Twist in Season 8 Welcomes Coaches
From The Futon Critic
Syfy confirmed today that the critically-acclaimed reality competition series Face Off - the channel's most watched unscripted series - will return on Tuesday, January 13 at 9PM for an action-packed eighth season themed "Return of the Champions." In a twist on the show's traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.

Season 8 will also feature the full-time return of fan-favorite and Academy Award-winning judge, Ve Neill, who recently wrapped work on The Hunger Games franchise.

After an exciting and high-stakes season of competition highlighted by themes of life and death, three artists remain in the fight for the title of Season 7 Face Off champion - Cig Neutron of Los Angeles, CA by way of New Castle, IN; Drew Talbot of Pittsburgh, PA by way of Wood River, IL; and Dina Cimarusti of Chicago, IL. For their final challenge, they will each create a pair of knights, one representing life and one representing death that will have to withstand the trials of battle. The Season 7 finale of Face Off airs Tuesday, October 28 at 9PM ET/PT on Syfy.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/22/14

Tuesday: Giants Up, 1-0
Fox Wins Night on World Series Game 1
From The Futon Critic
FOX (10.679 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of the "World Series, Game 1" (10.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

NBC (8.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (11.498 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Marry Me" (6.071 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5), "About a Boy" (4.888 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Chicago Fire" (7.433 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5).

Next up was CBS (14.001 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and its lineup of "NCIS" (16.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3), "NCIS: New Orleans" (15.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) and "Person of Interest" (9.259 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals from "Selfie" (3.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "Manhattan Love Story" (2.652 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.290 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Forever" (4.800 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.381 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Supernatural" (2.100 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) on CW (2.741 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) closed out the night.

"Ink Master" and "Chopped" were at a dead heat with 1.432 million and 1.434 million respectively. "Face Off's" penultimate episode for season 7 had 1.257 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/22/14

Bring On the Men
Catch "TPIR Male Model Search" on PriceIsRight.com October 27
From USA Today
Erik, Kevin, Brad and 27 other guys, Come on down! Yes, come on down to a Price Is Right online competition that will lead to a one-week modeling gig on the classic CBS game show (weekdays, 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. PT).

Starting Oct. 27, 30 men will compete for a slot alongside Price’s famous female models in a five-episode, reality-style, web elimination series (www.priceisright.com) that sounds like something out of one of those scholarship pageants: The contest is described as going “beyond … good looks and a winning six-pack (to gauge) sense of humor, charisma and the ability to think on their feet.”

The taped webisodes, according to details first provided to USA TODAY, will include scenes from an initial audition round in Los Angeles (no spinning red chairs or “You’re going to Hollywood,” since they’re pretty much already there); an interview and test of Price knowledge with The Insider’s Keltie Knight (Know your Plinko!); a Showcase round test with Price model Rachel Reynolds (Let’s see those hand gestures, gentlemen); and a cold read of a soap scene with two CBS daytime stars (Watch out for any evil twins!). A new online episode will premiere each Monday for five weeks.

Price executive producer Mike Richards and actress and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler will anchor a judging panel that also will feature CBS soap stars, Price models (Reynolds, Manuela Arbelaez, Amber Lancaster and Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith) and the show’s first male model, Rob Wilson.

After the judges make their eliminations, the three finalists from the nationwide search will appear on CBS’ The Talk on Dec. 1, with fans then getting the chance to cast their online votes. The winner will be announced on Price on Dec. 8 and modeling duties will begin on Dec. 15.

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Soap Opera Network
Broadway World

posted 10/22/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "We Stand With Ottawa"

posted 10/22/14

Syndies: Week 3 - The Feud Leads the Henhouse
Results for the Week Ending October 12
From B&C
Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud led all of first-run syndication among daytime's key demographic of women 25-54 for the first time in the week ended Oct. 12. The game show improved 42% to hit a 3.0 in the demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. That topped CTD’s Judge Judy, which came in second place overall in the demo at a 2.9, followed by CTD’s Wheel of Fortune in third place at a 2.1.

Among the rookies, CTD’s Hot Bench, NBCU’s Meredith Vieira and Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game all showed slight gains for the week.

Celebrity Name Game, cleared often in access in top markets, gained 9% to a 1.2 in households, although it dropped 25% in the demo to a 0.6.

