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Game Show Network, Dish Kiss, Make Up
Network at Center of Carriage Dispute
From Deadline

Dish Network and the Game Show Network said Tuesday that they have reached a multi-year deal on a new carriage agreement, restoring the channel to the satellite service after it went dark in early September after talks had broken down.

The deal is for both Dish TV and Sling TV services, Dish said. No details were provided.

"We're pleased to have reached a multi-year agreement that benefits all parties, especially our customers," said Brian Neylon, EVP and Group President, Dish TV. "I want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we worked through the negotiations."

Negotiations had been underway for eight months before Game Show Network went dark on Dish on September 6, meaning Dish and Sling customers have been without Game Show Network programming like Family Feud, People Puzzler and more.

"We are happy to have entered into a long-term agreement with Dish and that Dish customers can resume watching their favorite shows on Game Show Network for years to come," said Tim Carry, EVP Distribution for Game Show Network.

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The Streamable
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Giant Freakin Robot

posted 9/28/2022

TUESDAY: Three Way Split
ABC, CBS, NBC Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, ABC's Bachelor in Paradise and NBC's The Voice tied for the nightly demo win, while CBS' FBI copped Tuesday's largest audience.

Bachelor in Paradise opened ABC's night with 2.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating. Leading out of that, The Rookie: Feds retained 2.2 mil and only a 0.3.

Over on NBC, The Voice (5.8 mil/0.6) dipped week-to-week yet tied for the demo win. La Brea (3.9 mil/0.4) opened Season 2 down from its freshman averages (5 mil/0.6). Closing out the night, New Amsterdam (2.8 mil/0.3) tied its all-time demo low.

All of CBS' FBIs were up in viewers week-to-week, with International (5.8 mil/0.5) also holding steady in the demo. FBI (6.9 mil/0.5) and Most Wanted (5.2 mil/0.4), however, ticked down in the demo.

Fox's The Resident (2.6 mil/0.3) ticked down to match its demo low, while Monarch (1.8 mil/0.2) matched its Episode 2 numbers.

The CW's Leonardo (370K/0.0) and Devils (165K/0.0) each dropped some eyeballs.

Tuesday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Bobby's Triple Threat (P/Food): 782k/0.12

- Outchef'd - 10p (P/Food): 618k/0.10
- Outchef'd - 10:30p (Food): 531k/0.09
- People Puzzler (GSN): 302k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 257k/0.03

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/28/2022


Rolling Stone
COOLIO: 1963-2022
Actor/Rapper Played "Hollywood Squares", "Match Game"
From Rolling Stone

Coolio, whose 90s music was a staple on radio, a favorite on MTV, and included the hit "Gangsta's Paradise," has died. He was 59.

Coolio's manager, Jarez Posey, confirmed the rapper's death to Rolling Stone. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Monessan, Pennsylvania, he later moved to Compton, California, where he cut his first single in the late 1980s. He later joined WC and the Maad Circle and contributed to their debut album, Ain't a Damn Thang Changed.

By 1994, he had established himself in the Los Angeles rap scene and signed to Tommy Boy Records, where he released his debut studio album, It Takes a Thief. His single "Fantastic Voyage" hit Number Three on the Billboard Hot 100. A year later he dropped his classic "Gangsta's Paradise," which appeared in the movie, Dangerous Minds.

Coolio has appeared on The Test, Fear Factor, America's Funniest Home Videos, Celebrity Boot Camp, Weakest Link, Pyramid, Hollywood Squares, Celebrity Poker Showdown, Celebrity Blackjack, Celebrity Big Brother, Ultimate Big Brother, Catch 21, Celebrity Wife Swap, Chopped, Cupcake Wars, Match Game, and Celebrity Food Fight.

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posted 9/28/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Fighter"

  • Katie Couric reveals breast cancer diagnosis (TV Line)

  • Ken Jennings comes to the defense of Simu Liu (Cinema Blend)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jimmy Kimmel (Deadline)

posted 9/26/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 1
Results for the Week Ending September 18
From TV Newscheck

Syndication was lively in the session ending Sept. 18, which was the first week of the new season for many shows.

Jeopardy! was the overall leader, jumping 23% from the previous week's repeats to a 4.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Family Feud was a close second, falling 4% to a 4.8. Wheel of Fortune spun a 10% advance to a 4.5, while courtroom champ Judge Judy grew 2% to a 4.3.

Several highly anticipated rookies scored big in their opening weeks on the chart. Syndication's No. 1 new shows were:
-
Jennifer Hudson, which hit a premiere week 0.7 and Sherri, which also earned a strong 0.7 for its opener.
- Another talker, Karamo, began Sept. 19 and averaged a 0.3 rating/1 share for its primary runs in the metered markets with a Top 20 market best 0.9/5 in Cleveland, beating The Real — the show it replaced — by 80% and snaring second place in its time period.
- Back in the national ratings, newcomer iCrime with Elizabeth Vargas debuted at a 0.5.
- The premiere of new game Pictionary popped up with a respectable 0.4. Among other key markets the show was popular in Philadelphia, where its latest numbers have it beating Dr. Oz, the previous occupant, by 33%.

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) 4.9 +23%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.8 -4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 +10%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Pictionary (CMV): 0.4 PREMIERE
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC

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Soap Opera Network

posted 9/27/2022


NBC/MGM Television

MONDAY: This Is the Football
ABC Wins with MNF
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's The Voice and Fox's 9-1-1 led all non-NFL fare in the demo, while CBS' NCIS copped the biggest audience.

ABC's share of Monday Night Football coverage averaged 8.7 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, pretty much on par with last week's early numbers.

NBC's The Voice (5.8 mil/0.6) dipped week-to-week, while Quantum Leap (2.8 mil/0.3) was down 18 and 20 percent from its launch.

Fox's 9-1-1 (4.3 mil/0.6) and The Cleaning Lady (2.5 mil/0.3, read post mortem) both ticked down, with the latter hitting series lows.

Over on CBS, The Neighborhood (4.8 mil/0.4), Bob Hearts Abishola (4.6 mil/0.4) and NCIS (5.9 mil/0.4) were all steady in the demo, with the latter two rising in audience from their season openers. NCIS: Hawaii (4.4 mil/0.3) dipped to hit and tie series lows.

Cable numbers for Monday (total viewers/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.260m/0.26
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.007m/0.17
- Halloween Cookie Challenge (Food): 669k/0.13
- The Big Bake (Food): 443k/0.08
- People Puzzler (GSN): 425k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 265k/0.04

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/2022


CBS/EndemolShine

SUNDAY: 25 Seasons in the House
CBS Renews "Big Brother"
From Deadline

CBS has confirmed that Big Brother will be returning for Season 25 in summer 2023. The news comes after the show crowned its winner for Season 24 making history once again.

Host Julie Chen Moonves took to Twitter to share the news of the reality competition getting picked up for a new season.

"A big thank you to all our house guests for an absolutely incredible summer. I know, I'm going to miss watching the show too," she said while also promoting shows like Survivor, The Amazing Race and The Real Love Boat.

She then added, "We are coming back for our 25th season of the show. And if you want to be on the show, all you have to do is go to bigbrothercasting.tv to try out. Who knows expect the unexpected. You might be a house guest. I'll see you next summer. Bye".

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Sunday Night Football this week averaged 13.2 million total viewers and a 3.7 demo rating, down a tick from last week's early numbers.

Over on Fox, The Simpsons' NFL-boosted season premiere (4 mil/1.3) led all non-sports fare in the demo. The Great North returned to 2.1 mil.0.7, Bob's Burgers did 1.6 mil/0.5 and Family Guy returned to 1.4 mil/0.4.

ABC's Celebrity Jeopardy! debuted to 3.8 mil/0.4, followed by Celeb Wheel's 4 mil/0.4. The Rookie (3.3 mil/0.3) returned up in viewers vs. its previous average, but matched its demo low.

CBS' Big Brother (3.9 mil/0.8) was down sharply from last summer's finale, which aired on a Wednesday; 60 Minutes drew the night's largest non-NFL audience: 6.7 million.

Cable numbers for Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 875k/0.17

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/27/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bar Food"

  • Wells Adams will gladly take "Best in Dough" over "The Bachelor" (The Wrap)

  • Kornbread announces cancer diagnosis, prepares to kick its ass (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Kelly Ripa recounts her first "Live" show with Regis (Entertainment Weekly)

  • FIRST LOOK: "Idol" begins season 21 (TV Insider)

  • Gabby Windey says her "dumb" fiance is trying to "Save his own ass"... SERIOUSLY, GET OUT GABBY (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Elizabeth Banks (The NYT Magazine)

posted 9/26/2022

Discovery's Cuttery
Network to Launch "A Cut Above" November 2
From the Futon Critic

In an all new, high-octane competition series, twelve of the world's top woodcarvers unleash their epic chainsaw skills to create mind-blowing masterpieces. A CUT ABOVE premieres on Sunday, October 2 at 10:00PM ET/PT on Discovery.

Hosted by Golden Globe(R)-nominee Adam Beach, A CUT ABOVE puts the contestants to the ultimate test of artistry, stamina and carving skills as they re-imagine ordinary wood logs into jaw-dropping works of art. Each week, the carvers will compete in Quick and Master Carve challenges while racing against the clock in hopes of avoiding elimination. At the end of the grueling twelve-week competition, the artist who out-carves the rest will win a cash prize and be named "A Cut Above."

World-renowned chainsaw carver, Ryan Cook and esteemed sculptor, Katharine Dowson bring their combined expertise and artistic prowess to serve as the competition judges and decide who will move on to compete for the grand prize and who will get the chop.

The twelve master carvers include:
- Andrew Mallon, Age 39 Falls Church, VA
- Aya Blaine, Age 46 Boonville, NY
- Bongo Love, Age 47 Zimbabwe
- Brigitte Lochhead, Age 40 Canada
- Chris Wood, Age 52 Wales
- Jesse Toso, Age 46 Canada
- Joel Palmer, Age 37 Canada
- John Hayes, Age 49 Ireland
- Junior Henderson, Age 44 Canada
- Ryan Villiers, Age 41 Canada
- Sam Bowsher, Age 23 Scotland
- Sylvia Itzen, Age 53 Germany

In addition to watching A CUT ABOVE on Discovery, viewers can join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ACutAbove, and by following Discovery on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok. A CUT ABOVE is produced and developed by marblemedia, in association with Bell Media for Discovery.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/26/2022

Titans of "Dragula" to Compete
New Eps to Air on Shudder, AMC+
From Deadline

The Boulet Brothers are ready to unveil the spinoff of their popular The Boulet Brothers' Dragula on Shudder.

The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Titans will debut with a two-episode premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 25 with subsequent episodes rolling out weekly on both Shudder and AMC+.

Hosted and created by the popular duo, The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Titans will be a ten-episode spin-off series starring drag icons from the show's previous seasons. They will compete in a grand championship of drag artistry and physical challenges for a $100,000 grand prize, along with the headlining spot on the upcoming world tour and the first ever Dragula Titans crown and title. The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Titans will take place in a haunted mansion dubbed the "underworld.".

"We wanted the show to feel familiar to fans, but we also wanted the set and format to feel elevated from a regular season in order to match the incredible talent of the artists we've brought together," says the Boulet Brothers. "There are so many shocking twists and turns this year that the competitors affectionately renamed the show Gagula during filming, and we really can't wait for audiences to see it – this show is truly the most compelling content we've created to date."

The queens set to compete...
- Abhora (season 2)
- Astrud Aurelia (season 4)
- Erika Klash (season 2)
- Evah Destruction (season 3)
- HoSo Terra Toma (season 4)
- Kendra Onixxx (season 2, Resurrection)
- Koco Caine (season 4)
- Melissa Befierce (season 1)
- Victoria Elizabeth Black (season 2, Resurrection)
- Yovska (season 3)

"The Boulet Brothers and our previous 'Dragula' series have attracted a wonderfully passionate, engaged and diverse fanbase and we're delighted to bring them even more of the content they crave with this next competition series, especially during our biggest, most celebrated month of the year," added Craig Engler, GM of Shudder.

