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Game Shows Going Primetime
Awards to Move to Primetime Emmy Awards in 2023
From the Hollywood REporter

Game shows, previously awarded in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy competition, will now be part of the Primetime Emmys beginning in 2023, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and NATAS announced on Wednesday.

The news comes on the heels of both organizations announcing a major realignment in December, shifting to genre-based awards rather than time-based awards as part of an effort to ensure the competitions' continued relevance.

The new Emmy category for outstanding game show will be awarded to the programs with "game elements that primarily take place in studio and involve mental challenges," according to the organization. The new outstanding host for a game show category will be "awarded to the 'master of ceremony' host(s) for a continuing performance in a game show," reads the release.

Game shows migrating to the Primetime Emmys will have an 18-month eligibility window from Jan. 1 2022 to May 31, 2023. The Primetime Emmy outstanding competition program category, which awards shows with skill-based competitions, will be renamed to outstanding reality competition program to avoid any confusion.

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posted 8/11/2022


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More on "College Bowl" Season 2
Catch It on NBC September 9
From the Hollywood REporter

NBC's "Capital One College Bowl" kicks off its sophomore season with back-to-back episodes on Friday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning host as the nation's greatest colleges and universities face off in the ultimate battle of brains. With a wide variety of subjects, teams must work together to test their knowledge in a five-round tournament. The top two schools advance to the final where they compete for the coveted "Capital One College Bowl" trophy and life-changing scholarship money.

This season will touch down with bigger rivalries, impressive celebrity alumni shoutouts and new rounds of competition. More schools than ever before are competing, bringing more school spirit - from marching bands to mascots to a live audience cheering them on! Plus, NBC Data Analyst Steve Kornacki joins on the sidelines to break down the numbers behind the match-ups.

The colleges and universities going head-to-head are:
· Albany State University
· Brigham Young University
· Duke University
· Morehouse College
· Ohio State University
· Penn State University
· Spelman College
· Syracuse University
· University of California, Santa Barbara
· University of Florida
· University of Georgia
· University of Notre Dame
· University of Oklahoma
· University of Texas at Austin
· University of Washington
· And reigning champion from Season 1, Columbia University, returning to hold onto their title

Capital One will award $1 million in scholarships, providing all student competitors from the above institutions with tuition assistance for their participation..

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posted 8/11/2022


NPR

"Dancing with the Stars" Gets Disney+ Premiere Date
Catch It September 19... Commercial-Free
From TV Line

As Dancing With the Stars prepares for its big streaming debut on Disney+ September 9, fans can look forward to a new format as the show goes ad-free on the platform.

Yes, the long-running competition show will air undisrupted by commercials in its new home, according to TV Line. Season 31 of the reality show will look a little different as the entire run will be free of ad breaks. Disney+ doesn't currently feature commercials, but beginning on Thursday, December 8 the streamer will launch its ad-supported tier known as Disney+ Basic.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Season 31 of the reality competition will feature no commercials for the entirety of its run. The news comes one day after Disney+ announced the rollout of its tiered subscription prices; the streamer's ad-supported tier, which will be known as Disney+ Basic, won't launch until Thursday, Dec. 8, which is about two weeks after Dancing With the Stars' fall cycles typically end.

DWTS' move to Disney+ was first announced in April, following a whopping 30 seasons on the Alphabet Net starting in 2005.

"Dancing with the Stars has entertained fans for 16 years on ABC, and we are excited to bring this beloved show exclusively to Disney+ as the platform's first-ever live series," Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution Chairman Kareem Daniel said at the time. "The show's broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for Dancing with the Stars while continuing to expand our demographic reach."

Season 31 will mark Disney+'s first attempt at weekly live programming, though the streamer did experiment with live content back in June, when it broadcast Walt Disney World's Harmonious Live! fireworks display from Epcot. Disney+ has also already ordered Season 32 of Dancing With the Stars; a premiere timetable is TBA.

As reported in July, Alfonso Ribeiro is joining as a co-host alongside Tyra Banks for Season 31. Banks returns for her third season as host and executive producer, and the judging panel will return intact as well, with Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough all coming back for the inaugural Disney+ season.

Dancing With the Stars' Season 31 cast will be announced Thursday, Sept. 8 on Good Morning America.

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posted 8/11/2022


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WEDNESDAY: It's More Than Password, It's... AGT Too
NBC Wins with One-Two Punch
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's America's Got Talent this Wednesday drew 5.5 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating (per finals), down 11 and 28 percent from its Tuesday tallies but still topping the night in total viewers.

Leading out of that, Password (4.6 mil/0.5) was up 10 percent in viewers and steady in the demo versus its premiere night.

CBS' Big Brother (3.9 mil/0.8) was steady week-to-week, and still easily led Wednesday in the demo. The Challenge: USA (2.2 mil/0.4) was steady.

Over on Fox, MasterChef (2.1 mil/0.4) was steady. So You Think You Can Dance (1.46 mil/0.3) ended Season 17 with its third smallest audience, while up a tenth in the demo.

The CW's Mysteries Decoded (430K/0.0) added a handful of eyeballs, Wellington Paranormal (180K/0.0) dropped a few.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Forged in Fire (History): 522k/0.09
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 433k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 388k/0.03


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posted 8/10/2022

Love Island Heads to Greece
Skai TV Picks Up 23rd Version
From Deadline

Greece's Skai TV has become the 23rd network to commission a version of ITV Studios' smash reality show Love Island. Local producer Silverline will work up the Greek version, which will air later this year. The show, whose latest season in the U.S. has just started, brings singletons together who then 'couple up' or are eliminated throughout the eight week run. It has captured the zeitgeist in multiple territories, drawing millions of viewers and dominating front pages. The original UK version's latest season ended on ITV2 at the start of the month.

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posted 8/9/2022


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TUESDAY: The Password Is... Solid
NBC's Long-Awaited Reboot Premieres
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's eight-episode Password revival kicked off on Tuesday night with 4.2 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating (per Nielsen finals), leading out of this summer's most watched and No. 3-rated program, America's Got Talent.

Those numbers mark an improvement over what Dancing With Myself averaged earlier this summer in the plum AGT lead-out spot (2.2 mil/0.4), and the total audience — facing no original competition, admittedly — looks like one of the Tuesday time slot's largest in… well, quite a while.

It's also the most watched reality-TV premiere since AGT: Extreme's 2/21/22 time slot premiere.

Opening NBC's night, America's Got Talent's first live Season 17 episode drew 6.5 mil and a 0.7, holding steady week-to-week.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 614k/0.11
- Big Bad Budget Battle (P/Food): 560k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 400k/0.03
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 236k/0.09
- Celebrity Beef (P/E!): 109k/0.04


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posted 8/10/2022

Money Drops Into Sri Lanka
New Series to Air
From News First

The People's Channel Sirasa TV launched the International Franchise Game Show 'THE 5 MILLION MONEY DROP', at Stein Studios today.

Two contestants, 7 questions and 5 million at stake. The "5 million money drop" is a game show that makes millionaire duos.

This game show was aired on Fox TV in both United States and Canada. It is based on the UK flagship series "The Million Pound drop".

This award-winning game show is now televised in more than 50 different countries, having aired over 2500+ international episodes. Its accolades include recognition at the British Academy Film Awards for its spectacular digital creativity and claiming the title of "Best Entertainment Program" at other award ceremonies.

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posted 8/9/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Jimmy & Sarah Are Going to Be Okay"

  • Jeopardy! disbands the Clue Crew, but Jimmy McGuire and Sarah Whitcomb Foss expected to stay in the J! family as producers (Uproxx)

  • Wink Martindale drops "The Elvis Presley Story" (Street Insider)

  • FRIST LOOK: SporcleCon is coming... and so is every trivia brain on the east coast (DCist)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Ken Jennings is still technically banned from playing Jeopardy!, and he's made it no secret that he's retiring on top... so... (CinemaBlend)

posted 8/11/2022


Vulture
LAMONT DOZIER: 1941-2022
Legendary Songwriter Judged "American Juniors"
From BBC

Motown hitmaker Lamont Dozier, who penned songs for The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Isley Brothers, as well as Marvin Gaye and Martha and the Vandellas, has died aged 81.

