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Nickelodeon
The Gak is Back for One Night Only
Marc Summers to Host Live Double Dare Show at Comic-Con
From Cinema Blend

Stop the presses! The game show that defined your childhood is coming back … today. Nickelodeon’s Double Dare is returning to our lives, and this Friday at San Diego Comic-Con marks its official return. What’s that you’re screaming? You’re not at Comic-Con this year? Not to worry, you don’t have to miss any of the nostalgia-tinged antics. Consider this your guide to live streaming this must-watch ‘90s-inspired event.

In honor of Double Dare’s upcoming 30th anniversary, The Splat, Nickelodeon’s streaming answer to all of those classic ‘90s kids shows you still miss, is relaunching the game show today. The network has even reinstated the show’s original host, Marc Summers, who is returning for the first time in 16 years. The official 30 year anniversary for Nick’s longest running game show happens on October 6, but the network couldn’t pass up the opportunity to devote one night of San Diego’s Comic-Con to fun and slime. Brew up a batch of your own slime, call up your friends, and get ready to revisit your childhood.

The Nickelodeon show ran from 1986-1993, making it the network's longest running game show.

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posted 7/22/16

THURSDAY: Expect the Unexpected
Game Change Helps "Big Brother" Win for CBS... and a Hint of What's to Come
From various sources

On Thursday, Big Brother's official Facebook page posted a headline from CBS.com which read: "Julie Chen to Reveal Game-Changing Element on Big Brother After Show Tomorrow."

The After Show, hosted by former Big Brother and The Amazing Race contestant Jeff Schroeder, airs Fridays on CBS All Access, the network's online video subscription service.

Reality TV World reports that CBS declined to reveal any additional details about the new twist -- including whether it may possibly have a connection with this Friday's night first-ever "Battle Back" competition between the previously evicted houseguests or an end to this season's "Team Play" format.

For the "Battle Back" competition, the first five evicted Big Brother 18 houseguests will compete for a chance to re-enter the game. The first four evicted houseguests have been Glenn Garcia, Jozea Flores, Victor Arroyo and Bronte D'Acquisto. The final evictee who will compete for the opportunity to come back was determined via Thursday's live eviction episode.

Big Brother 18's season began with a format that divided the 16 initial houseguests in four four-person teams. However while the houseguests have competed for Head of Household individually, all the team members of each week's reigning HoH have automatically been safe from nomination for eviction -- a limitation which has increasingly limited the season's gameplay and denied houseguests the opportunity to target members of their own teams.

"Big Brother" was the most-watched broadcast not involving the RNC, giving CBS the win with 5.6 million/1.7 in the demo. Elsewhere.

FOX | Bones (3.8 mil/0.8) dipped 14 percent and a tenth with its Season 11 finale; Home Free (1.7 mil/0.4) ticked down to season lows.

THE CW | Beauty and the Beast (750K/0.2) added a few eyeballs to last week’s second-smallest audience ever.

ABC | BattleBots (3.1 mil/0.7) and Greatest Hits (2.9 mil/0.7) each dropped two tenths.

NBC | The Spartan finale (3.3 mil/0.9) was down a tenth.

Reality TV World
TV Line

posted 7/22/16

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Live Shows
NBC Wins Midweek Battle
From TV Line

Fox’s Wayward Pines this Wednesday drew 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, holding steady in the demo while ticking down 11 percent to its smallest audience ever.

Opening Fox’s night, MasterChef (3.8 mil/1.2) was up a tenth.

Elsewhere….

CBS | Big Brother (5.5 mil/1.7) dipped 10 percent and a tenth week-to-week, while American Gothic (2.5 mil/0.6) hit an audience low but ticked up in the demo.

THE CW | Penn & Teller (1.2 mil/0.3) and Whose Line (1.1 mil/0.3) each slipped a tenth in the demo.

NBC | America’s Got Talent (10.2 mil/2.2) slipped 14 percent and two tenths week-to-week.

