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CW

UPFRONTS: CW
IN: Whose Line, Penn & Teller
From TV Insider

The CW Network will launch its seven-night 2022-23 primetime schedule in the Fall of 2022 with a strategic mix of new and returning original scripted series and alternative programming, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CW Network.

"As The CW looks towards the future, we are evolving and adapting to become more than just a network. We are a brand that drives our passionate and dedicated audiences to engage directly with our programming across all platforms, both linear and digital," said Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CW Network. "In the tradition of The CW's commitment to high-quality programming that features diverse and inclusive storytelling and characters, we are rolling out a fall lineup that features an exciting new crop of series including the prequel to one of our most successful franchises, THE WINCHESTERS, a wild-west origin story to another hit CW franchise, WALKER INDEPENDENCE, the action-packed original series PROFESSIONALS, the delightful legal drama FAMILY LAW and our latest magical alternative series MAGIC WITH THE STARS, as well as our expansion of The CW DC Universe GOTHAM KNIGHTS this midseason. We will also be saying goodbye to an iconic CW series that shaped and defined popular culture, RIVERDALE. All of these new series will also bolster The CW's growing digital footprint by adding to the growing library of content available to fans on our free, ad-supported CW App."

The CW is also joining forces with the United States Surgeon General on his effort to tackle the number one issue facing America's youth: mental health. Working closely with Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, the network will be launching a new initiative next season that will address this important issue by developing storylines across its programming, collaborating with advertisers and affiliates and using the network's expansive social media reach to engage directly with viewers.

Two of The CW's longest-running franchises come together on Fridays, with the ninth season of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) paired with the eleventh season of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:00-9:30pm & 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT).

In addition to the Friday night renewals, the CW has added two new shows:
- MAGIC WITH THE STARS: In each episode of MAGIC WITH THE STARS, two celebrities train with professional magicians and compete to create a show-stopping series of magic performances. The celebrity competitors are tasked with mastering three major categories of magic, which they perform in front of a team of judges led by magician Criss Angel. Only the highest-scoring celebrities will be invited back to the finale where they will compete for the golden wand. Produced by Angel Production Worldwide, Inc., MAGIC WITH THE STARS is executive produced by Criss Angel, Dave Baram and Erich Recker.
- RECIPE FOR DISASTER: In each episode of RECIPE FOR DISASTER, three professional chefs and their cooking partners compete to prepare spectacular dishes under absurdly adverse conditions. Our studio transforms into a bizarre new world each week, replete with themed disasters that challenge our chefs in ways they never imagined. They will attempt the perfect sear while stranded on an in-studio "desert island" during monsoon season, prep ramen while pulling off an art heist, or create a show-stopping soufflé while dodging aliens on Mars. To make matters worse, their cooking partners are people from their lives who are total kitchen novices. Who will impress the judges, and whose dishes will succumb to the ridiculous disasters du jour? Ultimately, only one team will be crowned Masters of Disaster! Produced by 3Bird Media, RECIPE FOR DISASTER is executive produced by Jennifer Twamley and Andrika Lawren..

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posted 5/19/2022

WEDNESDAY: Dance Is Back?
SYTYCD Aired, But Night Belonged to NBC
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance opened Season 17 with 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 rating — down in the demo from its summer 2019 averages to mark a series low, while drawing Wednesday's third-smallest non-CW audience.

Setting the table for SYTYCD's return was The Masked Singer's season finale, which drew 4 mil and a 0.7.

Elsewhere:
- CBS | Survivor (5.4 mil/0.8) and the Beyond the Edge finale (2.5 mil/0.3) with the former leading Wednesday in the demo.
- NBC | Chicago Med (6.1 mil/0.6) and Fire (6.6 mil/0.7) were steady, with the latter copping the night's largest audience. P.D. (5.3 mil/0.6) dipped.
- THE CW | The Flash (595K/0.1) rose to a four-episode high in audience; Kung Fu (445K/0.1) dropped some eyeballs.
- ABC | All airing season finales, The Goldbergs (2.7 mil/0.4), Wonder Years (2 mil/0.3), The Conners (2.8 mil/0.4) and Million Little Things (1.8 mil/0.2) were all steady, while Home Economics (1.8 mil/0.3) ticked up.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 495k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 360k/0.02
- Temptation Island (USA): 338k/0.11
- 25 Words or LEss - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 326k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 320k/0.04
- The Courtship (USA): 134k/0.04

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posted 5/19/2022

UPFRONT: Warner Bros. Discovery
IN: Guy's Ultimate Game Night
From Deadline

HGTV and Food Network are bolstering their lineups. The two cable networks, which are owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, have unveiled their first slates following the merger – although the faces remain familiar..

Jane Latman, who runs both networks as President, Home & Food Content and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery, said, "HGTV and Food Network are two of the biggest, most influential brands in television with programming that more than 25 million viewers seek out and watch live weekly. We are the established leaders in the home and food genres, and our top priority remains developing, producing and promoting new series that fill our bench with even more talented experts with star power. You also will see us generating fresh ideas that keep our existing fan-favorite series top of mind with this passionate audience."

Food Network's new slate...
- It's CompliPlated (Premieres on Food Network and launches on discovery+ Thursday, August 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT): It's CompliPlated is a hilarious new cooking show that has determined chefs attempting to please the most particular panel of eaters with the same plate of food. Hosted by New York Times bestselling-author, actress, vegan foodie and inaugural Food Network Hot List designee, Tabitha Brown, this series is for all the home cooks out there who are looking for ways to make the delicious dishes we all love, while accommodating all the different diets, food allergies and tastes in their household. Chopped judge and Tournament of Champions II winner, Maneet Chauhan, joins the action each week as the competing chefs pull out all the stops to see who can make the best, universal meal for their complicated, picky preferences and walk away with $10,000!
- Guy's Ultimate Game Night (Premieres on Food Network Wednesday, August 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT): If you put a game show and a food competition show in a blender, you get Guy's Ultimate Game Night. Hollywood celebrities and their closest friends and family join host Guy Fieri in the Flavortown Lounge for an evening of food, drinks and off-the-hook food-related games and trivia like "Dish Pics," "The Guy-Q Test," and "Charade the Pantry," as well as hands-on food challenges like "Blind Baker" and "Omelette Offs." It's all fun and games as the guests must stay on their toes as they battle for crazy prizes, and the best part is, it's all in the name of charity.