Among the games, Wheel of Fortune fell 2% from the previous session to a 6.4 in households, but was even with the same week last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! declined 3% to a 6.2, but improved 5% from last year. Family Feud was flat among households for the week at a 5.8, but up 35% from last year. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire with new host Terry Crews faded 5% to a 2.0 in its fifth week and declined 10% from last year at this time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/21/14

Monday: Something for Everybody
NBC Wins Young, ABC Wins Old
From The Futon Critic
NBC (10.868 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) opened week five of the TV season on top thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (11.615 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "The Blacklist" (9.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3).

CBS (10.520 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), the return of "The Millers" (9.134 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5), "Scorpion" (10.523 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.648 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

Next up was FOX (5.493 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (5.990 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.996 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.743 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Castle" (9.292 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.542 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and the full-season-ordered"Jane the Virgin" (1.753 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on The CW (1.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/21/14

Weekend: The Eye and the Alphabet
CBS, ABC Split Friday
From The Futon Critic
ABC (6.097 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.712 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Cristela" (5.968 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Shark Tank" (7.270 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (4.682 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

CBS (8.720 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second place with originals from "The Amazing Race" (6.609 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.137 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.415 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.761 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with encores of "Marry Me" (3.030 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "About a Boy" (2.653 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) plus a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.722 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.659 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a new "Utopia" (1.883 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a repeat "Gotham" (1.436 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, an encore of "Jane the Virgin" (1.271 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.058 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.164 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Food Network's Sunday lineup fared...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.088 million
- 9p: Halloween Wars - 1.384 million
- 10p: Hungry Games (preview) - 963,000
- 10:30p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 954,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/21/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with A Side Piece"

posted 10/21/14

Genius in France
FremantleMedia Holds Korean Format in French Territories
From C21 Media
FremantleMedia France has optioned a reality gameshow format from Korean broadcaster CJ Entertainment & Media.

The Genius Game places 13 celebrities, non-celebrities and professionals in a mysterious mansion of interconnected rooms.

In each episode, they play a different game but it’s their social interplay that determines who wins an episode and is ‘safe.’ They then go on to the ‘death-match’ play-off with another player of their choosing.

FremantleMedia France holds the rights to the format in French-speaking countries. In February, the format, which first aired in 2012, was sold to a partner in Netherlands.

C21 Media
TBI Vision

posted 10/20/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "To the World (Series)"

  • Erin Andrews is busy covering the World Series for Fox. Who do you get to cohost? Stop at.... Leah Remini (E!)
     
  • Ben Bailey trades the "Cash Cab" in for a Tesla (AutoEvolution)
     
  • Bradley Walsh isn't going to let a little thing like "Family" get in the way of his day job on "The Chase" (Digital Spy)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Can't... unsee... (Uproxx)
     
  • Donald Trump hints at a presidential run. This is not a repeat from 2008, 2004, or 2000. (Spoiler alert: not gonna happen) (Mediaite)
     
  • Is Tyra Banks taking Chrissy Teigen to daytime with her in 2015? (TV Week)
     
  • Is GSN trying to deal "High Stakes" back in? (Poker News Daily)
     
  • Joan Rivers' cause of death may NEVER be known (TMZ)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jonathan McCrea (TV3)

posted 1020/14


JOANNE BORGELLA: 1982-2014

Former "Idol", "Monique's Fat Chance" Contestant Dies of Cancer
From News One
Plus size model and ‘American Idol’ alum Joanne Borgella has passed away at the age of 32 after an intense battle with a rare form of cancer, reports Plus Model Magazine.com.

Plus Model Magazine has more:

Joanne was the first winner of Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance pageant as “Miss F.A.T.” in 2005 and a top 24 contestant on the seventh season of American Idol. She was also a cast member on Season 2 of Curvy Girls on NUVO TV. She was signed to Wilhelmina Models.

Joanne was also featured in a plus size fashion supplement feature in USA Today in April 2012 that we also featured in our April 2014 issue on pages 55 – 73.

Borgella announced to her fans that she was battling cancer in October, 2013. The beloved performer’s last post on social media shows that she had faith that God would make sure that she beat the disease:

Gooooood morning!! We are heading back to radiation for 2 procedures!! God js [sic] with us!! I have lots to fill you in on.. The presence of The Lord is here.. Prayers up!!! I love you guys #GodsGotThis #ThePowerofPrayer #Faith #IWillbeCancerFree2014#JoanneBorgella

Borgella's family broke the news on her Facebook page Saturday ... saying the singer passed away around 5:45AM -- adding, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered."

Last year, Joanne said her cancer was rare because it had spread to her chest -- the family's post on Facebook described it as endometrial cancer ... a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the womb.

