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Hey, Now! You're an All-Star!
Jeopardy! Kicks Off Season 35 With a Special Event
From Sony PR

It's Season 35, and what better way to celebrate than with an big, all-star tournament featuring some of your favorite contestants of the last several years? Eighteen of our winningest and most popular players will compete head-to-head in our first-ever tournament with teams.

How is this going to work? We're glad you asked. Here's a quick overview of the excitement in store for this season.

What is the Jeopardy! All-Star Games? Unlike any other Jeopardy! tournament, where contestants compete individually, 18 players will be divided into teams of three: one captain and two selected players. All three members of the team will play during each match, but not at the same time. Teams will have to strategize and decide who will play each round: Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! Teams will advance based on point totals at the end of the game (with a wild card slot up for grabs). The top three teams will compete for a $1 million prize in the finals.

Who are the All-Stars? The team captains are as follows: Colby Burnett, Buzzy Cohen, Julia Collins, Ken Jennings, Austin Rogers and Brad Rutter. They will select from this A-list roster of players: Leonard Cooper, Roger Craig, Jennifer Giles, Ben Ingram, Matt Jackson, Alex Jacob, Larissa Kelly, Alan Lin, David Madden, Pam Mueller, Monica Thieu and Seth Wilson.

How will the teams be selected? This is where the excitement begins. All 18 contestants will participate in a Facebook Live draft event hosted by Alex Trebek (naturally), set to take place Saturday, September 22, at 10 a.m. PT (mark your calendars!). The live draft will also be the first live broadcast the show has ever done, so you fans will get a unique look at what happens on and off the set.

Is there any way I can participate in all of the action? Actually, yes! Jeopardy! fans will be able to participate in a fantasy league sweepstakes to win a trip to any location around the world via Lindblad Expeditions. Later this season, you'll be invited to draft your own three-person dream team to follow throughout the tournament. Every correct clue response from your players will earn you an entry into the sweepstakes. You'll be able to draft your team and track your growing entry total here on Jeopardy.com.

When will the Jeopardy! All-Star Games air? Save the dates: The tournament will air over the course of 10 weekdays from February 20 to March 5, 2019.

Jeopardy!

Toronto Star
B&C
Good Housekeeping
CBS DFW
The Jeopardy! Fan
The Ringer

posted 9/21/18

THURSDAY: Final Three
CBS Wins with Big Brother
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on a nearly all-repeat Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (6.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Big Brother 20" (6.187 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "SWAT" (3.831 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

NBC (3.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with its second run lineup of "The Good Place" (2.705 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "The Good Place" (2.627 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.342 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.872 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Next up was ABC (2.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with encores of "Grey's Anatomy" (2.964 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), "Station 19" (2.505 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (1.603 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.504 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up repeats of "The Gifted" (1.478 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and another "The Gifted" (1.530 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.645 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise opted for repeats of "Supernatural" (0.862 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "The Originals" (0.428 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 954k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 838k
- Bite Club (Food): 758k
- Quizney (Disney): 489k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/21/18

Allez Cuisine! au Canadien
"Iron Chef Canada" Launches on Food Network Canada October 17
From Corus PR

Allez Cuisine! Today, Food Network Canada unveiled its exceptional culinary cast and premiere date for the great white north's Iron Chef Canada (10×60), set to debut on October 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. At the helm is Canadian television personality, accomplished food writer and trained culinary expert Gail Simmons as host, critically acclaimed food critic Chris Nuttall-Smith as floor reporter and Vancouver-native Jai West as the dynamic chairman. The final two Iron Chefs slated to command the competition include Ottawa-born vegetarian chef and owner of award-winning New York City restaurant Dirt Candy, Amanda Cohen, and prominent Vancouver-based chef and Culinary Director of Cactus Club, Rob Feenie – both former Iron Chef America competitors. Chefs Cohen and Feenie join previously announced Canadian Iron Chefs, Hugh Acheson, Lynn Crawford and Susur Lee.

In every episode, Monogram appliances elevate the head-to-head battles between the Iron Chefs and notable chef competitors in the finely crafted Monogram kitchen stadium. Each has 60 minutes to prepare five dishes using a featured "secret ingredient" and the chef with the highest score from the rotating judging panel wins the epic battle and supreme bragging rights. Stay tuned for more information on which Canadian chef competitors are lined up to compete this fall.

"We are ecstatic to introduce a truly authentic Canadian version of this immensely popular format to viewers across the country," said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. "With the stellar all-Canadian cast at the forefront and a roster of legendary Iron Chefs battling some of the most talented chefs in the country, the culinary showdowns are sure to be must-see events."

Corus PR

TV, Eh?

posted 9/21/18

The Wall en Espanol
Telemundo Casting for Spanish Version
From Onset Productions

NBC's SMASH HIT The Wall is coming to TELEMUNDO! Come see "The Wall," the fastest and simplest game with more than $12 million on the line every night - and up to $3 million on a single heart-stopping drop.

At four-stories high, the Wall was built for one purpose - to change peoples' lives. With tremendous cash prizes waiting at the bottom, this game can change lives in an instant.

Hosted by TV personality Marco Antonio Regil, "The Wall" will offer a pair of teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the Wall and add the value of the slot to the players' winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball will fall and deduct the value from the teams' total. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize.

Onset Productions

posted 9/21/18

Deal... or No Deal?
Poker Version COming to Casinos
From Play USA

US casino visitors are finding a new skill-based game on their next trip to several major casino properties. Unlike previous skill-based games that most people walk by, this one has a very familiar theme that might cause patrons to stop and give it a try. One of the most popular booths at the 2017 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) housed skill-based casino game developer Gamblit Gaming.

And one of the most popular products in the Gamblit booth was its multiplayer Deal or No Deal Poker game. Roughly one year after G2E 2017, not one, but two different versions of Deal or No Deal Poker have found their way onto the gaming floor of several popular Las Vegas, Nevada casinos.

Per a press release by Gamblit Gaming:

In an exclusive partnership with Endemol Shine Gaming, Gamblit Gaming brings a hit TV game show to casino floors with Deal or No Deal® in both a multiplayer form with Deal or No Deal Poker Special® on Gamblit's Model G™ interactive game tables and single player experience, Deal or No Deal Poker on the TriStation™ game machine.

PlayUSA

posted 9/21/18


RSVP Live

BUNNY CARR: 1927-2018
Legendary Irish Game Show Hosts
From RTE

FORMER presenter of the popular Irish television series Quicksilver, Bunny Carr, has died at the age of 91.

Carr, born and raised in Clontarf, Dublin, joined Telifis Eireann when it launched on New Year's Eve in 1961.

He went on to host some of the station's most popular shows throughout the 60's, including Quicksilver, Going Strong, The Life Game, The Politicians, The Person in Question and Encounter.

In 1970, he left RTE to work as Director of the Catholic Communications Centre before setting up his own PR company, Carr Communications, which is still in operation today. He will be fondly remembered for coining the phrase 'stop the lights' during his time on the show Quicksilver.

Quicksilver was a quiz show that ran from 1965 to 1981.

The show was broadcast each week from a different Irish town, with a live audience. Competitors were selected from the audience by drawing numbered tickets, prompting many amusing exchanges as they competed for small monetary prizes. Musical accompaniment was provided by organist Norman Metcalfe, who frequently provided musical hints to the answers. Communications consultant Terry Prone has paid tribute to Bunny Carr, describing him as a "pioneer of media training"..

Irish Post
RTE
Independent

posted 9/21/18


Fremantle

ANTONIO "POPEYE" FRANCIS: 1964-2018
"Britain's Got Talent" Contestant
From Metro

Britain's Got Talent star Antonio Francis has died aged 54.

The reality star, also known as 'Popeye', passed away after suffering a stroke.

Antonio memorably appeared on BGT with his unique routine, which saw him popping his eyeballs out of their sockets in time with the music.

