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THURSDAY: Big Finish
CBS Wins with "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw for the fifth consecutive week with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Young Sheldon" (5.389 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Big Brother 20" (5.263 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "SWAT" (3.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

FOX (2.801 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.563 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.039 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its finale lineup of "Little Big Shots" (5.799 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Marlon" (2.914 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Marlon" (2.398 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.534 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up originals from "The Gong Show" (2.962 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Match Game" (3.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Take Two" (2.798 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.845 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Black Lightning" (0.645 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.745 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable..
- Alone (History): 1.253m
- Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 1.011k
- Double Dare (Nick): 899k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (MTV): 623k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (SP/MTV): 581k
- America Says (GSN): 374k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 357k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 251k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/13/18

Netflix Gets a Sugar Rush
Catch All of Season 1 Today!
From Bustle

Netflix is sinking its teeth into cake-centered competitive programming with Sugar Rush, premiering on July 13. The new series is the streaming service's latest foray into reality baking following the success of Nailed It, a comedy competition with terrible bakers attempting to create Pinterest-worthy cakes.

Netflix describes Sugar Rush as a baking competition where time is of the essence as several teams rush to bake delicious sweets. Basically, it is Nailed It with people who can actually "nail" complex cake challenges in record time.

The Sugar Rush official trailer shows how intense the eight-episode challenge is for the talented contestants. A large clock looms over four teams of bakers as they compete in three categories — cupcakes, confections, and cakes. Host Hunter March inserts quips while top-notch chefs Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo put pressure on the contestants as judges. As the trailer description states, the winner of the competition scores $10,000, bragging rights, and will probably end up with their own show in the future. Not a bad deal, at all.

Bustle

posted 7/13/18

Robert Irvine Returns to "Worst Cooks"
Catch It on Food Network August 12
From The Futon Critic

Chef Robert Irvine returns to battle Chef Anne Burrell in a much-anticipated Worst Cooks in America rematch beginning Sunday, August 12th at 9pm ET/PT, where the renowned chefs whip a roster of disastrous cooks into tip-top shape. Anne and Robert, who last went head-to-head in the show's second season in 2011, each lead a team of kitchen-challenged competitors though a grueling seven-episode culinary boot camp competition designed to improve their food skills. In the finale on Sunday, September 23rd at 9pm, the one contestant who demonstrates the most impressive culinary transformation is awarded $25,000 and bragging rights for their mentor.

"Anne and Robert are fiercely competitive and our viewers are sure to enjoy their boot camp reunion," said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "These Worst Cooks competitors are hilariously inept when they arrive, and their journey toward kitchen excellence is a fun ride."

This season's recruits are: Copan Combs (Stillwater, Oklahoma); Robbie Deraffele (Hackensack, New Jersey); Marcus Ellis (Queens, New York); Bradley Garcia (Miami, Florida); Sarah Harris (Porum, Oklahoma); Janese Henry (Spring Lake, North Carolina); Linda Martin (Manchester, New Hampshire); Jessica Paulson (Oakley, California); Mary Ann Rapisarda (Valdosta, Georgia); Rudy Rehberg (Chicago, Illinois); Frank Scuderi (Maple Shade, New Jersey); Timmy Thok (New York, New York); Carla Waddell (Alexandria, Virginia) and Kimberly D. Worthy (Atlanta, Georgia).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/13/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Plan B!"

posted 7/13/18


NATAS

And the Nominees Are...
Primetime Emmy Nominees Names
From the Futon Critic

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have come out with the nominations for the 70th Annual Emmy Awards, to be broacast Monday, September 17 on NBC.

Of interest to our genre:

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION SERIES
· American Ninja Warrior NBC
· Project Runway Lifetime
· RuPaul's Drag Race VH1
· The Amazing Race CBS
· The Voice NBC
· Top Chef Bravo

OUTSTANDING HOST OF A REALITY OR REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
· Ellen DeGeneres as Host, Ellen's Game Of Games
· Jane Lynch as Host, Hollywood Game Night
· Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn as Host & Co-Host Project Runway
· RuPaul as Host RuPaul's Drag Race
· W. Kamau Bell as Host United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell

Elsewhere...