On cable...
- American Tarzan (Discovery): 824K
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 798K
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 715K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 589K
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 396K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328K

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/22/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Well That Was Quick"

  • Whitney Bischoff won "The Bachelor", then lost the bachelor, only to win another bachelor (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ben Higgins, in a move that will keep him off this site's pages for a while, files to run for Congress. Because equal time laws (Denver Post)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT: Someone's fantasy is about to take a turn for the worse (US)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT #2: The final 33 acts on America's Got Talent are... (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alex Trebek turns 76 today (Sudbury.com)
     

  • Revisiting Robot Wars (Den of Geek!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alexander Armstrong (Huffington Post)

posted 7/22/16

TUESDAY: America's Got a New President Soon
NBC Wins Night, ABC Falls Without "Truth"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) overshadowed the competition on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and an "NBC News Special" (5.303 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

FOX (1.834 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a distant second place with its duo of "Hotel Hell" (2.373 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Coupled" (1.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.276 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "NCIS" (6.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Zoo" (4.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "CBS News Special" (2.477 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (2.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.286 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.100 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "The Real O'Neals" (1.790 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "ABC News Special" (2.278 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with a repeat "The Flash" (0.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and the finale to "Containment" (0.854 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Chopped Grill Masters Napa (Food): 1.314M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.019M
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 942K
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 490K
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 475K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 360K

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posted 7/21/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Few More Good Minutes"

  • Dave Holmes almost got everyone at MTV sued. Let's see what this celebrity says (Uproxx)
     

  • Louie Anderson reflects on comedy, Feud, and Splash. Well, maybe not Splash (Variety)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with @midnight (TV Insider)

posted 7/21/16

Ru-newed
"Drag Race" Reupped for a 9th Season
From TV Line

Logo is saying “shantay, you stay” to RuPaul’s Drag Race, renewing the Emmy Award-nominated competition series for a ninth season.

Meanwhile, RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race returns for its second season with a 90-minute premiere on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 8/7c.

In addition to the aforementioned Ru-newal, Logo on Wednesday that it’s given a series order to Fire Island, a docuseries premiering in 2017. From Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions, the reality series will follow a group of young New York City dwellers “who leave behind the stress of their big city lives and escape to the sun-soaked oasis of Fire Island. The series … highlights the adventure, romance and relationships of friends and housemates as they vacation together in a share-house and experience the magic and drama of the landmark location.”

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/16

Windows Has a Host... Insert Microsoft Joke Here
Garcelle Beauvais to Host GSN's "Window Warriors"
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has added actress Garcelle Beauvais ("Hollywood Today Live," "Spider-Man: Homecoming") as host of their new skill-based competition series WINDOW WARRIORS.

WINDOW WARRIORS lifts the curtain on the intensely competitive and theatrical world of visual merchandising. This new series brings the worlds of art and commerce together as the country's most talented window designers are challenged to conceive jaw-dropping displays each week. From the festive, to the luxurious, to the latest advances in digital effects and sound technology, these artists will push their creativity to the limits in the hopes of winning a $100,000 grand prize, in addition to a feature in a retail design magazine, a one-year contract to design displays for a premiere mall developer, and a career-changing opportunity to design a holiday display at a major department store.

Currently serving as host of the syndicated daytime talk show "Hollywood Today Live," Beauvais is well known to TV viewers for her roles in "Franklin & Bash," "NYPD Blue" and "The Jamie Foxx Show." She has also appeared in feature films including "White House Down" and "Flight," among others and will be featured in the upcoming "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Beauvais also brings experience from the fashion world to her hosting duties, having started her career as a fashion model with Ford Models, appearing in print ads for Avon, Mary Kay, and Clairol, and walking the catwalk for Calvin Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, and more.

WINDOW WARRIORS comes from Michael Levitt Productions, the team behind GSN's most-watched original series ever, SKIN WARS. Executive producers include Michael Levitt ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Billboard Music Awards"), Jill Goularte and Liz Cook.

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posted 7/20/16

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending July 10
From TV Newscheck

The Fourth of July holiday session ending July 10 was a downer for most of syndication, which saw numerous pre-emptions for news of the July 7 Dallas sniper attack.

The most notable exception to general downtrend was Live with Kelly, which topped the talkers for the sixth straight week and was the only chat fest in the top five moving up from the prior frame, with a 4% advance to a 2.6 live-plus-same-day national rating. Kelly also led the talkers among women 25-54 with a 1.2 in the key demo.