Francis's death was confirmed by his son Dan, who appeared on BGT also, as part of the band Luminites.

Metro

posted 9/21/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "All For One Lady"

  • Alex Trebek ends up shaving... all for one person (Huffington Post)

  • More on RuPaul's "AJ & the Queen" (The Futon Critic)

  • Ellis Hillon apologizes for the tweets that got her kicked out of the Big Brother House (Evening Standard)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dan Walker of "Chase the Case" (Irish News)

posted 9/21/18

Julie Chen Leaving "The Talk", Staying on "Big Brother"
Moves Comes in Response to Moonves Departure
From TV Line

Despite leaving behind co-hosting duties on The Talk, Julie Chen will remain the host of reality competition series Big Brother, at least until the end of her contract next fall.

The television personality, who is married to ousted CEO-chairman of CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves, reportedly has no intention of leaving her gig as the host of Big Brother, and Celebrity Big Brother, a position she's held for the past 18 years.

According to Deadline, Chen notified individuals at the network that she wants to stay on the reality competition series, with sources telling the publication she looks forward to hosting the show for years to come.

The competition series has not officially been renewed for a 21st season by CBS, though with its consistently high performing ratings, and a second season of Celebrity Big Brother already set for midseason in 2019, the announcement seems imminent. The outlet reports that the consensus at the network is to keep Chen for the new seasons of CBB and Big Brother next year.

CNN
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Line
Broadway World

Deadline
PopCulture
Just Jared
CarterMatt

posted 9/20/18

Discovery Puts the Brakes On
New Show Premieres October 1
From Deadline

Discovery Channel is dropping the green flag on Brake Room, a new game show for gearheads that premieres at 11 PM Monday, October 1.

Comic Nick Stevens hosts the series, which featured celebrity contestants trying to predict what happens in the craziest viral videos from the motor world.

Each episode pits two car fanatics against each other in a number of challenges where they use their background, judgment and motor knowledge to help them answer questions about viral clips of auto accidents, blunders and mishaps. The weekly winner is rewarded with what the network describes as "the alluring mystery box."

Among the contestants buckling in for the ride are master car builder Jesse James, Deadliest Catch's Sean Dwyer, Moonshiners' Tim Smith and Josh Owens, and Jackass veteran Jason "Wee Man" Acuna.

Brake Room is produced by Magilla Entertainment. Its Matthew Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson, Jason Fox, Kevin Allgood and PJ Morrison executive produce alongside Discovery's Kyle Wheeler, Brian Peterson is the producer.

Deadline
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 9/20/18

WEDNESDAY: It's Magic
NBC Wins Battle of the Finales
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.193 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with the two-hour season finale of "America's Got Talent" (12.590 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) followed by a sneak preview of "I Feel Bad" (6.586 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and a second "I Feel Bad" (4.211 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

FOX (3.561 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its own two-hour finale to "MasterChef" (3.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.450 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) followed by repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.557 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Criminal Minds" (3.086 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.089 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "American Housewife" (2.318 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.280 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), another "Modern Family" (2.249 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Shark Tank" (2.103 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.712 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.433 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.572 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire - 9p (History): 1.141m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 707k
- Are You The One - 10p (MTV): 416k
- Forged in Fire - 10p (History): 696k
- Quizney (Disney): 400k
- Are You The One - 11p (MTV): 359k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 205k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/20/18

TUESDAY: And Now We Wait...
NBC Wins with AGT
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) cruised to the top spot on Tuesday with the penultimate "America's Got Talent" (12.779 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) followed by "The Paley Center Salutes This Is Us" (4.798 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

CBS (5.477 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "NCIS" (6.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (5.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with the season finales of "Beat Shazam" (2.346 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.821 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.635 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.296 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Speechless" (1.555 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Black-ish" (1.497 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Splitting Up Together" (1.264 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus the conclusion to "Castaways" (1.600 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with the repeats of "The Flash" (1.036 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.087 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) from last year's crossover.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 967k
- THe Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 811k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 649k
- Quizney (Disney): 538k .


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/20/18

More "MasterChef", Chef!
Casting to Start on Season 10
From the Futon Critic

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has ordered a tenth season of hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF, it was jointly announced today by FOX, Endemol Shine and Gordon Ramsay. Season 10 will air during the 2018-2019 season.

In addition, multi-award-winning television producer Natalka Znak has been added as executive producer.

Now in its ninth season, MASTERCHEF is television's No. 1 cooking show and is averaging 6.4 million multi-platform viewers.

MASTERCHEF is looking for the next batch of talented, passionate and skilled home cooks to compete for the coveted white apron. And, for the first time ever, Gordon Ramsay's very own culinary team will be hitting the road with the casting team! They will be his eyes and ears, checking you out, and tasting your very own culinary creations. The nationwide casting calls have begun and will continue throughout September.

MASTERCHEF open casting calls will be held as follows:

CITY DATE
- New York, NY Saturday, Sept. 22
- Chicago, IL Saturday, Sept. 22
- Los Angeles, CA Saturday, Sept. 29
- Dallas, TX Saturday, Sept. 29

The Futon Critic

posted 9/20/18

More on Hell's Kitchen: Veterans vs. Rookies
Catch It September 28!
From the Futon Critic

For the 18th season of HELL'S KITCHEN, premiering Friday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Gordon Ramsay's hit cooking competition series returns with a twist: pitting veteran contestants against rookies.

For the first time in the show's history, eight accomplished chefs who have competed in previous seasons - and lost - will be brought back for a shot at redemption and tested like never before, as they go up against eight ambitious rookies.

Each week, the chefs will be put through a series of grueling culinary challenges and dinner services to prove to Chef Ramsay they have what it takes to win a life-changing grand prize: a position at the world's first Gordon Ramsay HELL'S KITCHEN Restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and $250,000.

In the premiere episode, the rookie chefs will cook up the best versions of their signature dishes and the veterans will attempt to create those same dishes, foregoing the making of their own signature dishes, in the process. The winning team will be rewarded with a first-class meal at restaurant Charcoal and will be joined by Ramsay.

Below are the 16 chefs competing on this season of HELL'S KITCHEN:

The Blue Team (Veterans) includes:
- Ariel Fox (Season 6 - 3rd Place) Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
- Bret Hauser (Season 14 - left due to injury) Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Heather Williams (Season 16 - Runner Up) Hometown: Easton, PA
- Jen Gavin (Season 4 - 4th Place) Hometown: Chicago, IL
- Kevin Cottle (Season 6 - Runner-Up) Hometown: Connecticut / Massachusetts
- Roe DiLeo (Season 13 - 5th Place) Hometown: Dallas, TX
- T Gregorie (Season 14 - Runner-Up) Hometown: Draper, VA
- Trevor McGrath (Season 8 - 4th Place) Hometown: New York, NY

The Red Team (Rookies) includes:
- Chris Mendonca Hometown: Boston, MA
- Chris Motto Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
- Gizzy Barton Hometown: Atlanta, GA
- Jose DeJesus Hometown: Bronx, NY
- Kanae Houston Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
- Mia Castro Hometown: Miami Beach, FL
- Scotley Innis Hometown: Atlanta, GA
- Scott Popovic Hometown: Cleveland, OH
.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/20/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "From Steve to Kelly"

  • Steve Harvey is heading into the final season of his talk show... (Rolling Out) ... just as Kelly Clarkson gets the greenlight for hers (TV Line)

  • Adam Levine's side gig, Maroon 5, just scored the Super Bowl Halftime show (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dan Walker of "Chase the Case" (Irish News)

posted 9/20/18

HQ Has the Best Words
New Game Coming in October
From the Verge

HQ Trivia saw huge viral success by successfully turning Jeopardy! into a live smartphone game show. Now, nearly a year later, HQ is hoping it can make lightning strike twice with a new show format: HQ Words, which looks to iterate on popular game show Wheel of Fortune, via Digiday.

