Questions.... Round 2
Dan Harris Moderates Battle of
the Geniuses Tonight
For a new season of 500
Questions, there’s a new host of the quiz game. The Mark
Burnett-produced game show debut in May 2015 with host
Richard Quest of CNN fame. For Season 2, Dan Harris of
ABC's Nightline will do the honors of asking super smart
people really difficult questions. (They can’t get three
wrong in a row.) Harris is also the host of the weekend
edition of Good Morning America.
Harris is used to hanging out with highly intelligent
people. His father, Jay R. Harris, is the chair of
Harvard’s radiation oncology residency program and his
mother, Nancy Lee Harris, is a pathologist at Mass
General. After experiencing an on-air panic attack in
June 2004, Dan Harris wrote the book 10% Happier: How I
Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without
Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works —
a True Story, in which he recounts using drugs (cocaine
and Ecstasy) and found the benefits of meditation.
Season 2 of 500 Questions premieres Thursday, May 26 at
8pm on ABC.
Bravo Gets Back in the
On Tap: "I'd Kill for That"
Bravo is beefing up their
development slate with seven new unscripted series,
including a new Andy Cohen celebrity-filled project,
“Look Who’s Hosting Live.”
The new development slate also includes a show hosted by
“Million Dollar Listing New York” star Ryan Serhant, a
new real estate show and even a game show.
“With this development slate, we are building on Bravo’s
robust and successful tradition of buzzy, unique format
shows,” said Lara Spotts, Bravo’s SVP of Development..
“It’s a diverse collection of shows which all include
the signature Bravo wink and delicious drama that our
viewers love to unwind to.”
Bravo is home to mostly unscripted shows, including the
popular “Real Housewives” franchise,” which recently
expanded with installments in Potomac and Dallas. The
NBCUniversal cabler broke into scripted programming with
dramedy “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” which just
landed a mega three-season renewal, then comedy “Odd Mom
Out,” and a new scripted series “My So Called Wife” was
recently greenlit. The cable net has been picking up
ratings steam lately from “Real Housewives of New York
City” and another reality series “Southern Charm.” With
the slew of development projects announced today, Bravo
is placing a continued effort on expanding the
unscripted pop culture and lifestyle genre in which
they’ve had much success.
“Real Estate Wars”
Two rival real estate agencies in Orange County,
California will go head to head in the ultimate
competition for pride and prize to see who can sell the
most property in six months. Each agency will build an
all-star team as they battle for listings and fight for
sales of some of the country’s most enviable estates.
With egos on the line, this showdown is less about
winning and more about proving who runs this city.
Produced by World of Wonder. Exec producers are Randy
Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Elise Duran.
“I’d Kill for That”
“Double Dare” meets Dolce & Gabbana and “Wipeout” meets
Wang in this physical game show that tests how far you
would go to win a Birkin bag, Louboutins worn by a
coveted Bravolebrity or the latest ‘it’ watch. Each
week, friends, co-workers and family members will
compete against each other in a series of trivia, brain
teasers and hilarious physical obstacles in hopes of
winning an enviable object of their desire.
Produced by Embassy Row. Exec producers are Michael
Davies, plus Realizer Productions’ Matt Berkowitz and
"Runway" Gets Longer
Lifetime Reups Mothership,
"All Stars", "Junior"
Eight years ago, Project
Runway made waves in the unscripted world, moving from
its original home Bravo to Lifetime to put the
female-focused cable network on the reality map. The
show’s deal was coming up again this year, and I hear
there was interest from other networks, but the reality
staple is not going anywhere. In a big, multi-show deal
between Lifetime and The Weinstein Company valued at
about $50 million, including a TWC movie package, the
network has renewed the mothership series Project Runway
for three more seasons (Seasons 16 – 18), and its
spinoffs Project Runway All Stars for two (6 and 7) and
Project Runway: Junior for one (3). Additionally,
Lifetime has picked up to series the latest fashion
reality project from TWC, Fashion Inc.