In access, Family Feud slipped 3% to a 6.8 but crushed all game show competition for the 11th week in a row. Wheel of Fortune was off 9% to a new season low 5.3 tying Jeopardy, which faded 5% to a 5.3.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3** -9%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 -5%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%.

TV Newscheck

posted 7/20/16

A Million Dollar Dance
NBC Teams with Jennifer Lopez
From TV Line

Jennifer Lopez is looking for a few good men. Or women. Or children. Literally anyone who can dance.

NBC on Tuesday announced a global casting call for World of Dance, a 10-episode competition series executive-produced by the Shades of Blue star, in which one winner will receive a “life-altering” $1 million prize.

Here’s how World of Dance works, per the network’s official announcement:

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1-4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years). After an initial audition round, divisions face off in duels, until only one of each is left standing. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Routine, Execution, Presentation, and Crowd Appeal. The epic finale sees the winners from each division duke it out for $1 million and the title ‘Best in the World.’

“This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents,” Lopez said in a statement. “I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized.”

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posted 7/20/16

More on "Cash Trapped"
Catch It on ITV August 1!
From The List

Bradley Walsh has launched a new game show.

The 56-year-old presenter currently fronts popular quiz 'The Chase' on weekdays but has revealed he's come up with the idea of 'Cash Trapped' - a plan he's been sitting on for 10 years - and can't wait to bring it to screens.

He said: "It was an idea I came up with in my dressing room about 10 years ago whilst in between scenes on a drama.

"I took the idea to Helen Warner last year and she hooked me up with my old pal Glenn Hugill who helped me knock it into shape. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!"

'Cash Trapped' will see six contestants go head-to-head as they frantically try and answer a series of quick-fire questions, while attempting to sabotage their competitors and become the first to press the much-desired golden buzzer.

The person who hits the button will lock all of the other players out of the game and will leave with all of the cash racked up.

He explained: "If a contestant succeeds, they escape with all the cash they've built up, while their five opponents leave empty handed. However if they fail to escape their bank is drained and everyone else rolls their winnings over. Then they all remain 'Cash Trapped' until the next episode."

'Cash Trapped' will hit screens on August 1 at 5pm on ITV.

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posted 7/20/16

AXS Bringing Back "X Factor UK"
Network Inks Multiyear Deal to Air Original Version
From World Screen

U.S. network AXS TV has inked a multiyear deal to air further seasons of the talent showcase The X Factor UK.

The agreement with FremantleMedia International and Syco Entertainment sees AXS TV remain the U.S. broadcast home for the original version of the international format. The network will air all 32 episodes of the upcoming 13th season, which premieres with a special two-day event on August 28 and 29. Each episode will air in the U.S. 24 hours after their respective U.K. broadcasts.

The X Factor UK is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames TV, part of FremantleMedia UK. It was created by Simon Cowell, who also serves as a judge on the series. The show’s format is owned and created by Syco Entertainment, and co-produced/licensed by FremantleMedia International.

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posted 7/20/16

will.i.am.developing.a.singing.game.show
Apple Said to Be Interested in "Superdope"
From Noise11

Rapper will.i.am is planning to reunite with members of the Black Eyed Peas for a brand new singing game show.

The hip-hop star is working with producers at Natalka Znak and Simon Jones’ TV company to create Superdope, a series which will feature aspiring artists receiving notes from celebrity advisors, including will.i.am.

According to Deadline.com, he will also serve as host, and is hoping to recruit his Black Eyed Peas pals to perform on the show and help him mentor the contestants.

The series will be filmed in Los Angeles, and is currently being shopped to broadcasters in the U.S. and U.K.

Sources reveal Apple TV officials have expressed an interest in picking up the show, after recently buying another of will.i.am’s reality ideas – Planet of the Apps, an app-related competition program.

Noise11
Belfast Telegraph

posted 7/20/16

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back to Camp
Alton Brown's "Cutthroat Kitchen" Offshoot to Return for Another Run in August
From the Futon Critic

Host and head counselor of mayhem Alton Brown goes back to camp with a trunkful of twisted culinary challenges in the primetime special series Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge, premiering Wednesday, August 24th at 10pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. This year's five-episode battle is set even deeper in the wilderness, with a roster of sixteen chef contestants competing in all-new diabolical camp-themed challenges for the chance to win up to $75,000. The tournament leads up to a final showdown between the four heat winners to determine the Camp Cutthroat champion on Wednesday, September 21st at 10pm.