Like Wheel of Fortune, HQ Words will present players with a blank grid of letters and a clue with a selection of letters that players can guess. Guess a letter in the puzzle correctly, and you'll get points for each time it appears in the answer; guess wrong, and you'll get a strike. (Three strikes, and you're out.) At the end, the player with the most points will win (or split) the jackpot.

According to the Digiday report, HQ has actually made money from the game show, bringing in over $10 million in revenue since introducing the sponsored spots in March, despite giving away thousands of dollars in prize money to players. The company is likely hoping that the additional option of a new game will help draw in both new and old users to keep those sponsorship deals flowing.

HQ Words is set to launch sometime in October. There's no word yet on if vowels will cost extra.

The Verge
New York Business Journal

Android Central
TechCrunch

posted 9/18/18

MONDAY: Last Week of the Summer
NBC Wins on the Emmys... at a Record Low
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Monday with its coverage of "The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1). Said event was on par with last year's coverage of "The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.576 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.1), which aired on a Sunday.

CBS (3.467 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was a distant second with repeats of "Young Sheldon" (5.195 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Mom" (4.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) followed by the season finales of "Salvation" (2.653 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and "Elementary" (3.123 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.237 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a special "Castaways" (3.324 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Castaways" (3.031 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (3.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.521 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) opted for its own special "Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes" (2.521 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, repeats of the 2017 crossover between "Supergirl" (0.786 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Arrow" (0.620 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.703 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.401k
- Disney Quizney (Disney): 664k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/18

SYNDIES: Week 0
Results for the Week Ending September 9
From TV Newscheck

Several of the biggest talk shows in syndication kicked off their new seasons to viewer acclaim in the session ending Sept. 9.

Live with Kelly and Ryan launched Season 31 of the Live franchise, and jumped 11% from the prior frame to a six-week high 2.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. That was second only to Dr. Phil, which had not yet started its new season but still led all talkers for the 105th week in a row despite being partially in repeats and dipping 4% to a 2.7.

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
1) Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
2) Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 NC
3) Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -2%
4) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
5) Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC .

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 9/18/18

WEEKEND: It's Definitely Almost Fall...
NFL Wins Sunday for NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (3.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.942 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

ABC (2.392 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.720 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Speechless" (1.963 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Child Support" (1.918 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) plus a new "20/20" (2.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was CBS (3.044 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "Sunday's Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning" (3.407 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), a new "TKO: Total Knock Out" (2.124 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (3.601 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.533 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up second runs of "The Resident" (1.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "The Orville" (1.331 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally on The CW (1.160 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.142 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.057 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.220 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 440k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (MTV): 414k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (16.442 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) coasted to victory on Sunday with its combination of "Football Night in America #1" (5.796 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (9.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.8, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.168 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1).

CBS (8.377 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (19.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #2), "60 Minutes" (11.912 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5), "Big Brother 20" (6.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.510 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and another "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.254 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

Next up was ABC (4.364 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.009 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.411 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.315 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.752 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Simpsons" (2.033 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), another "The Simpsons" (2.029 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.570 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15), "Family Guy" (1.549 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and another "Family Guy" (1.486 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) rounded out the night on FOX (1.903 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.152m

On cable Saturday...
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 428k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Oscars So Betty White"

  • Betty White has a moment at the Oscars (TV Line) ... as does Kaitlyn Bristowe (Reality TV World)

  • The Proposal's first couple... already split (TMZ)

  • Arie Luyendyk Jr. brings it on himself... according to Chris (Reality TV World)

  • Bradley Walsh juggling between chasing bad guys and chasing Mark Labbett (Digital Spy)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Kellyn Bechtold (Surviving Tribal)

posted 9/14/18

I've Got a Golden Ticket!
Catch Let's Make a Deal Next Week on CBS!
From Broadway World

The 10th anniversary season of CBS Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show LET'S MAKE A DEAL kicks off Monday, Sept. 17 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network with a jam-packed week of big surprises. LET'S MAKE A DEAL is hosted by Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show host Wayne Brady.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL returns with fan-favorite "Zonk Redemption" which gets super-sized from one episode to a week-long event as a thank you to the series' devoted audience. The exciting week of episodes offers formerly "zonked" traders from the show's past nine seasons the opportunity to redeem themselves. Each of these former contestants will be in the audience for the entire week and have the chance to leave a big winner or get zonked yet again. The excitement is multiplied by the possibility of uncovering one of Wayne's coveted "golden tickets," which gives unsuspecting contestants throughout the week a shot at ultimate redemption and guarantees $100,000 to one lucky winner - the single largest dollar amount given away in the history of the series!

On Monday, Sept. 17, Wayne will give away the first golden ticket, and model Tiffany introduces her new baby, Carter, to her LET'S MAKE A DEAL family. On Tuesday, Wayne officiates a surprise wedding for an engaged couple in the audience. Then, on Wednesday, Emmy Award-winning television personality RuPaul drops by to assist Wayne in making a deal. On Thursday, Wayne invites a contestant to play this season's new game, Decade of Deals, showcasing memorable photos from the past nine seasons. The week builds to an exciting conclusion on Friday when the newest Zonk mascot, "Zonkaroo," hatches and the $100,000 winner is revealed!.

Broadway World

posted 9/17/18

HQ: The One with the Emmys
Catch It Monday!
From Variety

HQ Trivia is trying to horn in on TV's biggest night: The live game-show app will stage a special Emmys-themed show next Monday, Sept. 17, during the Emmy Awards — with a $100,000 cash prize going to a single winner.

Launched in August 2017, HQ Trivia has amassed a fanbase of millions (and numerous copycat competitors) with the promise of letting users win real money. In a normal game, the winning HQ Trivia players split the cash prize, sometimes ending up with just a few dollars each.

But for the app's Emmy Awards Night game, sponsored by Target, it will be a winner-takes-all format for the $100,000 pool. That would be its biggest payout to a single player to date.

There's another difference: For the Emmys game, host Scott Rogowsky will keep asking questions until only a single winner is left standing. Users will be able to use extra "lives" (letting them stay in the game after they've answered a question incorrectly) but only until question 15. The regular HQ Trivia games comprise 12 trivia questions, giving users just 10 seconds to tap the right multiple-choice answer.

HQ Trivia's Emmys game is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET on Sept. 17 — right in the middle of the awards telecast. NBC will broadcast the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards live on Sept. 17, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. According to HQ Trivia, its Emmys-themed event could include questions about TV shows, actors, and historical facts about the Emmy Awards and the telecast.

Variety

posted 9/17/18

Paying a Small Fortune
ITV Taps Dermot O'Leary as Host
From Telly Mix

The X Factor frontman Dermot O'Leary has signed up to present 'Small Fortune', a new ITV entertainment format described as the "world's smallest physical gameshow".

Small Fortune involves teams of friends or family members attempting to win big money by playing tiny games.

Each round takes place in a different miniature world, ranging from a replica of Stonehenge to a pint-size version of Coronation Street pub The Rovers Return.

If the contestants hold their nerve and avoid slip-ups, they could win up to £50,000 per game.

However, the slightest mistake could mean that they'll lose out.

The show comes from Youngest Media, the production company founded by the minds behind Pointless and The Million Pound Drop.

"We did the pilot and had a hoot," revealed Dermot. "It's a funny, quirky and clever show, that grabbed me from the off.

"I hope the viewers enjoy watching it as much as we will making it."

Joe Mace, ITV commissioning editor for entertainment, said: "If it's true that fortune favours the brave, then Small Fortune favours the bravest. "Great things come in small packages, and we hope the audience will agree. We are absolutely delighted that Dermot is hosting this exciting new series."

Youngest's David Flynn added: "Anyone can play our games but you have to have nerves of steel to win big. "With huge emotion and massive jeopardy as players put everything on the line, we're hoping our tiny gameshow is the next big thing.".