Along with returning fan favorite competitors (to be announced at a later date), there will also be a rotating cast of guest judges from the show's past and present, including Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Harvey Guillen (What We Do In The Shadows), Justin Simien (director of Disney's upcoming Haunted Mansion film), David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad), pop metal princess Poppy, drag superstars Alaska and Katya, and horror royalty Joe Bob Briggs (Last Drive In), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun) and Barbara Crampton (Reanimator, Jakob's Wife), among them.

The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Titans is the first project to be rolled out as part of the duo's multi-project deal with Shudder..

Deadline
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/26/2022

FRIDAY: Live Sharks
ABC Wins Night on Live "Shark Tank"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, the Season 14 premiere of ABC's Shark Tank drew 3.6 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, down a tick from its previous averages (3.7 mil/0.5) but still leading this past Friday in total audience.

Fox's Friday Night SmackDown (2.4 mil/0.6) meanwhile ticked up on both counts and topped the night in the demo.

Over on CBS, Big Brother (2.3 mil/0.3) slipped to season lows ahead of Sunday's finale, after which Secret Celebrity Renovation dropped to season lows (1.6 mil/0.1).

Elsewhere on Friday night, NBC's College Bowl (1.8 mil/0.2) was steady… ABC's 20/20 season opener did 2.6 mil/0.3… and The CW's Killer Camp drew 300K/0.1.

Friday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.167m/0.31
- RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race (VH1): 304k/0.08


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/21/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "More, Not Less"

  • Michael Davies teases "Jeopardy! Master League" after the success of "Celebrity Jeopardy!" (New York Times)

  • Zach Shallcross' defense against Rachel Recchia's claim of being too young... "I know you are but what am I?" (Reality TV World)

  • Missed the first two seasons of "The Great British Baking Show"? Watch them again for free on Roku (Reality Blurred)

  • Amy Schneider makes it official (Today)

  • Clayton Echard, Susie Evans on the other hand have brken up (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Natalka Znak (Deadline)

posted 9/27/2022


Radio Times
CHERRY VALENTINE: 1993-2022
"RuPaul's Drag Race UK" Contestant
From TV Line

George Ward, better known to RuPaul's Drag Race UK fans as Cherry Valentine, died on Sept. 18. He was 28. A cause of death has not been revealed.

"It is with the most heart wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George — Cherry Valentine — has tragically passed away," said Ward's parents in a statement. "This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.

"As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same," the continued. "We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time."

Drag Race's production company, World of Wonder, added in its own statement, "We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of George Ward, a.k.a. Cherry Valentine. As an artist, nurse, and an activist, Cherry will always remain a beloved member of our Drag Race family. Cherry's love and irresistibly infectious laugh touched the lives of so many. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends."

Valentine appeared in Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, and was eliminated in Episode 2..

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Radio Times

posted 9/23/2022

THURSDAY: Law & Order & Ratings
NBC Wins Night on Crossover EVent
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, the SVU portion of NBC's three-way Law & Order crossover led Thursday in the demo and in total audience.

Kicking off the crossover event, Organized Crime drew 5 million total viewers per Nielsen finals (a best-since-series premiere audience) and a 0.6 demo rating. SVU then delivered a one-year high in audience (5.5 million) and a 0.7 rating). Closing things out, Law & Order hit a best-since-revival premiere audience (4.7 mil) and a 0.6 rating.

CBS' Big Brother (3.1 mil/0.6) dipped week-to-week with its penultimate eviction of the season.

Fox's MLB coverage averaged 3.2 mil and a 0.6.

Over on ABC, leading out of the Celebrity Family Feud finale (3.7 mil/0.5), the pretty wonderful Norman Lear tribute special drew 2.7 mil/0.3.

The CW's Bump (221K/0.0) and Great Chocolate Showdown (372K/0.1) both added a few eyeballs.

Thursday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.010m/0.19
- Alone: Frozen - 9p (History): 985k/0.07
- Alone: Frozen - 10p (SF/History): 967k/0.09
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 396k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 344k/0.04


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/23/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/ABC

We'll Take Celebrity Lineups for $200
Meet the Players for Celebrity Jeopardy!, Plus... TRIPLE Jeopardy!
From Entertainment Weekly

While Jeopardy! fans may be eager to get back into regular gameplay, ABC is gearing up for the primetime iteration of the adjacent Celebrity Jeopardy! which is set to kick off on Sunday, September 25.

In an exclusive first look at Celebrity Jeopardy! we're giving fans a sneak peek at the key art featuring Bialik who is ready to host the quiz show announced earlier this year. Unlike the syndicated version of the game show though, Celebrity Jeopardy! is delivering a full hour of entertainment with the help of some famous competitors.

Parade is reporting on additional players...
- Jalen Rose
- Ike Barinholtz
- Eddie Huang
- Matt Rogers
- Hasan Minhaj
- Phoebe Robinson
- Andy Richter
- Reggie Watts
- Ego Nwodim
- Joel Kim Booster
- John Michael Higgins

EW is reporting that the game show's host, Mayim Bialik, will welcome Simu Liu, Constance Wu, Iliza Shlesinger, Ray Romano, Aisha Tyler, Patton Oswalt, Michael Cera, B.J. Novak, and Candace Parker as scheduled guest players when the series debuts in September.

"It's the OG Jeopardy, with celebrities," Bialik says in EW's exclusive preview clip below. "Let's hope they've been reading more than screenplays."

In addition, for the first time in the show's history in the US, Celebrity Jeopardy! will include a Triple Jeopardy! Round.

Just like with Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy!, Triple Jeopardy! contains six new categories with five clues per category. And hidden on the game board are three Daily Doubles.

Celebrity Jeopardy premieres Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and will be available to stream on Hulu one day after the debut episode airs.

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posted 9/23/2022

"Young Sheldon" Visits "The Price Is Right"
Iain Armitage, Raegan Revord to Play September 30
From Radio Online

THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, welcomes YOUNG SHELDON actors Iain Armitage and Raegan Revord to a special primetime episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT, Friday, Sept. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

Armitage and Revord, who play twins on YOUNG SHELDON, the #1 comedy on television, will guest model as an audience of real twins competes for double the amazing prizes, including a tech room inspired by Armitage's Sheldon character and a music room Revord's Missy would love. A trip to Texas, where YOUNG SHELDON is set, is also up for grabs.

The stakes are raised this season as THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT is set to debut an additional five primetime specials, where contestants such as super fans and grocery store workers will have their pricing skills put to the test. More details to be announced.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/22/2022

Welcome to Big Wednesday
Four Premieres
From various sources

A lot of premieres tonight, so listen up...

SURVIVOR (CBS, 8p): During Survivor's extended absence in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, Jeff Probst reached out to fellow TV producer and former contestant Mike White to tell him what he was planning for the then upcoming season 41. "When I finished the pitch, I asked him what he thought," Probst recalled to EW last year. "He paused for a moment and said 'Well… it sounds… in-ter-est-ing. But is it fun?'" As Probst explained, "That became the driving creative focus on Survivor 41. Every time I would talk with [executive producer Matt Van Wagenen], one of us would ask the other… 'Is it fun?'" That fun materialized in forms such as the goofy secret phrases involving broccoli, butterflies, and goats that players had to recite to get a hidden immunity idol. A year later, producers are still having fun, and we have our first evidence of that in this exclusive sneak peek of the first few minutes of the Survivor 43 premiere, which airs Sept. 21 on CBS. Watch the start of the season in the video player at the top of this post and you will see plenty.

THE MASKED SINGER (Fox, 9p): "The Masked Singer" Season 8 is starting off with a bang on Wednesday night, when three contestants will be eliminated from the competition before the night ends. From there, viewers will say goodbye to two contestants each week, as opposed to the usual one weekly elimination. All of this is in an effort to make the show bigger, better and more exciting than ever before, executive producer Craig Plestis told TheWrap. "Just hang on to your hat," he said. "Go to the fridge, collect whatever you need to eat or drink and do not leave, OK? It is going to be a wild, fast ride of clues, of great singing, great performances and possibly some of the best unmaskings we've ever had in eight seasons." Plestis and his crew have upped the ante in other ways as well. Not only will one contestant each week be eliminated solely by an audience vote, but there are also more clues than ever to hint at who may be underneath the mask.

THE AMAZING RACE (CBS, 10p) The world is waiting for you, so says longtime Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan, who is once again gearing up for another season of the Emmy-winning CBS series. The show returns for its 34th installment with a whole new crop of teams – which include former NFL coach Rex Ryan and Big Brother 23's Derek Xiao and Claire Rehfuss – ready to race to countries like Jordan, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Iceland and more. "The world is opening up a lot," Phil exclusively tells Us Weekly about filming the latest season. "I think that's part of the challenge is that every country you go to, they all have different COVID protocols. And so some are very restrictive and others are really lenient. And so we're having to sort of abide by rules that have been mandated here in the United States, no matter what, and that does make it challenging because we are an international show and so you have to adjust and pivot a lot."

LEGO MASTERS (Fox, 9p): Brad Pitt is lending his pipes and his likeness to Fox's "Lego Masters" for the show's Wednesday night season premiere. The actor, who is also an executive producer on the show through his Plan B Entertainment, makes a cameo as Lego Brad Pitt in the show's cold open – and TheWrap has your exclusive sneak peek. "Plan B has been our partner since Season 1. They were in the room pitching the show with us. So we've wanted to have him be involved from the beginning in some fun, clever way," executive producer Michael Heyerman told TheWrap. "It just so happened that our Season 3 was also the 90th anniversary of Lego as a company. So we thought it would be fun to maybe create … and script this whole animated opening sequence."

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Survivor and NBC's Chicago Med tied for the nightly demo win, while NBC's Chicago Fire copped Wednesday's largest audience.

CBS | Survivor opened Season 43 with 4.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, down a tick from its spring opener. The Amazing Race's Season 34 premiere retained just 2.9 mil/0.4, down sharply from its January opener.

NBC | Chicago Med (6.3 mil/0.7) returned steady in the demo versus its previous average, while Fire (6.5 mil/0.6) and P.D. (5.4 mil/0.6) were down. Fire in fact slipped to series lows on both counts, while P.D. registered a demo low.

FOX | The Masked Singer (3.5 mil/0.6) opened its new season with an all-time audience low and matching its demo low; LEGO Masters led out of that with 1.6 mil/0.4.

ABC | The Conners (3.5 mil/0.5) and Big Sky (2.2 mil/0.3) both returned steady in the demo, The Goldbergs (2.4 mil/0.4) was down (and hit an audience low), and Home Economics (2 mil/0.4) ticked up from its previous averages. Abbott Elementary (2.8 mil/0.5) on its new night matched its Season 1 audience while off just a tenth in the demo.

THE CW | Stargirl (403K/0.1) slipped to an all-time audience low opposite full-on competition.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.178m/0.23
- Guy's Ultimate Game Night (Food): 573k/0.10

- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 428k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 370k/0.03
- The Challenge: Untold History - 8p (P/MTV): 216k/0.11
- The Challenge: Untold History - 9p (MTV): 208k/0.09

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posted 9/21/2022

More on "Celebrity Wheel" Season 3
Amanda Seales, Snoop Dogg, Mark Duplass to Play
From Hidden Remote

America's favorite game shows combined with our favorite celebrities is the perfect recipe. There's Celebrity Family Feud, Celebrity Jeopardy!, and of course Celebrity Wheel of Fortune!

Wheel of Fortune has been a staple in people's living rooms since 1975. Now the series is headed into the third season of its celebrity game, and we can't wait to see the next batch of stars who will be playing.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune season 3 premieres Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. You can also watch new episodes of the series on Hulu the next day they air. So for Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, you'll find episodes streaming on Mondays.