"We couldn't wait to bring Alton back to Camp Cutthroat to take care of some unfinished business," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "The culinary mischief hits new levels of fun and excitement that our viewers will love."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/16

MONDAY: So You Think The GOP Tells All About Ninjas
ABC, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.537 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by "ABC News Special" (3.483 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (5.217 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) then shared in the demo crown with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and its own "NBC News Special" (4.040 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.618 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.268 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.002 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (3.488 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Scorpion" (3.479 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus its "CBS News Special" (2.581 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, the feature "10 Years" (0.738 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) on The CW (0.738 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 824,000
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 750,000
- Are You The One? (MTV): 692,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/20/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pretending to Fall in Love for National Attention"

  • JoJo Fletcher has called everything she's heard about this season of "The Bachelorette" "bizarre" and "garbage". So either she doesn't believe it or she's being paid not to (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The "Big Brother" Battle Back is going down this Friday (Reality TV World)
     

  • When asked about a return to "The Apprentice UK", Lord Alan Sugar only said one word: "October". (Daily Star)
     

  • Chris Hardwick is talking paper... as in a multyear deal with AMC to keep hosting aftershows (Nerdist)
     

  • Ethan Zohn gets married (People)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch, newly single, and loving it (Out)

posted 7/20/16


ABC
WEEKEND: We Have a Winner!
Sunday Fun & Games Gives ABC The Win
From Variety

CBS’ “Big Brother” topped Sunday night in the adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 1.8 rating and 5.6 million viewers, but it was ABC that won the night overall thanks to its game show block, with “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.5 rating, 7.5 million viewers), “The $100,000 Pyramid” (1.4 rating, 7 million viewers) and “Match Game” (1.2 rating, 5.8 million viewers) helping lead the Alphabet to an average rating of 1.2 in adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers for the night.

CBS came second for the night with an average of 0.8 in adults 18-49 and 4.8 million total viewers behind “Big Brother” and repeats of “Madam Secretary” and “Elementary.”

NBC scored third place with a 0.7 demo rating and 2.8 million viewers for a night of repeats including “Hollywood Game Night” and “American Ninja Warrior,” while Fox came in fourth with its own lineup of reruns, notching a 0.5 in adults 18-49 and 1.3 million viewers overall.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.918 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.302 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.104 million

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posted 7/19/16

Lip Service on Your Phone
Spike Launches Lip Sync Battle App
From The Futon Critic

Spike is bringing its hit series "Lip Sync Battle" directly to the fans with a new interactive app launching this fall to coincide with premiere of Season 3 of the multiplatform hit series.

Spike's "Lip Sync Battle" app will allow fans to create lip sync videos to their favorite songs and battle friends in keeping with the hit series format. Aspiring lip syncers are able to choose the song of their choice from all genres and create the coolest lip sync videos by adding new custom filters and music video special effects. By sharing the video through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) fans can accrue 'likes' in the app from the Lip Sync Battle community and see how their lip sync ranks on the leaderboard.

"Lip sync battling has become a cultural phenomenon with fans around the world, now seen in over 150 countries globally. We're thrilled that our passionate fans will now be able to join in all the fun with the definitive app which replicates the unique experience of being on the show," said 'Lip Sync Battle' Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson, Executive Producers, "Lip Sync Battle." "The 'Lip Sync Battle' app is the next evolution for fans to participate in real time. It provides a fully immersive experience where fans can shoot, edit, publish and challenge other fans to "battle" via the app and their social media platforms. We can't wait to see what the fans come up with!'

Patterson developed the "Lip Sync Battle" app in conjunction with Spike and Nadine Levitt of Wurrly, a music technology engine. Wurrly works with various musical artists and creators to develop new technologies and opportunities in music entertainment for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels.

"Wurrly is the perfect partner to create this dynamic and incredibly user-friendly app that delivers all the fun and excitement of "Lip Sync Battle" to the fans," said Dan Yang, Executive Vice President Strategy & Business Development, Viacom Media Networks. "The development of the "Lip Sync Battle" app is yet another example of us furthering our mission to have our great content live everywhere."