Fourteen seasons in, Project Runway continues to be a
potent ratings performer. The most recent Season 14
finale last fall drew 2.52 million viewers in Live+same
day and delivered some of the show’s best numbers in
target demos in two years. In adults 25-54 (0.99) and
women 25-54, Project Runway had not fared better since
the show’s Season 12 finale in 2013. Additionally,
Project Runway has garnered a best reality competition
series Emmy nomination every years since its launch,
along with multiple noms for hosts Heidi Klum and Tim
“Project Runway is a great franchise,” A+E president and
CEO Nancy Dubuc said. “It’s got an incredibly loyal
audience, it’s a brand unto itself, and it has all these
Emmy nominations. We have a great relationship with
Harvey, Heidi and Tim, and I’m glad its home will be
here for many years to come.”
WEDNESDAY: And That's
NBC Wins the Night, but CBS
Wins the Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (6.053 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on
the final night of the May sweeps period with the season
finales of "Heartbeat" (4.220 million viewers, #7;
adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit" (7.085 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1)
and "Chicago PD" (6.856 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.4, #2).
CBS (5.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2)
then was the number two draw with its combination of a
primetime "The Price Is Right" (6.681 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "Criminal Minds:
Beyond Borders" (5.610 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Criminal
Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.185 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).
Next up was ABC (4.219 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the feature "Finding Nemo" (4.243
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by
the season finale of "Nashville" (4.172 million viewers,
#8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Rosewood"
(3.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and
the return of "Wayward Pines" (3.113 million viewers,
#10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).
And finally, the season finales of "Arrow" (2.207
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and
"Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #12; adults
18-49: 0.8, #T9) on The CW (2.036 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 841,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 444,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 396,000
ITV Gets "Trapped"
Possessed to Produce New
Series "Cash Trapped"
From World Screen
ITV Daytime has tapped
Possessed to produce the new quiz show Cash Trapped,
which is due to air later this year.
Cash Trapped is a new ten-episode quiz show based on an
original idea from Bradley Walsh, who serves as host. On
the show, six contestants face off in a series of
faced-paced question rounds as they try to sabotage
their opponents. At the end of each episode, the player
who has earned the most cash takes on the other five
contestants for the right to add more money to their
winnings. If the player fails to win all of the money,
everyone will remain “cash trapped” and will return to
battle it out on another episode.
The show is produced by Possessed, the ITV Studios
entertainment production label set up by Glenn Hugill.
Cash Trapped was commissioned by ITV’s director of
Daytime, Helen Warner, and is executive produced by
Hugill and produced by Sarah Timbury. It will be
distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global
Hugill, the managing director of Possessed, said: “Cash
Trapped is addictive play along; fast, tactical and
laced with original, tense reality. Best of all, it is
based on a game that Bradley came up with himself and
has played with his friends and family for years.”
Helen Warner, ITV’s director of Daytime, added: “Glenn
Hugill and the team at Possessed have taken Bradley’s
brilliant idea and turned it into a really compelling TV
game show. We all loved the pilot episode and are
delighted to have it in our schedule.”
Stephen Mulhern Goes
ITV Greenlights New Series
From ITV Press Centre
This Autumn, ITV will
showcase the weird and wonderful with the arrival of a
brand new skill based game show called Go For It.
Made for the channel by Potato (Ninja Warrior, The
Chase), the show will be hosted by Stephen Mulhern.
Go For It aims to discover the weirdest and most unique
skills that our nation has to offer and then put them to
For example, only in the UK could someone guess people’s
weight just by lifting them, or name 20 breeds of goat
just by milking them or even recognise 30 types of wood
whilst blindfolded simply by smell alone.
Each show will put these unbelievable and quirky skills
to the test, will they make the nation gasp, laugh or
just shock them into silence?!
Each of the challengers will get the chance to show off
to the nation and get £1000 in cash if they successfully
complete their unusual skill on air.