This season's first episode will bring celebrity contestants Amanda Seales (playing for DonorsChoose), Snoop Dogg (playing for Snoop Youth Football League), and Mark Duplass (playing for BlinkNow). We also know who will appear in the second episode! We've got Tiki Barber (playing for United For Alice), Lauren Ash (playing for Best Friends Animal Society), and Jim Jefferies (playing for Hillsides)

. The episode schedule is just a little confusing for the first couple of episodes. The season premiere is Sunday, Sept. 25. But the second episode airs Thursday, Sept. 29. Following episode 2, the third and fourth go back to Sunday nights. So episode 3 will air Sunday, Oct. 2 and episode 4 will premiere Sunday, Oct. 9. It's not really known why the network scheduled the episodes this way.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune season 3 premieres Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Hidden Remote

posted 9/22/2022

"Got Talent" Arrives in Japan
Abema TV to Air Version
From Deadline

Japan's Abema TV has become the latest to order a version of Simon Cowell's Got Talent franchise. Airing next year, Yoshimito Kyogo will produce the local version of the hit format, which has been remade in 72 territories and sees performers of all varieties attempt to impress a panel of celebrity judges and global audience with their talent. Judges will be comedian and actor Masatoshi Hamada, actress Alice Hirose, musician GACKT and producer Takayuki Yamada. The show has been a huge hit over many years for ITV in the UK, where it was created by Cowell's Fremantle-backed Syco Entertainment and is licensed by Fremantle. The deal was brokered by Fremantle's Katsuhiko Waza, who is Senior Vice President, Distribution, Japan; Paul Ridley, Senior Executive Vice President, International Distribution; and Stephen Flint, Director of Operations, Global Entertainment Production.

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posted 9/22/2022

TV on the Radio
Jeopardy! Episodes Streaming on TuneIn
From Radio Online

TuneIn announces the addition of "Jeopardy! Radio" and "Jeopardy! Radio Classics" to its list of free and premium content offerings. Fans of "Jeopardy!" will now be able to take a walk down memory lane and experience classic episodes. The 24/7 stream, curated by the show's producers, will feature the greatest and most memorable episodes with Alex Trebek -- featuring highlights from Ken Jennings' unmatched 74-game run.

"Jeopardy! is an iconic part of American entertainment history. This on its own makes it an incredibly valuable addition to TuneIn's roster of streaming audio content," said TuneIn CEO Richard Stern. "There is so much more to it than that. The nature of Jeopardy! as an interactive game show fits so well into an audio setting. Fans who remember these classic episodes and those experiencing them for the first time are able to play along in the car, with their smart home device or simply while taking a walk. This is what makes this partnership such a fun treasure for all TuneIn listeners."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways for our fans to play Jeopardy!, which is what makes expanding into world of streaming audio with TuneIn such an exciting proposition for us," added Sony Pictures Television Executive VP/Game Shows Suzanne Prete. "With this partnership, we look forward to bringing the classic 'clues and responses' to an even broader audience that extends beyond television."

Both Jeopardy! Radio and Jeopardy! Radio Classics will be available to TuneIn listeners in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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posted 9/22/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Finish Line No One Wants to Cross"

  • Mike "Boogie" Malin files for bankruptcy (Us Magazine)

  • Wynonna Judd remembers her last moments with mother Naomi (EW)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! New champ has an interesting cool story Jeopardy! lady! (The Sun)

posted 9/22/2022

Zach Shallcross Shall Cross Roses
The Next "Bachelor" Named
From the Futon Critic

After a heartbreaking departure from Gabby and Rachel's season of "The Bachelorette," Zach Shallcross' journey to find love will continue when he steps in as leading man for the upcoming 27th season of "The Bachelor." Following an emotional realization about his future with Rachel, Shallcross won Bachelor Nation's affection when he made the difficult decision to end his journey on "The Bachelorette." The charismatic California native will begin handing out roses when the season premieres MONDAY, JAN. 23 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.

The announcement was made by host Jesse Palmer during the emotional live finale of Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia's season of "The Bachelorette."

An endearing 26-year-old tech executive from Anaheim Hills, California, Shallcross stole Bachelor Nation's heart on season 19 of "The Bachelorette" with his quiet charm, wit and openness to finding lasting love. Audiences saw Shallcross put himself and his desire to meet "the one" first when he made his emotional exit, opening the door for his "person" to walk through.

A family man at heart, Shallcross splits time between Texas and Orange County. His parents, who have been married over 30 years, have shown him what true love looks like. He strives to find a love that echoes the standard they have set for him, and he plans to keep them in mind when looking for a life partner. Home is where the heart is; and with the Bachelor mansion not too far away, Shallcross is eager to begin his journey back home in Southern California.

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posted 9/21/2022

"Alex vs. America" Gets Back to Work
Food Network Contest Earns 3rd Season
From the Futon Critic

Food Network ordered a season three pick-up of its hit primetime series Alex vs America, it was announced today by Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery. Production is set to begin this month, with new episodes of Alex vs America slated to premiere in 2023. Season two of Alex vs America has reached more than 9.1M P2+ viewers, +44% vs. last season, with the series averaging .6 P18+ and .9 W18+ L3 ratings, an increase of +17% vs. the prior season for both demos. All episodes of Alex vs America are available to stream on discovery+.

"It's been a dream come true to get back into the culinary arena with Food Network and the immeasurably talented Eric Adjepong to bring viewers a new season of Alex vs America," said Alex Guarnaschelli. "I am so excited to take audiences along on this journey as I give my blood, sweat and tears - literally! - into every culinary battle, as a new group of chefs showcase their skills to try and defeat me "

"We are so excited to have Alex get back in the ring to take on a new batch of culinary competitors who all share a motivation to defeat one of the toughest and hardest working chefs on the planet," said Latman. "With the cameras following every step that Alex makes during the culinary battles, viewers are treated to a raw and fast-paced culinary competition like no other that has made Alex vs America a hit."

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posted 9/21/2022

TUESDAY: Welcome to Forever
ABC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, ABC's three-hour (!) The Bachelorette finale averaged 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, down a tick week-to-week yet leading Tuesday in the demo.

CBS' FBI season premiere (6.5 mi/0.6) was down a tick on both counts from its Season 4 averages yet topped Tuesday in total audience. The premieres for International (5.3 mil/0.5) and Most Wanted (5.1 mil/0.5) were steady in the demo vs. the spinoffs' previous averages.

NBC's The Voice (5.9 mil/0.7) matched Monday's premiere numbers; New Amsterdam (3.2 mil/0.4) returned steady, even while averaging a "D-" from perturbed fans. Over on Fox, The Resident (2.7 mil/0.3) hit and tied lows with its season opener.

Episode 2 of Monarch (1.8 mil/0.2) was down sharply, of course, from its NFL-inflated premiere.

The CW's Leonardo (440K/0.1) and Devils (182K/0.0) each added some eyeballs.

Tuesday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.093m/0.26
- Supermarket Stakeout - 9p (Food): 583k.0.13

- Supermarket Stakeout - 10p (SF/Food): 558k.0.10
- The $100,000 PYramid (GSN): 451k/0.03.
- People Puzzler (GSN): 372k/0.03
- It's CompliPlated (SF/Food): 210k/0.05
- Celebrity Beef (SF/E!): 85k/0.03

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posted 9/21/2022

MONDAY: AND WE'RE OFF!
Night 1 of the 2022-2023 Season Goes to... ABC and MNF
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's share of Monday Night Football coverage dominated the night with 9.6 million total viewers and a 2.6 demo rating.

Among Monday's non-NFL fare, NBC's The Voice season premiere (6.2 mil/0.7) led the night in total audience and tied for the demo win. Quantum Leap debuted to 3.5 mil and a 0.5, which is on par with ill-fated Ordinary Joe's year-ago launch — but keep in mind that The Voice was down 11 and 33 percent YOY as a lead-in.

Reminder: Peacock, not Hulu, is now the exclusive home to next-day streaming of NBC shows!

Fox's 9-1-1 season premiere (4.7 mil/0.7) was down a tick from last season's averages — That's gonna be a theme this week, folks! There is no more steady or up in the #PeakTV era! — and tied The Voice in the demo. The Cleaning Lady (2.6 mil/0.4) was also down a smidgen from its previous averages.

Over on CBS, The Neighborhood (4.6 mil/0.4), Bob Loves Abishola (4.2 mi/0.4), NCIS (5.7 mil/0.4) and NCIS: Hawaii (5.2 mil/0.4) were all down from their previous averages.

Monday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 982k/0.19
- Halloween Baking Championship (SP/Food): 893k/0.15
- People Puzzler (GSN): 455k/0.03
- The Big Bake (SP/Food): 375k/0.08

- Snake in the Grass (USA): 272k/0.07


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posted 9/21/2022

Meet Alex's New Pointless Friends
Sally Lindsay to Kick Off Run As Co-Host
From Den of Geek

It takes six people to fill Richard Osman's shoes, and not just because he wears a size 14. Back in April, the TV presenter, producer and novelist announced that he was leaving his co-presenter role on Pointless to focus on his hugely successful Thursday Murder Club book series and other projects. Due to the 'stars we see in the night sky are actually hundreds of years in the past' nature of TV broadcast, by that point, Osman was already four months out of the job. His final episode of the regular Pointless (he'll still appear on the celebrity editions) was filmed in December 2021 and aired in July 2022, with a touching message to Alexander Armstrong.

Now, Pointless is back for Series 28 with a rotating clutch of new guest-hosts sitting behind Osman's fact-checking desk. First up is Sally Lindsay, and following her will be Stephen Mangan, Lauren Laverne, Alex Brooker, Konnie Huq and Ed Gamble.

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posted 9/21/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On..."

posted 9/21/2022


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More on "The Mole"
MSNBC Host Alex Wagner Tapped to Emcee "The Mole" Reboot
From DEadline

A busy Alex Wagner, host of MSNBC's Alex Wagner Tonight, is expanding her resume with another TV gig. Wagner has been named host of Netflix's The Mole reboot. Netflix's new version of the classic competition series is set to premiere October 7 on the streaming network.

The Mole, based on Belgian format De Mol, last aired on ABC from 2001-08 with Anderson Cooper, Ahmad Rashad, and Jon Kelley as hosts.

The Mole is a high-stakes competition series and in this reimagined version, twelve players work together in challenges to add money to a pot that only one of them will win at the end. Among the players is one person who has secretly been designated "the Mole" and tasked with sabotaging the group's money-making efforts. In the end, one player will outlast their competition and expose the Mole to win the prize pot.

Wagner was named to succeed Rachel Maddow in MSNBC's key 9 pm timeslot Tuesday through Friday as host of Alex Wagner Tonight, which launched on August 16. Before that, Wagner was a co-host and executive producer of The Circus, Showtime's Emmy-nominated weekly docuseries chronicling American politics. She also was a contributing writer at The Atlantic.

The original series, based on the Belgian format, was created by Bart De Pauw, Michel Vanhove, Michiel Devlieger, and Tom Lenaerts and distributed by Primitives.

The reboot is produced by Holey Moley producer Eureka Productions with exec producers Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening, Rikkie Proost, David Tibballs and David Burris.

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posted 9/20/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week Zero
Results for the Week Ending September 11
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan and Dr. Phil both generated ratings steam and continued to duel at the top of the talk shows, tying for the third week in a row and running away from the field in the Labor Day session ending Sept. 11.

Also in the overnights, the premiere week of new game show Pictionary averaged a 0.3/1 for its primary runs, up 50% from its July 2022 time periods. In New York it out performed The Good Dish, which was the show it replaced, by 33%.

Family Feud was the game show and syndication leader for the sixth consecutive week, inching up 2% to a 5.0. Court show superstar Judge Judy was second overall at a 4.2.

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) 5.0 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.1 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.0 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) 0.3 -25%


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posted 9/20/2022

SUNDAY: Last Weekend of Summer
NBC Wins with SNF
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Sunday Night Football is currently reporting 15 million total viewers and a 4.2 demo rating for the Packers' 27-10 win over the Bears, down sharply from last week's early numbers for Bucs/Cowboys.

Per CBS and pending adjustment due to late starts, 60 Minutes is looking at its best audience since March 20 (8.9 million), while Big Brother is eyeing a season high (4.2 mil).

Over on ABC, Celebrity Family Feud (3.6 mil/0.4) slipped to season lows, $100,000 Pyramid (3 mil/0.3) tied season lows, and The Final Straw (1.4 mil/0.2) hit and matched series lows.

Sunday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Halloween Wars (SP/Food): 997k/0.17
- Road to Halloween Wars (S/Food): 753k/0.12


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posted 9/20/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Go Go Powerbucks!"