The news was confirmed by his son Lamont Dozier Jr. on Instagram.

As part of the Holland, Dozier, Holland songwriting team, he had many number one records and also won Grammy awards.

Their hits include Baby Love, Nowhere to Run, How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You) and You Can't Hurry Love.

"Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!" wrote his son online, alongside a picture of the two of them together.

Dozier, along with Brian Holland, served as the musical arranger and producer, while their friend and colleague Eddie Holland focused on the lyrics and vocal production.

In 2004, he served as one of the two regulars on Fox's short-lived "American Idol" spin-off, "American Juniors", alongside Debbie Gibson.

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posted 8/9/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 50
Results for the Week Ending July 31
From TV Newscheck

The see-saw battle for game show bragging rights between Family Feud and Jeopardy continued during the dog days of summer session ending July 31. This time, Jeopardy took back the syndication title, inching up 2% to a 5.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and just edging last week's leader Feud, which fell 2% to a 5.1.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.4 -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 8/9/2022

Getting Kinda Crowded on "Love Island"
Meet the Newest Players Heading to Casa Amor
From EW

It's Casa Amor time! The islanders of Peacock's Love Island USA season 4 have fallen in like, recoupled, and more in their attempt to find love, and now 12 new faces are coming in to shake things up. We'll see the islanders split up in groups of two, with one heading to the newly-built Casa Amor for 4 days of temptation. In addition to the bean bags, bed and villa trappings, this year's piece of paradise will have a private outdoor bed, and for a Love Island first: its own hideaway! Meet the dozen bombshells coming to tempt Isaiah, Deb, Timmy, and the other islanders.

In its first three weeks, Peacock's steamier and streamier version of LOVE ISLAND USA has officially been crowned the most streamed Original Unscripted Series on Peacock, and the third largest Original launch overall on the platform..

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posted 8/9/2022

MONDAY: Dog Days Continue
ABC Wins Depressed Night
From The Programming Insider

ABC's "The Bachelorette" (Viewers: #1 for the night: 3.06 million; A18-49: #1 for the night: 0.7 rating/6 share) easily dominated NBC's competing "American Ninja Warrior" (Viewers: #3, 2.62 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3) in the Monday 8-10 p.m. ET block. But both reality series are certainly not what they used to be.

Airing out of "The Bachelorette" was recent entry "Claim to Fame", which opposite repeats on CBS and NBC still sunk to 1.80 million viewers (#3) and a 0.3/ 3 in adults 18-49 (#1) at 10 p.m.

Also original last night was Fox's pairing of "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (Viewers: #4, 1.90 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and "Beat Shazam" (Viewers: #4, 1.83 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 3 at 9 p.m.); and canceled CW dramas "Roswell, New Mexico" (Viewers: 434,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and "In The Dark" (Viewers: 330,000; A18-49: 0.0/ 0 at 9 p.m.).

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Snake in the Grass (USA): 493k/0.15
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 442k/0.02
- People Puzzler (GSN): 438k/0.03

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posted 8/9/2022

SUNDAY: Dog Days Continue
ABC Wins Depressed Night
From The Programming Insider

Only five hours of Sunday night's schedule was original programming. As expected, "Big Brother" on CBS topped the night in adults 18-49, with a 0.7 rating/7 share in the demo.

But at 3.83 million viewers, it trailed ABC's competing "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.52 million) for most-watched show of the night. "Celebrity Family Feud" scored a 0.5/ 5 in the demo (#2). "Celebrity Family Feud" led into "The $100,000 Pyramid" (Viewers: #1, 3.95 million; A18-49: #1, 0.4/ 4), which has moved back to 9 p.m., and recent game show entry "The Final Straw" (Viewers: #2, 2.03 million; A18-49: #1t, 0.3/ 3 at 10 p.m.).

The only other original program of the evening was NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are", which was virtually off the charts with just 1.58 million viewers (#3) and a 0.1/ 1 in adults 18-49 (#3t) at 8 p.m.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Alex vs. America (Food): 818k/0.14

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posted 8/9/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Kenan Show"

  • Kenan Thompson tapped to host the Emmys (The Futon Critic)

  • Simon Cowell mourns Nolan Neal (EW)

  • Jane Lynch bows out of "Funny Girl" early (EW)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things you didn't know about FBoy Island (EW)

  • VIDEO WALL: Preview of "Guy's Ultimate Game Night" (People)

posted 8/9/2022


AP
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: 1949-2022
Legendary Singer-Actress
From TV Newsckec/AP

Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with such hits as "Physical" and "You're the One That I Want" and won countless hearts as everyone's favorite Sandy in the blockbuster film version of "Grease," has died. She was 73.

Newton-John, a longtime resident of Australia whose sales topped 100 million albums, died Monday at her southern California ranch, John Easterling, her husband, wrote on Instagram and Facebook. "We ask that everyone please respect the family's privacy during this very difficult time," the message said.

From 1973-83, Newton-John was among the world's most popular entertainers. She had 14 top 10 singles just in the U.S., won four Grammys, starred with John Travolta in "Grease" and with Gene Kelly in "Xanadu." The fast-stepping Travolta-Newton-John duet, "You're the One That I Want," was one of the era's biggest songs and has sold more than 15 million copies. "Physical," the bouncy, R-rated smash released in 1981, was No. 1 for 10 weeks and was named Billboard's song of the year despite being banned by some radio stations.

An aerobics-friendly promotional clip, filmed in the early years of MTV, won a Grammy for best video. Both musically and image-wise, she reinvented herself during those years. The blonde, ever-smiling Newton-John initially favored mild pop-country songs such as "Please Mr. Please" and "Have You Never Been Mellow" and soft-breathing ballads like "I Honestly Love You," which in 1975 won Grammys for best female pop vocal and record of the year. But she picked up the tempo in "Grease," especially after Sandy ditched her white sweaters and blouses for waist-high, black leather pants. "Physical" even made Newton-John blush as she told her would-be lover "There's nothing left to talk about/Unless it's horizontally" and finally called out "Let's get animal! Animal!"

"I recorded it and then suddenly thought, 'Goodness, maybe I've gone too far!'" she told Entertainment Weekly in 2017, recalling how the song had been suggested by manager Roger Davies. "I called Roger and said, 'We've got to pull this song!' He said, 'It's too late. It's already gone to radio and it's running up the charts.' I was horrified!"

In game shows, Newton-John made appearances on Celebrity Sweepstakes, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars.

She is survived by her husband; daughter Chloe Lattanzi (herself a contestant on the short-lived "Rock the Cradle"); sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; and several nieces and nephews.

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posted 8/8/2022


TV Show Stars
ROGER E. MOSLEY: 1938-2022
"Magnum PI's" "TC" Made the Rounds in the 80s
From EW

Roger E. Mosley, best known for his role as helicopter pilot Theodore "T.C." Calvin on the '80s hit show Magnum P.I., has died. He was age 83.

His daughter Ch-a Mosley announced the news on Facebook, saying, "We could never mourn such an amazing man. He would HATE any crying done in his name. It is time to celebrate the legacy he left for us all."

Born and raised in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 1938, Mosley's acting career took off in 1971 with roles in the TV shows Longstreet and Cannon. The following year he guest starred on Sanford and Son and made his film debut in the neo-noir crime drama The New Centurions, playing a truck driver.

In 1974, Mosley started the Watts Repertory Company. After a series of blaxploitation films, Mosley had his most prominent role in 1976 with Gordon Parks' Leadbelly, based on the life of folk singer Huddie Ledbetter. That same year he appeared in Stay Hungry, featuring a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. Then in 1977, Mosley portrayed boxer Sonny Liston in the biographical sports film The Greatest, starring Muhammad Ali as himself.

Mosley continued acting in film and television throughout the '70s and in 1980 he landed his most memorable role opposite Tom Selleck as the titular private investigator Thomas Magnum in the original Magnum P.I. From 1980 to 1988, Mosley played Theodore "T.C." Calvin, the owner and sole employee of Island Hoppers, a local helicopter charter and tour van service, who always finds himself roped into Magnum's cases.