- "The Amazing Race", Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program
- "The Amazing Race", Outstanding Pictrure Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program
- "American Ninja Warrior", Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program
- "American Ninja Warrior", Outstanding Directing for aReality Program
- "America's Got Talent", Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
- Anthony Anderson, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- Chloe Arnold, Outstanding Choreography
- Alec Baldwin, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
- Al Blackstone, Oustanding Choreography
- "Dancing with the Stars", Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming
- "Dancing with the Stars", Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special
- "Dancing with the Stars", Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
- "Dancing with the Stars", Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
- "Dancing with the Stars", Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming
- "Lip Sync Battle", Outstanding Structured Reality Program
- Jane Lynch, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
- Mandy Moore, Oustanding Choreography
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", Outstanding Pictrure Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within an Unscripted Program
- "RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked", Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program
- "RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked", Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
- Christopher Scott, Outstanding Choreography
- "Shark Tank", Outstanding Structured Reality Program
- "So You Think You Can Dance", Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
- "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen", Outstanding Short-Form Nonfiction or Reality Series
- "The Voice", Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special
- "The Voice", Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
- "The Voice", Outstanding Pictrure Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program
- "The Voice", Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming
- Travis Wall, Oustanding Choreography

The Futon Critic

posted 7/12/18

Meredith Vieira Tests Words
Fox Stations to Test Run "25 Words or Less"
From Deadline

Meredith Vieira, former longtime host of the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, has been tapped to host and produce 25 Words or Less, a new celebrity/civilian game show that is getting a three-week summer trial run on several Fox Television stations. Set to debut August 6, the half-hour show has a strong celebrity backing: It's a collaboration of Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack, Michael Morris, Bruce Sterten — creator of the board games 25 Words or Less and Taboo — and John Quinn, who serves as showrunner.

"The most popular game shows are often defined by their iconic hosts — that's why we are so excited to have Meredith host 25 Words or Less," said Stephen Brown, EVP Programming and Development at Fox TV Stations.

"As host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Meredith became the longest-standing female game show host in history. In everything she does, she brings humor, intelligence and an overall sense of fun that we think will make this a great game show series."

25 Words or Less pits two teams comprised of celebrities and civilians against each other in a fast-paced word game with a top prize of $10,000. In the beginning rounds of the game, after a frenzied bidding session, one team member provides clues to two partners to help them guess a list of five words using fewer than 25 clue words. In the final round, the contestant who has earned the most points has 60 seconds to get his partners to guess 10 words using only 25 words or less.

"I'm so excited to host this game," Vieira said. "It's fun, fast and forces contestants to choose their words carefully. Add in celebrities, you've got a party!" 25 Words or Less will air on Fox-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte. This is the second consecutive year that the Fox Stations are testing game show formats over the summer, following IWitness and Punchline, which had limited runs last year..

Deadline
B&C
Adweek

posted 7/12/18

WEDNESDAY: Knock It Out
CBS Wins with "Big Brother", "TKO"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was back in front on Wednesday with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), the premiere of "TKO: Total Knock Out" (4.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and an original "Code Black" (5.654 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

FOX (3.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.276 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.114 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.703 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent" (5.875 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and a new "Reverie" (2.358 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.250 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.688 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), another "The Goldbergs" (2.246 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.099 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "American Housewife" (1.923 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Shark Tank" (2.274 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, an encore of "The Outpost" (0.798 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "The Originals" (0.753 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.775 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable..
- Double Dare (Nick): 1.071m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 905k .
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (VH1): 786k
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (VH1): 764k
- America Says (GSN): 379k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/11/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Can Your Mom Throw Down?"

posted 7/10/18

TUESDAY: Insufficient Funds
"Paid Off" Premieres... But Did Anyone Watch?
From Metro US

Over 44 million people are shackled with $1.4 trillion worth of student debt, so it's safe to say that we are looking at a full blown crisis in our country. With schools setting their tuition at unobtainable price tags, the average student is forced to take out either private or federal loans to front the bill. This debt sticks with them long after they earn their degrees and, in most cases, forces them into careers that may have not been their first choices simply to keep the collectors at bay. Consider it a "college industrial complex."