  • Wheel of Fortune Powerbucks hits the jackpot... in Canada (Casino.org)

  • CASTING COUCH: Your absolute last chance to get in "Squid Game" (PopGeeks)

  • VIDEO WALL: watch the first few minutes of Survivor 43 (EW)

  • Jimmy Kimmel signs on for 3 more years (Deadline)

  • Judge rules Byron Allen's racial discrimination suit can proceed (Deadline)

  • The 43.8 percent true story about how "Weird Al" Yankovic helped resurrect Jeopardy! (Cracked)

posted 9/20/2022


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Dancing+
Meet the Season 31 Cast
From the Futon Critic

Today, Disney+ announced the "Dancing with the Stars'' season 31 celebrity cast and their professional dancing partners, while live in studio on ABC's "Good Morning America." The series, hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks and new co-host, actor and television personality Alfonso Ribeiro, returns to the ballroom with a lineup of celebrities including a platinum recording artist, a Real Housewife, a Bachelorette and a drag queen superstar, to name a few. The cast joins Charli and Heidi D'Amelio for season 31, both of whom were previously announced live on "Good Morning America." The new celebrity cast will learn some new twists, tricks and kicks as the live show begins Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT, only on Disney+.

Fan-favorite pro dancing partners Mark Ballas and Louis van Amstel make a long-awaited return to the ballroom.

The "Good Morning America" cast reveal for "Dancing with the Stars" will be available for replay on Disney+ beginning at 9 a.m. PDT today.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities and professional dancers heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are as follows: 

Celebrities and Professional Dancers:
· Fitness model and actor Joseph Baena with partner Daniella Karagach
· Movie star Selma Blair with partner Sasha Farber
· Comedian, actor and singer Wayne Brady with partner Witney Carson
· Good Morning America contributor and WABC-TV New York's weather anchor Sam Champion, with partner Cheryl Burke
· TikTok star Charli D'Amelio with partner Mark Ballas
· Heidi D'Amelio ("The D'Amelio Show") with partner Artem Chigvintsev
· Country star Jessie James Decker with partner Alan Bersten
· TV star Trevor Donovan with partner Emma Slater
· Daniel Durant (Oscar(R)-winning "CODA") with partner Britt Stewart
· Teresa Giudice ("The Real Housewives of New Jersey") with partner Pasha Pashkov
· Vinny Guadagnino ("Jersey Shore") with partner Koko Iwasaki
· "Charlie's Angels" star Cheryl Ladd with partner Louis Van Amstel
· Jason Lewis ("Sex and the City") with partner Peta Murgatroyd
· Drag queen superstar Shangela with partner Gleb Savchenko
· Platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks with partner Brandon Armstrong
· Gabby Windey ("The Bachelorette") with partner Val Chmerkovskiy

The pairs will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough. After an impressive 30 seasons on ABC, "Dancing with the Stars" moves to its new home on Disney+, premiering exclusiv
ely in the U.S. and Canada this fall, and making "Dancing with the Stars" the first live series to debut on the streaming service.

"Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions..

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posted 9/19/2022

FRIDAY: Last Weekend of Summer
NBC, Fox Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, Fox's Friday Night SmackDown drew 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, ticking down week-to-week yet still leading the night in the demo.

NBC's Dateline season opener, meanwhile, delivered Friday's largest audience: 2.7 million. Leading into that, College Bowl (1.8 mil/0.2) matched last week's Season 2 premiere.

CBS' Secret Celebrity Renovation (2.2 mil/0.2) dipped, leading into a Fall Preview special that did 1.6 mil/0.1.

Over on The CW, the numbers for Killer Camp (490K/0.1) and Dynasty's series finale (490K/0.1) are both (greatly) inflated by preemptions — check back Monday for updates!

Friday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- People Puzzler (GSN): 404k/0.03
- RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race (VH1): 340k/0.08


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posted 9/19/2022

More on "The Real Love Boat"
Meet the Singles, Crew
From Deadline

CBS is preparing to set sail with The Real Love Boat by sharing the cold open of its new dating show aboard a Princess Cruises ship. Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell will host the veritable Love Island on the sea adventure that will bring 12 singles together for love on the Lido deck.

Like the dramatized version from the '70s, the unscripted show will feature three key crew members – Captain Paolo Arrigo, Ezra Freeman (Bartender) and Matt Mitcham (Cruise Director) — to serve in matchmaking roles. Even Ted Lange, who played the original bartender Isaac Washington on the drama, makes a special appearance. Jill Whelan, who played Capt. Stubin's daughter Vicki in the original series, will also show up.

A shoe designer, firefighter, nurse, teacher and landscape architect are among the men and women participating. Throughout the season, the singles will embark on destination dates and compete in challenges to test couples' compatibility and chemistry, while earning rewards. New singles come aboard at every port, while those who don't find a match will be left behind.

The series premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5 on the CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

The Real Love Boat is produced by Eureka Productions in association with Buster Productions. Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening, Eden Gaha and Jay Bienstock serve as executive producers for Eureka. Besides hosting, Romijn and O'Connell perform the vocals for the iconic song featured in the series opening credits.

(C-Note: A note of disclosure - I met Matt Mitcham while on vacation on one of his ships. Nice guy).

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posted 9/19/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Trish & Trisha"

  • Trish Stratus signs on for season 2 of "Canada's Got Talent" (Twitter @TrishStratus)

  • Trisha Paytas gives birth to a girl... gives her an incredibly stupid name (Baby Gaga)

  • Billy Eichner hits the street one more time (We Got This Covered)

  • Victoria Paul has a new boyfriend, to which we all say... "Who?" (Reality TV World)

  • Hard to win at Survivor? Jeff Probst blames Canada (EW)

  • Kelly Clarkson celebrates her Walk of FAme star in the company of old friends (TV Line)

posted 9/14/2022


Netflix

Season 3 Gets Hot
Catch It on Netflix September 30
From TV Insider

Netflix's hot competition series Floor Is Lava is gearing up for its Season 3 return beginning Friday, September 30 and we have your exclusive first look.

Things are boiling in the trailer for this latest chapter which sees the return of host Rutledge Wood as he oversees competitors through the complicated obstacle courses in which participants need to avoid the floor as if their lives depend on it. The stakes are high as competitors battle for a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize.

Across five new 30-minute episodes, fifteen daring teams will fight to race to the top of a towering volcano. Only time will tell who exactly is going to triumph and who is going to be total toast. The trailer below offers some insight as the excitement ramps up.

Netflix has also unveiled its Season 3 key art for the show which features a red light-green light type feature. Floor Is Lava, which debuted in 2020, has quickly become a viewer favorite on the streaming platform, perfect for a fun half-hour escape.

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posted 9/16/2022

THURSDAY: Steady as She Goes
CBS, ABC Draw Even as TNF Goes to Prime Video
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's Press Your Luck (with 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) and Generation Gap (2.6 mil/0.3) both were steady with their respective season finales, with the latter improving on a series-low audience. A Truth & Lies special closed out ABC's night with 1.5 mil/0.2.

CBS' Big Brother (3.3 mil/0.7, read recap) was steady week-to-week and led Thursday in the demo, while a Young Sheldon rerun delivered the night's biggest audience (3.4 million).

Over on The CW, Bump (226K/0.0) slipped to a Stateside audience low, while The Great Chocolate Showdown (321K/0.0) dipped in both measures.

The ratings (or "ratings") for the launch of Prime Video's exclusive carriage of Thursday Night Football are not expected until Monday.

Thursday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.048m/0.17
- Alone: Frozen (History): 870k/0.07
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 781k/0.12

- People Puzzler (GSN): 370k/0.03 .

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posted 9/16/2022

"The Challenge" Returns to MTV with Ride or Dies
Catch It on MTV October 12
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that the highly anticipated new season of The Challenge: Ride or Dies will premiere on Wednesday, October 12th at 8PM ET/PT. This season, players and viewers will see if the seemingly unbreakable bonds between friends, family and partners survive the competition, chaos and conniving of The Challenge.

For the first time ever, the critically-acclaimed competition franchise will pair cast members with their "Ride or Die," featuring a cast of best friends, exes, and couples as they navigate the weekly mental and physical warfare together for their share of one million dollars. These relationships will be put to the ultimate test as their teamwork, loyalty, and trust will be challenged every step of the way. In this game, it all comes down to who you trust and who has your back, because this season of The Challenge will either break bonds or tie two competitors together for life.

Meet the teams:
- Amber Borzotra Instagram: @amberborzotra Twitter: @amberborzotra / Chauncey Palmer Instagram: @c.palmerofficial Twitter: @JustCPalmer
- Nam Vo Instagram: @nam.vo.official Twitter: @NamVoOfficial1 / Emmy Russ Instagram: @emmyruss Twitter: @EmmyRussss
- Devin Walker Instagram: @mtv_devin Twitter: @MTVDevinWalker / Tori Deal Instagram: @tori_deal
- Fessy Shaffaat Instagram: @fessyfitness Twitter: @fessyfitness / Moriah Jadea Instagram: @moriahjadea Twitter: @moriahjadea
- Laurel Stucky Instagram: @laurelstucky Twitter: @laurelstucky / Jakk Maddox Instagram: @jakkofheartss Twitter: @jakkofheartss
- Kailah Bird Instagram: @kailah_casillas Twitter: @kailah_casillas / Sam Bird Instagram: @samrobertbird Twitter: @SamRobertBird
- Turbo Instagram: @turabi Twitter: @turabicamkiran / Tamara Alfaro Instagram: @tamaraaalfaro
- Nelson Thomas Instagram: @_nelsonthomas Twitter: @_nelsonthomas / Nurys Mateo Instagram: @nuryskmateo Twitter: @NurysKMateo
- Jay Starrett Instagram: @jqskim Twitter: @Jay__Qs / Michele Fitzgerald Instagram: @mich_fitz Twitter: @meeshfitz
- Horacio Gutierrez Instagram: @horaciogutierrezjr / Olivia Kaiser Instagram: @oliviaannkaiser Twitter: @oliviakaiserxo
- Kim Traenka Instagram: @kim_tnka / Colleen Schneider Instagram: @colleenschneider_
- Johnny Middlebrooks Instagram: @johnny_llee Twitter: @johnny_llee/ Ravyn Rochelle Instagram: @itsravyn Twitter: @ravyn_rochelle
- Tommy Bracco Instagram: @tommybracco Twitter: @tommybracco / Analyse Talavera Instagram: @analysetalavera
- Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio Instagram: @johnnybananas Twitter: @johnnybananas / Nany Gonzalez Instagram: @nanycarmen
- Jordan Wiseley Instagram: @jordan_wiseley / Aneesa Ferreira Instagram:@aneesamtv Twitter: @AneesaMTV
- Darrell Taylor Instagram:@darell_taylor_lb4lb Twitter: @mtvrrdarrell / Veronica Portillo Instagram: @v_cakes Twitter: @v_cakes
- Kaycee Clark Instagram: @kcsince1987 Twitter: @ThatStudMuffin / Kenny Clark Instagram:@officialkennyclark

Follow The Challenge on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, subscribe to The Challenge on YouTube, and use #TheChallenge38 to join the conversation!

Later this fall, MTV Books is set to launch the first-ever official Challenge book, How to Win at The Challenge and Life: A Champion's Guide to Eliminating Obstacles, Winning Friends, and Making That Money, on October 25th. Pop culture reporter Sydney Bucksbaum profiles twenty-one of the most popular, successful, and infamous champions, revealing not only how they won The Chal¬lenge but also how they applied the skills they learned from the experience to their personal lives and careers. The book is now available for pre-order.

The new season also comes on the heels of the first-ever documentary series from the storied The Challenge franchise, The Challenge: Untold History, which is set to premiere on Wednesday, September 21st at 8PM ET/PT on MTV..

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posted 9/15/2022

WEDNESDAY: The Finish Line
CBS' Challenge USA, NBC's Lineup Wrap Their Season
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS' Big Brother this Wednesday drew 3.7 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, dipping week-to-week yet still topping the night in the demo.

The Challenge: USA, facing stiffer competition this week going head-to-head with AGT, hit and tied season lows (1.7 mil/0.3).