Telly Mix
Realscreen
C21 Media

posted 9/17/18

Big Brother's Eye Could Be Saved
Channel 5's Version to End, But ITV Could Pick It Up
From Plymouth Live

Big Brother may not be axed after all as ITV is reported to be making a bid to save the show which has been scrapped by Channel 5.

The popular reality TV game show originally aired on Channel 4 has been dropped by its current home Channel Five - with the series now airing set to be the last.

But ITV is reported to be making a bid to air the show in future, reports The Mirror.

Sky and Channel 4 have both already said they aren't interested in reviving the series but ITv is in talks with Big Brother's production company Endemol Shine, according to The Times .

BBC New
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Sky News

Plymouth Live

posted 9/17/18

... and That's Not All!
ITV Looks to Poach More
From Birmingham Live

ITV are set to poach BBC favourites Peaky Blinders, Masterchef and Pointless, reports say.

Birmingham-based drama Peaky Blinders could soon find itself on ITV1 alongside the cooking reality series and popular teatime quiz show.

Endemol Shine has attracted interest from a number of channels. ITV is reportedly trapped in a battle to acquire the production company, which is responsible for the Shelby crime drama.

Valued at £3billion, Endemol wouldn't be acquired cheaply, but it's a risk that could have big rewards..

Birmingham Mail

posted 9/17/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Round 1, FIGHT!"

posted 9/17/18


BBC

Jeremy Clarkson to Return as Host of "Millionaire"
ITV Commissions New Series
From The Independent

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? will return for a new series in 2019 with Jeremy Clarkson back in the hosting seat.

The game show was revived for a string of anniversary specials earlier this year, with Clarkson taking over the role previously filled by Chris Tarrant.

The seven-episode special, which aired over a week in May, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the show, which was presented by Tarrant from 1998 to 2014.

The new series of 10 episodes will air on ITV in 2019, when contestants will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions to win £1 million.

The Independent
Evening Standard
Telly Mix

posted 9/13/18

THURSDAY: Eye on Top
CBS Wins on "Big Brother"
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.305 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Young Sheldon" (6.409 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Big Brother 20" (5.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "SWAT" (3.338 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

ABC (4.162 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.251 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) followed by the season finales of "Match Game" (4.296 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Take Two" (2.940 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.238 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its marathon lineup of "The Good Place" (2.635 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "The Good Place" (2.088 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), yet another "The Good Place" (2.226 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), even more "The Good Place" (2.006 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.235 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.683 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up encores of "MasterChef" (1.853 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "The Gifted" (1.513 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.634 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Supernatural" (0.808 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "The Originals" (0.460 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 722k
- Bite Club (Food): 701k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/14/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Preview of Coming Attractions"

posted 9/14/18

WEDNESDAY: NBC Rules the World
"AGT", "WOD" Finale Helps Peacock to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (9.934 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) followed by the season finale of "World of Dance" (5.627 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3). FOX (3.655 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with a two-hour "MasterChef" (3.655 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3). Next up was CBS (3.811 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.570 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.924 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Criminal Minds" (2.938 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10). Meanwhile, ABC (2.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.458 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Modern Family" (2.794 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Splitting Up Together" (2.228 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) plus a special "Castaways" (1.857 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10). And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.779 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.586 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.682 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.181m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 827k
- ARe You The One (MTV): 472k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 183k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 148k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/13/18

Belgium Sweeps Game Show Rose D'Ors
"Sorry About That", "Down the Road" Win Trophies
From The Futon Critic

The best in TV and online entertainment from around the world has been honoured at the 57th Rose d'Or Awards in Berlin (13 September). Programs from Belgium, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States were awarded trophies in 10 categories.

Among the winners were Netflix's royal saga "The Crown" which won Best Drama and Italy's "Roberto Bolle - Dance with Me" starring the eponymous dancer who was present to collect his award, which took home the prize for Best Entertainment.

Belgium triumphed in two categories for Reality and Factual (Down the Road) and Game Show (Sorry About That).

The ceremony, held at the Axica venue next to Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, was attended by around 400 industry luminaries. The Director of Media at the European Broadcasting Union, which runs the awards, Jean Philip De Tender said that quality shone through the nominees in 2018: "As we near the Rose d'Or's 60th anniversary we have seen the very best in global entertainment content showcased here tonight.

"Nearly 500 programs from around 300 broadcasters and production companies were submitted for this year's Rose d'Or Awards. Our winners, and indeed all the nominees, tonight truly represent the gold standard of entertainment." Juries made up of industry professionals from 15 different countries shortlisted four nominees and then selected winners in each of the 10 categories competing for a Rose d'Or. Producers from nominated programmes were invited to a Market Forum on the afternoon of the event to network and discuss the making of their shows.

The Rose d'Or Awards, one of the world's most prestigious awards for entertainment programming, are given out by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

European Broadcasting Union

posted 9/13/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Time Chase"

  • Bradley Walsh's work on "Doctor Who" is affecting "The Chase" taping (Metro)

  • Billy Eichner asks the hard questions... like "How come Emma Stone isn't on Instagram?" (NewNowNext)

  • Chris Hardwick heads back to "The Wall" (The Futon Critic)

  • LIST ABUSE: Millionaire's 20 most savage questions over its 20 years (iNews)

posted 9/13/18

Let's Do Some Dancing...
Meet the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 27 Cast
From TV Line

A Hogwarts alum, a Tanner family friend and a good ol' boy will compete for the Mirrorball Trophy when Dancing With the Stars returns this fall. Good Morning America on Wednesday revealed the full cast line-up for Season 27, which includes Harry Potter's Evanna Lynch (aka Luna Lovegood), Fuller House's Juan Pablo Di Pace and The Dukes of Hazzard's John Schneider.

Also competing this fall are comedian Nikki Glaser, radio personality-turned-American Idol mentor Bobby Bones, singer Tinashe and Instagram model Alexis Ren. Among the athletes taking part are Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, Paralympian Danelle Umstead and Super Bowl champ DeMarcus Ware.

All of the above join previous confirmed contestants, including Facts of Life vet Nancy McKeon, Disney Channel star Milo "Son of Camryn" Manheim and Bachelorette Season 14 alum Joe Amabile, whose casting was first revealed during Tuesday's Bachelor in Paradise finale.

McKeon marks the third Facts of Life vet to participate in the ABC reality competition, following Kim Fields (who finished seventh in Season 22) and Cloris Leachman (who finished seventh in Season 7). Similarly, Di Pace is the third Fuller House cast member to compete, following Candace Cameron Bure (who finished third in Season 18) and Jodie Sweetin (who finished sixth in Season 22). DWTS Season 27 kicks off on Monday, Sept. 24, at 8/7c on ABC.

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 9/12/18

TUESDAY: Baby Got Talent
NBC Wins on AGT
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (10.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and the special "Brooklyn 99 Presents NBC Fall 2018" (3.491 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

ABC (3.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with the season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) plus a new "Castaways" (2.151 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (6.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bull" (5.284 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.583 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.873 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.201 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Love Connection" (1.546 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.663 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "The Outpost" (0.679 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) combined to round out the night on The CW (0.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 839k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 719k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 653k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/12/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bachelor! Bachelor! Bachelor!"

posted 9/12/18

Second Chance... Fifth Chair
"Voice" Gets Companion Show, Fifth Coach
From the Futon Critic

Four-time Emmy Award-winning hit musical competition series "The Voice" will debut its first-ever, 10-part "Comeback Stage" companion series in its upcoming 15th season, which premieres Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Chart-topping country music star and acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Kelsea Ballerini will serve as the companion series' "fifth coach" and mentor six deserving comeback artists who auditioned for coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton during the Blind Auditions but did not make a team. These six Comeback Artists will compete for a chance to re-enter "The Voice" competition and earn a spot in the Top 13 live shows in November.

During the series, Grammy Award nominee Kelsea Ballerini will pair the six Comeback Artists into three Battle Pairings, coaching each artist on an individual song. These artists will go head to head in a Battle Round, and Ballerini will determine the winner of each Battle Round.