Like many of us, actor Michael Torpey thinks someone should do something about this, and he is taking up this mantle with his new game show "Paid Off with Michael Torpey" on truTV.

The series — premiering on July 10th — follows similar parameters as tried and true standards like "Jeopardy" or "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," but instead gives contestants chances to win money or even eradicate their student debt in full by answering trivia questions.

According to Torpey, even though the show is helping the people who are lucky enough to compete the chance to alleviate their debt, the main goal is to draw attention to this huge problem plaguing the majority of people in our country.

"We're giving away money to people who really need it," explains Michael Torpey, "but I only shot 16 episodes. Even if I live to be a million years old, we can't get to everybody. Putting a face on this issue is the more important part of this show."

So how many people watched?
- Chopped (Food): 958k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (SP/MTV): 840k
- Double Dare (Nick): 810k
- Face Off (Syfy): 575k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (P/truTV): 158k

NBC (9.567 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw for the eighth consecutive Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (11.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "World of Dance" (5.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

ABC (2.927 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two network with its mix of "The Middle" (2.760 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Black-ish" (2.132 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Triumph in Thailand - A 20/20 Special" (3.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "The Last Defense" (2.677 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was FOX (1.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (2.237 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.574 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.725 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.543 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Bull" (4.335 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.297 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, a new "The 100" (0.923 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and the premiere of "The Outpost" (0.778 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.850 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Metro US
Fortune
Marketwatch
Carbonated.TV
Salon
Inquisitr
Paste
Esquire
Mashable
Fast Company
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 7/11/18

Kids Baking Returns August 6
Valerie Bertinelli, Duff Goldman to Host
From the Futon Critic

School is out and kids are on summer break, but the talents of nine young bakers will be put to the test as they enter the Kids Baking Championship, beginning on Monday, August 6th at 9pm ET/PT.

Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman return on the new season to challenge the skills of the bakers, ranging in age from 10 to 13, in difficult dessert trials to see who will make it to the top tier of the competition. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion!

"Our viewers can't seem to get enough of Kids Baking Championship with more than 10 million viewers tuning in last season," said Allison Page, President, Food Network and HGTV. "The new season promises exciting new challenges featuring the latest dessert trends, lots of irresistible sweets, and tons of fun!"

Throughout the seven-week season, the kid contestants show off their skills and creativity as they whisk through new confectionary challenges, from gravity-defying cakes, to outrageous ice cream sandwiches using any sweet treat except cookies. The classic imposter dessert challenge returns as well with a new surprising Italian twist, and the bakers will also have to tackle other delectable desserts including creative cakes, bite-sized sweets and scrumptious snacks.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/11/18

Cash Cab Rolls Again July 27
New Season Begins with Shark Week Episode
From the Futon Critic

Comedian Ben Bailey and his famous taxi return to the sizzling streets of New York City to give unsuspecting passengers a ride they will never forget when CASH CAB returns Friday, July 27 at 7pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

The new season launches with a celebration for the 30th anniversary of Discovery's Shark Week and puts the player's knowledge to the test on all things sharks! The fin-tastic season kicks off as three chums from Ohio hail the Cash Cab on their very first day in New York, and a family of three go for a ride as their youngest member proves kids really do know best, impressing Ben with her smarts. Then, Shark Week and Fleet week collide when three midshipmen docked in town jump into the cab for the ride of their lives. The episode features videos from some of the most renowned divers and photographers who audiences have seen braving the waters year after year bringing these beautiful creatures to the screen, including Andrew Mayne and Andy Casagrande. Will they have what it takes to navigate the waters of Shark Week and stay alive in the cab?

The all-new season continues on Friday, August 3 as Ben Bailey's lucky passengers take on the classic Cash Cab trivia. From pop culture to hard science, traveling uptown to downtown, contestants will showcase their ability to think under pressure as the sights of NYC zoom by - but can their trivia skills get them to the final destination?