NBC's America's Got Talent (6.5 mil/0.6) added eyeballs with its own finale, easily leading Wednesday in total viewers.
Opening the night for a change, Password with its revival finale (4.2 mil/0.4) rose to its third-best audience but dipped in the demo.

The CW's Stargirl (514K/0.1) — which featured one of the series' best fight sequences — rose in audience to hit an early-season high.

Fox's newly renewed MasterChef (2.4 mil/0.4) was steady with its finale

. ABC's Fall Preview special did 1.5 mil/0.2, followed by Soul of a Nation's 830K/0.1.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.048m/0.17
- Guy's Ultimate Game Night (Food): 588k/0.09

- People Puzzler (GSN): 370k/0.03

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posted 9/15/2022

"Edge" Dulled
CBS' Celebrity Survival Challenge Canceled
From Deadline

CBS won't be heading back into the Panamanian jungle. Celebrity-competition series Beyond the Edge has been canceled after one season.

The show, which premiered in March 2022 and ran through May, followed Survivor and was in a slot that previously featured Tough as Nails and The Amazing Race, but it struggled to break out.

The series featured nine celebrities who traded their worlds of luxury to live in the dangerous jungles of Panama for two weeks — testing whether they have the grit to withstand torrential downpours, scorching heat and deadly wildlife. There wasn't any judges or eliminations – instead, each celebrity had to rely on their inner fortitude, physical ability and courage and have faith in their teammates to endure in the wild.

For each day they lasted and every challenge they won with their team, the celebrities raised more money for their charities. If a player reached their breaking point, they can ring a bell to signal that they are ready to go home. At the end of the 14 days, the top two earners went head to head in one final adventure.

Celebrity contestants included country singers Lauren Alaina and Craig Morgan; former star athletes Ray Lewis, Mike Singletary and Metta World Peace; supermodel Paulina Porizkova; actress Jodie Sweetin; and reality TV veterans Colton Underwood and Eboni K. Williams. Showtime sports announcer Mauro Ranallo was the host.

The series was produced by Buster Productions in association with eOne's Renegade. David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe, Jay Bienstock and Greg Goldman were executive producers.

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posted 9/15/2022

Taye Diggs "Groove" Not Involving Angela Bassett
Hulu Greenlights New Relationship Series
From Deadline

Hulu is getting into the love business with a new unscripted show hosted by Taye Diggs.

Back in the Groove will follow three women in their 40s, stuck in the grind of their everyday lives, who will check into The Groove Hotel, a resort on an island of the Dominican Republic. The goal is to rediscover their youth, live joyously, and hopefully find love with men half their age.

"As the saying goes, you can't fall in love with someone else until you fall in love with yourself!" according to the Hulu announcement. "At the Groove Hotel, these three women will have the opportunity to do both! Whether they find the perfect fling, friendship, true love, or something in between, this is their chance to take charge and break through the double standards older women face every day. And they're going to have a lot of fun doing it!"

The show marks the first unscripted Hulu Original series under the Walt Disney Television Alternative Banner. There will be eight episodes.

The three women are Sparkle, a 43-year-old from Atlanta; Steph, a 41-year-old from Miami, and Brooke, a 42-year-old from Los Angeles.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Elan Gale, Bill Dixon, Sonya Wilkes, Evan Wilkes, Michael Krupat, John Luscombe, Shannon Stoeke and Diggs. Back in the Groove is produced by Walt Disney Television Alternative and Beyond Media Rights Ltd.

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posted 9/15/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Get Ready for a Shorter Stay"

  • Jeff Probst says "Survivor" 26-day games are here to stay (Entertainment Weekly)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Apparently HM Queen Elizabeth was a fan (and a champion) of "Pointless" (Yahoo!)

  • Not news: Nick Cannon to be a father... News: ... of his ninth child... Game show news: ... with Lanisha Cole... WHAT THE BLEEP?!: ... after he announced that he got another woman pregnant! (CBS News)

  • Pat Sajak hints that the end is near (Entertainment Tonight)

  • Having failed at "Champions" and "Extreme", Simon Cowell to reportedly try magic (What to Watch)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Gerry Dee (Global)

posted 9/14/2022


EndemolShine North America/Fox

Fox Heads Back to the Kitchen for a 13th Round
"MasterChef" Renewed with Gordon, Joe, and Aaron Returning
From the Futon Critic

FOX has renewed its powerhouse cooking competition series, MASTERCHEF, for a 13th season, featuring award-winning chef and executive producer Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich.

MASTERCHEF averages 4.7 million multi-platform viewers, marking a +108% lift from Live + Same Day. Expanding to two hours on August 17, MASTERCHEF has led FOX to two consecutive Wednesday night wins among Adults 18-49.

In the Season 12 finale episode of MASTERCHEF: BACK TO WIN, airing tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 14 (8:00-9:02 PM ET/PT), former judge Christina Tosi of Milk Bar returns and a winner is crowned! The three remaining chefs rush against the clock to complete their final three entrees and whip up a gourmet dessert with the help of Tosi. Find out who will ultimately claim the MASTERCHEF title, the $250,000 grand prize and a complete state-of-the-art kitchen from VIKING.

MASTERCHEF is now casting for talented amateur cooks from all types of backgrounds and with a range of cooking styles. If you think you have what it takes to become the next MasterChef, visit www.masterchefcasting.com for eligibility rules and other terms and conditions. Must be 18 years old or older as of January 1, 2023.

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posted 9/14/2022

"British Baking Show" Bakes Up Season 10
Catch It on Netflix September 16
From the Futon Critic

On your marks, get set - bake! A new batch of contestants brings their best to the big white tent, whipping up cakes, biscuits, breads and more.

The Great British Baking Show follows a group of amateur bakers as they compete against each other in a series of challenges, attempting to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking skills. One contestant is eliminated each week, and the winner is selected from the contestants who reach the finals.

"The Great British Baking Show" season 10 premiere September 16 on Netflix with new episodes dropping every Friday.

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posted 9/14/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 55
Results for the Week Ending September 4
From TV Newscheck

The top three court shows made the strongest closing arguments as the summer season came to an end in an otherwise depressed pre-holiday session that concluded Sept. 4.

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) 4.9 -6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.1 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.0 -5%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 9/14/2022

TUESDAY: Prelude
AGT, Password Give NBC the Win
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's The Bachelorette this Tuesday drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, ticking up week-to-week and topping the night in the demo.

NBC's America's Got Talent (6.7 mil/0.7) was also steady week-to-week and dominated Tuesday in total audience. Back from a two-week break, NBC's rock-steady Password revival (3.9 mil/0.5) posted its fifth 0.5 rating in seven outings, heading into tonight's finale.

Fox's broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Honors mustered 1.9 million viewers and a 0.2 demo rating.

Over on The CW, Leonardo (390K/0.1) and Devils (170K/0.0) each added a handful of eyeballs.

Monday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.066m/0.26
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 558k.0.13

- Big Bad Budget Battle (SF/Food): 426k/0.09
- The $100,000 PYramid (GSN): 409k/0.03
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- People Puzzler (GSN): 338k/0.03
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 316k/0.07
- It's CompliPlated (Food): 250k/0.06
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 233k/0.09
- Celebrity Beef (E!): 108k/0.03


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posted 9/14/2022

"Squid Game" Creator Talks Spinoff
Hwang Dong-hyuk Wins Emmy for Netflix Series
From EW

When Netflix announced that a Squid Game reality competition spin-off was in development, fans of the hit Korean survival drama were rightfully taken aback. The original series explored how capitalism and greed can destroy lives, and yet here the streamer was giving the green light to a real-life version that will have 456 players compete for a massive cash prize, seeming to completely miss the point of the show.

On Monday night, Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk got a chance to weigh in on the spin-off after he won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Backstage in the press room, he was asked about Squid Game: The Challenge, and so far he's not sweating it. "

Yes, I am aware of the reality show being created," Hwang said. "I actually met with the creator yesterday, and they had many questions for me. What I hope is that they will be carrying on my vision and intention as much as possible for the show."

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posted 9/14/2022

Oti Mabuse to Scale "The Tower"
"Strictly" Judge to Front Pilot After "Romeo & Duet" Goes South
From WalesOnline

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Oti Mabuse will host a new gameshow after her stint as host of ITV dating show, Romeo & Duet, came to an end when the series was axed after one series.

The presenter and dancer, 32, will front new gameshow The Tower and bosses are already looking for contestants. The new show will be produced by Spark Media and film in Media City in Manchester on Friday, October 7.

A teaser for The Tower reads: "Set in a unique world, your general knowledge, strategic thinking and judgement will be tested to the max in this exciting new game. Teams of friends, family, colleagues or partners battle to win a cash prize!"

Romeo & Duet's axing came when it failed to strike a cord with viewers and critics alike. The series saw contestants sing one song to entice a fellow singleton. The newly-formed couple would then head off on a duet-date to learn a duet, before returning later in the show to perform that number in the ultimate romantic love battle; a singing competition against the other couples to be crowned the winners. The crowd's chosen couple then got whisked off for another date to see if their love blossoms.

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posted 9/14/2022

"Food Stars" Heads Down Under
Nine Network Buys Gordon Ramsay Project
From Deadline

Australia's Nine Network has ordered a local version of Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars and a two-part drama event series based on the late cricket maverick Shane Warne.

Both shows were presented at Nine's Upfront today.

Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars is the latest adaptation of celeb chef and present Ramsay's cooking competition format, which All3Media International sells globally, after the original Fox show and the UK remake on the BBC. Endemol Shine Australia and Studio Ramsay are making the show, in which Ramsay and business mogul Janine Allis will mentor and guide competing two teams, with each contestant vying for their food business idea to be invested in and taken forward.

In the U.S. Fox ordered a second season of the format back in May, while the BBC's Future Food Stars aired between late March and May. The Aussie version debuts next year.

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posted 9/14/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Champs Are Made in Philadelphia"

  • Ryan Long honored (WPVI Philadelphia)

  • Mike White wins three Emmys for White Lotus (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Stephanie "Flo from Progressive" Courtney, Jonathan "Jay Stewart from LMAD" Mangum to do improv... hypnotised (Broadway World)

  • VIDEO WALL: "Love Is Blind" season 3 (Netflix, October 19) (The Futon Critic)

  • Jeff Probst is out of time; the hourglass twist is no more (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Leah Remini lists her LA house (Dirt)

  • Dwyane Wade leaving TNT. "The Cube" still has a season in the can (Yardbarker)

  • "Pictionary" to welcome Xavier Woods, Mike Mizanin next week (411mania)

posted 9/14/2022


Billboard/ABC

It's About Damn Time!
"Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls" Upsets at the Emmys
From Deadline

Lizzo gave a stirring speech on stage after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Competition Program.

The pop star's Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls was somewhat of a surprise winner in the category, which had previously seen RuPaul's Drag Race win the award four times in a row, every year since 2018.

The Amazon reality series, which follows the pop mega-star as she searches for a new squad of backup dancers to join her world tour, also beat The Amazing Race, Nailed It!, Top Chef and The Voice as well as RuPaul's Drag Race.

Lizzo said she was very "emotional" as she bounded on stage.

"The trophy is nice but my emotion is for these people who are on the stage with me. The stories that they shared are not that unique that just don't get the platform. Let's tell more stories," she said. "When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media. Someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me. If I could go back and little Lizzo something, I'd be like, you're going to see that person, but bitch it's going to have to be you. This is for my big girls."

In addition to appearing in the series, Lizzo also serves as executive producer alongside Makiah Green, Kevin Beisler, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam, Myiea Coy, Kimberly Goodman and Glenda Cox. The series is directed by Nneka Onuorah and produced by Amazon Studios, Bunim-Murray Productions and Lizzo's Lizzo Bangers shingle.

The series also won a couple of Emmys at last week's Creative Arts ceremony including Directing for a Reality Program and Picture Editing after scoring six nominations.