NewsOne
TMZ

photo courtesy Fox43 WPMT

posted 10/17/14

2015: A Preview
On Offer from Syndicators: Mind of a Man, What's My Line?
From TV News Check
Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson so far is generating just so-so ratings in its rookie season in broadcast syndication, but that hasn't dimmed enthusiasm for game shows among the syndicators and broadcasters.

Sony Pictures Television is pitching Mind of a Man to stations for fall 2015, while Debmar-Mercury is developing a new version of the classic game show What’s My Line, according to people familiar with these deals.

Sony’s Mind will be a half-hour, Monday-Friday version of cable network GSN’s weekly Mind of a Man with the same host, DeRay Davis. On the show, celebrities help female contestants guess how men answered questions on women and relationships. GSN is owned by Sony and DirecTV.

Sony is pitching the show as a Family Feud companion in prime access and daytime, but also for some latenight slots, according to sources.

Debmar-Mercury is developing What’s My Line with production studio FremantleMedia North America, but have not yet shopped it to stations, according to broadcast sources.

A spokesperson for Debmar-Mercury had no comment on What's My Line.

Debmar-Mercury also partners with FremantleMedia on Feud and Celebrity. FremantleMedia, incidentally, is at the international marketplace MIPCOM in Cannes this week, pitching a new primetime network TV version of the classic game show To Tell the Truth.

Broadcasters see game shows as alternatives for off-net sitcoms, which are in short supply. Next fall, only a few of network TV’s modest hits will make it to syndication, notably Warner Bros.’ 2 Broke Girls.

“With the success of Family Feud, stations are looking for shows that they can pair with it or shows that they can put adjacent to sitcom blocks that have similar, if not the same, audience appeal,” says Bill Carroll, VP and director of programming at Katz Television Group.

“Much like Family Feud and, hopefully Celebrity Name Game, we think of game as something to hang laughs on,” says Bill Butler, VP of programming and promotion at Sinclair Broadcast Group. “It is funny more than it is a game. We call this genre first-run funny.”

Feud is the model for "first-run funny." That show has surged past CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to No. 1 among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. The show has been on an upswing since comedian Steve Harvey took over as host in 2010.

The week of Sept. 22, Feud was No. 1 with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, compared to Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, which were tied with a 1.2. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Celebrity each had a 0.5 rating.

Feud was also No. 1 among adults 25-54 with a 2.1 to Wheel’s 1.8, Jeopardy’s 1.7, Millionaire’s 0.7 and Celebrity’s 0.6.

Another game, this one a sure bet to move forward, is Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, a weekly one-hour show hosted by comedian and Mike & Molly actor Billy Gardell. It’s from Scientific Games and will debut in February to tie in with the new multi-state lottery, also called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club.

Former NBCUniversal executive Barry Wallach is handling distribution for the show, which has so far been cleared in 95% of lottery TV homes, including on stations owned by Tribune, Sinclair and Hearst.

“Our stations are pretty excited about the show,” says Sean Compton, president of strategic programming and acquisitions at Tribune Media. “Any time you can get a weekend show that is exclusive to broadcast, it is a good thing. It’s going to occupy really good time periods on our stations.”

For Monday through Friday, broadcasters may be looking for a replacement not only for Celebrity, but also for Disney-ABC’s long-running Millionaire. That show has been renewed on stations only through this season.

Millionaire debuted this season with a new host, Terry Crews, who took over from Cedric the Entertainer, who hosted for only one season after Meredith Vieira left to start her NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution talk show.

But the new talent hasn't helped. The week of Sept. 22, Millionaire’s rating among adults 18-49 was down year to year while it was flat among adults 25-54.

If opportunities arise, syndicators could dust off some game-show projects. They include CBS Television Distribution’s Hollywood Squares and NBCUniversal’s Hollywood Game Night.

Syracuse.com
B&C

TV by the Numbers
TV Newscheck
WFMY Greensboro

Las Vegas Sun

posted 10/17/14

Thursday: Finally, a Barnburner
CBS, ABC Go One Two.
From The Futon Critic
CBS (11.867 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) continued its win streak on Thursday thanks to its presentations of the "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.863 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (9.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then snagged the silver with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (8.445 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (5.113 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with fresh installments of "Bones" (6.405 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Gracepoint" (3.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up new episodes of "The Biggest Loser" (4.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Bad Judge" (4.694 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "A to Z" (3.364 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Parenthood" (4.136 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

And finally, first run installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.862 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Reign" (1.362 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.612 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable, part 1 of the season finale of "Project Runway" scored 2.334 million people. 550,000 stayed up until "@midnight", while "Beat Bobby Flay" scored 793,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/17/14

America's Idol Choice
One Lucky Singer is Heading to Hollywood
From The Futon Critic
This year, for the first time ever, AMERICAN IDOL XIV is letting fans choose one hopeful who will receive a coveted ticket to Hollywood via an online vote. IDOL has once again combed the country to discover the best breakout talent, but America can choose among four new contenders who have been added to the mix and given an opportunity to advance to Hollywood Week.