Then, in the next phase of the series, the three Battle Round winners will move forward to the Comeback Stage Finals, each performing a final song in the series. Based on these performances, Ballerini will identify the final two artists who will move on to the final phase of the series and perform live for America's vote.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/11/18

This Is Not a Game... Except It Is... Except It Isn't...
Samantha Bee, TBS to Launch App Quiz/Vote Drive
From Mediapost

Wednesday evening, TBS will launch a new live mobile game from the team at the comedy show "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee." The game, called "This Is Not A Game, The Game," will look familiar to fans of HQ Trivia, the app that popularized the interactive mobile game show format.

Each day there will be 10 questions -- some easy, some hard, some just silly -- and at the end of the game, everyone who answered all of them correctly will split a cash prize.

Of course, coming from a comedy show, it also needs to be funny and fun.

"The humor is really similar to what you would get on the show. The tone is similar, but the execution is totally different, and that was a really interesting learning curve for us," Bee says, speaking to reporters at an app preview at the Helen Mills Theater.

But while it is a game, the idea came from a field piece that aired on the show last year. In the segment, the show tried to help a fledgling local newspaper by "gamifying" the subscription, offering scratch-off tickets to people who subscribed. It was a joke, but it stuck with the "Full Frontal" team.

"After the field piece it occurred to us, could we gamify the midterms?" Bee says. "Could we apply those principles, and incentivize people to do things they didn't want to do, like voting? Is it possible? Is it legal? Could it be fun?"

As a result, "This Is Not A Game, The Game" seeks to do just that, awarding extra live for registering to vote, or finding your polling place.

Bee says the game won't be making any endorsements or try to push viewers to any particular party or candidate, but rather will generally attempt to get people informed about the elections. The game will also adapt to current events and news, with new challenges or questions being added in to keep people engaged. On Thursdays, for example, it might call back to Wednesday evening's show, while Friday may be a current events day. They are already planning something for National Voter Registration Day on September 25.

Bee says: "Obviously, we will terrorize people with the game on Halloween."

Ultimately, if the game is deemed a success, Bee suggests that it could continue in some capacity beyond the midterms, but for now the focus remains on making people laugh, and keeping people engaged. "If you accidentally learn something, and we accidentally cause people to engage with something that is your technical civic duty, then good for us," she quips..

Mediapost

posted 9/11/18

WEEKEND: America Stands Up
Friday Belongs to NBC, Sunday too on NFL
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) claimed top honors on Friday with its coverage of "Stand Up to Cancer" (2.066 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

ABC (2.633 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "Stand Up to Cancer" (2.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "What Would You Do?" (2.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and the season premiere of "20/20" (3.429 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

Next up was CBS (2.251 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) and its lineup of "Stand Up to Cancer" (2.025 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "TKO: Total Knock Out" (1.620 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (3.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) offered up a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.186 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) alongside repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.108 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.913 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, FOX (0.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) rounded out the night with "Stand Up to Cancer" (1.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and a repeat "The Orville" (0.925 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 1.026m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30 (MTV): 502k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10 (MTV): 462k
- Safeword (MTV): 415k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (17.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with the formal return of "Football Night in America #1" (6.240 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.164 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (17.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.600 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1).

FOX (7.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then was a distant second with its own "NFL Overrun" (17.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.7, #2) followed by "The OT" (13.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.4, #4), a special preview of "Rel" (5.054 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) plus repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.656 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.982 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Family Guy" (1.666 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was CBS (4.701 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.087 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Big Brother 20" (5.693 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "Hawaii Five-0" (2.942 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.084 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.010 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.124 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) alongside "The 2019 Miss America Competition" (4.307 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) on ABC (4.187 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.184m


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posted 9/11/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Burt and Marc"

  • Carrie Underwood to follow in the footsteps of Ryan Seacrest and Weird Al Yankovic ... (People)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Mastermind looking for more gay, black, and female player (The Times)

  • FIRST LOOK: Deal or No Deal (Newscast Studio)

  • Sandi Toksvig says women were marginalized on panel shows (The Independent)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (Starts at 60)

posted 9/11/18

Get on the Brain Wagon
India, Middle East Game for New Format
From Digital Studio ME

Color TV Middle East owned by IndiaCast is set to air family quiz show – Brain Wagon starting in September. Conceptualized and produced by The Magic Box FZ LLE, the show is all set to premiere on Colors TV ME on Sunday, 23rd September at 7:30 pm UAE Time.

Building on its experience of previous interactive game shows produced by IndiaCast for audiences in the Middle East, this show has been designed to engage the entire family- both for participation and viewership.

Sachin Gokhale, Business Head- Middle East & Africa and Head of Business Operations and Corporate Strategy for International Business at IndiaCast, said, "Over the past few years, we have seen our local content initiatives resonating well and proving to be extremely popular with our audiences in the Middle East. Brain Wagon is one more such fun and unique concept- which targets & aims to involve the entire family. Given the universal nature of the contest, the fun and informal setting, and the presence of a much-loved celebrity host like Cyrus Sahukar, we are sure this show will be much enjoyed by the entire base of our South Asian family audiences."

In a new format for a South Asian TV channel, families as participants will battle it out in a series of challenging mind games with each passing episode. The participants will consist of an adult and a child (8-12 years) making up a team to challenge another team over tasks revolving around General Knowledge, Science, Math, Bollywood, World Knowledge along with cognitive-based games. The 30 shortlisted teams will get on a 10-week knowledge battle challenging each other's prowess over various subjects and winning prizes every episode. For the viewers, there will be twists in each round and hook points to keep them glued to the show.

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posted 9/10/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Burt and Marc"

  • That time Burt Reynolds threw water at Marc Summers (PopCulture)

  • Scott Rogowsky plays Philly (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • There's a new king of Food Network... (Washingtonian)

  • Julie Chen takes time off of "The Talk" to... say it with us now... Spend more time with her family (TV Line)

  • Kardashians: the feud behind the Feud (E! Online)

posted 9/10/18

Les Moonves to Depart CBS
Embattled Network Head the Subject of #MeToo Allegations
From the Huffington Post

Les Moonves, one of the most powerful men in media, is leaving his position as chairman and CEO of CBS amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him, the company announced Sunday.

Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to the Me Too movement that will be deducted from any severance benefits Moonves may be owed, the company said. The donation to charities promoting women's equality in the workplace will come upon the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegations, according to the statement.

The move comes roughly a month after The New Yorker published an article alleging that Moonves harassed several women with unwanted kissing and touching and contributed to the network's overall toxic workplace culture.

CBS also announced the replacement of six board members with new independent directors.

CBS Chief Operating Officer Joseph Ianniello will replace Moonves and serve as the acting president and CEO while the board looks for a more permanent successor.

"Today's resolution will benefit all shareholders, allowing us to focus on the business of running CBS – and transforming it for the future," CBS Vice Chair Shari Redstone said in a statement. "We are confident in Joe's ability to serve as acting CEO and delighted to welcome our new directors, who bring valuable and diverse expertise and a strong commitment to corporate governance.".

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posted 9/9/18


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BILL DAILY: 1929-2018
Actor a Semi-Reg on "Match Game"
From TV Line

Bill Daily, best known to TV audiences for his role as Major Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie, has died at the age of 91, Variety reports.

Daily passed away on Sept. 4 in Santa Fe, N.M. He is survived by his son, J. Patrick Daily. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

The actor, whose earliest credits include episodes of Bewitched and My Mother the Car, was cast as Jeannie's Major Healey in 1965 and appeared in all five seasons, as well as follow-up TV-movies I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later (1985) and I Still Dream of Jeannie (1991).

Barbara Eden paid tribute to her former costar on Twitter. "Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed," Eden said. "Billy was wonderful to work with. He was a funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. I'm so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Until we meet again Billy, xo."