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posted 5/19/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Watching JoJo"

  • JoJo Siwa gets a documentary on Facebook Watch (Deadline)

  • So what does Bradley Walsh think of "The Weakest Link" (Digital Spy)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Hunter March (Mashed), Cat Deeley (The Wrap), and Issa Schultz (LADBible)

posted 5/16/2022


CBS

UPFRONTS: CBS
IN: Survivor, Amazing Race, Real Love Boat; Tough as Nails, Superfan, Lingo Headed to Midseason
From TV Insider

CBS today announced its 2022-2023 primetime programming lineup of CBS Originals, featuring four new dramas, one alternative series, special event programming and 18 returning series. For 2021-2022, the Network finished #1 for the 14th straight season, winning 19 of the past 20 seasons.

The four new series for fall are the dramas EAST NEW YORK, starring Amanda Warren as the newly promoted boss of the 74th Precinct located on the edge of Brooklyn; FIRE COUNTRY, from Jerry Bruckheimer and inspired by series star Max Thieriot's (SEAL TEAM) experiences growing up in Northern California fire country; humorous legal drama SO HELP ME TODD, starring Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden as a meticulous successful attorney and Skylar Astin as her aimless private detective son she hires to work for her law firm; and the reality romance adventure THE REAL LOVE BOAT, inspired by the classic hit scripted series "The Love Boat."

"CBS had another incredible season. In addition to repeating as America's most-watched network, we launched several breakout hits, not to mention winning and improving many time periods across our schedule," said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. "For the new season, we once again looked for ways to strengthen our position with new, compelling series, scheduling them strategically to guarantee sampling and maximize consistency and flow. We believe these great new shows, returning hits and our robust slate of event programming positions us for another winning year."

In addition to CBS' new and returning top series, its year-round schedule of original programming also features annual marquee events, including the GRAMMY Awards, the CMT Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, the Tony Awards, NFL playoffs in January and NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship in March, among other special event programming.

Upcoming previously announced alternative series include SUPERFAN, a musical spectacle disguised as a game show; LINGO, a word-twisting, fast-thinking game show executive-produced and hosted by Emmy Award winner RuPaul Charles; TOUGH AS NAILS; and SECRET CELEBRITY RENOVATION.

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posted 5/18/2022


Netflix

Netflix Hungry for a Fight
"Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend" Drops June 15
From Entertainment Weekly

Five culinary superstars will be sharpening their knives and donning the iconic Iron Chef jackets in Netflix's upcoming revival of the cooking competition series, Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. Curtis Stone, Dominique Crenn, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai, and Gabriela Cámara are set to defend Kitchen Stadium as the new Iron Chefs when the show premieres June 15.

Stone is no stranger to culinary competition shows, having appeared on Take Home Chef, Top Chef Masters, and Top Chef Junior. The Michelin-starred Australian chef is the creative force behind Maude in Beverly Hills, Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant in Hollywood, and Georgie in Dallas.

Crenn has shattered glass ceilings for women in cooking, becoming the first woman in the United States to receive three Michelin stars. A 2016 episode of Netflix's Chef's Table zoomed in on Crenn's distinguished career and namesake restaurant Atelier Crenn.

Samuelsson placed sixth on The Next Iron Chef in 2011 and has served as a judge on shows such as Chopped and Top Chef: Family Style. He also memorably introduced Anthony Bourdain to Ethiopian cuisine in a 2015 episode of Parts Unknown.Chefs once again battle head-to-head in the new series, premiering on Netflix on Wednesday, June 15. Watch the teaser below.

Tsai's take on East-West cuisine has led him to opening the restaurants Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon. His series Simply Ming is PBS's longest-running cooking show.

Last but not least, Cámara is the chef behind acclaimed Mexican restaurants Contramar, Entremar, Itacate Del Mar, and Caracol Del Mar. Her work drives sustainability efforts in the restaurant industry.

Alton Brown returns to the kitchen stadium to host with Kristen Kish. Dacascos reprises his role of The Chairman.

Based on Fuji Television Network's format, the series is reborn with a supersized approach. "It's been called the toughest culinary challenge a chef will ever experience. This is where world-class cuisine meets high-octane sports. Five new trailblazing Iron Chefs will welcome brave Challenger Chefs to the reimagined Kitchen Stadium, where they'll face off and be pushed to the limits of endurance and creativity, as they cook up extraordinary culinary creations," Netflix teases of the eight-episode series. "The competition's most successful Challenger will return to battle in a grand finale for the chance to be named the first ever 'Iron Legend.'"

Eytan Keller, Daniel Calin, and Ross Weintraub serve as executive producers for the series produced by Keller Productions, in association with 3 Ball Productions. Netflix will also be releasing Iron Chef Mexico and Iron Chef Brazil this year.

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posted 5/18/2022

TUESDAY: This Is Almost Over
CBS Wins the Night
From Deadline

This Is Us only continues to gain traction ahead of its series finale and the latest episode on Tuesday was no exception. The long-running NBC family drama topped Tuesday ratings for the seventh consecutive week, rising in the 18-49 demo to deliver a 0.9 rating and 4.97 million viewers.

The final hour of This Is Us airs next Tuesday, May 24. Coming second to This Is Us and earning the night's largest audience was a stable FBI (0.5, 6.85M) on CBS. In the same hour, The Resident (0.3, 2.79M), which received a renewal from Fox, concluded its fifth season. The Fox medical drama pretty much matched its previous episode, and retained a good amount of its demo rating and audience from its season debut in February (0.4, 3.23M). The Resident tied with Young Rock (0.3, 1.81M) and the Mr. Mayor series finale (0.3, 1.53M), which ticked up one tenth in the demo. Mr. Mayor fell from its March debut.

At 9 p.m., This Is Us bested steady episodes of FBI: International (0.5, 5.80M), The Chase (0.2, 2.14M) and Name That Tune (0.3, 1.39M). The final hour saw CBS at the top with FBI: Most Wanted (0.5, 5.26M). The drama bested New Amsterdam (0.4, 3.02M) and Who Do You Believe? (0.2, 1.35M).

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 725k/0.15
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 602k/0.13
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 495k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 360k/0.02
- America Says (GSN): 297k/0.04
- 25 Words or LEss - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 267k/0.03

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TV Line

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/17/2022

HQ Trivia Gets Play on CNN
Documentary on Rise & Fall to Air 2023
From Deadlime

CNN has ordered a documentary about the rise and fall of mobile game show HQ Trivia and has moved Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico from its fallen streaming service CNN+ to its linear network.

The news was revealed by Chris Licht, chairman and chief executive officer of CNN Worldwide, at the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront in New York.

