This Fall, Time Is
Catch Price, Deal on CBS
September 22! ... Hey! That's Today!
From the Futon Critic
THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network
television's #1-rated daytime program and the
longest-running game show in television history,
celebrates its 43rd season, while LET'S MAKE A DEAL
kicks off season six when they return on Monday, Sept.
22 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, promises
another season of fun-filled excitement, including its
most action-packed game yet and themed, week-long
specials featuring big money prizes. LET'S MAKE A DEAL,
with host Wayne Brady, premieres its sixth season in
high-definition with new games and one-of-a-kind
In its premiere episode on Monday, Sept. 22, THE PRICE
IS RIGHT will unveil "Time Is Money," a modern spin on
the classic grocery game last seen on the show in 2003.
The high-energy race to beat the clock begins as
contestants are challenged to quickly arrange five
grocery items into one of three price ranges ($0-$2.99,
$3.00-5.99, $6.00 and up) for a big money cash prize of
up to $20,000.
In addition, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will launch an
innovative online campaign inspired by the show's
popular game, "Cliff Hangers." Beginning Wednesday,
Sept. 10, fans will have the opportunity to participate
in a photo-sharing event featuring "Flat Yodely Guy,"
the fictional mountain climber who loves to travel, for
a chance to be featured on the official CBS homepage.
Fans are encouraged to bring "Flat Yodely Guy" with them
to interesting places and share their photos. For more
information on how to download and share "Flat Yodely
Guy," visit www.cbs.com/yodelyguy.
Also this season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will air a variety
of themed episodes and week-long specials, including
"Dream Car Week," featuring the world's most luxurious
cars as prizes, and "Big Money Week," when one lucky
winner will play for a chance to take home $1,000,000 in
cash. The show will also reveal the winner of its
nationwide Male Model Search on Monday, Dec. 8. He will
begin his five-day gig alongside Drew Carey on Monday,
This season, LET'S MAKE A DEAL will boast uniquely
themed shows, including the "All Singing Musical
Episode," "The Clash of the Colleges Special," a "Grammy
Award Tribute Show" with a legendary guest, and a
completely unpredictable "April Fool's Day" episode.
Meanwhile, over in syndication, CELEBRITY NAME GAME
drops today. "CNG", with Craig Ferguson at the helm,
works a lot like the board game Taboo, where contestants
are teamed up with celebrity teammates to try and guess
the name of actors, singers or pop culture icons from
clues their teammates are giving them.
photo courtesy CBS/Rooten
Sunday: The Weekend
NBC, CBS Split the Night
Before the Start of the 2014 Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (14.310 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday
with its usual lineup of "Football Night in America #1"
(5.264 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7),
"Football Night in America #2" (5.970 million viewers,
#7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America
#3" (13.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3)
and "Sunday Night Football" (18.032 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 7.2, #2).
CBS (17.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2)
however was the most-watched network thanks to a full
hour of "NFL Overrun" (27.347 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 8.3, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (18.174
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #4), the
premiere of "Madam Secretary" (14.284 million viewers,
#4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and the return of "The Good
Wife" (9.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3,
Next up was FOX (2.729 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.240
million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "The
Simpsons" (2.190 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49:
0.9, #T13), another "The Simpsons" (3.068 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Family Guy"
(2.846 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10),
another "Family Guy" (3.062 million viewers, #11; adults
18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the TBS-bound "American Dad" (2.967
million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).
And finally, ABC (3.064 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its
all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos"
(4.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15),
"Once Upon a Time" (2.672 million viewers, #14; adults
18-49: 0.6, #16), "Resurrection" (2.511 million viewers,
#15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17) and "Revenge" (2.230
million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17).
MGM Buys In
Mark Burnett's One Three Media
Sold for 55% Share
(MGM) has acquired a 55% stake in Mark Burnett, Roma
Downey and Hearst Entertainment’s production companies
One Three Media and Lightworks Entertainment.
The deal covers all of their interests in Survivor, The
Voice, Shark Tank, The Apprentice and The Bible, which
the U.S. media giant will consolidate into the new
venture United Artists Media Group (UAMG), which will
develop, produce and finance scripted and unscripted TV
shows, movies and digital content.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Burnett will serve as CEO of UAMG and Downey will serve
as president of LightWorkers Media, UAMG’s faith and
family division. One Three Media COO Brian Edwards will
now serve as the COO of UAMG.