Following Jeannie, Daily was cast as a series regular on The Bob Newhart Show, playing Newhart's neighbor, Howard Borden, from 1972-1978. He later reunited with Newhart in select episodes of Newhart and Bob.

"Bill Daily and I go back to Chicago in the '50s," Newhart said on Twitter. "He and I were both trying to get into standup. Later, he joined The Bob Newhart Show. He was our bullpen guy — you could always go to him. He was one of the most positive people I've ever known. I will miss him dearly."

Additional TV credits included starring roles on the short-lived series Aloha Paradise, Starting From Scratch and Small & Frye. He also recurred as Dr. Larry Dykstra on ALF, and appeared in episodes of Caroline in the City, CHiPS, The Love Boat and Love, American Style.

On game shows, he played "Hollywood Squares", "Match Game", "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour", "Tattletales", "Card Sharks", "Celebrity Bowling", and "It's Your Bet"
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posted 9/9/18

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Waterlogged"

  • FIRST LOOK: Ninja Warrior's first underwater obstacle (TV Line)

  • Victor & Nicole go from Big Brother to Amazing Race... to engaged (Monsters & Critics)

  • Sand Toksvig paid less than Stephen Fry to host QI... a LOT less (Independent)

posted 9/9/18

Exiting "Runway" for Amazon
Host Team to Develop a New Series
From TV Line

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are about to see if they can "make it work" at Amazon.

The Emmy Award-winning duo are departing the Project Runway franchise to develop a new reality series at Amazon, it was announced on Friday. While details about the new series remain, ahem, "close to the vest," the streamer notes that it will entail a "shoppable experience" for viewers, who will presumably be able to purchase select items of clothing as seen on the show.

"After 16 incredible seasons, I am saying 'Auf Wiedersehen' to Project Runway, a show that I was honored to host and help create," Klum said in a statement. "I am incredibly proud of the show, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I am so appreciative of the dedicated fans, and most of all, I am grateful that we could shine a light on creativity and help launch so many talented designers' careers. I'm most excited that my journey with my dear friend and colleague, Tim Gunn, is far from over."

Gunn added, "I am grateful to Project Runway for putting me on a path I never, in my wildest dreams, thought my career would take me. I am so proud to have been a part of the groundbreaking process that showcased talented young designers as never before. Most importantly, I am indebted to our incredible fans, they are the heart and soul of what we do, and continue to inspire us to raise the bar in this arena. I'm excited for them to see what's next, as I partner with Amazon and Heidi Klum on our next great 'fashion' adventure."

Shortly thereafter, series judge Zac Posen announced that he, too, would be leaving Project Runway after six seasons.

Runway first premiered on Bravo back in 2004, where it aired for five seasons before relocating to Lifetime for its next 11 seasons. There, it spawned a number of spinoffs, including Project Runway: Junior and Project Runway All-Stars. It was then announced back in May that Runway would return to Bravo.

"Bravo is proud to bring Project Runway back where it all began, and Heidi and Tim will always be a huge part of the legacy," Bravo said in a statement on Friday. "The series will continue its iconic impact with Bravo's reboot for the next generation of designers and fans. We are excited to announce our new host and mentor very soon."

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posted 9/7/18


AP

MAC MILLER: 1992-2018
Rapper Paneled on "Hip Hop Squares"
From the CBC

Mac Miller, the hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and who earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper, has died at the age of 26.

His family said in a statement that Miller died Friday but gave no further details. "He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans," the statement said.

Miller, who also drew headlines for his two-year relationship with singer Ariana Grande that ended earlier this year, apparently died in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police said they responded to a report of a deceased person at a home on the same block where Miller is listed as a resident, and had turned the case over to the coroner's office. Los Angeles County coroner's spokesperson Sarah Ardalani says no cause of death has been determined and an autopsy is pending.

While Miller didn't have a hit on Top 40 radio, he had a strong following on streaming networks and even had an album debut at number one on the top 200 albums chart. He had collaborations with numerous performers, including Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Ty Dolla $ign.

He released his fifth, full-length album Swimming last month, with Variety calling it "a simple, stately, poetic autobiography." Rolling Stone called it "silky, deep vibe redolent of the L.A. alternative soul scene." New Musical Express said it was "his best work in years."

Miller's label, Warner Bros., released a statement calling him "a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humour that touched everyone he met. Mac's death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless."

The album included the song Come Back to Earth, with Miller trying to chart his way through tough times: "In my own way, I feel like living some alternate reality/And I was drowning, but now I'm swimming through stressful waters to relief."

Miller was also a semi-regular guest on the original run of "Hip Hop Squares" on MTV2.
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posted 9/7/18

THURSDAY: Grand Opening, Grand Closing
NFL Helps NBC to Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (17.283 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday thanks to its coverage of "NFL Kickoff 2018" (11.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (15.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.5, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1).

CBS (4.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (5.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Big Brother 20" (5.187 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and "SWAT" (2.923 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.368 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) followed by the penultimate weeks of "Match Game" (3.273 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Take Two" (2.406 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.441 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up encores of "MasterChef" (1.720 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Gifted" (1.163 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.622 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) likewise opted for second runs of "Supernatural" (0.774 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "The Originals" (0.471 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 688k
- Bite Club (P/Food): 637k .


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BURT REYNOLDS: 1936-2018
Actor Created "Win Lose or Draw", Played Numerous Others
From TV Line

Burt Reynolds, a staple of machismo-fueled, good ol' boy movies from the 1970s and 1980s and an Emmy winner for his role on TV's Evening Shade, died of a heart attack on Thursday. He was 82.

Reynolds' long film resume includes free-wheeling larks such as Smokey and the Bandit and Stroker Ace, the comedies Semi-Tough and Cannonball Run, and more serious fare such as Deliverance (which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture), Starting Over, Hustle and The Longest Yard.

In 1998, Reynolds received his first Academy Award nod, for a supporting role in Boogie Nights that also earned him a Golden Globe.

On TV, Reynolds received two Emmy nominations, grabbing gold once, for playing former football star Wood Newton in CBS' Evening Shade, which ran for four seasons in the early 1990s; he also earned a Golden Globe for the role. Very early in his TV career, he played Quint on Gunsmoke. He then went on to fill the title roles on ABC dramas Hawk (in 1966), Dan August (1970) and B.L. Stryker (1989). His TV work also included spots on Ed, Burn Notice and Archer.

In game shows, he was, with production partner & best friend Bert Convy, one of the creators & producers of "Win, Lose or Draw" during the 1980s. He was also featured on "Hollywood Squares", "Star Search", "Match Game", "It's Your Bet", "The Game Game", "You're Putting Me On", "The Contender", and "Dream Girl of '67".

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posted 9/6/18

WEDNESDAY: Got Talent Gets Got
"Big Brother" Top Demo Draw, NBC Still Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.701 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (9.732 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and the penultimate week of "World of Dance" (5.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

FOX (3.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with a two-hour "MasterChef" (3.362 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.752 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) followed by repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.699 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Criminal Minds" (3.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.843 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "American Housewife" (2.323 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.471 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "American Housewife" (2.045 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Shark Tank" (1.946 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.663 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and the special "Back to School Just for Laughs" (0.487 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) on The CW (0.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 786k
- Are You The One (MTV): 449k
- Comedy Knockout - 11p (truTV): 220k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 195k
- Robot Wars (Science): 175k
- Comedy Knockout - 11:30p (truTV): 173k


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posted 9/6/18

TUESDAY: You Made It!
"Making It" Finale, AGT Semi Fuel NBC To a Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.326 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and the season finale of "Making It" (3.757 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

ABC (3.331 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two network with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Castaways" (2.166 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.036 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.937 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bull" (4.765 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.408 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.823 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.148 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Love Connection" (1.499 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.679 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with second runs of "The Flash" (0.711 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Outpost" (0.648 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.143m
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 759k
- Chopped (Food): 674k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 534k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 135k

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posted 9/5/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Less Les?"