Go For It is a Potato production based on Talpa’s
Challenge Me! format, which has already been produced in
USA, Netherlands and Ukraine. The Executive Producers
are Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott and Rachael Parker. The
show has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Comedy
Entertainment, Peter Davey and ITV’s Entertainment
Commissioner Asif Zubairy.
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "De-Coupled for a Night"
trades in two women for 51, hosting Miss USA (The
Chingvintsev is dating a "Chicago Med" actress.... the
doctor will see you now (People)
WHY THE (BLEEP!)
IS THIS NEWS?!: Honestly, can we go one superchamp
without calling him "controversial" or "polarizing"? It's
A FEW GOOD
MINUTES with Jane
Naked" Gets A New Host
Rocsi Diaz to Helm the Series
From the Futon Critic
VH1 turns up the heat as the
network's provocative reality dating series "Dating
Naked" returns for a third season on Wednesday June 29th
at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by Rocsi Diaz, this season once
again features two main daters, David and Natalie, as
they search for love on a tropical island paradise. Shot
on location in Bora Bora, the two explore the art of
romance, free of preconceived notions, stereotypes - and
clothes. Each week, two new men and women will strip
down for a shot at igniting a spark with our primary
daters - but in the end, only one can win their hearts.
Over the course of 12 one-hour episodes the competition
gets HOT as sexy new singles arrive on the island each
week, vying for David and Natalie's affections. Produced
by Lighthearted Entertainment and VH1, "Dating Naked"
season 3 premieres Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00 PM ET/PT
Spike's Idea of a
Family Game Show
Project from A. Smith & Co.
From AV Club
Finally, there’s a game show
that prizes skills we all have in ready abundance:
awkwardly talking to our families, revealing long-kept,
embarrassing secrets, and pissing each other off. Spike
has announced that it’s taking a break from its busy
work rescuing bars and getting celebrities to pretend to
be other, more musical celebrities, in order to make its
first foray into the world of game shows. According to
Deadline, the network is fast-tracking an untitled
series in which parents and their adult children can
publicly destroy their relationships in exchange for
Developed by the production company behind Hell’s
Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior, the series will
force people to navigate an obstacle course even more
perilous than the latter show’s collection of giant foam
pads, swimming pools, and surplus American Gladiator
equipment: talking to their mom or dad. Parent-child
teams will compete to see who can identify the real
secrets or revelations from their loved ones from a list
of fake ones, ensuring that, win or lose, something
embarrassing will likely be revealed.
Napa Gets Chopped
Grill Masters Tournament Set
From the Futon Critic
Chopped is heading outdoors
to beautiful Beringer Vineyards, located in Napa Valley,
California, as sixteen grilling experts compete in
Chopped Grill Masters Napa, premiering Tuesday, July 5th
at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, this
special five-part themed tournament includes sixteen
grilling professionals from around the country facing
off for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. Each episode
includes four chefs competing over three rounds, with
recurring Chopped and special guest judges deciding the
fates for each pro. The winner from each heat wins
$10,000 and a spot in the grand finale, to see who will
walk away with $50,000 more.
"These talented Grill Masters are dropped into the
beautiful wine country of Napa Valley, with their grills
fired up to face some of the toughest mystery baskets
yet," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President
Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "With
world-class judges watching their every move in this
intense outdoor competition, these pros have to prove
they have what it takes for a chance at $50,000."
With access to an outdoor kitchen of ingredients and
armed with charcoal and propane grills, as well as a
smoker at each cooking station, the sixteen competitors
must incorporate mandatory ingredients from the mystery
baskets through three rounds - appetizer, entrée and
dessert - showcasing their grilling skills to create
unique and savory dishes. Over five episodes these grill
pros must not only battle each other, but also take on
the elements as they face the intensity of the heat from
the grills and weather, along with some surprise
appearances from bees that make cooking outside that
much more challenging.