The untitled documentary about the app is directed by Salima Koroma (Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street) and produced by The Circus producer Left/Right.

It will tell the story fo the rocket-like rise and sudden implosion of the once-ubiquitous mobile game show, which drew millions of daily users including celebrity fans including Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Kelly Clarkson.

The appeal of the promising phenomenon where correctly answering a series of 12 questions won the players cash prizes, quickly gave way to corporate clashes, jealousies, questionable leadership, and even a tragic death. The gameplay was simple and the concept clear, but like so many well-financed toppled tech start-ups before it, the antics behind the screens were rife with drama, destruction, and dysfunction – this is the story of the shitshow.

The doc will launch in 2023.

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posted 5/18/2022

MONDAY: 9-1-1 is #1
Fox's Renewed Lineup Takes the Night
From Deadlime

Fox, fresh off its upfronts presentation, had a strong Monday night with the 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star season finales. 9-1-1 proper and 9-1-1: Lone Star, Fox's top performing dramas of the 2021-22 season, were both steady from the previous week in their season finales Monday night.

Just picked up for new seasons, 9-1-1 delivered a 0.7 demo rating and 5.23 million viewers, while Lone Star earned a 0.6 demo rating and 4.54 million viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliates.

Looking back at their season premieres (9-1-1, Lone Star), both series experienced minimal loss in the demo and viewers. To make Monday night even sweeter for Fox, 9-1-1 was the highest-rated show of primetime.

CBS' NCIS (0.4, 6.31M) was the most-watched title, which doesn't necessarily come as a surprise considering the series typically wins Monday's largest audience.

ABC and NBC went quiet on Monday with presentations of Up and Downton Abbey, respectively.

At 8 p.m., 9-1-1 bested a steady episode of The Neighborhood (0.5, 5.28M) and All American (0.2, 560,000), which ticked up. It also topped Bob Hearts Abishola (0.4, 5.13M), which took a slight dip.

At 9 p.m., Lone Star bested an also down NCIS and a stable All American: Homecoming (0.1, 400K).

The night concluded with NCIS: Hawai'i (0.3, 4.81M) tying with The Good Doctor's Season 5 finale (0.3, 3.32M). Good Doctor dropped one tenth in demo from the previous week and three-tenths from its season debut in September (0.6, 4.58M).

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49)
- BBQ Brawl (Food): 872k/0.17
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 495k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 423k/0.06
- 25 Words or LEss - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 326k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 309k/0.04

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posted 5/17/2022


ABC

UPFRONTS: ABC
IN: Five Previously Announced Returnees... PLUS Celebrity Jeopardy!
From TV Line

Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment, today unveiled the ABC primetime schedule for the 2022-2023 fall season, featuring a strong, returning slate of established, fan-favorite shows and two new powerhouse scripted series, both anchored by bold and compelling female leads. Additionally, ABC adds a sprinkle of star power to long-running game show staples, with the pickup of the all-new, high-stakes "Celebrity Jeopardy!," which joins the Sunday night lineup, paired with the return of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune."

The network continues to deliver on its success as the season's No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49 for the third year in a row, winning six of the last eight seasons based on entertainment programming. ABC ranks or ties as the No. 1 entertainment network on 14 of the 32 weeks of the season to date among Adults 18-49, marking more weekly wins with entertainment programming than any other network.

"Our fall schedule is a testament to our strong, dynamic programming slate that we're continuing to nurture with top talent, world-class, award-winning storytellers and marquee titles," said Erwich. "By capitalizing on the success of our strongest assets, we're betting on stability while also introducing and investing in key projects that will allow us to build on our momentum as the No. 1 entertainment network for the third consecutive year."

Beloved unscripted series returning midseason include ABC's No. 1 program this season in Total Viewers and preeminent singing competition series, "American Idol," the nation's guilty pleasure, "The Bachelor," and laugh-out-loud courtroom comedy "Judge Steve Harvey." They will be joined by "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune", "Shark Tank", and "America's Funniest Home Videos".

Dancing With the Stars, meanwhile, has already been renewed for Seasons 31 and 32 — but in a stunning development, the reality competition is moving to Disney+ this fall, marking the streamer's first foray into live programming.

Jeopardy! is heading to primetime once again this fall as ABC announced plans for a special series run of Celebrity Jeopardy!. Similar to the network's recent run of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, this latest competition will pit celebrity contestants against one another for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice. The format has been done in the past on the game show which will be helmed by primetime host Mayim Bialik.

Meanwhile, Jesse Palmer is expanding his Bachelor duties at ABC. The former Bachelor who took over for Chris Harrison in season 26 will now emcee Bachelor in Paradise, as well. The Bachelor spinoff that features previous contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette will air Mondays and Tuesdays this fall. Wells Adams will stay on as the bartender at the Mexico resort.

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posted 5/17/2022


Sony Pictures TV/CBS Media Ventures

Wheel Hits the Road
America's Game Going on Tour
From TV Insider

The long-running game show Wheel of Fortune is set to embark on its first-ever live tour, bringing a replica of the iconic prize wheel to fans across North America.

As first reported by Variety, Wheel of Fortune Live! will perform over 60 dates starting on September 8, offering fans a unique opportunity to spin the wheel and solve the puzzles on the tour's puzzle board to win prizes including $10,000 or trips to Paris and Hawaii, among others.

The tour is produced by Right Angle Entertainment, marking a new partnership between Sony and Right Angle.

"This partnership with Right Angle presents an opportunity to expand our reach to give more people a live experience as close to being on the televised show as you can get without actually being in the studio," said Suzanne Prete (via Variety), Executive Vice President, Game Shows for Sony Pictures Television. "We look forward to providing this incredible local immersive experience to people who might not otherwise make it out to Los Angeles to be on the set with Pat and Vanna."

Wheel of Fortune launched in 1975 and is one of the longest-running syndicated game shows in U.S. television history. Hosted by Pat Sajak, with Vanna White, the show is currently in its 39th season. The popular series also led to the primetime ABC spinoff Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.

"Partnering with Sony to take America's Game on the road for the first time is an honor for Right Angle," said Justin Sudds, Right Angle Entertainment's co-founder. "This game has a fan base that spans generations, and we can't wait to bring it to theaters across North America, giving fans the chance to live the dream of spinning the Wheel and winning big live on stage!"

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posted 5/17/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending May 8
From TV Newscheck

Entertainment Tonight made the biggest upward move among magazines as May got under in the session ending May 8. The star-studded series surged 16% from the previous frame to a five-week high 2.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and caught up to Inside Edition at the top of the newsmaker chart.