  • Les Moonves heading for the door? (TV Line)

  • Bridgette Dunning goes from Big Brother to small bride (Us Magazine)

  • Ellen DeGeneres going to Netflix (Dateline)

posted 9/6/18

It's a Real David vs. Goliath Match-Up!
Meet the New Survivors
From Broadway World

CBS announced today THE 20 CASTAWAYS who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 37th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

This edition, themed "David vs. Goliath," features 20 new CASTAWAYS DIVIDED into two groups of 10 strangers. CASTAWAYS who make up the "David" tribe have overcome adversity in their lives, while the CASTAWAYS on the "Goliath" tribe tend to capitalize on their individual advantages and use it against their opponents. This extreme game of social politics will focus on the "underdogs" versus the "favorites" and reveal that every "Goliath" has an Achilles heel, while every "David" has a secret weapon.

"'Goliaths' often have visible advantages, and they capitalize on them to ensure success, whereas 'Davids' are often forced to rely on their secret weapons and use these advantages to overcome adversity," says executive producer and host Jeff Probst. "It's two very different approaches to life, but SURVIVOR is the great equalizer, because you never know which skill set will be most useful in this cunning game of social politics."

These new CASTAWAYS will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in an attempt to become the Sole Survivor. The show returns to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji and is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.

This season's CASTAWAYS include a pro wrestler, a robotics scientist, an MMA fighter, a physician, and a S.W.A.T. officer. The following are THE 20 CASTAWAYS competing this spring.

"DAVID" TRIBE
- Christian Hubicki, 32 Hometown: Baltimore, Md. Current Residence: Tallahassee, Fla. Robotics scientist
- Nick Wilson, 27 Hometown: Williamsburg, Ky. Current Residence: London, Ky. Public defender
- Davie Rickenbacker, 30 Hometown: Orangeburg, S.C. Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga. Social media manager
- Pat Cusack, 40 Hometown: Cohoes, N.Y. Current Residence: Watervliet, N.Y. Maintenance manager
- Carl Boudreaux, 41 Hometown: Beaumont, Texas Current Residence: Houston, Texas Truck driver
- Jessica Peet, 19 Hometown: Lakeland, Fla. Current Residence: Lakeland, Fla. Waitress
- Elizabeth Olsen, 31 Hometown: Dallas, Ft. Worth, Texas Current Residence: Longview, Texas Kitchen staff
- Gabby Pascuzzi, 25 Hometown: St. Augustine, Fla. Current Residence: Denver, Colo. Technical writer
- Lyrsa Torres, 36 Hometown: Puerto Rico Current Residence: Boston, Mass. Airline agent
- Bi Nguyen, 28 Hometown: Houston, Texas Current Residence: Houston, Texas MMA fighter

"GOLIATH" TRIBE
- John Hennigan, 38 Hometown: Los Angeles Current Residence: Los Angeles Pro wrestler
- Alec Merlino, 24 Hometown: San Clemente, Calif. Current Residence: San Clemente, Calif. Bartender
- Jeremy Crawford, 40 Hometown: Clover, S.C. Current Residence: New York Attorney
- Dan Rengering, 27 Hometown: Lake Butler, Fla. Current Residence: Gainesville, Fla. S.W.A.T. officer
- Mike White, 47 Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Current Residence: Los Angeles Filmmaker
- Natalia Azoqa, 25 Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Current Residence: Irvine, Calif. Industrial engineer
- Angelina Keeley, 28 Hometown: Sparks, Nev. Current Residence: San Clemente, Calif. Financial consultant
- Kara Kay, 30 Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Current Residence: San Diego, Calif. Realtor
- Alison Raybould, 28 Hometown: Leawood, Kan. Current Residence: Chapel Hill, N.C. Physician
- Natalie Cole, 56 Hometown: Los Angeles Current Residence: Los Angeles CEO publishing.

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Billy on the... Web?
"Billy on the Street" to Return as a Web Series
From Broadway World

Pedestrians beware: Billy Eichner — and, if we're lucky, Elena — will soon be back on the Street.

Billy on the Street, which ended its five-season TV run back in January 2017, is returning as an online-exclusive series, Deadline reports.

New episodes of Billy on the Street will be made available via Funny or Die's website as well as Eichner's various social media accounts.

The new season will consist of eight short-form episodes, and feature guests Emma Stone, Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kate McKinnon, among others.

A premiere date has not yet been announced.

Billy on the Street first debuted on the cable channel Fuse back in December 2011, where it ran for three seasons. Beginning with Season 4, the show made the leap to truTV, where it remained for two seasons. Last September, Eichner revealed that the series would not return to the Turner-owned network, but assured fans that it wasn't the end. "Yes, Billy on the Street will be back," he said. "But we're shifting gears a bit… exciting things ahead… more will be revealed soon!"
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posted 9/5/18

MONDAY: Labors of Love
"Bachelor" Helps ABC to the Top
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.181 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the Labor Day champ thanks to a special three-hour "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

NBC (4.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (4.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and a repeat "America's Got Talent" (2.517 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.437 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with the penultimate week of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.437 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.178 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Life in Pieces" (3.232 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) followed by originals from "Salvation" (2.436 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Elementary" (3.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.342 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.058 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.006 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (1.187 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
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Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.152m
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 298k

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posted 9/5/18

WEEKEND: Holidazed and Confused
"Big Brother" Was The Only New Episode...
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.881 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its telecast of "College Football: Miami vs. LSU" (6.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1). A repeat "The Goldbergs" (2.754 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) kicked off the night at 7:00/6:00c.

CBS (4.084 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (5.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Big Brother 20" (4.684 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a second "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.939 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "Dateline NBC" (4.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "America's Got Talent" (2.962 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, FOX (1.053 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the night with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.768 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), another "The Simpsons" (1.097 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.009 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.240 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and another "Family Guy" (1.310 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.032m

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 757k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 538k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (MTV): 533k
- Safeword (MTV): 425k


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posted 9/5/18

BYUTV Loads Up on Games
"Dinner Takes All", Others Coming Spring 2019
From PR Newswire

BYUtv, a family entertainment network, today announced three original unscripted shows in production to air in early 2019 – the family cooking competition show "Dinner Takes All," the half-hour musical improv comedy show "Show Offs" and the multi-generational family game show "Battle of the Ages."

"We are thrilled to share these three new series that will bring families closer together through food, music and fun," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Filmed in our BYUtv studios in association with our phenomenal production partners, they are all great examples of the engaging, family-focused content BYUtv offers." "Dinner Takes All" is a family cooking competition show hosted by celebrity chef Kelsey Nixon (Food Network, Cooking Channel) in which two teams of five family members go head-to-head to cook their "best Sunday dinner." Each team uses family recipes to create an entrée, three side dishes and a dessert while simultaneously playing interactive food-centric games for bonus points. Winning families receive a year's worth of groceries or a cash prize. "Food and family are at the heart of 'Dinner Takes All,'" said Nixon. "It is universal subject matter that nearly everyone can relate to and enjoy together. It's wildly entertaining, and aspects of the show will be perfect for bringing into your own home kitchen."

"Dinner Takes All," from Keller/Noll ("Chopped," "Chopped Junior") and BYUtv, will film beginning on Sept. 11, 2018 and will air in spring 2019.

The hilarious, interactive musical improv series "Show Offs" gives its cast, along with a special celebrity guest, the chance to "show off" by performing a spontaneous improvised play or musical, prompted by random ideas from the studio audience and accompanied by a live band. Hosted by comedian Casey Jost ("Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"), its cast features executive producers and co-creators Maclain Nelson ("The Saratov Approach") and Jake Van Wagoner ("Impractical Jokers"), as well as Lisa Valentine Clark ("Random Acts") and Hailey Smith ("Once I Was a Beehive"). "Show Offs," from Kaleidoscope Pictures ("Winter Thaw," "Instrument of War"), Good Guys Productions ("The Saratov Approach," "Once I Was a Beehive") and BYUtv, wrapped production in August and will premiere in January 2019.