Get more from the Chopped Grill Masters Napa tournament
at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped, where you'll uncover photo
and video highlights and hear from the winners. Join in
on all the fun at #Chopped.
TUESDAY: Over in a
"The Voice", NBC Dominate the
From TV Line
After settling for a tie
with ABC’s Bachelorette on Monday, NBC’s The Voice
easily topped Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday, in a
battle of championship ceremonies.
The Voice led the night in both measures with 10.4
million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, though down
18 and 28 percent from its previous coronation ceremony.
DWTS meanwhile drew 10.3 mil and a 1.6, hitting and
tying season lows and dropping 24 and 33 percent from
its previous Mirror Ball Trophy hand-off.
Opening ABC’s night, Fresh Off the Boat‘s season finale
(4.9 mil/1.2) saw its best audience since Feb. 2 while
rising a tenth in the demo. Real O’Neals (4.2 mil/1.0)
also ticked up.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
THE CW | The Flash (3.3 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth
week-to-week and was off 15 and 20 percent from its
freshman finale. Containment (1.5 mil/0.5) was steady.
CBS | The Price Is Right (6.4 mil/1.1) slipped two
tenths from Monday’s primetime edition. A double pump of
Person of Interest did 5.3 mil/0.9 and 4.9 mil/0.9, both
down from last Tuesday’s NCISes-assisted 7 mil/1.1.
FOX | Hotel Hell (2.5 mil/0.8) dropped hard from its
previous, long-ago season premiere (4 mil/1.5). Coupled
(1.3 mil/0.5) dropped some eyeballs vs. its debut but
was steady in the demo.
- The Dunk King (TNT/SF): 2.109 million
- Ink Master (Spike/SF): 1.161 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 904,000
- Chopped (Food): 850,000
- First Impressions (USA): 454,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS/SF): 378,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 337,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 288,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 263,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 243,000
Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And That's the Season"
a comedy legend plays @midnight (Nerdist)
Wheel ended somewhat unexpectedly tonight (Entertainment
Weekly) (SPOILERS AHEAD!)
A FEW GOOD
MINUTES with Ken
CBS/Fremantle Media North America
"Price" Gets Real
CBS Places On the Map, But
Night Belonged to Finales
ABC (8.536 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) pulled into the top spot
among adults 18-49 with a new "Dancing with the Stars"
(12.139 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and
the return of "The Bachelorette" (6.734 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).
NBC (8.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2)
then had to settle for second place with a new "The
Voice" (10.056 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9,
#T2) and the season finale of "Blindspot" (6.031 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).
Next up was CBS (5.400 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.0, #3) and its combination of a primetime "The
Price Is Right" (6.188 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.3, #T4), a new "The Odd Couple" (4.574 million
viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), the season finale
of "The Odd Couple" (4.564 million viewers, #8; adults
18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a new "Person of Interest" (5.443
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.105 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Gotham" (3.611
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and an
original "Houdini & Doyle" (2.598 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).
And finally, a new "Reign" (0.986 million viewers, #13;
adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) led into the return of "Whose
Line Is It Anyway?" (1.275 million viewers, #12; adults
18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a second "Whose Line Is It
Anyway?" (1.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4,
#T11) on The CW (1.177 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.4, #5).
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food/P): 773,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 315,000
The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending
From TV News Check
As expected, ratings for
Live with Kelly & Michael jumped in co-host Michael
Strahan’s bittersweet final week. However, it was not
enough to overtake talk show leader Dr. Phil.
In the second full session of the May sweep ending May
15, Phil, which has been the top talker for 18 of the
past 19 weeks (with one tie), rolled to a first-place
3.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating , up 6%
for both the week and the year, and its strongest
showing since the February sweep. Phil was also No. 1 in
talk among women 25-54, adding 7% to deliver a 1.6 in
the key demo.
Family Feud was unchanged at a 7.0, but easily won the
game show race for the third straight week.