In their new roles, Burnett and Downey will develop all
UAMG projects and work with MGM’s distribution and
marketing divisions to create a seamless business
“Mark and Roma are without a doubt the most successful
and dominant players in unscripted television and
faith-based content, and we are excited to be
distributing UAMG content worldwide,” said MGM chairman
and CEO Gary Barber (pictured, center with Burnett and
Downey) in a statement. “Together with Hearst
Entertainment’s vast array of media assets and
knowledge, MGM could not have wished for better partners
to continue to grow the MGM business of creating premium
content for distribution across multiple platforms.”
Quiz Clash Goes from
App to Screen
ITVS Options Format
From TBI Vision
ITV Studios has taken rights
to the TV format based on the Quiz Clash mobile app.
Quiz Clash was created by FEO Media and claims to be the
most popular mobile trivia game in the world with 37
million users across 14 territories. ITV Studios Germany
has adapted it for TV with Quizduell launching on ARD
channel Das Erste.
Viewers could play along with the show via a Quizduell
app and it delivered solid ratings for Das Erste,
averaging 1.3 million viewers.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment will now launch the
Mike Beale, director of international formats, ITV
Studios, said: “Quiz Duel is a tense, exciting quiz show
with huge international potential and interest from
broadcasters across the world is already high.”
FEO’s CEO Robert Willstedt said: “We are thrilled that
the TV show has worked so well in Germany and look
forward to working closely with ITVSGE to bring Quiz
Duel to millions more viewers across the world.”
GMA Loses the Money
Filipino Version of German
Continuing to offer all-out
entertainment, GMA Network brings to viewers the newest
gameshow “Don’t Lose The Money”, hosted by Kapuso Prime
leading man Tom Rodriguez.
A successful franchise from Germany, “Don’t Lose the
Money” features two teams, with three members each,
competing with each other. The team, who keeps the
biggest amount of money at the end of the program, after
going through grueling physical challenges, wins and
gets to take home the money.
Viewers will definitely be thrilled and inspired as the
players combine strength, courage, tactics, and
strategic timing to win and fulfill their life goal.
Directed by Mark Reyes, “Don’t Lose The Money” airs from
Monday to Friday after “Basta Every Day Happy” in GMA.
POLLY BERGEN: 1930-2014
Actress... Singer.... Gamer...
Emmy-winning actress and
singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the
terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first
woman president in Kisses for My President, died
Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.
Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from
natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by
family and close friends.
A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice,
Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She
made albums and played leading roles in films, stage
musicals, and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety
series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a
thriving beauty products company that bore her name.
In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman’s mother on
Desperate Housewives and the past mistress of Tony
Soprano’s late father on The Sopranos.
Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 portraying the tragic singer
Helen Morgan on the famed anthology series Playhouse 90.
She was nominated for another Emmy in 1989 for best
supporting actress in a miniseries or special for War
Talking to women in a business group in 1968, she said
her definition of success was “when you feel what you’ve
done fulfills yourself, makes you happy and makes people
around you happy.”
Born Nellie Paulina Burgin in Knoxville, TN, Bergen was
20 and already an established singer when she starred
with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in her first movie, At
War With the Army. She joined them in two more comedies,
That’s My Boy and The Stooge.
In 1953, she made her Broadway debut with Harry
Belafonte in the revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac.
In 1957-58 she starred on the musical-variety The Polly
Bergen Show on NBC, closing every broadcast with her
theme song, The Party’s Over.
Also during the 1950s, she became a regular on the
popular game show To Tell the Truth. She would later
appear in the 1980 version with Robin Ward. She also
played on Password All-Stars in 1962 & 1963; What's My
Line? from 1958 to 1966 as a Mystery Guest on three
occasions and one time panelist; The Game Game in 1970;
Hollywood Sqauresin 1968 & 1971; Celebrity Sweepstakes
Bergen published the first of her three advice books,
The Polly Bergen Book of Beauty, Fashion and Charm, in
1962. That led to her own cosmetics company, which
earned her millions.
Bergen became a regular in TV movies and miniseries,
most importantly in the 1983 epic The Winds of War and
its 1988 sequel, War and Remembrance. She appeared as
the troubled wife of high-ranking Navy officer Pug
Henry, played by Robert Mitchum.
Mitchum also had the key role in the landmark 1962
suspense film Cape Fear, as the sadistic ex-convict who
terrorizes a lawyer (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Bergen)
and daughter because he blames Peck for sending him to
prison. The film was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese.
