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Tyler Florence Rolls into Worst Cooks
Catch Season 6 January 4
From the Futon Critic
Worst Cooks in America, the hit competition series that transforms kitchen disasters into confident cooks, is back for a sixth season on Sunday, January 4th at 9pm ET/PT with returning Chef Anne Burrell going up against first-time opponent Chef Tyler Florence. In the seven-episode series, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of kitchen-challenged recruits in a grueling culinary boot camp designed to turn them into skilled cooks. A $25,000 grand prize is awarded to the contestant who makes the most impressive culinary transformation, in addition to delivering victory and bragging rights for their team leader.

"Welcoming a new roster of Worst Cooks is an annual tradition, and our viewers love watching their comical kitchen mishaps evolve into serious cooking chops," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "Anne and Tyler are both fiercely competitive and determined to whip their contenders into tip-top culinary shape, and the transformations are remarkable."

In the season premiere, an open call brings some truly horrible cooks to the table to meet Anne and Tyler. Fourteen new recruits are selected for boot camp and each presents their signature dish, then contestants are divided into Team Anne and Team Tyler. In lesson one, recruits must make the ultimate romantic meal. Anne's red team tackles Roasted Chicken with Israeli Couscous and Pomegranate Sauce, while Tyler's blue team makes Chateaubriand with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Mushrooms. The least successful competitors from each team are sent home, while the remaining 12 move on to the next challenge. Upcoming episodes feature a food trivia game, international taco themed competition and a breakfast menu challenge with special guest, Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist and resident foodie Ginger Zee. The season culminates in a finale on Sunday, February 15th at 9pm ET/PT where the most improved recruit is awarded a $25,000 grand prize.

Viewers wanting more can visit FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks for behind-the-scenes photos, interviews, easy cooking tips and more insider coverage. Fans can also connect with each other on Facebook at Facebook.com/FoodNetwork and on Twitter with the hashtag #WorstCooks.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/20/14

Wednesday: Split Down the Middle
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to its lineup of "The Middle" (8.324 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "The Goldbergs" (7.701 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3), "Modern Family" (10.902 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Black-ish" (7.948 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Nashville" (5.506 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10).

CBS (9.473 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was a close second place with its trio of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.823 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (10.612 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5) and "Stalker" (7.982 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

Next up was NBC (7.885 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.570 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.863 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7) and "Chicago PD" (7.223 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.943 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10) and "Red Band Society" (2.951 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.625 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "The 100" (1.658 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (2.142 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening.

Almost a million (949,000, to be exact) tuned into "Top Chef" on Bravo opposite 717,000 for Food's "Kitchen Inferno" and 381,000 for Fox Sports 1's "The Ultimate Fighter". A total of 632,000 stayed up for "@midnight". 

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/20/14

South of the Border
Catch Season Finale of "Top Chef" January 28
From the Futon Critic
For the first time, Bravo's "Top Chef" travels south of the border to Mexico in a fiery three-part finale beginning Wednesday, January 28 at 9pm ET/PT. Tempers and temperatures rise in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where the final three will learn which chef from "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" will be rejoining the competition. The knives will come out as the cheftestants battle for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and the prestigious title of Top Chef.

For a sneak peek at the remainder of the season, visit www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-12/videos/still-to-come-on-season-12-of-top-chef

Upcoming guest judges and diners include Chef Barbara Lynch, "Top Chef" season 10 winner Kristen Kish, New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen, culinary legend Jacques Pepin, Harvard Professor Michael Brenner, and many other award-winning chefs including Enrique Olvera and Sean Brock.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/20/14

More on "Face Off: Return of the Champions"
Catch It on Syfy January 13
From the Futon Critic
Syfy’s critically-acclaimed reality competition series Face Off – the network’s most watched unscripted series – will return on Tuesday, January 13 at 9PM for an action-packed eighth season themed “Return of the Champions.” In a twist on the show’s traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.