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posted 9/13/2022

MONDAY: The Good News for Lizzo... Bad News..
Emmys Lose to MNF
From Deadline

Now that all the trophies have been put on their respective shelves, it's no slight to say Monday night's 74th Primetime Emmy Awards ended up being a tricky mix of the arcane, retro and optimistic, among other things. Offscreen, NBC's Kenan Thompson-hosted broadcast of television's big night had to contend with the awkward reality of a matchup with Monday Night Football's season debut on ABC and ESPN.

There was a white-knuckle 17-16 win for the Seattle Seahawks over former teammate Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos in the Emerald City. Here in the City of Angels, there was a bit less drama and more déjà vu with HBO's Succession, Euphoria's Zendaya, and AppleTV+'s Ted Lasso scoring big Emmy wins for the second year in a row. HBO's The White Lotus, Netflix's Squid Game and ABC's Abbott Elementary also took home some golden hardware.

Yet, with the Emmys airing on a Monday for the first time since 2018, a very different digital landscape today, declining award shows attraction and that NFL counterprogramming, almost no one expected the 2022 ceremony to achieve any audience heights.

Running a touch over three hours, the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards drew 5.92 million viewers and a 1.09/8 rating last night on NBC. Unsurprisingly, that is an all-time low for TV's big night, which also streamed on Peacock.

In context, that's down 19% in sets of eyeballs from what the 73rd Emmys pulled in for CBS on a Sunday night last year. Also shown on Paramount+ and facing Sunday Night Football on NBC, the 2021 ceremony bucked the bookie's prediction. The Cedric the Entertainer-fronted show saw the 2021 Emmys bop up from the then-all-time low of the 6.4 million who watched the semi-virtual 2020 shindig on ABC, which gets the 75th annual ceremony next year.

Offering not-insignificant competition for the Emmys was ABC's share of the Monday Night Football match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, which averaged 8 million total viewers on ABC — but drew nearly 20 million overall, marking the most-watched MNF game since 2009.

Monday night's only other fresh broadcast fare, Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics finale, ticked up to 1.6 mil and a 0.3.

Monday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Halloween Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.112m/0.18
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 995k/0.18
- The Big Bake (SP/Food): 623k/0.12
- The $100,000 PYramid (GSN): 439k/0.03
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- People Puzzler (GSN): 361k/0.03
- Snake in the Grass (USA): 340k/0.08


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posted 9/13/2022


Mattel/Fox First Run

Let the Games Begin!
"Pictionary" Headlines the Return of Game Shows
From TV Insider

Jerry O'Connell is bringing his host charms to new game show Pictionary, based on Mattel's classic guessing game which involves players putting their best sketches forward to win.

The 30-minute series boasts more than just drawing skills, it also features some famous guests who compete alongside civilian players. So, what brought The Talk co-host to the game show? "My daughters, my wife [Rebecca Romijn], and I played Pictionary on a biweekly basis, and so I'm just at that Pictionary age," O'Connell shares with TV Insider. "I'm in the middle of that generational pull, and when they said, 'We need a host for this show,' I was like, 'Sign me up!'

The longtime host and actor has a personal connection to the game, sharing that over the holidays, he and his wife and children playswith his parents and his in-laws. The stakes are a bit higher in this televised version, though as the host points out, "When you have a game show where money is involved, there are legally binding [rules]."

Also to watch out for...
- JEOPARDY!: Luigi de Guzman returns to defend his title as Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik officially share the lectern as co-hosts.
- WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Wheel goes XL with extra large twists, extra luxurious prizes, and a new game board!
- 25 WORDS OR LESS: Meredith Vieira & company continue their 30-minute pod wordplay.
- YOU BET YOUR LIFE WITH JAY LENO: Jay and Kevin promise more game and less talk.

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posted 9/13/2022

SUNDAY: GOAT
SNF Wins in a Walk
From Deadline

In the latest TV ratings, Fox's Monarch debuted Sunday night to 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating (per updated tallies), leading as it did out of a season-opening NFL double header.

An encore airing drew 1.5 million viewers and a 0.2 rating, making for a combined premiere-night audience of 5.3 million (and a 1.0 rating).

The country music soap stands as Fox's most-watched scripted fall launch in three years (since Prodigal Son debuted to 4.1 million), and TV's top-rated scripted premiere of 2022. (Of note, Fox also boasts the year's highest-rated unscripted launch, in Next Level Chef, which also led out of football.)

NBC's Sunday Night Football time slot premiere of course dominated the night in all measures, and was up sharply year-over-year (vs. last September's Bears/Rams opener) with a preliminary audience of 18.6 million and a 5.2 demo rating.

Facing hugely stiffer competition, CBS' Big Brother (3.9 mil/0.7) was steady.

Over on ABC, Celebrity Family Feud (4 mil/0.5) and $100,000 Pyramid (3.4 mil/0.4) each added viewers while steady in the demo. The Final Straw (1.6 mil/0.3) ticked up in the demo..

Sunday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Alex vs. America (SP/Food): 659k/0.10
- Ink Master (SP/Paramount): 311k/0.09


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posted 9/13/2022

FRIDAY: College Dropout
ABC, Fox Split Night, While "College Bowl" Logs Series Lows
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's College Bowl opened Season 2 this Friday night with 1.8 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating — down sharply from its Season 1 averages (2.4 mil/0.4, airing on Tuesdays) and briefly marking series lows — until a second episode mustered just 1.5 million viewers and the same 0.2 rating.

Over on Fox, Friday Night SmackDown (2.3 mil/0.5) was steady and led the night in the demo.

Leading out of a rescheduled The Con finale (2.4 mil/0.3), ABC's 20/20 drew Friday's largest audience (3 million).

CBS' Secret Celebrity Renovation (2.4 mil/0.2) was steady. The CW's Killer Camp (220K/0.0) and the second-to-last Dynasty ever (190K/0.0) each added a handful of eyeballs.

Friday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race (VH1): 372k/0.10
- People Puzzler (GSN): 311k/0.03


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posted 9/13/2022


Looper/Legacy
JACK GING: 1931-2022
Actor Played Numerous Games
From Deadline

Jack Ging, an actor who had more than 50 film and television roles from the 1950s through the 1990s, died Sept. 9 at his home in La Quinta, Calilf. No cause was given.

Ging was best known as General Harlan "Bull" Fulbright on NBC's The A-Team, and was a recurring character as Lt. Dan Ives in the detective show Mannix in the 1960s. He was also known for a supporting role in the final season of Tales of Wells Fargo, starring Dale Robertson.

Born to farmers in Oklahoma, he served in the US Marine Corps for four years and was honorably discharged. He went on to play college football at the University of Oklahoma, scoring five touchdowns during his career there and appeared with the team in the 1954 Orange Bowl. He later played briefly for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.

Film credits included the Clint Eastwood films Sniper's Ridge, Where the Red Fern Grows, Hang 'Em High, Play Misty For Me, and High Plains Drifter. He also appeared in Die Sister, Die, Sssssss, That Man Bolt, and the TV movies Terror in the Sky and The Disappearance of Flight 412.

In game shows, Ging appeared on episodes of Match Game, Copycat, Stump the Stars, I'll Bet and You Don't Say.

Ging was married three times and had a son and two daughters. No memorial plans have been announced.

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posted 9/13/2022

Disney+ Snowed In
Tituss Burgess to Host New Competition for Disney+
From Deadline

Disney+ is doubling down on the holidays.

The streamer has unveiled three new unscripted holiday specials. Best in Snow is hosted by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess, Pentatonix: Around the World for the Holidays features the eponymous a cappella group and Run D.M.C's Rev Run is making The Hip Hop Nutcracker..

The specials were unveiled by Ayo Davis, president, Disney Branded Television at the company's D23 expo.

Best in Snow introduces teams from around the world as they're transported to a magical snowy village, Snowdome, and into a competition for the title of Best in Snow. With the help of Snowdome's finest carvers, teams transform 10-foot, 20-ton blocks of snow into creations inspired by Pixar, Marvel, Walt Disney Animation, Walt Disney Studios, and The Muppets Studios. It also features musical performances by Tituss Burgess, Kermit the Frog, and DCappella..

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posted 9/12/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "WATCH ALL THE GAMES"

  • Darius Campbell Danesh's cause of death revealed (Deadline)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Real Love Boat" (CBS, October 5) (The Wrap)

  • Carla Hall explains why "Halloween Baking Champion" comes with a content warning for gore (The Wrap)

  • We were all thinking it... . LeVar Burton went and said it. (TV Insider)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! In case you ever wondered how a game show is made... listen to this "Millionaire" contestant (LADBible)

  • LIST ABUSE: whatever happened to that one person on that one Nick game show? (The THings)

posted 9/12/2022

More on "The Masked Singer" Season 8
New Season to Play with New Twist
From the Futon Critic

THE MASKED SINGER will introduce an all-new format when it returns for its epic eighth season on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Each episode will feature several jaw-dropping performances by intricately disguised celebrities, but for the first time ever, only one contestant will move on from each episode. The studio audience will vote for their favorite, and the singer with the least amount of votes will unmask mid-show! That celebrity will get a front row seat in the Masked Singer VIP section to watch the rest of the competition and the second unmasking. For the first time ever, they won't have to wait to find out what celebrity they were competing against!

Next, the Top Two singers face off in a Battle Royale performance of the same song. The winner will be crowned the King or Queen of THE MASKED SINGER and move on to the next week's episode against new competition, and the other will unmask! The three finalists left standing after each round will compete in the Semi-Finals.

Season Eight will introduce all-new themed episodes, including "Vegas Night," "Comedy Roast," "Hall Of Fame," "Muppets Night," "Andrew Lloyd Webber Night," "TV Themes," "'90s Night," "Thanksgiving" and "Fright Night." The themes will be weaved throughout the performers' song selections, costumes, celebrity guests, set design... and may even provide clues as to WHO is under the mask!

This season will feature more celebrity contestants than any other season, clocking in at 22 Masked Singers! New celebrities will be introduced every single week, disguised in costumes that include "Bride," "Avocado," "Venus Fly Trap," "Sir Bugaboo," "Scarecrow," "Hedgehog," "Mummies" - and many more to be announced! The new season also welcomes celebrity guest appearances (unmasked!) by stars such as Donny Osmond, Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Muppets, Will Arnett, Leslie Jordan, Joel McHale, Tori Spelling, Jon Lovitz, Jodie Sweetin, Carrot Top, Blue Man Group, Lance Bass, Danielle Fishel, Sheila E. and Drew Carey! The Season Eight contestants boast a combined 32 Grammy Nominations, 16 Emmy Wins, 8 Gold Albums, 4 Golden Globe Nominations, 42 Books, 10 Teen Choice Awards, and 5 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. MaskVerse, the official Masked Singer NFT Marketplace, is also back to launch a limited-edition Mask Pass which unlocks exclusive access to additional clues, behind the scenes content, celebrity interviews, and more bringing fans closer to the show like never before.

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posted 9/9/2022

"Question of Sport" Ratings Crater
Paddy McGuinness Replaced Sue Barker
From Yahoo!

Question Of Sport has seen viewers switch off in their millions since host Sue Barker was replaced by Paddy McGuinness.

The 66-year-old tennis star was sacked by the BBC in 2021 and replaced by the 49-year-old comedian and Top Gear presenter in a bid to attract a younger and more diverse audience.

But the latest series of the sporting quiz show has seen viewing figures plummet to just 850,000.

One episode which aired on on August 19 saw a record low of just 730,000 viewers tune in - less than those who watched Channel 5 documentary Britain's Poshest Farm Shops.

When Barker chaired the quiz - with team captains ex-cricketer Phil Tufnell and former rugby player Matt Dawson - Question Of Sport achieved an average audience of between four and five million. But McGuinness' first series at the helm - with ex-hockey player Sam Quek and former rugby pro Ugo Monye as team captains - managed just 2.2 million viewers.