The access game shows continued to be led by Jeopardy, which added 9% to a 5.8.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.8 +9%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 +14%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 +2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 5/17/2022

Xumo Adds Game Show Channels
TPIR, Fear Factor, Sweep, Buzzr, Wipeout Coming
From NextTV

Streaming TV service Xumo said it was launching five new channels as it pressed start on its second annual Game Show Week.

Game Show Week on Xumo, which is owned by Comcast but will become part of Comcast's broadband joint venture with Charter Communications, started Monday and runs through May 22.

Added to the Xumo lineup are Buzzr, and channels featuring episodes of Fear Factor, The Price is Right, Supermarket Sweep and Wipeout.

"Game show entertainment is a genre not all FAST services have a lot of, but it is one of our fastest growing categories in terms of hours consumed. With our annual Game Show Week, we're turning the spotlight on this popular genre with even more newly launched channels and beloved game shows that will bring out the friendly competitor in us all," stated Fern Feistel, senior VP, marketing and content operations at Xumo. "Whether you play along at home, or lean back and enjoy this classic programming, Game Show Week appeals to the widest cross section of viewers and is back again this year by popular demand."

For Game Show week, Xumo will have a total of 11 dedicated game show channels, including one featuring Deal or No Deal and another for Family Feud..


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posted 5/17/2022

Sky Gets Buzzcocked Again
Panel Reboot Renewed
From Deadline

Sky has commissioned a second season of its Never Mind the Buzzcocks reboot on a four-strong entertainment slate that includes a football quiz exec produced by Jack Whitehall. The recommission comes alongside a second series of Matt Lucas/Elis James' Fantasy Football League, Whitehall's quiz Got Got Need, which is led by football pundits Harry and Jamie Redknapp, and a Nish Kumar/Josh Widdicombe series about local news called Hold the Front Page. Cult music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks aired for nearly 20 years on the BBC before being rebooted last year on Sky, hosted by Greg Davies and featuring Noel Fielding, This Country star Daisy May Cooper and comedian Jamali Maddix. They are joined by a roster of top music and comedy stars each week. All shows will air on Sky Max, which replaced Sky One last year. "We're excited to showcase some of the best of British talent from the small screen in a host of entertainment shows that will provide us all with some much-needed light relief," said Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Entertainment.

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posted 5/17/2022

MONDAY: 9-1-1 is #1
Fox's Renewed Lineup Takes the Night
From Deadlime

Fox, fresh off its upfronts presentation, had a strong Monday night with the 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star season finales. 9-1-1 proper and 9-1-1: Lone Star, Fox's top performing dramas of the 2021-22 season, were both steady from the previous week in their season finales Monday night.

Just picked up for new seasons, 9-1-1 delivered a 0.7 demo rating and 5.23 million viewers, while Lone Star earned a 0.6 demo rating and 4.54 million viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliates.

Looking back at their season premieres (9-1-1, Lone Star), both series experienced minimal loss in the demo and viewers. To make Monday night even sweeter for Fox, 9-1-1 was the highest-rated show of primetime.

CBS' NCIS (0.4, 6.31M) was the most-watched title, which doesn't necessarily come as a surprise considering the series typically wins Monday's largest audience.

ABC and NBC went quiet on Monday with presentations of Up and Downton Abbey, respectively.

At 8 p.m., 9-1-1 bested a steady episode of The Neighborhood (0.5, 5.28M) and All American (0.2, 560,000), which ticked up. It also topped Bob Hearts Abishola (0.4, 5.13M), which took a slight dip.

At 9 p.m., Lone Star bested an also down NCIS and a stable All American: Homecoming (0.1, 400K).

The night concluded with NCIS: Hawai'i (0.3, 4.81M) tying with The Good Doctor's Season 5 finale (0.3, 3.32M). Good Doctor dropped one tenth in demo from the previous week and three-tenths from its season debut in September (0.6, 4.58M).

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49)
- BBQ Brawl (Food): 872k/0.17
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 495k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 423k/0.06
- 25 Words or LEss - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 326k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 309k/0.04

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posted 5/17/2022

WEEKEND: And the Winner Is... ABC?
AFV, Idol Win Night, BBMA Fails to Register
From Deadlime

There were a number of winners at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, ranging from Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo and Ye, but the annual ceremony couldn't quite take home any primetime prizes on Sunday.

Per fast affiliates, the 2022 Billboard Music Awards delivered an average 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.11 million viewers across its three-hour broadcast on NBC, slipping even lower from the previous year's fast affiliates (0.7, 2.8M). Sunday's awards ceremony, set at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, saw Rodrigo take home seven wins, Ye come in second place with six awards and Drake continue his streak as the artist with the most Billboard Music Awards of all-time.

Taking home the night's ratings prizes were ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos (0.6, 4.72M)and American Idol (0.6, 4.86M), which tied for Sunday's highest demo. AFV and Idol were both stable from the previous week and gained some ground in viewers. Speaking of audience, CBS' 60 Minutes (0.4, 6.99M) once again nabbed the night's viewership crown.

Cable numbers for Sunday (total/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America: That's So 90s (833k/0.18) .

In the Friday TV ratings, The CW's recently cancelled Charmed this Friday drew 370,000 total viewers (its best audience since March 18) while steady with a 0.1 demo rating.

The similarly terminal Dynasty meanwhile slipped to its third-smallest audience ever (190K) while holding onto its 0.0 demo rating.

ABC's Shark Tank (3.1 million viewers/0.4 rating) and Fox's Friday Night SmackDown (1.8 mil/0.4) both dipped week-to-week yet tied for the nightly demo win, with the former also delivering Friday's biggest audience.

Elsewhere, CBS' Come Dance With Me (2.1 mil/0.2) was steady even with Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods respectively on forever and summer hiatus, and NBC's The Blacklist (2.7 mil/0.2) dipped.

Cable numbers for Friday (total/A18-49)
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 404k/0.05
- 25 Words or LEss - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 334k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 309k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 281k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars: Best of (S/VH1): 146k/0.04

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Netflix to "Cheat"
Danny Dyer, Ellie Taylor to Host UK Quiz Show
From Chortle

Ellie Taylor is to front a new quiz show for Netflix alongside EastEnders star Danny Dyer.

The comedian will host Cheat, in which contestants can either use their general knowledge skills or blag their way to £50,000.

She said: 'Cheat has all the elements I want in a quiz show; great questions, unashamed cheating and Danny Dyer calling me "Treacle" at least once per episode.'