The comedic game show "Battle of the Ages" pits two multi-generational family teams against each other in mental and physical challenges. With the opportunity to pick a competitor from the opposing team and test their knowledge on a specific era, this game show will get families talking and laughing while they learn more about each other. "Battle of the Ages," from Bill's Market & Television Productions ("Ellen's Game of Games," "Fear Factor") and BYUtv, is currently in pre-production and will premiere in spring 2019.

PR Newswire

posted 9/5/18

Millionaire: The $100 Million Season
A Preview of What's To Come Next Week!
From Broadway World

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" returns with all-new shows with the premiere of its 17th season in national Syndication on MONDAY, SEPT. 10.

"Millionaire" is one of the richest and longest-running game shows in television history, and this season the show will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut. "Millionaire" will celebrate this remarkable milestone all season long with celebrity contestants, special appearances and viewer giveaways.

In addition, a $100 million commemorative show is slated to air in November, in which a favorite past contestant gets a second shot at winning $1 million.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life. In the show's classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, and the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money.

Throughout the 2018-19 season, "Millionaire" will debut new specialty weeks, including "Shark Tank Week" (featuring "Shark Tank" judges Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner, Rohan Oza and Matt Higgins) and "Celebrity Judge Week" (highlighting favorites from daytime court shows such as Judge Lynn Toler, Judge Marilyn Milian, and Judges Dana and Keith Cutler).

The show also will bring back some of its most popular specialty weeks such as "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," which will feature celebrity contestants A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough from Backstreet Boys, bandleader and composer Paul Shaffer, comedian Tom Green, and Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton from the iconic hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa. Also returning will be "Victories for Veterans," showcasing incredible service members from our armed forces.

Broadway World

posted 9/5/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Grant's Game of Games"

  • FIRST LOOK: "Game of Games" (B&T)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Y'all ain't ready for... Steve Harvey... with a beard (Hot New Hip Hop)

  • Eastland invades "Dancing with the Stars" as Nancy McKeon joins the cast (TV Line)

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheelmobile" rolls into Richmond (WRIC Richmond)

  • Shaun Wallace to release a legal thriller... his autobiography (ResponseSource)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (Now To Love)

posted 9/5/18


FremantleMedia

Feud to Celebrate Milestone
Season 20 Premieres MONDAY!
From TV Week

A long-running TV game show that has gone through a number of incarnations since it premiered in 1976 is ready to return this month for its milestone 20th season. FremantleMedia North America announced plans today for the new season of "Family Feud," which premieres Monday, Sept. 10.

"The milestone new season brings in all new surveys, hilarious contestants and families dressed in color coordinated outfits," the announcement notes. "Host Steve Harvey is better than ever with his quick wit and priceless facial expressions. Survey says… you won't want to miss out on Season 20!"

Harvey added: "Happy anniversary to one of the best gifts I've ever received, 'Family Feud.' I've been here 9 of the 20 seasons and it has been the most fun I've had throughout my career. I have to attribute that to the executive producer Gaby Johnston, who is the best I've ever seen as a showrunner. She makes me enjoy coming to work — she totally gets it. And I've laughed at this show and the contestants so much, I think I'm having a better time than the contestants and viewers! Twenty mo' let's go!"

The announcement adds: "'Family Feud' is poised to be the No. 1-rated game show (and second first-run series overall) in national syndication for the third consecutive year when this season ends in August. To date, 'Family Feud' stands at a 6.5 household rating, with the former longtime ratings champs, 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!,' at 6.1."

"Family Feud" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar-Mercury..

TV Week

The Futon Critic

posted 9/4/18


ABC

Catching Colton
Former Raiders TE Is The New "Bachelor"
From Broadway World

Colton Underwood burst onto the scene during season 14 of "The Bachelorette." It was his good looks, love for dogs and vulnerability that charmed not only Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, but all of Bachelor Nation. This former NFL player made a play for Becca's heart but was sadly sent home after professing he had fallen in love. Now Colton is back and ready to capture hearts across America yet again when he returns for another shot at love, starring in the 23rd season of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," when it premieres in January 2019.

The announcement and Colton's exclusive appearance were made on "Good Morning America" this morning.

Colton, 26, was best known for his candor when speaking about his virginity and had America standing by him when he discussed the sensitive topic during his emotional breakdown on "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All" reunion.

Broadway World

TV Line
NBC Sports Bay Area

posted 9/4/18

Paddy at Home
"Take Me Out" Host Films Pilot for New Series... from the Players' Couches
From Female First

Paddy McGuinness is to front a new game show which people will take part in from their sofas.

The 45-year-old TV presenter has just filmed a pilot for the new ITV programme, 'Home Win', which will see the host appearing on the screens of four unsuspecting contestants as they settle down for the evening. Paddy will then announce they are on a Skype link to the studio, and the family will undertake a general knowledge quiz to earn a huge cash prize.

A source told The Sun's Bizarre TV column: "Paddy was thrilled to be handed another new pilot, it's been a great year for him career-wise and, being a comedian, the idea of surprising people by just appearing out of nowhere in their home really appealed to him. "The show has been a long time in the pipeline, but they've been waiting for the right host.

"The pilot show has been filmed and bosses are hoping it will get off the ground for a whole series."

Female First

posted 9/4/18


Underground Trivia

Trivia Goes Underground
Casting Begins on New Game Show Pilot
From Underground Trivia PR

The Underground Trivia Tournament wants YOU for their upcoming pilot and tournament series.

If you know this:
* What is the capital of Montana?

THEY DON'T CARE. HOWEVER, IF YOU KNOW THIS:
* Porn star Kiara Mia was seen on a date with what San Francisco 49er quarterback?
* Spice is a slang term for the synthetic version of what drug?
* Alpha Team created a techno song sampling simulated sex noises from a cartoon girl named Trixie and her boyfriend. What is the boyfriend's name?

THEY ARE INTERESTED.

If you're in the New York City area and want to audition, the casting call is at Pearl Studios on September 15.

There are three different audition squads: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Casting teams will be on site from 10am to 4pm, so if you want to be in a pilot and make some money doing so, go sign up on their website.

To register at their website, go here: http://undergroundtriviatournament.com

(FULL DISCLOSURE: Gordon Pepper, one of the minds behind this project, is a co-editor of GSNN)

Underground Trivia Tournament

posted 9/3/18

KBC: Return of the King
Amitabh Bachchan to Return for 10th Season of "Millionaire" Version
From Hindustan Times

No one can forget how megastar Amitabh Bachchan won over the Indian masses when he forayed into television in 2000 as the host of the iconic quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).

The 75-year-old is all set to don the host's hat again for its 10th season.

On Tuesday he made "KBC official with the media" after which he penned a heartfelt note on his blog.

"It's been 18 years of KBC," wrote the veteran star while adding, "... and this be the 10th season .. barring a few interludes and it being hosted by Shah Rukh (Khan) and several stars for different regions of the nation, when it runs in their State, this programme has been the anchor that has provided life changing moments for the common man and woman ... and that really is the attraction ever ..."

Amitabh Bachchan further said that hosting the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" is not a cake walk for him as every episode comes with a challenge.

"Many assume that it would be a cake walk for me , but NO .. each episode has had its fair share of worry and nerves and anxiety ... but it must be said that without the support of the cast and crew of KBC this manner of efficiency and presentation would never have been followed," he added.

Hindustan Times
FilmiBeat
Pinkvilla
Times of India

posted 9/3/18


GAMES GONE BY: Scattergories
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Know six things men use to woo a woman that start with the letter "M"? How about six computer terms starting with "B"? More importantly, can you come up with words celebrities WON'T come up with with Dick Clark looming over you? That was the task for the contestants of Chris Wolvie's latest inception of "Games Gone By...": "Scattegories".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 9/3/18

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posted 9/3/18

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