In addition to appearing in all 158 episodes of Magnum, Mosley directed one episode of the series in 1984 and wrote another in 1986.

In 2019, Mosley returned to the reboot of Magnum P.I., starring Jay Hernandez, playing Booky, "a Vietnam veteran and barber who offers sage advice and a great haircut." Mosley reprised the role of Booky again in a 2021 episode, his final television appearance.

Roger E. Mosley's other credits include Night Court, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Walker, Texas Ranger, as well as the 1996 film A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.

Mosley was a familiar face in game shows as well, logging in appearances on Match Game, Super Password, Hollywood Squares, Body Language, Pyramid, and The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour.

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posted 8/8/2022

TCA Awards: And the Winners Were...
"Amazing Race", "Legendary" Tie for Reality Prize
From TV Line

Winners for the 38th annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards were announced Saturday and ABC's Abbott Elementary outclassed the competition with a leading four wins, including Individual Achievement in Comedy for star/creator Quinta Brunson, Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding New Series and the coveted Program of the Year.

Other highlights: This Is Us' Mandy Moore — whose Emmy snub was heard 'round the world — took home Individual Achievement in Drama honors; Netflix's cancelled Baby-Sitters Club won Outstanding Youth Programming for the second year in a row; Hulu's Dopesick triumphed as Outstanding Limited Series; and HBO's Succession snagged the Outstanding Drama Series prize.

This is the third year in a row that the TCA Awards scrapped its traditional in-person ceremony due to the pandemic. The critics group did, however, assemble pre-taped acceptance speeches from all of the winners.

For the second year in a row, the winner of the Television Critics Association Award for outstanding achievement in reality programming went to two shows because of a tie.

This year, both HBO Max's Legendary season 3 and CBS's The Amazing Race 33 won the award.

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posted 8/8/2022

Rebound!
RTL7 to Reboot "Big Bounce"
From C21 Media

German broadcaster RTL has greenlit a third season of its Banijay format Big Bounce – Die Trampolin Show to be produced by Banijay Productions Germany.

The local version of Banijay's Big Bounce Battle format debuted in Germany in 2018 but has been on hiatus since 2019.

Originally created by Endemol Shine Nederland, it will return to Germany in 2023, challenging talented trampoline athletes aged between 10 and 55 to take part in the fast-paced physical game show.

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posted 8/8/2022

Fox to Test "Person, Place or Thing"
Melissa Peterman to Host
From TV Newscheck

Fox Television Stations (FTS) will debut a four-week preview of Person, Place, or Thing with Melissa Peterman on Aug. 8 on select Fox-owned stations in markets including New York and Los Angeles.

Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development, said: "This is the perfect summer game: light, fun, and breezy, like an Aperol Spritz. Melissa is the host of this summer party- it's her house, her game and you'll leave having had the best time ever."

Person, Place, or Thing is a game where players ask "yes" or "no" questions to guess an answer correctly. Created by Jeff Proctor and Paul Franklin, this game show intersperses comedy with common knowledge. Jeff Proctor, Paul Franklin, Melissa Peterman and Tracy Verna will serve as executive producers.

Twenty episodes will be distributed by Fox First Run.

Peterman said: "I think game shows are a lot of people's happy place. I know they're mine. Person, Place, or Thing is uncomplicated fun that the whole family can enjoy, especially since you'll always be the best player from home."

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posted 8/8/2022

Ink Re-Master
Paramount+ to Reboot Tattoo Competition
From TV Insider

Ink Master is officially returning for Season 14 on Wednesday, September 7 with Joel Madden set to host. Ink Master Season 14 will drop exclusively on Paramount+, the streamer announced Friday, August 5, and the Good Charlotte lead singer, entrepreneur, and culture enthusiast will be joined by Season 8 winner Ryan Ashley, celebrity tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado, and industry veteran Ami James as judges.

In the new season of Ink Master, legendary fan-favorite artists return to compete in the ultimate tattoo competition. The artists will battle it out and face some of the biggest, most exciting, and epic challenges seen in the history of the competition, all for the biggest grand prize yet: $250,000 and the title of "Ink Master."

Former host Dave Navarro returns to the series as the "Master of Chaos," introducing crazy twists and game-changing bombs to the competition. The contestants will need to prove they possess the high-level skills that set an Ink Master apart: composition, precision, color theory, finesse, stamina, and endurance. With stakes higher than they've ever been, a single misstep could send them home and, in the end, only one artist will walk away with the title.

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posted 8/5/2022

THURSDAY: Game Night
NBC Wins with NFL
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's broadcast of this year's NFL Hall of Fame Game pre-season kickoff averaged 4.3 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, leading Thursday on both counts.

CBS' Big Brother drew 3.4 mil and a 0.7, down juuuuust a tick from last week's eviction episode.

Over on ABC, Press Your Luck (3.6 mil/0.5), Generation Gap (3.2 mil/0.4) and The Con (2 mil/0.2) were all steady.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Alone Frozen (SP/History): 1.314m/0.15
- Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 754k/0.16
- Alone: The Skills Challenge (P/History): 650k/0.06
- Battlebots Champions (P/Discovery): 563k/0.07
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 423k/0.02
- People Puzzler (GSN): 418k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 387k/0.02
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 360k/0.02

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posted 8/5/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pub Trivia"

  • Amy Schneider hosts Bay Area Book Festival Pub Trivia (KALW San Francisco)

  • Tyler Cameron breaks up with the new lady he came back from "date cruise" with (Reality TV World)

  • BEHIND THE SCENES: THAT ending of "FBoy Island" (EW)

  • Jimmy FAllon, Keke Palmer to honor Betty White (TV Insider)

  • Michelle Visage has to pinch herself (The Wrap)

  • Jeffrey Marx goes from "Glass House" to golden gates (Reality Blurred)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Lizzo (EW)

posted 8/8/2022


Warner Bros. Discovery

I Now Pronounce You One Big Happy Streamer
HBO Max, Discovery+ to Merge Summer 2023
From TV Insider

The Warner Bros. Discovery merger continues as the new company looks ahead to the future, plans for a combined streaming service were announced during their Q2 earnings call.

Warner Bros. Discovery is planning to combine its platforms HBO Max and Discovery+ into one streamer, Warner Bros. Discovery's CEO and president of global streaming interactive, JB Perrette confirmed Thursday, before revealing the combined platform is set for a summer 2023 launch.

Additional details about the fusion remain unknown ranging from pricing to a platform name as Warner Bros. Discovery works on creating a cohesive entity. Currently, Warner Bros. Discovery is focused on ad-supported and ad-free versions of the combined HBO Max/Discovery+ platform.

Perrette said added that they're "exploring how to reach customers in the free, ad-supported space," as well. As reported during the call, in the second quarter, Warner Bros. Discovery's HBO Max, HBO, and Discovery+ subscribers clocked in at 92.1 million, up 1.7 million from the 90.4 million in quarter one.

As of now, HBO Max is $14.99 per month for subscribers to access ad-free content and $9.99 per month for ad-supported subscribers in the U.S. And Discovery+ is noticeably less at $6.99 per month without ads and $4.99 per month with ads.

This reveal comes fresh off the heels of the news that several titles from HBO Max's library are being removed along with the upcoming addition of Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network programming arriving on HBO Max this fall.

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posted 8/4/2022

Netflix Just Made Dating That Much More Awkward
Streamer Greenlights "Dated & Related"
From TV Insider

Dating can be awkward at the best of times; now imagine your brother or sister there to watch your every move. That's the concept behind the new Netflix reality series Dated & Related, which is set to premiere on Friday, September 2.

The series will see a group of singles living in a luxury villa in the south of France in the hopes of finding love. The catch? Each person is joined by their sibling, who is also looking for love. "Having the person who knows you better than anyone should help you navigate the tricky world of dating," reads the show's synopsis, but, judging by the trailer, it could also make things that much harder.