Check out the audition videos and vote now at americanidol.com/poll. You can also vote for your favorite contestants using the hashtags found on americanidol.com/poll on Facebook or Twitter. See the four hopefuls sing their hearts out and tell America about themselves for a chance to claim the "America's Choice" Ticket to Hollywood.

The videos will remain open for votes until 11:59 PM PT on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Additional information and how to vote can be found by visiting americanidol.com/poll.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/17/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "The Naked Truth"

  • Jessie Nizewitz is about to learn a hard lesson the hard way. When you sign on to do a reality show: read everything before you sign anything. Then read it again (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: think you can outsmart anyone? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A cancer patient ends up hitting the jackpot on KBC (Pune Mirror)
     
  • How does "Let's Make a Deal" come up with those zonks? (Arizona Daily Sun)
     
  • a FEW GOOD MINUTES with Judy Ann Santos (ABS-CBN)

posted 10/15/14

Wednesday: It's a Tie Night, Charlie Brown!
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.315 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "Criminal Minds" (10.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "Stalker" (7.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

Sharing the demo crown however was ABC (6.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) with its mix of "Toy Story of Terror!" (6.269 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (6.281 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "Modern Family" (9.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Black-ish" (6.916 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Nashville" (5.076 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was NBC (7.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.517 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.270 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.714 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.660 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and "Red Band Society" (3.112 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (2.250 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) and a repeat "The Flash" (1.631 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.941 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable, the season premiere of "Top Chef" drew 1.091 million. Second on cable was Food's "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" with 1.069 million. "@midnight" had an audience of 633,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/16/14

Something's Working at TV City...
CBS Daytime Is Up, Up, Up
From TV by the Numbers
All CBS daytime programs posted year-to-year growth, with the Network's two daytime dramas up double-digits in key women demographics, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 12.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +7% in viewers (3.00m from 2.80m), +13% in women 25-54 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06) and +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/05 from 0.6/04). LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 was up +10% in viewers (3.57m from 3.23m), +11% in women 25-54 (1.0/07 from 0.9/06) and +33% in women 18-49 (0.8/06 from 0.6/05).

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +5% in viewers (4.75m from 4.53m), +8% in women 25-54 (1.3/09 from 1.2/08) and +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06). THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +4% in viewers (5.49m from 5.31m) and was even in both women 25-54 (1.4/10) and women 18-49 (1.0/08).

TV by the Numbers
Soap Opera Network

posted 10/16/14

The Only Way Is Elstree
"Keep It In The Family" Announces Studios
From Televisual
BBC Studios and Post Production is providing full studio facilities at BBC Elstree Studio D for Keep It In The Family, the new Saturday night family game show from ITV Studios and Simon Cowell's Over The Top Productions.

Presented by Bradley Walsh, each show sees two families of four – spanning three generations – aided by celebrities from hit shows including The X Factor, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Emmerdale, battle it out over a series of rounds for the chance to win a wide array of prizes.

BBC Studios and Post Production’s 11,800 sq ft Studio D at BBC Elstree was large enough to meet the unusually large width and height requirements of the Keep It In The Family set, designed to accommodate the show’s tasks.

The show has an audience of over 400 and is utilising Studio D’s HD production galleries which have full connectivity to the studio floor.

Said Meryl McLaren, commercial manager at BBC Studios and Post Production: “Over the past year we’ve seen many large-scale variety productions in Studio D, such as Sky’s A League of Their Own and BBC Children in Need, and we’re delighted to add ITV’s Keep It In The Family to that roster.”

The 6x60 minute series will air on ITV in the coming months.