"It's hard not to love the world the show has created in 'Lip Sync Battle'. We are thrilled to be able to share it with fans in an experiential way so that everyone can feel like they are a part of the show!" says Nadine Levitt, founder and CEO of Wurrly. "Wurrly's focus has always been to connect people through music. Partnering with Viacom and Spike to create the Lip Sync Battle app is a natural extension of that goal - providing new and fun opportunities for people to engage with each other and the world through music."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/19/16

Food Network Small Star
"Food Network Star Kids" to Play August 22
From The Futon Critic

The best kid cooks in the country compete on the new Food Network series Food Network Star Kids, premiering on Monday, August 22nd at 8pm ET/PT. Hosted by actress-turned-food celebrity Tia Mowry and popular food writer, photographer and social media star Donal Skehan, Star Kids features 10 talented junior finalists participating in a variety of culinary, on-camera and social media challenges over six episodes, for the chance to become the first-ever Food Network Star Kids winner, walking away with their own series on FoodNetwork.com and a feature in Food Network Magazine.

"These young finalists have come from all over the country to compete, bringing with them ambition and incredible talent both in the kitchen and in front of the camera," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Tia and Donal are fantastic mentors for the kids, having evolved their culinary skills while growing up in front of the camera, making them the perfect fit to help find the next generation of star chefs in the making"

The Food Network Star Kids competitors are: Gracie Evans (Tampa, FL; age 9), Isaiah A. Hooks (Stroudsburg, PA; age 13), Nicholas Hornbostel (Vail, CO; age 11), Tyra Jefferson (Irmo, SC; age 11), Amber Kelley (Seattle, WA; age 13), Sydnie Jaye Meyers (Austin, TX; age 9), Lexi Shuster (Portchester, NY; age 9), Salvatore Soldo (Staten Island, NY; age 10), Sammy Voit (Bronx, NY; age 11), Liam Waldman (Los Angeles, CA; age 12).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/19/16

THURSDAY: Yawn...
If It's Thursday, It's "Big Brother"-Fueled CBS Win
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.517 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.197 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 18" (5.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Code Black" (4.326 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

ABC (4.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its special "The President and The People: A National Conversation" (5.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) followed by a new "Greatest Hits" (4.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and a repeat "Match Game" (3.077 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.168 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with originals from "Bones" (4.228 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Home Free" (2.109 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up an encore "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (2.941 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside originals from "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.047 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Aquarius" (1.844 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.706 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.724 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.714 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History/9p): 1.598 million
- Alone (History/SF): 1.541 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.059 million
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 744,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 341,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30): 250,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 190,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/19/16

More on "Catching Kelce"
Catch It on E! October 5!
From the Futon Critic

NFL superstar tight end Travis Kelce is trying a whole new offense when it comes to the game of love! Fifty eligible women, including former WAGS (wives and girlfriends of sports stars), sports royalty, social media stars, entrepreneurs, hometown sweethearts and fitness models from across the United States, will be invited to Los Angeles as this fun-loving athlete searches for that special someone to become his lifelong "teammate." To help make some of these tough decisions, Travis has enlisted the help of his "boys" who know him best: his older brother, Philadelphia Eagles center, Jason Kelce, and his longtime manager, Aaron Eanes.

In the supersized premiere episode, 50 eligible women will assemble at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where they will have only 60 seconds to make a lasting first impression on one of the NFL's most sought after bachelors. From there, Travis will have to quickly narrow the dating pool from 50 women down to 20 before they are able to move into their lavish Los Angeles mansion. Once moved in, Travis and his boys will be deciding who stays in the house and who is sent home packing. However, there's a twist; in each episode, Travis will pick one girl who goes on the all-access group date and it's her decision to strategically choose which other girls will go on the date with her. At the end of the group date, Travis decides who he wants to take on the coveted VIP date. The debate becomes: do you pick your friends and keep those loyalties strong, or choose the "weakest" contenders to make yourself stand out? Lines will be drawn and newly formed friendships will be tested as the women pick and choose who gets the extra time with this quirky, fun-loving football superstar. At the end of each episode, Travis will have to eliminate some of the girls and send them back to their home states.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/16

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