Huhn contributed to this report.
Wall Street Journal
New York Times
photo courtesy Blogspot
Monday Lightning Round
... or "DWI"
- Chris Nunez
gets popped for DUI (TMZ)
- FIRST LOOK:
"Sports Jeopardy!" (Crackle, Wednesday) (Broadway
- LIST ABUSE:
14 things we learned from "The Price Is Right" (Rotten
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES with
the QI Elves
"Pointless" Goes Gold
Survey Quiz Wins Prestigious
Channel 4′s reality series
Gogglebox (pictured) and BBC1 gameshow Pointless picked
up top honors at the 53rd annual Rose d’Or Awards.
Organized by Eurovision, the awards – which recognize
“the best and most creative TV, online and radio formats
worldwide” – were handed out on September 17 at a
ceremony in Berlin.
Gogglebox picked up the award for best reality and
factual entertainment, beating out Married at First
Sight (Snowman Productions) and The Kamaras Love You (Eyeworks).
Meanwhile, topping the arts category was Peter & The
Wolf/Pierre et le Loup (Camera Lucida Productions),
which won over Inside the Mind of Leonardo (BSkyB) and
Music, Maestro (RTP).
Finally, Pointless picked up the game show prize,
besting contenders Extraordinary Masters (Brainpool TV
GmbH) and The Common Denominator (Armoza Formats).
Thursday: Falcon PUNCH!
CBS Wins and Wins Big
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.017 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Thursday
thanks to week two of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game"
(7.887 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and
"Thursday Night Football" (9.243 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).
The silver then went to NBC (4.384 million viewers, #2;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with a special two-hour "The
Biggest Loser" (4.575 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
1.3, #3) alongside a repeat of "The Mysteries of Laura"
(4.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).
Next up was ABC (3.591 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Grey's
Anatomy" (3.615 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7,
#T5), "Scandal" (3.350 million viewers, #7; adults
18-49: 0.6, #7) and another "Scandal" (3.809 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).
Meanwhile, FOX (2.089 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.5, #4) served up rebroadcasts of "Sleepy Hollow"
(2.056 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and
another "Sleepy Hollow" (2.122 million viewers, #8;
adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).
And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.598
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The
Originals" (0.603 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49:
0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.
On cable, "Project Runway" scored 2.430 million, leading
the charge. Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" cooked up 797,000.
Comedy Central's "@Midnight" finished the week with
TV by the Numbers
ABC's Got 500 Questions
Network Orders Quiz Show from
Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell
From TV by the Numbers
ABC has made a
direct-to-series order for a new event game show, “500
Questions” (working title), from Emmy®-winning
blockbuster executive producer Mark Burnett and his One
Three Media (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”) and
Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,”
“The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”). The
innovative “genius game show” is the brainchild of
Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative
Television President Mike Darnell. It is scheduled to
air in 2015, with the program testing the smarts — and
nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly
The series order for “500 Questions” continues ABC’s
long and successful relationship with Burnett, who
executive produces the network’s Emmy®-winning hit
reality program “Shark Tank,” which returns for a sixth
season this fall. “500 Questions” also reunites Burnett
with Warner Bros.’ Darnell on a new project for the
first time since the Burnett-produced game show “Are You
Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” which Darnell put on the
air during his tenure at FOX.
“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first
network game show to combine what audiences love about
serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event.
It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said
executive producer Mark Burnett.
Mike Darnell said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be
back in business with my close friend and colleague Mark
Burnett. We have done many shows together over the
years, but one of our best experiences (both
professionally and personally) was ‘Are You Smarter Than
a Fifth Grader?,’ and ever since, we have been trying to
come up with another game show that would break new
ground. I think we have finally cracked it with ‘500
Questions,’ and with Mark and his team on board, I have
no doubt this is going to be the next international game
Burnett is one the most successful producers in the
history of television, with more than 2,900 hours of
programming regularly airing in more than 70 countries
around the world. Recent series produced by Burnett and
One Three Media include “Shark Tank” on ABC, “The Voice”
(in association with Warner Horizon Television) and
“Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and “Survivor” on CBS. He
also produced the MTV Movie Awards from 2007–2011 and
the Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2011, and has produced the
People’s Choice Awards since 2010.
Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, also produced the hit
10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which set ratings
records for History Channel in the U.S. and became a
worldwide phenomenon, also ranking as the best-selling
miniseries of all time on DVD. On the heels of its
success, NBC commissioned the follow-up miniseries
“A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” which will debut in 2015.
by the Numbers
Sydney Morning Herald
Los Angeles Times
Million Dollar Math
Sarah Manchester Becomes
"Wheel's" Third Millionaire
From Sony PR
On Wednesday night, Sarah
Manchester, a math teacher from Silver Spring, Md.,
became the third contestant to win the $1 million dollar
grand prize on Wheel of Fortune.
“This is a once in a lifetime event,” said an excited
Manchester following her win. “I’m just soaking in every
minute of it!”
Manchester’s $1,017,490 win did not come easy. The game
was close with only $6,000 separating the first and
third place finishes. Manchester solved the Prize
Puzzle, winning a trip to the Dominican Republic and
then brilliantly solved the third Toss Up Puzzle, “The
Pacific Ocean,” with just a few letters revealed.
Going into the Bonus Round Manchester was so caught up
in the moment she forgot she was going to be playing for
the chance at $1 million dollars. “Oh, I forgot!” she
said when host Pat Sajak reviewed her winnings with her.
However, there were no problems when the bonus round
puzzle “Loud Laughter” was revealed. “I saw it right
away, so I called the letters and was able to solve
pretty easily,” said Manchester of her winning solve.
The big win came during Wheel of Fortune’s “Teacher’s
Week,” which kicked off the 32nd season of America’s
The $1 million dollar grand prize wedge was added to the
Wheel in 2008, at the beginning of the show’s 26th
season. If a contestant collects the wedge, solves the
puzzle and makes it to the Bonus Round without hitting
bankrupt, the top $100,000 cash prize is replaced by $1
million dollars on the Bonus Round Wheel. The first $1
million dollar grand prize was won by Michelle
Lowenstein in October of 2008 and the second by Autumn
Erhard in May of 2013.
Manchester is a middle school math teacher and coach of
the math team at Tacoma Park Middle School, the same
middle school she attended as a child. She has had a lot
of practice solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles, having
watched with her parents growing up and now challenging
her own kids with cash prizes for each puzzle they solve
before she does. Manchester was joined at the show’s
taping by her father, Paul; husband, Dan; and children
Alden and Raina.
“What a way to start the season,” said Wheel of Fortune
host Pat Sajak following the win.
During the show’s closing segment, Sajak asked the newly
minted millionaire if being a math teacher she had
calculated the probability of winning the million
dollars to which she gushed, “I assessed that the
probability was low, but even unlikely events sometimes
WLTI Live Extra - Interview with Sarah Manchester
Tuesday: Talented? Yep.
"Dancing" #1 Show, NBC's the
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.352 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat
on Tuesday with an "America's Got Talent" (5.305 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) recap followed by a
new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.375 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).
CBS (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2)
then claimed the silver with a special "Big Brother 16"
(6.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2)
alongside repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.395 million
viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Person of
Interest" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8,
Next up was FOX (2.701 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "Utopia" (2.496 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) followed by the
season premiere of "New Girl" (3.061 million viewers,
#8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Mindy Project"
(2.753 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).
Meanwhile, ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
1.1, #4) offered up its "Dancing with the Stars" (12.281
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) results
show, a repeat "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.016
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "20/20:
From Hell" (3.244 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49:
And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.115 million viewers,
#12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.960
million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out
the evening over on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).
On cable, "Ink Master" was the top demo draw, but had an
audience of 1.372 million to 1.321 for "Face Off".
"Chopped" won over 1.163 million to 877,000 for "Wizard
Wars". "@midnight" stayed up to 652,000.
Two episodes of "IdioTest" averaged 345,500.
TV Media Insights
Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Torn Apart"
- BBC1 gets complaint
on "Prized Apart" (Broadcast)
- Nissan drives into
partnership with "The Voice" (The
- Julia Volkova
(one-half of faux lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u) was on the
Ukrainian version of "The Moment of Truth", and all the
things she said all the things she said running through her
head running through her head running through her head about
gay men didn't go over well (Holy
- Marco Antonio Regil
putting his Santa Monica home up for $2.2 million
- CASTING COUCH:
Let's Ask America heads to Bakersfield (KERO
- LIST ABUSE:
10 answers that game show hosts had that matter (Huffington
Wednesday: It's Magic!
It's Mystery! It's NBC!