Televisual
Soap Opera Network

posted 10/16/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Sorry"

posted 10/16/14

Tuesday: Another Varied Night
CBS, NBC Split; More Eyes for "The Flash"
From The Futon Critic
NBC (8.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (11.892 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by the premieres of "Marry Me" (7.764 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "About a Boy" (6.162 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) plus a new "Chicago Fire" (7.178 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

CBS (14.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed a silver medal with its mix of "NCIS" (17.086 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (15.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and "Person of Interest" (9.731 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

Next up was The CW (3.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with week two of "The Flash" (4.119 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Supernatural" (2.199 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34),

Meanwhile, ABC (4.179 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Selfie" (3.515 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Manhattan Love Story" (2.956 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.624 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Forever" (4.678 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.965 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.530 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17) led into new episodes of "New Girl" (2.262 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.212 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) on FOX (1.992 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

On cable, "Ink Master" took the gold in the demo with 1.303 million viewers. "Chopped" one-upped with 1.353 million. "Face Off" had 1.202 million.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/15/14

More on "The Great Halloween Fright Fight"
Catch It on ABC October 28
From The Futon Critic
From the producers of last year's holiday hit "The Great Christmas Light Fight," a one-hour special -- "The Great Halloween Fright Fight" - will premiere TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. The new special will feature a number of families competing for the greatest haunted Halloween displays and a $50,000 prize.

For the Halloween special, the families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Halloween displays, incredible set decorations and over-the-top designs. Here are the six families competing in the special:

"Hollywood Haunter" - Glendale, CA

Husband and wife duo, Chris and Jeana, are professional set decorators who use their Hollywood know-how to construct an entirely new haunted facade in front of their house every Halloween. This year they're hoping to bury the competition with a traditional haunted house design, complete with coffins custom fit for the judges.

"Haunted Overload" - Lee, NH

Eric always loved scaring people, so together with his wife Janice, he built a larger than life haunt on a sprawling wooded farm. Using mainly organic materials, giant props are crafted up to four stories high. This haunt is sure to overload your senses.

"Terror at Tee Lake" - Lewiston, MI

On a lakeside cabin resort, Dave and Andy create a handmade drive-thru haunt spanning their 4 acre property with a variety of unique displays from a Day of The Dead area to a carnival zone with clowns. Using Andy's expert graphic design skills and Dave's construction know-how, the pair has created a world of eerie neon characters, waiting for you behind every bend.

"The Pirate Ship" - Celebration, FL

Every year the Pirate Ship of Celebration Florida brings thousands of visitors from nearby Disneyworld to enjoy this pirate themed haunt. Creators Neil and Julie construct a life size pirate ship inhabited by pillaging pirate skeletons that completely covers their house. Prepare to walk the plank!

"Mitchell's Spider Invasion" - Pensacola, FL

Halloween is a special time of year for Shawn and Lynne, they got married on Halloween and love creating DIY home haunts from scratch every year. This Halloween, the couple is taking arachnophobia to a whole new level as giant mutant spiders invade their home, trapping trick-or-treaters inside their massive webs.

"Haunt for the Hungry" - Wharton, NJ

Horror movie buffs Anthony and Toby, along with their 12 year old daughter Ava, use magic and practical illusions to make their gory backyard maze feel frighteningly real. Scare actors will send you screaming, but if you can slow down enough to not run away, you'll get to appreciate all of the fascinating details, like a homemade elevator that takes you down a mine shaft to start the tour.

"The Great Halloween Fright Fight" comes from FremantleMedia North America ("American Idol," "America's Got Talent," "The Price is Right"). Brady Connell, Max Swedlow, Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin are the Executive Producers. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto are the judges.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/15/14

Let's Make a Tweet
Twitter Episode Returns to LMAD October 22
From TV by the Numbers
LET’S MAKE A DEAL will again feature a special Twitter episode in which fans have the opportunity to vote via Twitter to choose game-changing elements, including cash and prizes. The episode will tape October 16 and air October 22 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network.

Fans can follow along during the taping beginning at 3:00PM ET/ 12:00PM PT on October 16 by accessing @LetsmakeaDeal on Twitter. By using the hashtag #DecideTheDeal, fans votes will be received and tallied immediately, with the most popular choices incorporated into the episode as it happens.

Each act of the show will have a key element to be voted upon – from choosing whether an exotic sports car should be in a deal or its cash equivalent, to prizes affecting “The Big Deal of the Day.”