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posted 9/9/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Another Season, Another Show"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: What to expect for AGT's finale week (The Futon Critic)

  • Erich Serwer apologizes for ... well... this (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: A preview of "The Tournament" (BBC One) (Telly Mix)

  • MTV plans "The Challenge: Untold History" September 21 (The Futon Critic)

  • Peyton Manning doesn't see himself as a broadcaster... or a coach (Sports Illustrated)

  • Dwyane Wade ALMOST turned down "The Cube" (The Blast)

  • Anna Kendrick to produce movie about "The Dating Game Killer" (Giant Freakin Robot)

posted 9/8/2022

Brunch Gets Big
HBO Max Slots Cooking Competition November 10
From the Futon Critic

The Max Original cooking competition series THE BIG BRUNCH, created and hosted by Dan Levy, will premiere THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 on HBO Max. From Boardwalk Pictures and Levy's Not A Real Production Company, the eight-episode series will launch with the first three episodes, followed by three additional episodes on November 17th and concluding with 2 final episodes on November 24th.

Created by Dan Levy ("Schitt's Creek") and centering around one of the most versatile, yet underrated, dining experiences, THE BIG BRUNCH celebrates inspiring and undiscovered culinary voices from every corner of the country. This eight-episode cooking competition series gives ten talented chefs the opportunity to share their stories and business dreams while vying for a life altering $300,000 cash prize. With Levy acting as host and judge alongside fellow culinary experts chef Sohla El-Waylly and restaurateur Will Guidara, THE BIG BRUNCH serves up the next generation of success stories in American cuisine.

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posted 9/8/2022

Mastermind Celebrates 50
Clive Myrie Reflects on the Franchise
From the BBC

Mastermind is back this September in a new series that marks 50 years of the nation's sharpest minds competing in a tournament for the ultimate quizzing honor of being crowned Mastermind Champion.

Hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Clive Myrie since 2021, the new series of Mastermind will see 96 contenders follow the tried and tested formula of facing two minutes of questions on their specialist subject, followed by two and a half minutes on general knowledge.

"Its enduring appeal is down to its simplicity; a test of knowledge against the clock," says Myrie. "It is still Britain's toughest quiz, thoroughly entertaining. Having said that the format itself is an interrogation. You're seeing someone under the spotlight, being grilled for a certain amount of time as the clock ticks down on what they know, and that can be thrilling, but it can be uplifting as well."

Sarah Clay, Commissioning Editor, says: "Mastermind is one of the BBC's legacy shows and a real jewel in our schedule, with a simple yet highly effective format which has been popular with audiences for decades. It entertains and educates audiences, with many loyal fans playing along at home."

Mastermind is a Hindsight & Hat Trick Production for the BBC. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Sarah Clay and the Executive Producers are David Young, Jimmy Mulville, Kate Middleditch, and Chris Jones for Hindsight & Hat Trick. It is filmed and produced in Belfast with support from Northern Ireland Screen..

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posted 9/8/2022

Fame or Fortune? It's a Big Deal
Fox Brings Irish Talent Series to America
From Deadline

A variety competition format first trialed in Ireland as part of Fox's international formats fund is on its way to the U.S.

The Big Deal, which aired on Ireland's Virgin Media Television as the first show to come out of the Fox Alternative Entertainment scheme, is now in the works for Fox in the States.

Deadline reports that it will be known as Fame or Fortune in the U.S. and it is currently in the development stage.

The six-part series features variety acts performing for the judges, with each offered a deal to either accept a cash payment or bet on themselves and hope they've impressed the judges enough to make it to the final.

Deadline

posted 9/8/2022

Fox Wants a "Wife" ... Again!
Reboot Slotted for CW Series
From Deadline

Fox is breeding another reality series reboot. The network is bringing back dating format Farmer Wants a Wife. The series is based on a British format developed by American Idol producer Fremantle and a U.S. adaptation previously aired on The CW in 2008.

The show is centered around a group of farmers that are presented with women from the city and they must choose one to be their spouse.

Fox's new take is produced by Fremantle-backed Eureka, which is on an unscripted tear with series such as ABC's Holey Moley and CBS' upcoming The Real Love Boat. The production company, which was set up by Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin, produces an Australian version of the show for Seven Network that has been successful since its own reboot.

The format has been rebooted in a number of international territories with a slightly younger and sexier vibe. It has played in 32 countries and resulted in 180 marriages.

Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox, told Deadline that there's a a sense of nostalgia and the countryside permeating the U.S. at the moment. He pointed out that there's around 85M people that live in counties of less than 80,000 people

"It's middle America but I also feel there's a lot of people in cities to go back [to the countryside], even people who were never part of it. There's something synonymous with the homestead farm and American culture," he added.

The Fox series is exec produced by Paul Franklin, Chris Culvenor, Eden Gaha and David Tibballs.

Deadline

posted 9/8/2022

WEDNESDAY: Middle of the Week Split
NBC's AGT Draws with CBS' Big Brother
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW's DC's Stargirl this Wednesday drew 500,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, matching its week-ago season premiere.

CBS' Big Brother (3.7 mil/0.8) was steady week-to-week and dominated the night in the demo; The Challenge: USA (2.1 mil/0.4) ticked up heading into next week's finale.

Over on NBC, America's Got Talent (5.5 mil/0.5) was steady week-to-week and easily drew Wednesday's largest crowd.

Fox's latest double helping of MasterChef (averaging 2.3 mil/0.4) was steady, heading into next week's finale.

Wednesday cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.185m/0.32
- Guy's Ultimate Game Night (Food): 662k/0.14

- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 422k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 352k/0.03

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/2022

TUESDAY: And Then There's the Talent
NBC Wins with AGT
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC's America's Got Talent on Tuesday drew 5.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, down a tick in audience week-to-week yet still topping the night in both measures.

ABC's The Bachelorette did 3 mil and a 0.6, matching its most recent Monday numbers and placing a close second on Tuesday in the demo. Leading out of that, Claim to Fame put up a pretty typical 1.9 mi/0.3 with its finale.

Over on The CW, Leonardo (470K/0.1) added some eyeballs, whereas Devils (273K/0.0) slipped to its smallest Stateside audience yet.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.021m/0.17

- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 632k/0.16
- Big Bad Budget Battle (Food): 490k/0.10
- The $100,000 Pyramid (OB/GSN): 487k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 368k/0.04
- Celebrity Family Feud (OB/BET): 346k/0.06
- Celebrity Game Face (E!): 270k/0.09
- It's CompliPlated (Food): 213k/0.04
- Celebrity Beef (E!): 137k/0.04

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/7/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Queen Is Dead. Long Live the King"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Press Your Luck", "Generation Gap" benched for tonight (TV Line)

  • JoJo Siwa jojojoins High School Musical the Musical the Series (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Amy Schneider Day declared in the city of Oakland (The Blast)

  • Why Nayte Olukoya broke up with Michelle Young (Reality TV World)

  • Peyton Manning doesn't see himself as a broadcaster... or a coach (Sports Illustrated)

  • Dwyane Wade ALMOST turned down "The Cube" (The Blast)

  • Anna Kendrick to produce movie about "The Dating Game Killer" (Giant Freakin Robot)

posted 9/8/2022

You're Getting a Brick for Christmas
"LEGO Masters" Slots "Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular"
From the Futon Critic

This winter, FOX gets festive with the brand-new three-night event LEGO(R) MASTERS: CELEBRITY HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR. Hosted by Will Arnett, and featuring special guest appearances by Leslie Jordan, Robin Thicke, Cheryl Hines and Finesse Mitchell playing for charities of their choice. The holiday-themed, multiple-night event will air Monday, Dec. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Tuesday, Dec. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Over the course of the three nights, LEGO MASTERS: CELEBRITY HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR will shake it up like a snow globe, with unpredictable twists and surprises. Fan-favorite builders from past seasons will pair up with the celebrity guests to form teams, all working together to compete in jaw-dropping holiday-themed challenges that will make the contestants' faces redder than Rudolph's nose.

As previously announced, the original hit series LEGO MASTERS returns to FOX on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) with an epic new season where imagination, design and creativity come to life, as teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. In the series, teams of two compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges, to be crowned the country's most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, host and executive producer Will Arnett, alongside expert Brickmasters and LEGO employees Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard, encourage the builders, introduce incredible challenges and put their creativity and skills to the test. The competing pairs who impress the judges the most progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the top teams face off for a $100,000 cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS. Season Three of LEGO MASTERS premières Wednesday, Sept. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/7/2022

HBO Max Buys In to "The Hype"... Again
Season 2 Drops September 22
From the Futon Critic

Season two of the Max Original streetwear competition series THE HYPE, debuts THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 with three episodes followed by an additional three episodes on September 29, concluding with the final two episodes on October 6. Competing for a career-changing Co-Sign and $150,000 cash prize, up-and-coming streetwear visionaries elevate their cutting-edge designs and entrepreneurial hustle to prove their brand is the future of fashion - and worthy of the hype.

Dropping viewers into the innovative world of streetwear, THE HYPE puts the artistry and entrepreneurial hustle of up-and-coming visionary designers to the ultimate test. Tackling timed challenges for a shot at a career-changing Co-Sign, a $150,000 cash prize plus having their designs sold exclusively on StockX, the premier platform for trading and consuming current culture, the designers must create ready-to-wear pieces that balance art and commerce while remaining authentic to their vision.

Hosted by Speedy Morman and featuring Co-Signers Offset, Bephie Birkett, and Marni Senofonte, this one-of-a-kind competition series promises to unveil the future of streetwear - and the next brand worthy of the hype. The series will also feature a variety of special guests including Law Roach, DJ Khaled, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Angelo Baque, among others.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 9/7/2022

Fox Enlists in "Special Forces"
Celebrities to Face "The Ultimate Test" in 2023
From the Futon Critic

FOX presents the ultimate celebrity social experiment, SPECIAL FORCES: THE ULTIMATE TEST (wt), an all-new series in which household names endure some of the harshest, most grueling challenges from the playbook of the actual Special Forces selection process. There are no votes, and no eliminations - just survival. These celebrities, who are so used to being in the spotlight, quickly learn the meaning of "no guts, no glory" - and no glam.

"SPECIAL FORCES: THE ULTIMATE TEST puts celebrities you know and love through the most pure and authentic test of endurance that I have ever seen. In many ways, it is more about mental strength than physical strength," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials. "It's an eye-opening glimpse into the most intense training in the world and gives a taste of the grit and bravery our armed forces show on a daily basis, which was a life-changing experience for these celebrities."

Selection for the Special Forces is a test unlike any other. Sixteen celebrities from all genres will take on, and try to survive, demanding training exercises led by Directing Staff (DS) agents Rudy Reyes, Mark "Billy" Billingham, Jason "Foxy" Fox and Remi Adeleke, an elite team of ex-special forces operatives. In this unique series, the only way for these recruits to leave is to give up on their own accord, through failure or potential injury, or by force from the DS. Viewers will see the recruits face the harshest of environments that simulate the highly classified selection process, pushing themselves in a way they have never been challenged before. SPECIAL FORCES: THE ULTIMATE TEST (wt) is the ultimate test of their physical, mental and emotional resilience - revealing the celebrities' deepest and truest character. Who will quit, who will survive?

The 16 celebrity recruits joining the SPECIAL FORCES:
- NFL all-star Danny Amendola
- singer Mel B
- "The Bachelor" alum Hannah Brown
- TV chef Tyler Florence
- Reality star Kate Gosselin
- NBA all-star Dwight Howard
- singer Montell Jordan
- freeskier & advocate Gus Kenilworthy
- Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin
- USWNT footballer Carli Lloyd
- actress Beverley Mitchell
- reality star Kenya Moore
- MLB Hall of Famer Mike Piazza
- radio broadcaster Dr. Drew Pinsky
- author & former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci

- actress Jamie Lynn Spears

SPECIAL FORCES: THE ULTIMATE TEST (wt) is produced by Minnow Films. Sophie Leonard, Alicia Kerr, and Becky Clarke serve as Executive Producers.

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posted 9/7/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 54
Results for the Week Ending August 28
From TV Newscheck

Family Feud once again had the right answer, outplaying the game shows and all of syndication for a fourth week in a row and the fifth time in six weeks in the session ending Aug. 28. Feud picked up 2% to a 5.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, while Jeopardy was a full point behind at a 4.2, followed by Wheel of Fortune at a flat 4.1.

Fox completed its four-week preview of game show Person, Place or Thing with host Melissa Peterman. After debuting on August 8, the show averaged a 0.3 weighted metered market average for all runs in nine Fox test markets. That was down 40% from both its lead-in and year-ago time period average. Among women 25-54, the show's 0.2 average was equal to both its lead in and September 2021 time periods.