In the teaser, we see cringe-inducing dinner dates, uncomfortable sibling conversations, and plenty of awkward hookups. "Why would anyone do this?" asks host Melinda Berry, which is an entirely valid question. "Because finding love isn't easy," she follows up, which doesn't quite justify things. Berry herself rose to fame on the second season of another awkward Netflix dating show, Too Hot to Handle.

Cast members include Texas-based student sisters Mady and Lily Bajor; British twin brothers Kaz and Kieran Bishop; competitive cousins Jason Cohen and Chris Hahn; brothers and best friends Dyman and Deyon Miller; Norwegian twin sisters Diana Javidi Parsijani and Nina Javidi Parsijani; and brother and sister combo Corrina and Joey Roppo.

The series comes from All3Media labels Great Scott Media and Main Event Media. It is executive produced by Leon Wilson, Ed Sleeman, Saul Fearnley, Jimmy Fox, and Emily Bon.

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posted 8/4/2022

... and Then BET Makes It Even MORE Awkward Than That.
Network Greenlights "After Happily Ever After"
From The Futon Critic

Today, BET announced a daring new dating series with EMMY(R) Award-winning production company Bunim/Murray Productions, titled "After Happily Ever After." Hosted by Mr. 106 & Park himself, Bow Wow, this one-of-a-kind relationship experience marks a return to his BET home after an eight-year hiatus. In "After Happily Ever After," people in long-term relationships that ended in divorce or separation will have their exes play matchmaker for their former partners to help them let go, move on, and find love once again. Filmed in Kentucky and premiering this Fall on BET, "After Happily Ever After" is Bunim/Murray Productions' first unscripted series for the Network. Additional casting news, including a few celebrity daters, will be revealed in the coming weeks.

On each installment of the eight-episode reality series "After Happily Ever After," Bow Wow will throw a Singles Party with a new group of potential prospects for the daters. These parties, however, are only attended by the Ex-spouses so that they can determine who might be best suited for their former partner. The Exes will invite one of the prospects to move into the house to date their former spouse for 48 hours. At the end of the two days, the dater will then decide if they will keep the prospect or send them back to the singles pool and have another opportunity to meet someone new. Are Exes the most equipped candidates to help these daters meet their next love? In this environment, will old feelings resurface while watching their former partner fall in love with someone new? Will they realize their Ex is still the one? Or will they find a new love in their after happily ever after?

"We look forward to airing this entertaining dating series that will help singles find love. This show promises to be full of surprises, twists, and turns that will leave viewers asking for more," said Tiffany Lea Williams, Executive Vice President of BET Unscripted Programming. "We are also thrilled to welcome Bow Wow home to BET and to partner with Bunim/Murray Productions, who has been creating unscripted hits for three decades and always delivers their latest guilty pleasures to viewers. We can't wait to add After Happily Ever After to our winning portfolio of acclaimed unscripted shows that engage and delight fans across all of our platforms worldwide."

"We're thrilled to be collaborating with the BET creative team on this fresh new format that offers a new perspective on the realities of second-chapter dating," said Bunim/Murray President Julie Pizzi. "This unique series is created for men and women looking for their second act love story while taking into consideration that they are often still entangled with their exes because of their history, their children, and their extended families. On After Happily Ever After, ex-couples who genuinely loved each other can now work together to give their ex another shot at finding a life-long partner."

"After Happily Ever After" is executive produced by Julie Pizzi and Erica Ross with Bunim/Murray Productions (MTV's The Real World and The Challenge, OWN's Family or Fiancé), and Andrea Richter serves as the series showrunner. Tiffany Lea Williams and Angela Aguilera serve as executive producers for BET.

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posted 8/4/2022

WEDNESDAY: Dog Days
ABC Wins on CMA Fest, CBS Shows Up with Big Brother
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Big Brother drew its best Wednesday audience of the season (3.8 million total viewers) while dipping in the demo week-to-week to a 0.7 rating. It led the night in both measures, barely outdrawing ABC's CMA Fest audience.

Leading out of BB, The Challenge: USA dipped to its lowest numbers yet (2 mil/0.3).

ABC's CMA Fest broadcast drew 3.7 mil and a 0.5.

Over on Fox, MasterChef (2.1 mil/0.3) and So You Think You Can Dance (1.5 mil/0.2) both ticked down, with at least the latter reporting an all-time demo low.

The CW's Mysteries Decoded (430K/0.0) dipped, while Wellington Paranormal (210K/0.0) was steady.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- GUy's Grocery Games(Food): 726k/0.16
- Forged in Fire (History): 565k/0.09
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 542k/0.10
- People Puzzler (GSN): 498k/0.03
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 487k/0.03

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posted 8/4/2022


We Publish News
RICHARD TAIT: 1964-2022
His "Cranium" Found Its Way to "Family Game Night"
From Geekwire

Richard Tait, the longtime Seattle entrepreneur who co-founded the wildly popular board game "Cranium" after spending 10 years at Microsoft, has died. He was 58.

Tait passed away on Monday at his Bainbridge Island, Wash., home from "continued pulmonary complications due to COVID-19," according to a Facebook post by his family, shared with GeekWire.

News of his death was also shared in a note to staff from Valor Equity Partners Co-President Jonathan Shulkin. Tait had been a partner at Valor Siren Ventures since March 2019.

"It is with great sadness that Valor Equity Partners announces the death of our colleague and friend Richard Tait," Shulkin wrote.

"Our Valor community, as well as the many people that worked with Richard over the years, mourn his passing. He will be greatly missed." Tait's son, Finn Tait, also posted TikTok videos and Instagram photos in which they remembered their father. "He was a great dad," Finn said in one video. "It was like having Willy Wonka for a father. I love him very much and I'm going to miss him a lot."

Tait started at Microsoft in July 1988 and is credited with launching a series of new businesses at the tech giant. He helped pioneer client server computing in the company's operating system division, ran the CD-ROM business with products like Encarta, and started a number of consumer-oriented online services including Carpoint, Sidewalk and others, according to his LinkedIn profile. Tait was even the first boss of current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, whom he helped recruit from Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s.

But it was Tait's decision to leave Microsoft in 1998 that would largely define his legacy, as he and fellow Microsoft executive Whit Alexander co-founded "Cranium." It became one of the fastest-selling games in history and spawned a number of "Cranium"-branded follow-ups and related products including a place on the now-Discovery Family series "Family Game Night".

Gaming giant Hasbro bought "Cranium" for $77.5 million in 2008. "We set out to create a brand that would give everyone the chance to shine," Tait said at the time of the sale. "We've accomplished that and so much more, making history with great products that have won five Toy Industry Association Game of the Year awards."


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posted 8/4/2022


NPR/LA Dodgers
VIN SCULLY: 1927-2022
The Voice of Dodger Baseball Hosted "It Takes Two"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Broadcaster Vin Scully will be honored with a commemorative black patch by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team said today. The black patch will have a microphone and "Vin" on the uniforms.

Scully, whose iconic voice long graced Dodger broadcasts in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, died Tuesday at age 94. The Dodgers next home game is Friday and Scully will be honored in the pregame.

Scully, a member of the Dodgers organization from 1950 until his retirement following the 2016 regular season, died Tuesday at his home in Hidden Hills, the Dodgers announced.

When he bid farewell to the broadcast booth, he had called nearly half of the games for a franchise that was born in 1890. Always even-tempered and an easy listen, Scully was credited with turning Los Angeles into a "transistor town" — his broadcasts were pumped throughout the L.A. Coliseum (the team's first home out west) and then Dodger Stadium and wafted from traffic jams and street-side venues throughout the sprawling city.

"When a game is on the air, the physical presence of his voice is overwhelming," wrote Robert Creamer for a 1964 Sports Illustrated profile of Scully titled, "The Transistor Kid."

"His pleasantly nasal baritone comes out of radios on the back counters of orange juice stands, from transistors held by people sitting under trees, in barber shops and bars, and from cars everywhere — parked cars, cars waiting for red lights to turn green, cars passing you at 65 on the freeways, cars edging along next to you in rush-hour traffic jams."