And Dyer said of the show, which is due to air next year: 'Expect enormous wins, loads of slippery people cheating and banter with the one and only Ellie Taylor.'

Producers Talkback call the show 'a ground-breaking high-stakes quiz show where contestants can literally cheat their way to a fortune as long as they don't get caught. 'In every episode, four brave players have their knowledge put to the ultimate test, as they fight it out over three rounds to avoid elimination and build a jackpot worth up to £50,000. But there's one crucial twist in this brand-new quiz show: if you don't know the answer, it pays to Cheat.'

The first episode is being taped in front of a live audience tonight, with another 12 recording sessions over the month for a 2023 release.

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posted 5/17/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Remembering Bob"

posted 5/16/2022


NBC

UPFRONTS: NBC
IN: Camila Cabello, The Wall, College Bowl, That's My Jam, Million Dollar Island, The Wheel
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of another season as #1 in the key 18-49 demo, the network announces a fall schedule featuring dominant fan-favorites, new original series and tentpole event programming. All network shows will stream next-day, exclusively on Peacock.

MONDAY: The most-watched television show of the decade, "The Voice" returns to anchor the night for its 22nd cycle, welcoming multi-platinum global recording artist Camila Cabello and the return of global superstar Gwen Stefani, alongside John Legend, Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly at 8 p.m. All new reimagined sci-fi drama "Quantum Leap," starring Raymond Lee, launches at 10 p.m.

TUESDAY: The melody continues as "The Voice" cues up the return of the season's #1 new drama "La Brea" at 9 p.m. followed by the highly anticipated final season of fan-favorite "New Amsterdam" at 10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Television's highest-rated night of drama returns with the One Chicago lineup kicking off at 8 p.m. with "Chicago Med," continuing with "Chicago Fire" and concluding with timeslot winner "Chicago P.D." at 10 p.m.

THURSDAY: Dick Wolf's iconic brand owns the night with the flagship "Law & Order" kicking off Season 22 at 8 p.m. followed by the record-extending 24th season of "Law & Order: SVU." The night concludes with the third season of "Law & Order: Organized Crime" at 10 p.m.

FRIDAY: Peyton Manning quarterbacks Friday nights with the return of 8 p.m. game show "Capital One College Bowl," timed perfectly to football season, and leading into Friday's #1 newsmagazine, "Dateline NBC." In November, the laughs begin with George Lopez's family comedy "Lopez vs. Lopez" at 8 p.m., teeing up the third season of Dwayne Johnson bio-series "Young Rock" at 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: #1 primetime television show for a record 11 consecutive years, "NBC Sunday Night Football" will broadcast 20 regular-season games throughout the NFL season.

"While leaning into our strong, stable schedule in the fall, we're also rethinking legacy launch timing to give our shows the best chance for success," said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "With the huge reach that our affiliate partner stations provide, coupled with exclusive next-day availability on Peacock, our NBC shows will truly be accessible to audiences in any way that they want to watch."

"We're continuing to invest in content for NBC that not only has the huge broad appeal that defines the platform, but also the ability to continue to find fans across our platforms following its broadcast debut; a strategy we've already seen a lot of success with this season," said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "We're very excited by the new additions to our lineup, which we believe will super-serve our linear audience. In addition, we will continue to develop and order pilots, all of which will help strengthen a robust year-round season."

The world of unscripted competition is red hot for midseason and summer with a pair of competition imports: new game show "The Wheel," hosted by comedian Michael McIntyre and based on a smash hit UK format, features contestants aiming to win big with the help of celebrity guests playing on a giant spinning wheel, and Dutch format "Million Dollar Island," which will feature 100 contestants who attempt to forge friendships and build alliances as they plot to stay on a remote desert island for up to 50 days and compete to win their share of the ultimate $1 million prize.

Returning competition favorites are also on the menu as Jimmy Fallon hosts celebrities for more musical fun and games in the second season of "That's My Jam," and viewer favorite "The Wall" returns to the party. Dick Wolf also enters the unscripted space with the docuseries "LA Fire and Rescue," which follows the real-life heroes of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fall schedule is preceded by an action-packed summer on NBC, where the network has ranked #1 in the key demo for nine consecutive years and #1 in total viewers for six years running. Season 17 of "America's Got Talent" kicks things off in May along with new social media-inspired dance challenge "Dancing with Myself," featuring Shakira, Nick Jonas and Liza Koshy. "American Ninja Warrior" is back to thrill fans in June for season 14 and in July an all-new season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" debuts with Allison Janney, Zachary Levi, Nick Offerman, Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto and Bradley Whitford. August sees the arrival of iconic game show "Password," from Jimmy Fallon and hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Keke Palmer, who will be joined by Fallon and a celebrity cast.

Making It, Family Game Fight and AGT: Extreme did not make it into NBC's schedule and it seems that they are the latest non-scripted series to neither be canceled or renewed – in a growing trend as highlighted by Fox earlier this morning as well as ABC with series such as Supermarket Sweep and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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Fox

UPFRONTS: Fox
IN: Gordon Ramsay, Masked Singer, LEGO Masters, Crime Scene Kitchen
From the Futon Critic

Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment, today will unveil the FOX content slate for the 2022-2023 television season to the national advertising community during its in-person Upfront Presentation. FOX is adding three new dramas, two new animated comedies and one new unscripted series to its lineup, expanding its content strategy with increased program ownership that spans scripted, reality and animation. Original content from in-house business units FOX Entertainment Studios, Studio Ramsay Global, FOX Alternative Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment will drive growth and fuel thematic scheduling across network and streaming.

"FOX Entertainment enters the Upfront - a week literally built for broadcasters to align with advertisers - as the only company, no matter the platform, with advertising at its core. Advertisers have been our focus since the start of this company, and we're proud that this too is proof of FOX's differentiation," said Charlie Collier. "As you'll see during our presentation, building barriers between our best content and our brand-partners simply isn't our business model."

Returning FOX series include dramas 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Season Four) and THE CLEANING LADY (Season Two); comedies CALL ME KAT (Season Three) and WELCOME TO FLATCH (Season Two); animated series THE SIMPSONS (Season 34), FAMILY GUY (Season 20), BOB'S BURGERS (Season 12), THE GREAT NORTH (Season Three) and HOUSEBROKEN (Season Two); and unscripted series THE MASKED SINGER (Season Eight), CRIME SCENE KITCHEN (Season Two) and, as previously announced, HELL'S KITCHEN (Season 21). Additional series renewals to be announced.