TV by the Numbers
Soap Opera Network
 

posted 10/15/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Jeopardese"

  • CBS Daytime... #1 for 28 years (Soap Opera Network)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 11 things you need to know before your Jeopardy! audition... from a lady who went through hell and survived (The Week)
     
  • Leave Dan Tran alone! (Boston Magazine)
     
  • Australian "Family Feud" taken to task for male job/female job questions, completely discounting the 100 people surveyed (Sydney Morning Herald)

posted 10/15/14

Monday: NBC Squeaked Out a Win
And It's All Because of "The Voice", Which Will Get Christina Back in 2015
From The Futon Critic
Pharrell Williams, who is receiving sensational reviews in his inaugural season of "The Voice," will be returning to the eighth cycle of NBC's Emmy Award-winning series with fellow coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera, as previously announced. The eighth cycle will begin in early 2015.

Shelton and Levine have been with "The Voice" since the show began in 2011. Aguilera, who is also one of the original coaches, most recently appeared in cycle five.

"We are excited to welcome Christina back to her red chair and can't wait to see how she mixes things up among Adam, Blake and Pharrell, in what will be an incredibly competitive competition" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "These four talented artists are at the top of their game as musicians and as coaches. The mentoring is sure to be intense and the stakes will be high."

NBC (11.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (12.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2) and "The Blacklist" (9.825 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4).

Second place then went to CBS (11.435 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.632 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.865 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "Scorpion" (11.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.090 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.540 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (6.239 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.842 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.456 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) served up fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.534 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8) and "Castle" (9.300 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7).

And finally, a new "The Originals" (1.337 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and the premiere of "Jane the Virgin" (1.629 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.483 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 10/14/14

Syndies: Week 2
Results of the Week Ending October 5
From B&C
CBS Television Distribution’s new court show, Hot Bench, remained the rookie household leader in the week ending Oct. 5, holding steady at a 1.4 live plus same day household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research. Hot Bench, which is double run in most markets and airs as part of afternoon court blocks, is mostly cleared on lower-rated independent and smaller network affiliates.

In access, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was unchanged from its 1.1 premiere in households, but improved 14% to a 0.8 among women 25-54.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune led the game shows at a 6.5, up 3% from the prior week but down 3% from the same week last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! was right behind at a 6.4, up 5% for the week and 7% for the year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud jumped 14% from the prior week to a 5.8 and 38% from last year at this time. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, with new host Terry Crews, was flat at a 2.0 in its fourth week and unchanged from last year at this time when the host was Cedric the Entertainer.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/14/14

Dutch Pictures
RTL4 Takes "The Big Picture"
From C21 Media
Holland’s RTL4 has become the first foreign channel to pick up Israeli gameshow The Big Picture from Talpa Global.

Talpa Global recently took worldwide distribution rights to the Israeli format, which claims to herald the next generation of connected gameshows. RTL4’s version will debut in early 2015.

“It isn’t a show with an app, it’s a show that is an app,” said Talpa Global’s MD Maarten Meijs.

The show involves giving studio contestants and viewers at home the chance to win US$1m by answering 12 picture-based questions. The studio players are able to seek help from connected viewers playing along in real time on an accompanying app.

The Big Picture was created by Israeli content creation and management company A Cappella and TV host and mentalist Nimrod Harel.

C21 Media

posted 10/14/14

The Mother of All Game Shows
ZDF, BBCWW Team for Event Quiz
From Broadcast
BBC Worldwide has teamed up with German public service broadcaster ZDF to develop an event gameshow in which 1,000 contestants compete in each episode.

The two organisations will work in association with Tower Productions - BBCW’s joint venture indie with All3Media Germany - to make the series, which will air on ZDF.

One in a Thousand will pit 1,000 contestants against each other over 10 knock-out rounds where they will have to prove their physical, mental and emotional abilities.

The format has been created by Phil Schmid, an executive producer at BBCW, and Markus Templin, head of show at Tower Productions.

It will air on ZDF next year and be made available to international buyers soon after. BBCW will hold the distribution rights.

“The first result will be a brand new entertainment show that has an international look and feel to it – but at the same time will be a close fit for our German audiences and ZDF’s needs in primetime entertainment,” Thorsten Haas, head of development for entertainment at ZDF.

Broadcast

posted 10/14/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Hell Is Other Contestants"

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile heads to Seattle (KOMO Seattle) PLUS Dating Naked (Reality Wanted)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: "Feud" upsets a man's manhood (9 Network Australia), Cool Story, Jeopardy! Guy!... not (Fox News), and the worst TPIR fails ever (Dose)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: IdioTest (GSN) (Hitfix)
     
  • Padma Lakshmi to Richard Gere: take your knives and leave my kitchen (Page Six)
     
  • And speaking of... what's up with Top Cheftestants nowadays? (New York Post)
     
  • Nick Cannon joins "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (The Futon Critic)

posted 10/13/14

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