The Futon Critic

posted 7/11/18

France Bounces
Obstacle Course Show Goes to MIP
From Deadline

French broadcaster TF1 is launching a local version of Endemol Shine format Big Bounce Battle, arguably one of the noisiest non-scripted shows that launched at Mip TV in April.

The order is the first international adaptation of the format, which was created by Endemol Shine's Dutch and German divisions and was originally commissioned by German broadcaster RTL. It is set to go into production later this year and will be produced out of the same hub as a the original version. The Wipeout-style show sees contestants race the clock and gravity as they try to conquer massive obstacle courses of trampolines as fast as they can.

Peter Salmon, Chief Creative Officer at ESG, told Deadline earlier this year that as producers of Wipeout, "it makes sense for us to look at the next one." He said that using an international production hub for the show is something that "helps broadcasters afford ambition."

"When you've got something that contains big complex sets and is technically difficult, with health and safety challenges… we've got to, use our scale and resources," he added. Lisa Perrin, Endemol Shine Group's CEO of Creative Networks, says, "We're only halfway through the year and to have all of our new formats returning and traveling is an incredible achievement of which we're hugely proud. TF1 is the ideal home for Big Bounce Battle in France and the fact that its being produced in the same studios as RTL's version demonstrates what an adaptable format it is and how easily it can be supercharged."

Deadline

posted 7/11/18

More on "Disney Quizney"
Catch It Live Monday Night!
From the Futon Critic

Kids and families are invited to test their knowledge of Disney and Disney Channel stories and characters with "Disney QUIZney," a groundbreaking, multiplatform, interactive trivia show. Starting MONDAY, JULY 16 (9:00-9:07 p.m. EDT/6:00-6:07 p.m. PDT), for 10 weeknights, viewers can watch the seven-minute quiz show live on Disney Channel and play along to win cash prizes on the DisneyNOW apps and DisneyNOW.com.

Twelve-year-old Trinitee Stokes (Disney Channel's "K.C. Undercover") is set to host this fast-paced trivia show, with live commentary and real-time game results seen exclusively on Disney Channel.

Kimberly Hicks, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Channel, said, "We continually look to leverage the most current technology in ways that enable our viewers to have active roles within live linear TV. 'Disney QUIZney' invites kids and families to be active participants in a live game show in a new and exciting way."

"Disney QUIZney" provides Disney Channel viewers, ages 6 and older, a chance to test their skills as contestants through a simultaneous interactive experience on DisneyNOW. Fast paced questions challenge participants to answer Disney Channel and Disney heritage trivia for a chance to win $100. Every show features five trivia questions that home viewers must answer within 25 seconds on DisneyNOW. Questions increase in difficulty with each round.

"Disney QUIZney" is available in the U.S., and only players age 6 and older will be eligible to win prizes. No purchase is necessary, and children under the age of 18 must get their parent's permission to enter. The DisneyNOW app is available on iOS, Android and Kindle platforms. Past games will be available for free-play on all DisneyNOW apps after they air, but only the live trivia shows debuting weeknights at 9 p.m. EDT and 6 p.m. PDT will offer cash prizing. Official rules and more information is available here and here.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/10/18

Are You the One Plays with Fate
Catch It August 8
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that its popular dating competition series will return as "Are You The One? Season of Fate." Hosted by Terrence J., the new season will premiere on Wednesday, August 8th at 10:00PM ET/PT.

The summer heats up when 22 singles jet off to Hawaii to undergo the series' signature matchmaking process in hopes of finding their "perfect match" and splitting a $1 million cash prize. "Are You The One?" tackles the question, "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?"

This season the contestants have one thing in common: dysfunctional relationship habits. With the help of Terrence J., these singles will try to find their pre-selected partners as determined by a rigorous process carried out by a team of professional matchmakers and psychologists. The new "Season of Fate" will introduce a "Fate Button." In previous seasons, the contestants were able to go on dates with the person of their choosing by winning challenges. This time, the "Fate Button" will determine which couples will go on dates and ultimately play a role in who enters the "Truth Booth." Contestants will not only have to surrender to the matchmaking process, but also put their faith in fate to find their perfect match.