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, Scully also called MLB games for NBC starting in 1983. (He received a Peabody Award that year.) On the network's Game of the Week, he was partnered with Joe Garagiola.

Earlier, Scully did The Masters and other golf tournaments as well as tennis and NFL contests for CBS. It was Scully who did the play-by-play on the NFC championship game in January 1982 in which the 49ers' Joe Montana threw a last-minute touchdown pass to Dwight Clark to stun the Dallas Cowboys.

Through all that, Scully continued to serve as the voice of the Dodgers.

Scully's skill was particularly evident in the tedious games that invariably came up. His forte was his storytelling. He mixed in vivid and thoughtful digressions that kept fans glued to his words, as likely to embark on an architectural review of a ballpark, literary or historical references or other engaging info. He brought out the color and life of the game beyond the lines.

Away from the field, Scully was heard on TV shows like Mister Ed, Highway to Heaven, Brooklyn Bridge and The X-Files (Gillian Anderson's character is named for him) and in the 1962 Glenn Ford film Experiment in Terror. He even hosted a game show (It Takes Two) and his own afternoon TV talk show.

His wife of 47 years, Sandi, died in January 2021. Survivors include his children, Kevin, Todd, Erin, Kelly and Catherine; 21 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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posted 8/4/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Seeing Stars"

  • Joel McHale becomes Starman for "Stargirl" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Tyler Cameron comes back from "date cruise" with a new lady (People)

  • Fox First Run to integrate QR codes for "25 Words or LEss", "Pictionary" (Yahoo! Finance)

  • Jimmy FAllon, Keke Palmer to honor Betty White (E!)

  • Greg Fitzsimmons to play Chicago (Broadway World)

  • Jacqueline Trumbull calls of wedding, parties with guests (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Magical Elves (The Wrap)

posted 8/3/2022

TUESDAY: "Got Talent" Has Decisions
NBC WIns
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW's Tom Swift ended its one-and-done run with 243,000 total viewers and a 0.0 demo rating, dipping on both counts week-to-week and marking an all-time audience low.

NBC's America's Got Talent drew 6.2 million and a 0.7, ticking down week-to-week but easily leading Tuesday in both measures.

Leading out of AGT, Family Game Fight returned from an 11-month break to 2 million viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, both marking series lows.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 675k/0.14
- Kitchen Crash (SF/Food): 451/0.09
- People Puzzler (GSN): 388k/0.03
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 346k/0.07
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 191k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SF/VH1): 172k/0.09
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 158k/0.08
- Celebrity Beef (P/E!): 122k/0.04 .

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posted 8/3/2022

Gordon Ramsay Lands on Tubi
FAST Channel to Feature His Greatest Hists
From TV Newscheck

Tubi's brand-new Gordon Ramsay FAST channel is now available as part of the platform's growing lineup of more than 145 sports, entertainment and local news channels. Currently featuring episodes of popular Fox series, including Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Masterchef Junior, Tubi's Gordon Ramsay FAST channel joins other popular linear channels on Fox Entertainment's free streaming service, including News on Tubi, Sports on Tubi, Tubi Originals, The TMZ Channel and The Masked Singer, as well as upcoming FAST channels to include Tubi en Español.

Beginning in September, Tubi viewers will enjoy additional series on the Gordon Ramsay FAST Channel, including Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay's Best Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course, Gordon's Great Escape, The F Word and Ramsay In 10.

Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, seen by audiences worldwide in more than 200 territories, and is the only talent on air in the U.S. with four primetime national network shows.

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posted 8/3/2022

Philippines Gets Walled Off
Billy Crawford to Host Ner Version
From GMA

The surprises never stop as the hit and thrilling game show "The Wall Philippines" finds a new home on GMA Network.

The program, which is a co-production between GMA-7 and Viva Entertainment, Inc., is hosted by no less than world-class performer and reality game show host Billy Crawford.

The Wall Philippines is a pachinko game with a twist. It offers players the opportunity to win a life-changing prize worth millions of pesos. Part knowledge and part luck, the program delivers a roller coaster of emotions as the contestants may be ahead with a huge amount of banked money in one instance and may lose it all in the next. The game's main goal is to bank as much money as possible by answering trivia questions and landing the balls on high-value bins. The mechanics are simple - get a correct answer to get a green ball, miss a question and get a red ball. Green adds, red subtracts.

The Wall Philippines is an exciting game show format created by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Andrew Glassman and is distributed by Banijay Rights Limited. Catch "The Wall Philippines" this August on GMA-7.

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posted 8/3/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Heart of a Queen"

  • Shea Coulee joins "Ironheart" on Disney+ (Deadline)

  • Gordon Ramsay will be a "Chef" with season 4 of "Selena + Chef" (TV Insider)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Password (NBC) (Mediapost)

  • Julie Chen Moonves would love to see "hotties vs. mommies" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • VIDEO WALL: Bachelor Nation plays the Feud (TV Insider)

posted 8/3/2022


BBC/NBCUniversal

A Longer "Link"
NBC Reups "Weakest Link" for 20-Episode Season 3
From TV Insider

NBC has renewed Weakest Link for Season 3, which is going to be super-sized with more episodes than ever. Season 2, which premiered March 13, consisted of 13 episodes, and Season 3 will have 20. Jane Lynch will return to host and executive produce the game show's third installment.

In each episode of Weakest Link, eight contestants enter the studio as total strangers but must work together to bank the maximum amount of prize money available in each round. The contestants take turns answering general knowledge questions to build chains of correct answers. Consecutive correct answers greatly increase the value of the chain, while incorrect answers break the chain and force the players to start over on the lowest rung with the smallest amount money. At the end of each round, contestants vote to eliminate a fellow contestant they consider to be the "Weakest Link" in the chain. The player with the highest number of votes leaves the game as the Lynch declares the iconic phrase, "You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye."

Reruns of Season 2 are currently airing on NBC, and the network says the summer run has improved NBC's Monday 10 p.m. time slot by double-digit percentages across the board, including an increase of 30% in the 18-49 demo and up 26% in total viewers.

"I'm very much looking forward to a third season of mocking contestants and encouraging discord," Lynch said in a statement regarding the show's renewal.

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posted 8/2/2022


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Meet the Second Chance Tournament Players
Catch It on "Jeopardy!" this October
From TV Insider

Jeopardy!'s filming for Season 39 is just beginning and the executive producers of the game show are revealing which individuals will be back for the buzzed-about tournament that will determine which two individuals win a spot in the upcoming Tournament of Champions.

The two-week run will consist of 18 returning competitors going head-to-head for the coveted Tournament of Champions positions. In Week 1, nine contestants will compete in regular games Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, the winners from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will play against one another to determine who will become the first Tournament of Champions competitor. The same process will occur in Week 2.

Among the returning contestants are Isaac Applebaum, James Fraser, Sadie Goldberger, Aaron Gulyas, Molly Karol, Alicia O'Hare, Do Park, Tom Philipose, Tracy Pitzel, Nikkee Porcaro, Renee Russell, Pam Schoenberg, Jeff Smith, Sarah Snider, Jessica Stephens, Rowan Ward, Jack Weller, and Cindy Zhang.


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posted 8/2/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 49
Results for the Week Ending July 24
From TV Newscheck

The top three talkers were the category's only upward movers in the mid-summer session ending July 24. The strongest performers were Dr. Phil — spiking 7% to a five-week high 1.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating — to hold on to a first-place tie with demo leader Live with Kelly and Ryan, which likewise rallied 7% to a 1.5.

In access time period news, Family Feud inched up 2% to a 5.2 and edged ahead of Jeopardy's flat 5.1 for game show superiority.

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:
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 +2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 8/2/2022

A Smiling Assassin Wears Pink
Meet Australia's New Chaser
From Media Week

The Chase Australia on Channel Seven and 7plus is set to welcome a new Chaser to the team. Premiering after the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Mara Lejins (27), aka The Smiling Assassin, will make her debut on August 8.