FOX doubles down on unscripted series from Gordon Ramsay with GORDON RAMSAY'S FOOD STARS, the award-winning chef's all-new search for the next big food & drink entrepreneur. GORDON RAMSAY'S FOOD STARS will join this season's #1 new entertainment series, NEXT LEVEL CHEF, which will debut its second season immediately following SUPER BOWL LVII, airing Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. THE MASKED SINGER, CRIME SCENE KITCHEN and, as previously announced, HELL'S KITCHEN return next season. Additionally, new seasons of FANTASY ISLAND and LEGO MASTERS, previously scheduled to air this summer, now will air during the 2022-2023 season. LEGO MASTERS also will air the brand-new multiple-night event CELEBRITY LEGO MASTERS: HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR.

In Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars, the chef and restaurateur plans to focus his attention on the most "exciting and innovative new food and drink entrepreneurs" by backing the winner of his latest competition with an angel investment. The series will be produced by Studio Ramsay Global (SRG) and Fox Alternative Entertainment. Ramsay serves as executive producer along with Lisa Edwards and Danny Schrader, who will also be the showrunner. It is based on Ramsay's own BBC series, which launched on the British public broadcaster last month. The UK series offers 12 up and coming food and drink entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for £150,000 in investment.

There is no sign of The Masked Singer spinoff The Masked Dancer, which aired between December 2020 and February 2021, Wayne Brady-hosted Game of Talents, which premiered in March 2021, Rob Lowe-hosted Mental Samurai, which launched its second season in May 2021 and avatar-led singing competition Alter Ego, which performed its first tune in September 2021. It marks a new trend in unscripted where shows are not picked up or canceled and essentially being parked. Some may return – as So You Think You Can Dance, which returns three years after it was last on air – and others will quietly go away.

The schedule will be announced at a later date.

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Critics Choice Real TV: And the Nominees are...
Winners to Be Announced June 12
From Critics Choice Association

The Critics Choice Association (CCA) and nonfiction producers' organization NPACT today unveiled the nominees for the fourth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

The annual event returns to an in-person ceremony and gala this year, taking place on June 12 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

"Top Chef" leads this year's nominations, earning nods in five categories including Best Competition Series, Best Culinary Show, and Best Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series, with Padma Lakshmi earning nominations for Best Show Host and Female Star of the Year. Netflix leads the networks, having projects recognized in 20 categories.

Actors, comedians and television and podcast hosts Randy and Jason Sklar will host the fourth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards. The brothers notably hosted and produced History Channel's "United Stats of America" and created and starred in the ESPN cult hit series "Cheap Seats." The Sklars can next be seen on "The Nosebleeds," a hilarious deep dive into UFC's history that will launch this summer on UFC's Fight Pass streaming service.

"Given its ongoing popularity across broadcast and cable networks, streaming services and other platforms, it's clear that unscripted programming is deserving of special recognition by the Critics Choice Association," said Ed Martin, President of the Critics Choice Association's TV Branch. "The exciting programs and diverse personalities selected by our five nominating committees represent the best that this multi-faceted genre has to offer. The fourth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards ceremony promises to be our most exciting yet."

Said NPACT General Manager Michelle Van Kempen, "The amazing depth and quality of unscripted programming is evident in this year's nominees, and we're especially excited to be able to pay tribute to them and the entire unscripted community at an in-person gala, after two virtual years. It's truly an honor to collaborate with the Critics Choice Association to celebrate the excellence and innovation of nonfiction content."

Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will serve as Executive Producers. Michelle Van Kempen also executive produces the show.

The Critics Choice Real TV Awards were launched in 2019 as a large-scale awards platform to give the robust (and still growing) unscripted genre critical attention and support. The awards celebrate programming across platforms, and also recognize industry leaders with special awards highlighting career achievements.

And the nominees are...

BEST COMPETITION SERIES
Chopped (Food Network)
Making It (NBC)
RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)

BEST COMPETITION SERIES: TALENT/VARIETY
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Finding Magic Mike (HBO Max)
Legendary (HBO Max)
Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (Prime Video)
Next Level Chef (Fox)
The Voice (NBC)

BEST CULINARY SHOW
Cooking with Paris (Netflix)
Crime Scene Kitchen (Fox)
Is It Cake? (Netflix)
Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines (Magnolia)
The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
Top Chef (Bravo)

BEST GAME SHOW
Family Game Fight! (NBC)
Holey Moley (ABC)
Jeopardy! (Syndicated)
Supermarket Sweep (ABC)
The Price Is Right (CBS)
Weakest Link (NBC)

BEST LIFESTYLE: FASHION/BEAUTY SHOW
Glow Up (Netflix)
Love, Kam (SurvivorNetTV)
Making the Cut (Prime Video)
My Unorthodox Life (Netflix)
Project Runway (Bravo)
The Hype (HBO Max)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN AN UNSCRIPTED SERIES
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo)
The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans (Paramount+)
The Voice (NBC)
Top Chef (Bravo)

BEST SHOW HOST
Mayim Bialik – Jeopardy! (Syndicated)
Daniel "Desus Nice" Baker and Joel "The Kid Mero" Martinez – Desus & Mero (Showtime)
Padma Lakshmi – Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Hulu); Top Chef (Bravo)
Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
RuPaul – RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)


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Return-ament
BBC One Reups for Alex Scott-Hosted Series
From Deadlime

BBC One has given the greenlight to a second series of Alex Scott-hosted quiz show The Tournament from QI producer QITV.

Along with STV Studios' Bridge of Lies, which has also been greenlit, the show was one of two to win a competitive tender process last year to find the next generation of BBC quizzes, following in the footsteps of the likes of Richard Osman double Pointless and House of Games.

Former England footballer Scott, a regular BBC presenter, oversees the knockout competition, where eight players battle each other on the Tournament Run in a series of tug-of-war quiz matches as they attempt to knock their opponents out of the game and steal their money. Only one player makes it to the end, when they have the chance to double their money on what is called the Golden Run.

The show is filmed in Glasgow, building on the BBC's push to make more of its programs outside of London.

Executive producer is Simon Urwin and Commissioning Editors are Alex McLeod and Neil McCallum for the BBC.

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Monday Lightning Round
... or "Playing Your Hand"

  • Jamie Foxx begins taping the new season of "Beat Shazam"... in Ireland (Spin 1038)

  • Derek Hough dances the world for NatGeo (The Wrap)

  • Jojo Fletcher, Jordan Rodgers FINALLY get married (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 5/16/2022

WEDNESDAY: One Chicago, One Survivor.
NBC, CBS Split Night
From Deadlime

NBC's OneChicago slate returned strong and steady after a two-week break, with Chicago Fire tying with Survivor for Wednesday's highest demo rating.