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) 4.2 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.1 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

Soap Opera Network

posted 8/30/2022

MONDAY: Some Fantasy...
ABC Wins with Bachelorette
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, ABC's The Bachelorette (3 mil/0.6) tied and hit season lows, but still led Monday in the demo. Night 1 of Claim to Fame's finale (1.8 mil/0.3) was steady; Part 2 airs tonight.

CBS' NCIS rerun squeaked past The Bachelorette to cop Monday's largest audience, with 3.1 million viewers.

Over on Fox, Don't Forget the Lyrics (1.4 mil/0.2) and the Beat Shazam finale (1.6 mil/0.2) both fell to season lows.

NBC's American Ninja Warrior Family Challenge drew 2.2 mil and a 0.3.

Monday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 1.137m/0.33
- Snake in the Grass (USA): 456k/0.13
- People Puzzler (GSN): 453k/0.04
- The $100,000 PYramid (GSN): 400k/0.03


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/7/2022

"Big Brother", Bigger Numbers
Multimedia Launch Delivers
From the Futon Critic

With the current season just over two-thirds complete, viewers have already watched nearly 8.3 billion minutes of BIG BROTHER so far this summer on the CBS Television Network, Paramount+ and CBS.com/the CBS app, according to Nielsen linear viewing and Paramount internal data for the first nine weeks of the series' 24th season, which began July 6. This figure includes both full episodes on broadcast and streaming, as well as the live feeds from the BIG BROTHER house, which are available exclusively on Paramount+.

To put this massive time spent number in broader perspective, BIG BROTHER content leads EVERY series on streaming services in engagement, including the latest season of Netflix's hit "Stranger Things." (8.05 billion minutes watched, according to Nielsen Streaming Data from 7/6/22-8/28/22.)

"BIG BROTHER is the original cross-platform reality series and 24 seasons later it's still generating large audiences and engagement numbers across our CBS and Paramount platforms," said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. "This data speaks loudly to the passion for the franchise, and how the power of broadcast television with strong streaming partners can aggregate an audience."

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/7/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

An XL Season
Details on "Wheel of Fortune's" 40th Season
From Wheel of Fortune PR

Wheel of Fortune will start its 40th season on September 12th, with iconic Hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White. To celebrate this momentous occasion Vanna will be working at a new LED screen puzzleboard and an "XL Week" of shows will kick off the season with more prize money at stake than ever before.

For the first time since 2003, Wheel of Fortune has given the puzzleboard a makeover. Visually, during the game, the board is classic Wheel of Fortune, but rather than 52 individual monitors the board is now a single LED screen. The surrounding frame is outfitted with two sensors that activate the screen when Vanna's hand breaks the plane in front of the letter. This technology behind how Vanna interacts with the new puzzleboard is LIDAR (Light, Imaging, Detecting And Ranging), a laser technology that has been used in self-driving cars and on the Mars Rover. Rather than firmly touching the sides of the monitors, Vanna now gestures at the center of the illuminated boxes to reveal the letters. The new format allows the show to use the puzzleboard not only for game play, but also aesthetically in the show to add graphics in a new and fun way.

Season 40 also marks the first with Executive Producer, Bellamie Blackstone, at the helm. She says, "I am thrilled to be joining Wheel of Fortune in Season 40! I'm looking forward to celebrating all of the ways this show has become a staple in so many living rooms, but also to help it grow so we see its 50th season and beyond. We have a beautiful new puzzleboard. We're trying to give away the most money ever offered on the syndicated version of the show. But, more than anything, I want our viewers to continue to enjoy this classic game while adding a few new and interesting twists. We are all looking forward to this being our biggest season ever!"

To kick off Season 40 there will be an "XL Week" representing the roman numeral of 40. It will feature XL (Extra Luxurious) Prizes, XL (Extra Large) puzzles and hopes to be XL (Extra Lucky) for contestants and fans. During "XL Week," not only will contestants have double the chances to win $1 Million with up to two full $1 Million wedges on the Wheel, but when they bring the $1 Million to the bonus round their chances are doubled because a second $1 Million envelope will be added to the Bonus Wheel. This week also introduces the "XL Wedge" with the chance to win an additional $40,000 when the player takes that to the bonus round for a minimum win of $80,000. Viewers will have big chances to win as well with a chance to win the Prize Puzzle featured in the round and the XL Bonus Round prize if it's won.

After "XL Week," gameplay will return to normal, but the minimum amount that can be won on the Bonus Wheel has been raised to $40,000, in honor of the show's 40th season in syndication. Also, throughout the season fans can also look forward to familiar favorite theme weeks including College Week, Veterans Week, and Secret Santa.

Maggie Sajak will return in the digital space continuing to create unique and exclusive content for the show's interactive platforms including www.wheeloffortune.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and the Wheel Watchers Club's 4 million active email subscribers.

Uproxx
Cinema Blend

TV Line

posted 9/7/2022

The Joker's Wild... in Spain
RTVE to Adapt Turkish Format
From C21 Media

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has begun production on El Comodín, a local version of Global Agency's Turkish quizshow Joker.

Joker aired on TRT1 in Turkey and has been adapted in countries including Portugal (RTP1), France (France 2), Poland (Polsat) and Slovenia (TV SLO1).

El Comodín is being produced by Lavinia, which is looking for participants.

On the show, a single contestant with no opponents must answer 15 questions correctly to win a grand prize. Along the way there are nine difficulty levels, nine prizes and nine wild cards.

In related news, RTVE has cancelled Te Ha Tocado, Gestmusic's adaptation of the French gameshow format Chacun Son Tour, from Banijay Rights. The show is currently broadcast daily at 19.30 on RTVE's La 1..

C21 Media

posted 9/6/2022

SUNDAY: Florida State-LSU. Who Wins? Not Big Brother
ABC Beats Low Competition with Football
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, ABC's Labor Day Eve broadcast of the Florida State-LSU collegiate football match averaged 5.9 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, dominating Sunday night in both measures.

Over on Fox, Premiere Boxing averaged 370,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, leading out of some MLS coverage.

The night's only other fresh fare, CBS' Big Brother, drew 3.1 mil and a 0.5, down sharply week-to-week to mark season lows.

Sunday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Alex vs. America (Food): 689k/0.10


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/6/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Taking A Spin"

  • Snoop Dogg, Jenifer Lewis among players for season 3 of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (EW)

  • Clare Crawley finds a new man. Good for her (Reality TV World)

  • Amy Schneider leaks some BTS pics from the TOC (Out)

  • Mattea Roach gets into podcasting (Broadcast Dialogue)

  • Sue Barker spills the tea about her firing from "A Question of Sport" in a new book (Digital Spy)

  • Anya Monzikova goes from "DOND" to mommy-blogger-of-two (The Things)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Len Goodman (MSN)

posted 9/6/2022


MGM Television

The Tribe Has Spoken... A Reboot Is Coming to the UK
"Survivor" to Get a New Version on BBC
From the Hollywood Reporter

Reality hit show Survivor, "one of the world's most successful TV formats," is set for a British reboot on the BBC, the public broadcaster said Monday.

"A new U.K. adaption of the entertainment phenomenon has been commissioned by BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Banijay U.K. company Remarkable Entertainment, run by leading entertainment producers Natalka Znak and Claire O'Donohoe," the broadcaster unveiled.

The 16-episode season "promises viewers a compelling test of brains, brawn and betrayal as players compete to outwit, outplay and outlast their rivals to be crowned the Ultimate Survivor," the BBC said in summarizing the format's tried and tested formula. "Twenty people, carefully selected from across the U.K. will be marooned in a tropical location. They will be divided into two tribes, going head-to-head in a range of physical and psychological challenges. Following a number of eliminations that will take place at the iconic tribal council, the tribes will eventually merge before one person takes away a cash prize and proves that they have what it takes to be the Ultimate Survivor."

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posted 9/5/2022


ITV Studios/CBS

Another Emmy for RuPaul
"Drag Race" Host Takes #7
From Deadline

Perennial fave RuPaul just took home another Emmy.

As expected, he won for hosting VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race, beating out the men of Queer Eye, Nicole Byer of Nailed It!, the sharks on Shark Tank (sorry Mr. Wonderful!), Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef, and Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman of Making it.

This is RuPaul's seventh win for hosting the popular competition show.

"You guys are so sweet," RuPaul said while accepting his Emmy. "I've got to tell you, I love, love, love television and it is a privilege to be on television and do this thing I've loved my whole life. I want to thank all you people out there tonight. Norman Lear, please thank him for everything he's done. I'd also like to thank everyone I've worked with. I got in the union by being on the Arsenio Hall Show. I want to thank Arsenio for getting me on TV."

Deadline
TV Line

Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/5/2022

The First American Idol, 20 Years Later
Kelly Clarkson Celebrates Win That "Forever Changed the Course of My Life"
From TV Line

Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like Kelly Clarkson had 20 years ago, when on Sept. 4, 2002, she was crowned the Season 1 winner of Fox's American Idol.

On Sunday, the three-time Grammy winner took to Instagram to reflect on her life-altering victory. "Twenty years ago today I won American Idol and it forever changed the course of my life," she said. "That moment was the door that opened up so much access and opportunity, and creative partnerships that I will be grateful for all of my days. The family and friendships I have created over these 20 years in music and TV are priceless to me.

"We only get so many trips around the sun," she continued, "and while I am proud and feel abundantly blessed of the successes and failures that I have learned from, I am most proud and grateful for those friends that have become family, and for their arms that have held me when I needed it and their hearts that listened to me when I felt lost. Without them I would not be where I am. I would probably not be here at all."

Clarkson went on to thank "every single person that voted 20 years ago," before adding: "I hope all of you have people in your lives that fill you with laughter, and hope, and happiness, and if you don't feel like you have that, then keep searching because I promise you they're looking for you too."

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/5/2022

THURSDAY: Sacked for a Loss
Fox Wins with College Football Openers
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Big Brother drew Thursday's largest audience (3.5 million total viewers) and tied for the nightly demo win (even while ticking down to a 0.7 rating).

Fox's coverage of the Purdue-Penn State football game averaged 3.1 mil and a 0.7, tying BB for the nightly demo win.

Over on ABC, Press Your Luck (3.1 mil/0.4) hit and tied season lows, Generation Gap (2.4 mil/0.3) dipped to series lows, and The Con (2.1 mil/0.2) also was down.

The CW's Bump (350K/0.1) and The Great Chocolate Showdown (440K/0.1) were both up.

Thursday's cable numbers... (totals/A18-49)...
- Alone Frozen (History): 977k/0.07
- Top Chef VIP (Telemundo): 943k/0.18
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 721k/0.15
- Battlebots Champions (Discovery): 631k/0.10
- Alone: The Skills Challenge (History): 601k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 413k/0.04


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/4/2022

Katherine Ryan Makes It Hard
Comic to Pilot New Panel Series
From Chortle

Katherine Ryan is piloting a new TV comedy game show.

Few details are known about Make It Hard, but the programme will feature 'four of the funniest guests in the country' and a celebrity co-host alongside Ryan. Otherwise, producers say it will feature 'daft questions, obscure facts and laughs aplenty'.

A pilot episode is to be recorded at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, West London, on Monday, but it is not yet known which broadcaster – if any – might be interested in the format.

Ryan has appeared on countless game shows and panel shows as a guest or team captain, including 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You? and QI – and she previously co-hosted Your Face or Mine? with Jimmy Carr.

Free audience tickets for Make It Hard are available from Standing Room Only. As well as the main evening recording, some additional rounds will be taped with a smaller audience in the afternoon.

Chortle
British Comedy Guide

posted 9/4/2022

Labor Day Lightning Round
... or "We'll Be Back Tuesday!"

  • Jennifer Hudson reunites with Simon Cowell (Deadline)

  • Ryan Seacrest to receive Distinguished Service Award from NAB (TV NewsCheck)

  • Betty White's belongings go under teh hammer (Julien's Auctions)

  • Darragh Ennis would love to headline an Irish version of "The Chase" (Extra.IE)

posted 8/29/2022

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