Smarter, blonder and younger than the others, The Smiling Assassin, joins the giants of the game – The Shark (Brydon Coverdale), Goliath (Matt Parkinson), The Supernerd (Issa Schultz), The Governess (Anne Hegerty), The Tiger Mum (Cheryl Toh) and The Beast (Mark Labbett) – who have stood in the contestants' way like a formidable force for years.

The first look shows Lejins dressed in a pink outfit, matching headband and a big smile.

"I only smile when I'm trying to take down contestants, that's why I'm always smiling," she said with a grin.

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posted 8/2/2022

"Love Island" Finale Sets Record
Season 8 Finale Seen by 3.4 Million
From Deadline

Last night's Love Island finale capped off a strong season for the stalwart ITV2 format with a peak of 3.4M, the highest audience since 2019.

The 90-minute extended final averaged 3M, as fan favorites Davide and Ekin-Su were crowned winners. The series averaged 2.7M across its eight-week run, another three-year-high. ITV also said views to VoD player ITV Hub, which is soon to be replaced by ITVX, were at a record 250M across the whole eighth season.

Known for troubling duty of care issues in the past, the show has mostly been received well but ITV did receive complaints from Women's Aid about "misogynistic and controlling behavior" exhibited by some of the male contestants.

ITV also used the finale to tease the news that it has commissioned a new season of Big Brother, four years after it was cancelled by Paramount-owned Channel 5.

There will also be two seasons of Love Island next year, one in the winter and one in the summer, meaning a huge year for reality TV on the commercial broadcaster as it attempts to make a success out of ITVX.

Deadline

posted 8/2/2022

"Week" End
BBC Cancels "Mock the Week"
From Deadline

The BBC has cancelled one of its longest-running quiz shows, Mock the Week, after 17 years and 235 episodes. Next year's 22nd season will be the show's last, the corporation announced today, stating that it was being axed to "create room for new shows." Hosted by Dara Ó Briain and with panelists including Hugh Dennis, the show from Angst Productions takes an amusing look at the week's headlines, with regular rounds. "We're naturally hugely disappointed that Mock The Week is coming to an end and hope that we will be able to resurface somewhere some day in the future," said an Angst Productions statement.

Deadline

posted 8/2/2022


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Drop In! It's Free!
Jeopardy!, Wheel Channels Launch on PlutoTV
From Vulture

Pluto TV is fleshing out some of the details of its new channels devoted to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, which are both debuting today. The Jeopardy! channel will feature only episodes hosted by the late Alex Trebek and will draw from 33 of the 37 seasons he hosted between 1984 and 2021. The streamer will also program themed blocks featuring episodes from the Tournament of Champions, Battle of the Decades, and other Jeopardy! events.

Meanwhile, Pluto's Wheel of Fortune offering will be much more recent, only including episodes produced within the past five years.

The streamer's deal with Sony Pictures Television will make it the exclusive free-streaming home of the two shows for the next two years and give it access to 250 episodes of each show at launch, with a new batch of 250 episodes cycling in a year from now. As part of the licensing agreement, Sony has also struck a deal to develop game-show projects for Pluto sibling CBS Entertainment.

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posted 8/1/2022


NBCUniversal

Going Global for 20
Top Chef All-Stars to Play from London
From the Futon Critic

Bravo's "Top Chef," produced by Magical Elves, will cross the pond to London for a very special 20th World All-Stars season with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. The greatest competitors from "Top Chef" iterations around the globe, including winners and finalists, will face off in the fiercest battle the culinary competition has ever seen. With 29 international versions, "Top Chef" World All-Stars will bring together 16 of the most talented, creative and decorated chefs who have competed in their respective countries' versions of the series as they vie for the ultimate "Top Chef" title.

This marks the first time that the flagship edition of "Top Chef" will shoot an entire season abroad. The Emmy, James Beard and Critics' Choice Award-winning series will begin production this month in London, one of the most influential cities in the world, with the epic 20th season set to premiere in 2023.

"We've always wanted to do a season of 'Top Chef' with winners, finalists and frontrunners, but to take that concept for the 20th season one step further with cheftestants from localized versions across the world has been a dream come true," said Ryan Flynn, Senior Vice President, Current Production, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "And what better place to host World All-Stars than London, a global stomping ground and renowned food city, offering our cheftestants access to the UK's exceptional ingredients and international flavors."

Victoria Prentis, Food Minister, UK Government adds: "I'm pleased that 'Top Chef' has chosen London for its first ever season outside of the US. We're rightly proud of our exceptional food and drink produced here in the UK. From Scottish salmon and Welsh lamb to Northern Irish beef and English sparkling wine, our food and drink is recognized at home and abroad for its great taste and high quality. As the UK's largest manufacturing sector, the passion, traditions and expertise of our food and drink industry make the UK a fantastic choice for the culinary competition series."

A culinary melting pot, London's cuisine has been influenced by countries all over the world. From traditional pub food to modern Indian cuisines, the chefs will be cooking with the best ingredients the UK has to offer from its sought-after seafood, high-quality meat and produce. The stakes will be bigger than ever as the cheftestants cook their way through globally inspired quickfire and elimination challenges. Throughout the competition, Padma, Tom and Gail will be joined by distinguished judges from the international versions, as well as esteemed global culinary experts.

A global phenomenon with over 100 winners crowned across the world, international "Top Chef" versions, licensed by NBCUniversal Formats globally, include France (13 seasons), Canada (10 seasons), Middle East (seven seasons) and Brazil (four seasons), to name a few. The original U.S. series launched in 2006 and has been sold to over 175 territories worldwide.

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posted 8/1/2022


CBS/Today
NICHELLE NICHOLS: 1933-2022
"Star Trek" Actress a Pioneer in STEM, Game Shows
From Entertainment Weekly

Nichelle Nichols, who broke a major race barrier as the star of the 1960s sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at 89. Her son Kyle Johnson confirmed the news on her official Instagram account.

"I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years," Johnson wrote. "Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration."

The actress enjoyed decades in the spotlight thanks to her screen work, her music career, and her activism to help more women and people of color succeed in the field of astronomy.

Born Grace Dell Nichols in Robbins, Illinois, Nichols studied dance at the Chicago Ballet Academy as a teenager before she was discovered by jazz legend Duke Ellington. Nichols joined Ellington's tour as a ballet dancer, but ended up as the lead singer. She toured all over North America and Europe with Ellington, as well as, Lionel Hampton's band.

In 1959, Nichols made her big-screen debut after landing a role as a dancer in Sammy Davis Jr.'s Porgy and Bess. She went on to act in other films and TV series, including making a guest appearance in Gene Roddenberry's show, The Lieutenant, in 1964.

However, Nichols' breakout role came when Roddenberry cast the actress as Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original Star Trek series.

When the show first aired in 1966, Nichols was one of the first Black women to play a major role on primetime television. She is popularly cited as having the first interracial kiss on American television, when her character famously locked lips with white leading man William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk. Martin Luther King Jr. once called Nichols' role "the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history."

Following the end of the science-fiction series, Nichols helped NASA recruit astronauts who were women or minorities. Among those who were recruited as a result of the program was Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut.

During her acting career, Nichols starred in six Star Trek movies from 1979–91. Some of her most recent work included the 2002 Disney picture Snow Dogs, in which she played Cuba Gooding Jr.'s mother. In 2005, she acted alongside Ice Cube as Miss Mable in the comedy Are We There Yet? And in 2007, she had a recurring role on the NBC series Heroes as Nana Dawson. Nichols appeared in the long-running daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless as recently as 2016.

In game shows, Nichols was featured as a partner on "Super Password", a fashion hostess on "Dream Girl of '67", guest of the original "It Takes Two", and a contestant on the "NBC All Stars" game of "The Weakest Link"

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posted 8/1/2022


Inside the Magic
PAT CARROLL: 1927-2022
Legendary Actress of Stage & Screen
From TV Insider

Emmy-winning comedienne Pat Carroll, a prolific stage and television actress known for shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Laverne & Shirley, has died. She was 95.

Carroll passed away at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Saturday, July 30, while recovering from pneumonia, her daughter Kerry Karsian told The Hollywood Reporter.