Per fast nationals, the two primetime winners earned a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo. This was a steady return for Chicago Fire, but a bit of a slip for Survivor from the previous week. Between the two however, it was Chicago Fire which brought in the larger audience with 6.63 million – the most of Wednesday.

Of course, these two top-performing titles were their respective networks' best. Survivor (0.7, 5.15M) kicked off the evening for CBS, also down slightly in viewers from the preceding episode. Following behind for the network was Beyond The Edge (0.3, 2.58M), which couldn't quite retain its lead-in boost and fell one tenth in the demo. CBS ended its Wednesday with a repeat of FBI.

After Chicago Med's stable return (0.6, 6.18M), Chicago Fire brought the heat to best all the other titles in the same hour. NBC's Fire also provided Chicago P.D. (0.6, 5.49M) a strong enough boost to top the final hour, but that Chicago title dipped one tenth in demo rating.

All of ABC's titles were stable, with The Conners (0.4, 2.74M), winning the night for the network. The Wonder Years, The Conners, Home Economics and A Million Little Things have yet to be renewed.

Fox's The Masked Singer (0.4, 2.88M) took a noticeable dip from the previous week. However, in the Domino Masters (0.3, 1.54M) season finale, it was only the dominos that fell as the Fox freshman remained steady. The competition series was incrementally down from its already quiet debut in March (0.4, 1.65M)

The CW's Wednesday was consistent, with The Flash (0.1, 0.50M) and Kung Fu (0.1, 0.47M) both stable in the demo. The Flash lost a bit of momentum, dropping 10% in viewers.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 615k/0.15
- America Says (GSN): 398k/0.04
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 386k/0.04
- 25 Words or LEss - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 320k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 309k/0.04
- Temptation Island (USA): 246k/0.08
- The Courtship (USA): 97k/0.03

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Food Network Hits the Beach
Catch "Beachside Brawl" June 19
From The Futon Critic

From fresh west coast fish tacos to buttery east coast lobster rolls, beach bites coast to coast are undeniably delicious. On Sunday, June 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Antonia Lofaso challenges the foremost cooks from both coasts in the ultimate battle to determine which coast does summer food best on Beachside Brawl on Food Network and discovery+.

Acclaimed East Coast chef Tiffani Faison and elite West Coast chef Brooke Williamson lead teams of four cooks in this beachside showdown. Both captains will mentor and cook alongside their teams throughout the competition with one goal - prove that their coast does it best. One team member will be crowned Best of the Beach and win a dream beach getaway worth up to $25,000.

"Antonia Lofaso's culinary expertise and ties to both coasts, makes her the ideal host to preside over this coast vs. coast battle for the best beach eats," said Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery.

"With my strong connection to both coasts - being born on the east and growing up on the west - I'm so thrilled to oversee this competition as my two talented friends, Tiffani Faison and Brooke Williamson brawl on the beach to prove their coast is best," said Antonia Lofaso. "Audiences will love cheering for their favorite beach foods and rooting for their coast."

Tiffani Faison will lead the team of talented East Coast chefs, including Jared Brown (Long Branch, NJ), Edward Lordman (Pensacola, FL), Ben Porter (Cape Cod, MA), and Jada Vidal (Tampa Bay, FL). Brooke Williamson will guide the accomplished chefs of the West Coast, including Kaleena Bliss (Seattle, WA), Brian Madayag (Edmonds, WA), Joshua Mazoukes (San Diego, CA), and Jessica Roy (Newport Beach, CA).

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posted 5/12/2022


E!
NAOMI JUDD: 1946-2022
Country Legend Judged "Star Search"
From Deadline

Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died. She was 76.

The daughters announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press and released on social media. "Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness," the statement read. "We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory."

Judd was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Judds as part of the class of 2021 alongside daughter Wynonna. The induction was announced last summer, with the ceremony slated be held May 1.

The Judds scored 20 Top 10 hits (including 15 number ones) and went undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country music awards shows. They also won five Grammy Awards, with Naomi Judd winning a Grammy for Country Song of the Year with The Judds' hit "Love Can Build a Bridge."

Born January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Kentucky, Judd moved to California when her marriage to Michael Ciminella ended. She raised both daughters as a single parent. She attended nursing school at California's College of Marin before beginning her music career with daughter Wynonna.

The Judds stunned fans when Naomi Judd was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and decided to stop touring after a final farewell. Their farewell concert was the most successful musical event in cable PPV history, and the accompanying tour was one of the biggest grossers of that year. Naomi Judd also acted occasionally, appearing in More American Graffiti in 1979, then starring in the film A Holiday Romance in 1999. alongside Andy Griffith and Gerald McRaney. That same year, Naomi and Wynonna reunited for a New Year's Eve concert in Phoenix, with Ashley Judd MC'ing. A revitalized Naomi then embarked on a longer tour with Wynonna, doing 30-dates in 2000.

In 2003, she served as a judge on the revitalized Star Search, hosted by Arsenio Hall. That led to a Hallmark Channel Sunday morning talk show, Naomi's New Morning, which lasted two seasons. She also had several self-help books. Judd joined the Country Music Television reality competition Can You Duet in 2008 as a judge. She also was in the Lifetime TV show The Killing Game, and starred as "Honey" in the channel's An Evergreen Christmas.

In game shows, Judd was also on episodes of "Hollywood Squares" and "Jeopardy!".

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Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Gigante"

  • Don Francisco teams with Onyx Collective to produce "Sabado Gigante" documentary (Deadline)

  • Ariel Robinson found guilty, sentenced to life (Deadline)

  • RuPaul immortalized in Fisher-Price plastic (Pink News)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Blake Shelton goes viral on Tiktok... and all he had to do is dance (HEavy)

  • Jujubee hosts dating game show podcast (All Access)

  • Kay Adams leaving GMFB (Yahoo!)

posted 5/12/2022


Fremantle/CBS

Let's Make a Deal Returns to Primetime This June
June 1 to Celebrate LMAD Day
From The Futon Critic

LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME, hosted by Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady, is back this summer with two new specials, to be broadcast Wednesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

The June 1 special celebrates national LET'S MAKE A DEAL Day, featuring new and legacy contestants competing for amazing prizes, as well as hilarious bloopers and classic clips from the iconic game show throughout its history. For the first time ever, one trader could even win a cruise around the world! The June 8 primetime special features a costume extravaganza and over $500,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

As previously announced, LET'S MAKE A DEAL is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy(R) Awards, for Outstanding Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host (Wayne Brady). The 49TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY(R) AWARDS will air live Friday, June 24 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET, delayed PT) on CBS. LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME is produced by Fremantle. John Quinn is the executive producer.