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 +2%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC
CBS, ABC Split Finale Friday
From The Futon Critic
ABC (4.887 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) took home the demo honors on
Friday with its mix of "Beyond the Tank" (3.910 million
viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), the season finale
of "Shark Tank" (5.458 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (5.294 million viewers, #4;
adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).
NBC (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2)
then was the number two draw with a new "Grimm" (4.125
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) followed by
the season finale of "Grimm" (4.148 million viewers, #6;
adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Dateline NBC" (4.247
million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).
Next up was CBS (5.016 million viewers, #1; adults
18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "New I Love Lucy
Superstar Special" (5.430 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.8, #T6), a special "Undercover Boss" (4.030
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a
repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.587 million viewers, #1; adults
18-49: 0.7, #T8).
Meanwhile, FOX (1.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.6, #4) offered up the feature "Easy A" (1.944 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).
And finally, the return of "Masters of Illusion" (1.492
million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), a second
"Masters of Illusion" (1.395 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and the season finale of "The
Originals" (0.943 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49:
0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.193 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.
On cable Friday...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 124,000
On cable Sunday...
- The Dunk King (TNT): 1.777 million
- Food Network Star (Food/SP): 1.640 million
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food/S): 1.448
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 894,000
Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Light at the End of the Tunnel"
And for the second
time in four years, America's Most Watched Network
Craig Ferguson wants to be King George (Broadway
JP Rosenbaum got a blessing coming down (Instagram)
Prepare for The
Most Dramatic Season of "The Bachelorette" Ever! Chris
Harrison means it this time! (Yahoo!)
calls dating Gwen Stefani "odd... but fun." (Reality
recalls doing "Million Dollar Mindgame" in a London accent.
No seriously. (Radio
to marathon "Ninja Warrior" all weekend (The
Jeanne Parr (1924-2016) (Fox
News) on "What's My Line" from 1966 (YouTube)
Coren Gets "500
Questions".... No, Not That One
Giles Coren to Host UK Edition
of ABC Series
From Digital Spy
Giles Coren is fronting
ITV's brand new quiz show.
500 Questions is coming to the channel, following its
successful launch in the US last year.
Giles Coren is presenting a UK adaptation of the reality
competition produced by Celebrity Apprentice, The Voice
US and Survivor heavy-hitter Mark Burnett.
The gruelling game tests contestants' trivia knowledge
by relentlessly tossing tough questions at them - with
no outside lifelines, hints or other helpful twists used
on other game shows.
Each contestant is under constant threat of elimination
if they ever get three questions in a row incorrect.
"500 Questions is a show that genuinely acknowledges
intelligence and tactics," Coren has said.
"To win you have to be resilient and you have to be
smart. It feels exciting and original… and the questions
really are tough."
ITV will premiere the debut series of 500 Questions
later this year.
"Carpool Karaoke" Is
CBS Announces Format Rights
From The Futon Critic
CBS Studios International
along with Fulwell 73, today announced that CARPOOL
KARAOKE, the global viral video sensation broadcast on
CBS's THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, is now
available as a format to international broadcasters.
The CARPOOL KARAOKE segment is the most social hit ever
on U.S. late night television, with almost 600 million
views on YouTube since its inception only a year ago.
The show has quickly become known for attracting the
world's biggest stars including Adele and Justin Bieber,
whose CARPOOL KARAOKE segments are currently the #1 and
#2 most watched Late Night clips on YouTube*, along with
Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Elton John
and One Direction.
In each 30 or 60 minute episode the host of the show
picks up a singer or celebrity and drives them in a
Carpool Karaoke car, specially fitted with state of the
art cameras, ready to capture the fun.
For broadcasters, the CARPOOL KARAOKE format creates a
more intimate environment for interviews and at the same
time gives an audience their favorite music of all time.