Born on May 5, 1927, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Carroll would begin her acting career in 1947, landing a role in the film Hometown Girl. From there, she went on to star in numerous television shows, including the sitcom Make Room for Daddy, Studio 57, The Steve Allen Show, and Caesar's Hour, for which she received an Emmy Award. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Carroll would appear in various sketch/variety shows, including The Danny Thomas Show, The Red Skelton Show, and The Carol Burnett Show. Then, in 1976, she joined the popular sitcom Laverne & Shirley.

Over the next three decades, she would continue to make guest appearances in several TV shows, including Busting Loose, The Love Boat, Too Close For Comfort, and ER.

Her most memorable role, however, came in 1989, when she voiced the sea witch Ursula in the Disney feature The Little Mermaid. She would go on to reprise the role in several other productions over the years, including a 1993 Little Mermaid CBS series and the Disney+ 2020 animated series The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.

Carroll's game show resume is long and storied, with appearances on Family Feud, Super Password, Win Lose or Draw, Liar's Club, Hollywood Collection, The Pyramid, Shoot for the Stars, Break the Bank, Celebrity Sweepstakes, Match Game, I've Got a Secret, It's Your Best, To Tell the Turth, You Don't Say, You're Putting Me On, It Takes Two, Personality, Everybody's Talking, What's This Song, Password, I'll Bet, Get The Message, Truth or Consequences, Stump the Stars, Missing Links, The Price Is Right, and The Object Is, among others.

Carroll is survived by her daughters Kerry Karsian, Tara Karsian, and granddaughter Evan Karsian-McCormick.

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posted 8/1/2022

ITV to Reboot Big Brother
Network Releases Teaser
From Deadline

Big Brother has found its third British home, ITV, with the network teasing the news – one of the UK TV industry's worst kept secrets of the past few months – during the final of tonight's Love Island season eight.

The format aired on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2010 and Paramount-owned Channel 5 from 2010 to 2018, with ITV's reboot set to hit British screens in 2023.

As with Love Island, the Banijay format will air on ITV portfolio channel ITV2 along with soon-to-launch streamer ITVX and is a huge coup for the commercial broadcaster.

Airing on CBS in the U.S., the format involves several housemates living in a house together for weeks, competing in challenges as they are voted off one-by-one, with the public watching their every move.

It was teased during the final ad break of tonight's Love Island, ITV's biggest reality show.

Paul Mortimer, ITV2 Controller and Director of Reality Commissioning & Acquisitions, said ITV's version will be "refreshed and contemporary." "It will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today's audience," he added.

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posted 8/1/2022

BBC to Reboot Gladiators?
Network in Talks with MGM
From Deadline

The BBC plans to bring back one of Britain's biggest shows of the 1990s, with the broadcaster reported to be in talks with rights holders MGM Studios to relaunch the very physical game-show Gladiators.

Broadcast Magazine had the scoop that, three decades after professionals with unlikely but catchy names like Blaze, Falcon and Wolf took on contestants in a series of muscle-flexing challenges, the BBC hopes to bring the show back by next year, say insiders, who report that a set of new professionals has been selected and filming will take place in Sheffield, northern England.

The BBC is currently keeping quiet on its plans for the show, but Broadcast Magazine cited a source who told them, "It's exactly the kind of Saturday night family entertainment show that BBC One needs."

While Strictly Come Dancing continues to bring in big Saturday evening audiences for the BBC, ITV has enjoyed a more recent hit with The Masked Singer.

Gladiators was one of ITV's biggest shows when it aired between 1992 and 2000. Presenter Ulrika Johnson presided over the hyped-up contest, based on the U.S. show American Gladiators. Referee John Anderson was in the original series, and also joined the brief reboot that aired on Sky One between 2008 and 2009.

The BBC declined to comment to the Guardian at time of going to press.

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posted 8/1/2022

Monday Lightning Round
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  • Shakira looking at hard time for tax evasion (Deadline)

  • Peyton Manning, Luke Bryan hosting the CMAs (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jay Leno (Deadline)

posted 8/1/2022


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And Here Are The Hosts of Jeopardy!....
Ken Jennings, Mayim Bialik to Remain Hosts for Season 38
From DEadline

It's official: Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are the permanent hosts of Jeopardy! going forward. The game show's executive producer Michael Davies announced the completion of deals with the The Big Bang Theory star and former Jeopardy! champion to continue to split hosting duties in a note to fans (You can read it in full below).

Touting Jeopardy!'s viewership increase year over year, Davies also confirmed that Bialik will host Celebrity Jeopardy! on ABC this coming season. As for the flagship syndicated game show, Jennings will host the first stretch of episodes of Season 39, which starts tapings next week, through December, with Bialik stepping in starting in January as she juggles her commitment to her Fox comedy series Call Me Kat.

"We have so much Jeopardy! to make, and so many plans for the future, that we always knew we would need multiple hosts for the franchise and we are just so grateful that Mayim and Ken stepped in and stepped up to put the show in a position to succeed," Davies wrote.

During his portion of the season, Jennings will host the inaugural Second Chance competition and the anticipated Tournament of Champions featuring Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, Ryan Long, and more. The current plan is for Bialik to host a couple of new tournaments as well as the Jeopardy! National College Championship and as many weeks as she can manage with her commitment to Call Me Kat.

Bialik, who previously had announced as host of the Jeopardy! primetime and spinoff series, and Jennings had been filling in as guest hosts of the mothership syndicated program following the abrupt exit of Mike Richards as host in August after one day of tapings. The two were subsequently named full-time hosts for the remainder of Season 38. Because of the way the duo's co-hosting arrangement came to be last season with no advance notice, they alternated based on availability, which created some confusion. The process is being streamlined for next season. We know you value consistency, so we will not flip flop the hosts constantly," Davies said.

He also announced a new podcast, Inside Jeopardy!.

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posted 7/28/2022


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American Idol Is Officially On
Host, Judges Return, Auditions Begin August
From DEadline

The iconic star-maker competition series "American Idol" welcomes back music industry legends, judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and veteran host Ryan Seacrest to help discover America's next singing sensation for a sixth season on ABC when it returns in spring 2023. "American Idol" ranked as the No. 1 program in the Sunday 8-10 p.m. time slot last season among Adults 18-49. In fact, "American Idol" won its time period for the third straight year in Adults 18-49 and was ABC's No. 1 program last season in Total Viewers.

Season six auditions kick off Wednesday, Aug. 3, with the return of "Idol Across America," the live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar. Auditions take place across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C, and start with the annual First 500 event, where hopefuls can sign up to grab a VIP spot before anyone else. "Idol Across America" offers hopefuls the opportunity to showcase their talents face-to-face with an "American Idol" producer, from anywhere in America, across any official audition date for a chance to proceed to the judge audition round of the competition.

"Idol Across America" auditions will be held as follows (subject to change):
· 'First 500' VIP Event (Aug. 3)
· Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina (Aug. 5)
· Florida, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia (Aug. 8)
· Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas (Aug. 10)
· Connecticut, New Jersey, New York (Aug. 12) · Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi ( Aug. 15)
· Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee (Aug. 17)
· Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington (Aug. 19)
· Open Call: Nationwide (Aug. 22)
· Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin (Aug. 24)
· Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming (Aug. 26)
· Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. (Aug. 29)
· Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont (Aug. 31)

For information on how to sign up for "Idol Across America" and a chance to virtually audition in front of an "American Idol" producer, please visit www.americanidol.com/auditions. More details on specific dates, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions are available on the website. Contestants must be at least 15 years old to audition and may do so on any "Idol Across America" date regardless of your location.


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posted 7/28/2022

"Million Dollar" Cancellation
NBC Officially Calls Off "Island"
From Deadline

NBC is leaving the island.

The broadcast network has canceled Million Dollar Island, a big-ticket reality competition series, ahead of production. The series, which was announced in March, was understood to be in the casting phase before it was shelved.

It joins series being shelved such as Turner Networks' The Big D, which was pulled by Warner Bros. Discovery a couple of weeks ahead of its premiere.

It's understood that one of the factors behind the decision was the show's budget.