Terrence J., actor, producer, author and philanthropist, is widely recognized as one of Hollywood's most skilled multi-hyphenates. The three-time Emmy(R) nominee and seven-year host on BET's "106 & Park" is also executive producer and host of MTV's "SafeWord."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/10/18

MONDAY: Circenses Interruptus
ABC Wins, President Breaks In
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.027 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) claimed the top spot on Monday with originals from "The Bachelorette" (5.661 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Proposal" (3.761 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

NBC (4.523 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.115 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.722 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and a repeat "9-1-1" (1.508 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.152 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Mom" (4.154 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (3.524 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.012 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) plus a new "Salvation" (2.607 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.270 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.146 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.140 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (1.207 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

(Note from TFC: Due to interruptions for news coverage from approximately 9-9:21 p.m. ET, these preliminary fast-affiliate ratings are subject to significant revision when Nielsen issues official-national results this afternoon.)

On cable...
- Double Dare (Nick): 795k
- America Says (GSN): 317k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/10/18

WEEKEND: ABC Beats Back
Sunday Fun & Games Beats Big Brother
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.914 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.409 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.252 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.054 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.941 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

CBS (4.796 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.273 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Big Brother 20" (5.116 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.361 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and another "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.435 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was NBC (2.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with the relocated "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (1.922 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15), a repeat "America's Got Talent" (3.518 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a new "Shades of Blue" (2.922 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, FOX (1.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening with repeats of "One Strange Rock" (0.868 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16), "The Simpsons" (1.299 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (1.158 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.401 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus a new "Ghosted" (1.047 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

On cable Sunday...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.445m
- Iron Chef America (Food): 825k

On cable Friday...
- Double Dare (Nick): 851k
- Battlebots (Discovery): 844k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 10p (SF/FS1): 499k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 8p (FS1): 493k

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posted 7/10/18

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TAB HUNTER: 1931-2018
Hollywood Heartthrob Played Games During the 1970s
From Reuters

Tab Hunter, a former on-screen heartthrob and gay icon, has died. He was 86.

Hunter died Sunday night in Santa Barbara after a blood clot in his leg caused cardiac arrest, Allan Glaser, Hunter's partner for more than three decades, confirmed to Variety.

With his All-American good looks, wavy blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, and toothy smile, Hunter rose to the top ranks of Hollywood leading men in the 1950's and early '60's.

He appeared in the likes of "Damn Yankees" and "Battle Cry," and had chart-topping records such as "Young Love." But at the height of his popularity, he was dogged by rumors that he was gay, a potentially career-ending rumor during that culturally conservative era. At one point, he was "outed" by the gossip rag, Confidential.

Hunter fell out of favor as the 1960s continued and a new breed of stars such as Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino, actors who were often less corn-fed and polished, entered the mainstream. As tastes changed, Hunter did summer stock and dinner theater, as well as appeared in spaghetti westerns.

He was rediscovered in middle age, however. Hunter was cast opposite Divine in "Polyester," a low-budget John Waters comedy that gleefully sent up everything from alcoholism to foot festishism. The film helped introduce Hunter to a younger audience, some of whom were unfamiliar with his pin-up past.

During the height of the game show in the 1970s, Hunter was featured as a player on "Match Game", "Hollywood Squares", "It's Your Bet", "Oh My Word", "You Don't Say", "The Object Is", "Stump the Stars", and "What's My Line".

Hunter came out as gay in 2005 with the publication of his autobiography, "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star." In it, he wrote about studio publicity arms efforts to mask his homosexuality by linking him with co-stars and friends such as Debbie Reynolds and Natalie Wood. That book inspired a 2015 documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz, also called "Tab Hunter Confidential."

Hunter became a symbol of the gay rights movement, but it was a role he took reluctantly, saying in a 2015 interview with Slant that, "I just have never been comfortable talking about my sexuality. I think it was easier with [the documentary] because it was quite a few years later after the book. But it's still not my comfort zone. I was just brought up that way. I'm very old-fashioned." Despite being publicly closeted for much of his life, Hunter had relationships with "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins and figure skater Ronnie Robertson before settling down with Glaser.