"AGT" Final, "Mysteries of
Laura" Take Peacock to #1
From The Futon Critic
NBC (11.463 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on
Wednesday with the two-hour season finale of "America's
Got Talent" (11.980 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
2.3, #1) followed by the premiere of "The Mysteries of
Laura" (10.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1,
CBS (5.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2)
then snagged the silver with its mix of "Big Brother 16"
(6.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2),
"Criminal Minds" (4.748 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Extant" (5.453 million viewers,
#4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).
Next up was FOX (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.4, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.889
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) alongside
the launch of "Red Band Society" (4.030 million viewers,
#6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).
Meanwhile, ABC (3.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.0, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.964
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The
Goldbergs" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.598 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), another "Modern Family" (3.964
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and
"Nashville" (2.137 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49:
And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.597
million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a
repeat "The 100" (0.662 million viewers, #14; adults
18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW
(1.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).
Catch Special NY Comedy
Festival Shows in November!
From The Futon Critic
For the first time since its
wildly successful launch, Comedy Central's newest late
night hit "@midnight," produced by Funny Or Die, will
hit the road this fall, trading Silicon Beach for
Silicon Alley. The social media sensation joins the
stellar lineup of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival to
tape a week of shows which will air Monday, November 3
through Thursday, November 6 at Midnight ET/PT.
Hosted by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), the special NYCF
week of episodes will include visual and textual nods to
New York and feature a coterie of comedians playing fan
favorites such as #HashtagWars, Rapid Refresh and Sweet
Emoji. The "@midnight" tapings will be filmed at ABC
Television Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and
fans may request free tickets at
"Sure, we get a lot of comedians to come onto our show
in Los Angeles, but we felt in order to get the
choicest, juiciest comedy specimens we needed to go
straight to the nest where they live and breed-The New
York Comedy Festival," said Hardwick.
"@midnight" leads viewers down the ultimate internet
wormhole with a rotating lineup of today's top comedians
battling nightly to determine who has the funniest take
on the day's social media and pop culture. Using social
media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the
setting, "@midnight" challenges comedians to win the
Internet by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and
posts that social media has to offer: from the latest
celebrity Instagram shots to the creepiest Craigslist
posting to Buzzspeed lists and infamous #HashtagWars.
On-air the series is averaging 775,000 total viewers
each night and ranks #3 in all of late night with Men
18-34, Men 18-24 and People 18-24. "@midnight" also
reaches the youngest (median age: 32 years) and most
male (69%) audience of any late night talk show.
(source: Nielsen via MultiTrak, 6/30/14-9/07/14; most
current Data, premieres only median age based on P2+).
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Games Are ALWAYS Better Together"
- Craig Ferguson
used to jam with Peter Capaldi. On acid. Talk about a trip
through time and space (Unreality
TV) PLUS a Brutally Honest Review of "Celebrity Name
- Michael Vine growing
out of All3Media (TBI
- Celebrity Squares
takes 20 percent of its audience to block
- "Danger Mouse" just got a
little "Pointless"; Alexander Armstrong voices the
superspy in the reboot (Animation
- CASTING COUCH:
Let's Make a Deal (Broadway
World) & The Price Is Right (Broadway
- TVGN gets Popped (The
- Live from New York... It's
Darrell Hammond! (The
- VIDEO WALL: Blake
Shelton & Gwen Stefani in an epic lip sync battle (YouTube)
- Josh Kaufman becomes
The Voice... of Pippin on Broadway (Entertainment
- Everything you know about
Michael Johns' death is wrong. Allegedly (TMZ)
Wednesday: Unleash Hell
POTUS Can't Stop Fox from
Taking Demo from NBC, NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.247 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) slipped into the top spot on
Wednesday with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.209
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) followed
by "FOX News Special" (3.857 million viewers, #15;
adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Hell's Kitchen" (4.033 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and another
"Hell's Kitchen" (4.926 million viewers, #6; adults
18-49: 1.5, #T4).
NBC (7.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2)
then had to settle for second place with a recap of
"America's Got Talent" (6.848 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) alongside its "NBC News Special"
(10.671 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2),
"America's Got Talent" (10.452 million viewers, #2;
adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.680 million
viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17) and "America's Got
Talent/Taxi Brooklyn" (8.415 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.4, #7).