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TUESDAY: This Is Getting Close to the Finish
NBC Wins with "This Is Us", CBS Wins with "FBI"
From Deadlime

NBC's This Is Us continues to rule Tuesday primetime with the final few weeks before the series' end on May 24. Tuesday's top-rated program for the sixth consecutive week, This Is Us regained some of its lost ground in ratings.

The latest episode earned a 0.8 in the 18-49 demo and 4.57 million viewers, per fast affiliates. That's a two-tenths ratings bump from the previous week.

Earning the night's largest audience was CBS' FBI (0.5, 6.91M) which returned stable after a week's break. In the 8 p.m. hour, the CBS drama bested The Resident (0.3, 2.80M), Holey Moley (0.3, 2,29M), Young Rock (0.3, 1.82M) and the first half of Naomi's season finale (0.1, 0.47M). The Resident and Holey Moley, which were their respective networks' top titles, both dipped from previous episodes.

In the following hour, This Is Us unsurprisingly bested FBI: International (0.5, 5.71M), The Chase (0.3, 2.23M) and Name That Tune (0.2, 1.37M). This Is Us also surpassed the second part of Naomi's season finale (0.1, 0.44M). The CW newcomer was steady in the demo from its January premiere (0.1, 0.80M), but fell 41% in viewers since then. Naomi still has yet to be canceled or renewed for a sophomore season at The CW.

Tuesday primetime concluded with FBI: Most Wanted (0.4, 5.13M) tying in the demo with a consistent New Amsterdam (0.4, 2.96M). ABC's Who Do You Believe? (0.2, 1.43M) was at the bottom of the hour.

Cable numbers for Tuesday (total/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 801k/0.16
- Big Restaurant Bet (SF/Food): 540k/0.11
- America Says (GSN): 294k/0.05

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MONDAY: Somebody Call 9-1-1
Fox Wins, NBC Crowns a Winner
From Deadlime

9-1-1 was the sole winner of Monday primetime as both the highest-rated and most-watched program of the evening.

Per fast affiliates, 9-1-1 delivered a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.06 million viewers, leading the evening by a decent margin. This is the second consecutive week the drama, also Fox's best show of the evening, has earned the night's top demo rating. 9-1-1 is steady heading into its Season 5 finale next week.

Coming in second place was 9-1-1: Lone Star (0.6 , 4.69M) which ticked up in both counts from the previous week. Like the flagship series, Lone Star will end its current season next Monday.

CBS' The Neighborhood (0.5, 5.30M) was stable and marked then night's third-highest-rated program, followed by a slightly down Bob Hearts Abishola (0.4, 4.96M). CBS was in repeats for the remainder of the evening.

Going head-to-head with an 8-10 p.m. of Moana on ABC, American Song Contest (0.3, 1.97M) concluded its freshman run steady in ratings and up in viewers. The NBC competition series' finale was down from its March debut (0.5, 2.89M). NBC's evening came to a close with New Amsterdam (0.2, 2.36M)

After Moana, ABC aired a new episode of The Good Doctor (0.3, 3.00M), slightly down from the previous week. For The CW, All American (0.1, 0.45M) and All American: Homecoming (0.1, 0.31M) were stable.

Cable numbers for Monday (total/A18-49)
- BBQ Brawl (SP/Food): 880k/0.16
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 426k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (GSN): 371k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 326k/0.05

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Netflix

"Floor Is Lava" Season 2: This Time... There's a Volcano
Catch It on Netflix June 3
From TV Line

Netflix's hot game show Floor Is Lava is returning for a second season next month – with some familiar faces. AEW wrestlers Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor and Kris Statlander are set to appear in the new series, even though they're not featured in the trailer.

The stakes promise to be "hotter than ever" in Season 2 of Floor Is Lava, Netflix's competition series that marries Wipeout with… well, bubbling hot, skin-melting lava (or a gooey, relatively harmless facsimile thereof).

Netflix has released a first trailer for Floor Is Lava's sophomore run (linked below), and it teases "bigger obstacles, higher stakes, and even hotter lava" — as well as the brand-new element of a slippery AF volcano that players must ascend (or not, as the trailer suggests happens more often).

Floor Is Lava debuted in June of the year 2020, became a bit of a pop culture sensation/guilty pleasure, and was renewed in April 2021. The series will release its second batch of five new 30-minute episodes on Friday, June 3.

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WEEKEND: Live From My House
Idol Tops Night
From Deadline

American Idol and 60 Minutes were once again Sunday's strong performers, but also joining them this time around was America's Funniest Home Videos.

According to fast nationals, American Idol and AFV tied to bring in the night's highest demo rating, each earning a 0/6 int he 18-49 demo. 60 Minutes, with its 0.5 demo rating and 6.72 million viewers, remained Sunday's most-viewed program.

At 7 p.m., America's Funniest Home Videos (0.6, 4.48M) set the tone for the night. Though slightly down from the previous week in both counts, AFV bested a slightly up 60 Minutes, NBC's two-hour American Ninja Warrior episode (0.3, 1.60M), and Fox's Duncanville (0.1, 0.42M). The Fox series fell from its season 3 premiere.

In the following hours, American Idol (0.6, 4.85M) kept things steady for ABC. The singing competition did fall two tenths from the previous Sunday. Nevertheless, it bested The Equalizer (0.5, 6.18M), The Simpsons (0.3, 0.80M) and Riverdale (0.1, 0.20M). At 8:30 p.m., The Great North (0.2, 0.69M) was steady. NCIS: Los Angeles celebrated its 300th episode stable with a 0.4 demo rating and 5.09 million viewers. In the same hour were Bob's Burgers (0.3, 0.89M) and Family Guy (0.3, 1.06M). Family Guy was Fox's top Sunday title.

The night concluded with S.W.A.T. (0.4, 4.03M) and The Rookie (0.4, 3.55M) tying in the demo. The Rookie was slightly down from the spinoff pilot..

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 394k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 283k/0.04
- Tooned In (Nick): 163k/0.03
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars: Best of (VH1): 140k/0.03

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America: That's So 90s (Food): 876k/0.20

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posted 5/11/2022

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