Million Dollar Island is a Survivor-esque competition format that will see 100 contestants compete over 50 days for the chance to win $1 million.

It follows the news that NBCUniversal unscripted chief Jenny Groom is leaving the broadcaster amid a shake-up in its alternative team that is expected to see former Turner Networks exec Corie Henson replace her.

Based on a Dutch format produced by John De Mol's Talpa, the U.S. version was being produced by The Voice creator's company and Studio Lambert, the British production giant behind series such as The Circle and Undercover Boss. We hear that Studio Lambert and Talpa are currently shopping the series to other broadcasters. The competition would have seen 100 contestants forge friendships and build alliances as they plot to stay on a remote desert island for up to 50 days and compete to win their share of the ultimate $1 million prize. Upon arrival, each contestant was to be given a bracelet worth $10,000. During their time on the island, contestants gain and lose bracelets through various challenges, but when a player leaves the island, they must choose who will receive their portion of the money.

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posted 7/28/2022


Doctor Who TV
BERNARD CRIBBINS: 1928-2022
"Doctor Who" Actor Played "The Chase" Among Others
From TV Insider

Bernard Cribbins, the British actor who had memorable performances in shows such as Doctor Who and Fawlty Towers, has died. He was 93.

Cribbins' death was confirmed by his agent to multiple media outlets on Thursday, July 28. Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies also shared the news on Instagram, posting a heartfelt tribute to the beloved television star.

"I love this man. I love him," wrote Davies. Davies continued: "He loved being in Doctor Who. He said, 'Children are calling me grandad in the street!' His first day was on location with Kylie Minogue, but all eyes, even Kylie's, were on Bernard. He'd turned up with a suitcase full of props, just in case, including a rubber chicken. And what an actor. Oh, really though, what a wonderful actor."

Cribbins was born on 29 December 1928 in Oldham, England, and began his acting career on the West End in 1956. He would go on to star in several films throughout the 1950s and 60s, including Two-Way Stretch (1960) and The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963) with Peter Sellers. In 1966, he made his first Doctor Who appearance in the film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. as Special Police Constable Tom Campbell.

In recent years, Cribbins was best known for playing Wilfred Motts, the grandfather of Catherine Tate's Donna in Davies' television revival of Doctor Who. He played the character from 2007 to 2010 and was recently spotted on set filming for the sci-fi show's upcoming 60th-anniversary special.

In game shows, Cribbins was on Celebrity Chase in 2018, Celebrity Mastermind in 2004, The Generation Game in 2 of their shows, Give Us A Clue in 1997, Blankety Blank, Celebrity Squares, Password in 1974 and Call My Bluff in 1971..

In addition to his acting work, Cribbins was also known in the U.K. for his successful comedy records, including "The Hole in the Ground" and "Right Said Fred." He was also a regular reader on the BBC children's show Jackanory.

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posted 7/28/2022

WEDNESDAY: Reality 1-2 vs. Subway Series
CBS Wins, Ties ESPN
From The Programming Insider

With their combo of reality competitions "Big Brother" and "The Challenge: USA", CBS easily won the young adults battle among their broadcast network competition.

"The Challenge: USA", averaging a 0.40 A18-49 rating thus far this season, is drawing on-par to last summer Wednesday's post-"Big Brother" program "Love Island" (season three); yet, "The Challenge: USA" has averaged well over 2 million total viewers, while last summer's "Love Island" had never drawn more than 1.86 million in live plus same day data.

ESPN, televising the second game of MLB's N.Y. Subway Series matchup (Mets 3, Yankees 2) and the subsequent "SportsCenter", practically matched CBS' demo output, averaging a 0.43 A18-49 rating from 7-11:30 p.m. Eastern (the margins between ESPN and CBS might be closer, with ESPN perhaps on top, if only focusing on the 8-11 p.m. time window; however, ESPN's exact demo rating in the three-hour prime time frame was unavailable at post time).

Despite an all-rerun lineup of One Chicago dramas, NBC was the night's most-watched network in total viewers.

Cable numbers for Wednesday (total/A18-49)...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 706k/0.15
- Forged in Fire (History): 706k/0.12
- Celebrity Family Feud - 8p (OB/BET): 452k/0.08
- America Says (GSN): 302k/0.04

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posted 7/28/2022

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... or "Yup"

  • Keke Palmer plugs "Nope" and "Password" at the same time (E!)

  • Leslie Jones launches a podcast (Variety)

  • Niecy Nash deals with eOne (Deadline)

posted 7/25/2022


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Norman Lear at 100
Legendary TV Producer Had a Hand in "Quiz Kids" Reboot for CBS Cable
From Deadline

The great Norman Lear turns 100 today. He's been creating TV shows and films for more than 70 years and is still going strong. It's a career that, any decade of which, would make most artists proud.

ABC used Norman Lear's 100th birthday today to announce a career-spanning new special about the TV legend for Premiere Week. Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music & Laughter will air Thursday, September 22.

Among his producing credits are such all-time TV classics as All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Lear wrote for Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Andy Williams and many more. He was an EP on the features Fried Green Tomatoes and The Princess Bride.

He's won five Emmys — most recently in 2019 — and two Peabodys, was awarded the National Medal of Arts, received a Kennedy Center Honor and and was awarded the Air Medal after flying 52 missions in a B-17 during World War II.

In the game show world, he was a producer and developer for a reboot of "Quiz Kids" for CBS Cable.

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posted 7/26/2022


Tony Dow
TONY DOW: 1945-2022
"Leave It to Beaver" Actor Judged "Dream Girl of '67"
From AP/TV Newscheck

Tony Dow, who as Wally Cleaver on the sitcom "Leave It to Beaver" helped create the popular and lasting image of the American teenager of the 1950s and 60s, died Wednesday. He was 77.

Frank Bilotta, who represented Dow in his work as a sculptor, confirmed his death in an email to The Associated Press. No cause was given, but Dow had been in hospice care and announced in May that he had been diagnosed with prostate and gall bladder cancer.

A post on Dow's Facebook page on Tuesday prematurely reported that he had died, but his wife and management team later took down the post and explained that it was announced in error.

Dow's Wally was an often annoyed but essentially loving big brother who was constantly bailing out the title character, Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, played by Jerry Mathers, on the show that was synonymous with the sometimes hokey, wholesome image of the 1950s American family.

Dow was born and raised in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles — his mother was a stuntwoman who acted as a double for silent film star Clara Bow — but his parents did not push him into show business.

Dow is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lauren, son Christopher, daughter-in-law Melissa, and brother Dion.

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posted 7/27/2022


Bravo
HOWIE KLEINBERG: 1976-2022
Chef Played "Top Chef" SEason 3
From Deadline

Howard "Howie" Kleinberg, the Miami restaurateur who competed in Season 3 of Bravo's Top Chef, died last weekend after suffering a heart attack. He was 46.

"The Top Chef family is saddened to learn about the unexpected passing of Howard Kleinberg from season three," Bravo said in a statement. "Howie's passion for cooking filled so many and our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends."

Kleinberg appeared on the 2007 season Top Chef: Miami. He placed seventh in the competition.

A South Florida native, Kleinberg attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, according to the Miami Herald. One of his early jobs was in the kitchen at the Hotel Intercontinental in downtown Miami.

His death was announced by his mother Susan Kleinberg, who told The Miami Herald, "I am just finding out how many lives he touched. He was married to his passion in life, which was his cooking."

Kleinberg followed his appearance on the reality series by opening his own Miami restaurant, Bulldog Barbecue, and later pursued more fine dining endeavors. He also participated annually in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival..

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posted 7/27/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
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  • Mark Dacascos joins "Warrior" season 3 on HBO Max (Deadline)

  • Wesley Eure finds a star on the Palm Springs Hall of Fame (Twitter @WesleyEure)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Snake in the Grass (USA) (Reality Blurred)

  • Today's Great Moments in Victim Shaming is brought to you by Vanessa Lachey (Insider)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC to burn off the final two "FAmily Game Fight"s next week (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with PAloma Aguilar (Reality TV World)

posted 7/27/2022

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