Next up was CBS (4.565 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "Big Brother 16"
(6.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "CBS
News Special" (3.811 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49:
0.9, #T15), "Under the Lights" (2.014 million viewers,
#20; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20), "Under the Lights/Extant"
(3.438 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19) and
"Extant" (4.241 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7,
Meanwhile, ABC (3.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.1, #4) offered up its repeat-driven mix of "The
Middle" (4.309 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0,
#T13), "The Goldbergs" (3.886 million viewers, #13;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "ABC News Special" (4.385
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern
Family" (3.866 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2,
#T9), "Modern Family/Shark Tank" (3.498 million viewers,
#17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and "Shark Tank" (3.084
million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15).
And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.761
million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20) and a
repeat "The 100" (0.642 million viewers, #22; adults
18-49: 0.2, #22) closed out the night over on The CW
(1.201 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).
On cable, "@midnight" attracted 708,000. "Top Chef
Duels" barely edged it out with 719,000. The star
of the night: Fox Sports 1's "The Ulttimate Fighter"
with 2.54 million.
TV by the Numbers
The Moustache Is Back!
Catch Season 31 of "Jeopardy!"
Get ready, America.
Jeopardy!‘s long-lost star is making a triumphant
When Alex Trebek shaved off his distinctive mustache in
2001 after more than 30 years of his signature look, the
country mourned the loss of an icon.
But it’s time to put champagne on ice and get your
noisemakers ready, because when the long-running game
show (now in its 31st season) returns next week, viewers
can toast to the return of the TV host’s famous facial
“In 2001, I shaved my mustache on a whim,” he tells
PEOPLE exclusively. “This year I had a
two-and-a-half-month period where we were not taping a
show, so I grew it back on another whim. I like to keep
my life simple.”
But will it stay? Trebek is putting his facial hair
future in the hands of fans. He's asking viewers to
weigh in on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #KeepItTrebek
No word on how long you have to persuade the game show
host. So if you have a strong opinion either way, get
online and weigh in!
Among the highlights:
- Arthur Chu and Julia Collins return to take on 13
other champions in the $100,000 Tournament of Champions
- The annual event weeks with the Teen Tournament,
College Championship, Teacher's Tournament, and Kids'
"Game Plane" Cleared
Catch It This Weekend, Check
Allegiant ALGT, -1.40%
announced today, in partnership with Alpine Labs, the
premiere of THE GAME PLANE, the world's first game show
to be filmed entirely in-flight with real passengers
competing in real time to win prizes on the spot.
Part quiz show, part game of chance, THE GAME PLANE
features Allegiant passengers on their way to vacation,
competing for thousands of dollars in prizes, including
all expenses-paid vacations at Las Vegas' most popular
luxury resort properties, airfare to Honolulu on
Allegiant, Las Vegas show tickets and more. THE GAME
PLANE is produced by Alpine Labs and filmed in-flight on
Allegiant scheduled service.
"Allegiant prides itself on being an innovator in the
airline industry, so the opportunity to be a part of the
first-ever in-flight game show is a perfect fit," said
Brian Davis, Allegiant Travel Company Vice President of
Business Development. "The energetic, fun atmosphere of
the show is an extension of our vacation-focused brand,
and the amazing prizes won by the contestants -- our
passengers -- highlight all of the amazing things our
destinations have to offer."
"We are thrilled to partner with Allegiant on this
amazing opportunity to showcase a whole new setting for
the game show," said Alpine's Kevin Abrams. "Our goal is
to remind viewers how much fun going on vacation is and
that there are still exciting new ways to visit the game
show format. THE GAME PLANE is an example of how we are
introducing an original take on production."
The show will premiere on September 20, 2014 and will
air in over 75 percent of U.S. television markets on a
syndicated network of stations led by the CBS Television
Stations group. To view a video preview of the show and
a full list of scheduled airings please visit http://gameplane.herokuapp.com.
Las Vegas Review Journal
The Game Plane Official Site
Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Two Bald Blokes"
- Michael Davies' "Men
In Blazers" jumps to NBCSN September 22 (The
- Joan Rivers' doctor
and the doctor that took a selfie with her as she laid dying
- You would have to win AGT
TWICE in order to afford Nick Cannon's finale shoes (Entertainment
- Frankie Grande
says... way... too much (Entertainment
- "The Price Is Right"
Live! heads to Iowa
- BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW:
Canada's Smartest Person (SheKnows)
- Is Discovery set to
buy out the Hub? (Deadline)
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