Chico Alexander & Jason Block contributed to this report.

Reuters
The Hollywood Reporter
Vanity Fair

posted 7/9/18

Endemol Shine on the Market?
"Big Brother" Producer Welcomes Bidders
From TV Week

Early suitors for Endemol Shine, the production company behind "Big Brother," "MasterChef" and "Black Mirror," include Sony Pictures Entertainment and Lionsgate, Variety reports.

"Based in the Netherlands, Endemol Shine is jointly owned by 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management," Variety notes. "Fox's 50% share of the company had been slated to be part of the pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets by Disney. But Fox and Apollo last month retained Deutsche Bank and Aryeh Bourkoff's Liontree to handle a sale."

The report adds: "Endemol Shine CEO Sophie Turner Laing and other execs have in recent weeks been on a roadshow pitching the company to prospective bidders in the U.K. and U.S. Interested parties have been asked to submit expressions of interest by the end of [this week] in order to get access to a deeper look at the company's books. One source familiar with the process said the information presented to date indicated a valuation in the $2 billion range although the asking price is expected to be higher."

TV Week

posted 7/9/18

Double Dare a Hit
Viacom: Reboot Premiere Week Averaged 1.4 Million
From Viacom PR

Nickelodeon's Double Dare attracted an average of 1.4 million viewers during its premiere week—making it the most-viewed series on kids' TV this year.

In an indication of the reboot's multi-generational appeal, Double Dare ranked number one in its timeslot among kids and teens between ages 2 and 14 on both impressions and share, and the June 25th premiere was Nick's best series launch among adults 18-49 in more than five years, according to Nielsen*.

The iconic game show, which airs weekdays at 8 pm, is hosted by digital creator and actress Liza Koshy. Each episode features two teams as they battle for prizes through mind-bending trivia questions and physically demanding stunts, including the legendary obstacle course (replete with the human hamster wheel, the wringer, and the Double Dare nose). Original host Marc Summers is back, this time providing color commentary.

"Ratings for the first full week indicate that kids, new viewers and adults alike are showing up for Double Dare and loving it," said Sarah Levy, COO of Viacom Media Networks and interim head of Nickelodeon. "Liza Koshy and Marc Summers have great chemistry. The kid contestants are totally relatable to our audience. And The Loud House lead-in is a winner, ranking at number one with kids on all TV for the week.""

TV Week

posted 7/9/18

.... and Viacom May Be Paying For It
Viacom Suing to Protect Its Name
From TMZ

A heated competition's brewing over Nickelodeon's "Double Dare," but Viacom -- which owns the popular game show -- isn't playing around ... and filed a lawsuit to prove it.

According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ, a man named Charles Armstrong -- president and CEO of Armstrong Interactive -- filed trademark paperwork in January for "Double Dare" ... months before Nickelodeon aired the reboot of the show on June 25.

Viacom admits in the docs it let its trademarks for "Double Dare" expire in 2001 and 2002, but claims it has continuously used the name since the show's debut in 1986 for TV programming, live events and merch ... therefore, it never lost the rights to the name.

The company also claims Armstrong has a slimy history of squatting on classic kids' TV titles in an "illegal scheme" to "exploit the goodwill of other popular shows" ... including "Wonderama," "Kids Are People Too" and "Romper Room."

Regardless, Armstrong allegedly fired off a cease and desist letter to Viacom in May, warning the media company that if it went ahead with its relaunch of "Double Dare" ... it would be doing so "at its own risk" of legal action. Viacom risked it and, along with airing the reboot ... is now suing Armstrong to get a judge to declare that "Double Dare" belongs -- and always has -- to Nickelodeon.

TMZ
Law360

posted 7/9/18

Monday Lightning Round
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  • Hailey Baldwin gets a ring from Justin Bieber. That was fast (People)

  • Disney gets into the app game (Disney)

  • Speaking of Disney, Tyra Banks is life-sized again (TV Line)

  • Maddie Poppe, runner-up still in it together (Entertainment Tonight)

  • Weinstein/Lantern deal just hit a snag. (The Wrap)

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