A combination of music, comedy and documentary makes
CARPOOL KARAOKE one of the world's most talked about
"Ever since CARPOOL KARAOKE has aired as part of THE
LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, the requests for the
format have been overwhelming," said Paul Gilbert,
Senior Vice President of International Formats, CBS
Studios International. "International broadcasters can
now leverage CARPOOL KARAOKE's huge digital and
broadcast success for their own local viewers."
"This is a very exciting format, one which gets the best
interviews, and fun, out of every guest that appears,
due to its most intimate setting," said Ben Winston,
Executive Producer, THE LATE LATE with JAMES CORDEN,
co-director of production company Fulwell 73.
"Biggest Loser" Is in
Big Trouble... Allegedly
Contestants Claim They Were
Encouraged to Starve, Take Drugs
Over the weekend, a New York
Post report surfaced in which a former "The Biggest
Loser" contestant claimed she was forced to use
weight-loss drugs in order to shed pounds on the NBC
The producers of the show, however, have denied any such
activity in a statement on Monday.
"The safety and well-being of our contestants is, and
has always been, paramount," reads the statement from
"The Biggest Loser" producers. "Contestants are told at
the start of the show that there is zero tolerance for
any weight loss drugs. We prohibit the use of any
illegal substances, in addition to the many other rules
and procedures of the show that are designed to ensure
The Post report, which followed the release of a
six-year study that found that most former contestants
gain a significant amount of weight back after leaving
the show, quotes former contestant Joelle Gwynn, who
made explosive claims about the show and trainer Bob
Harper in particular.
"Bob Harper was my trainer," she said in the report. "He
goes away and his assistant comes in. He's got this
brown paper bag that's bundled up. He says, 'Take this
drug, it'll really help you.' It was yellow and black. I
was like, 'What the f-k is this?'"
Gwynn went on to say that she felt "jittery and hyper."
"I went and told the sports medicine guy," she
continued. "The next day, Dr. H [the show's resident
doctor, Dr. Rob Huizenga] gave us some lame explanation
of why they got added to our regimen and that it was up
to us to take them."
"People chastise Bill Cosby for allegedly offering meds
to women, but it's acceptable to do to fat people to
make them lose weight," Gwynn said. "I feel like we got
Suzanne Mendonca, a contestant in season two, also said
in the report that contestants would go to extremes to
lose weight. She said they would utilize "amphetamines,
water pills, diuretics, and throw up in the bathroom,"
and claimed that Harper in particular told people to
vomit to lose weight. "I vomited every single day," she
Huizenga also denied these claims, telling the Post that
contestants "rarely" get to the point of dizziness.
"Furthermore, I educate contestants that proper caloric
intake is essential to fat loss both over the short and
long term," he added.
Several former "Biggest Loser" contestants also jumped
to defend the show. Vencent Van-Zant Hickerson of season
12 posted on his Facebook page that "Biggest Loser"
never asked him to use any drugs.
"Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire" Moves to Vegas for Season 15
From The Futon Critic
The long-running, popular
game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is moving its
production to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada,
beginning with the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Hosted by
Chris Harrison, "Millionaire" will tape its shows at
Bally's Las Vegas in front of a live studio audience.
Entering its 15th season in national syndication,
"Millionaire" will premiere on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12,
Las Vegas is one of the premier entertainment capitals
of the world. Millions have been entertained over the
years at Bally's Las Vegas, which now will become the
new home of "Millionaire."
"Millionaire" features contestants from all over the
country and from all walks of life, and remains a game
in which anyone can walk in and win big. In the show's
classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia
questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines -
Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - in order to win
$1 million. Contestants also can win big as they
navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and
difficulty build with each question, along with the
prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in
2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million.
For the last two seasons, "Millionaire" has taped at the
Connecticut Film Center in Stamford. Before that, and
since its US premiere in 1999, the show has originated
from New York City, first at ABC Television Center and
then at Metropolis Studios at 106 & Park.
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