Additionally, the Season 8 premiere will be super-sized over two episodes. At the end of premiere, host McKenzie Westmore delivers a challenge twist in lieu of an elimination, forcing the action of the premiere to carry over into the next week’s episode. Makeup super-legend and seven-time Academy Award-winner Rick Baker (makeup artist for American Werewolf in London, The Men in Black trilogy, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Planet of the Apes) will appear in both episodes, first mentoring the artists and then appearing as a guest judge.

In a first for the series, Season 8 will feature an instant “watch and win” sweepstakes. During each episode, fans will be prompted to discuss who their favorite contestant is by using Twitter - making them automatically eligible to win a weekly prize. At the end of each episode, one lucky fan will be announced in an on air spot, on Twitter and featured on the Face Off show site on Syfy.com.

Season 8 will also feature the full-time return of fan-favorite and Academy Award-winning judge, Ve Neill, who recently wrapped work on The Hunger Games franchise.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/20/14


MIKE NICHOLS: 1931-2014
Noted Producer Played "What's My Line", "Laugh Line"
From the
Jewish Journal
Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of influential films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate," and "Carnal Knowledge," died on Wednesday at age 83.

The prolific director passed away at his home of cardiac arrest, his spokeswoman said. A private service for the family will be held this week, followed by a memorial at a future date.

No director had ever moved between Broadway and Hollywood as easily as Nichols, one of the few people to win the Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards.

Nichols, whose career first blossomed with a comedy partnership with Elaine May in the late 1950s, was married to Diane Sawyer, former anchorwoman of ABC's "World News Tonight" broadcast.

ABC News President James Goldston announced Nichols' death in a memo to staff, saying he "passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening."

"In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theater," Goldston said. "He was a true visionary."

In memory of Nichols, marquees on Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed on Friday evening for one minute.

"Legendary director Mike Nichols shared his distinct genius for storytelling through the worlds of stage and film. Throughout his celebrated career in many mediums that spanned decades, he was always in awe of the thrill and the miracle that is theatre," Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of the Broadway League, said in a statement.

In addition, Nichols was a guest on "Laugh Line" and "What's My Line?".

GSNN's Jason Huhn & Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

Jewish Journal
Communities Digital News

photo courtesy Rotten Tomatoes

posted 11/20/14


MARIA JOSE ALVARADO: 1995-2014
Miss Honduras, "X-O" Model Murdered
From the Irish Independent
The boyfriend of Miss Honduras’ sister has confessed to killing her and the 19-year-old beauty queen, a leading police officer has said.

Two bodies believed to be of Maria Jose Alvarado, who was due to compete in the Miss World Pageant in London in December, and her sister, Sofia, 23, were found buried on a river bank in mountains near Santa Barbara in Honduras on Wednesday.

Police General Ramon Sabillion told the Associated Press that Sofia’s boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, had admitted shooting the two women dead and taken officers to the burial site. A second man was also in custody.

Ruiz and the two sisters had gone to La Aguagua spa on Thursday last week to celebrate his birthday.

General Sabillon said Ruiz apparently shot Sofia after they argued because she had been dancing with another man. He then shot Maria Jose as she tried to run away, hitting her at least twice in the back.

The sisters were officially classed as missing for six days until the discovery of their bodies. The identities were still to be formally confirmed.

Their mother, Teresa Munoz, told Televicentro: “They were not very astute about assessing the people around them. They were just friendly. They were taken out by people they hadn't known very long.”

She added that Ruiz had called her the morning after their disappearance, acting nervously and claiming the women had left the party in a car with some other people.

Ms Alvarado had worked as a model on the TV game show El Show X O da Dinero, run by former presidential candidate Salvador Nasrallah.

Irish Independent
BBC News
The Guardian
London Evening Standard

photo courtesy Hispanic News Network

posted 11/20/14


DIEM BROWN: 1982-2014
"Challenge" Contestant Loses Battle with Cancer
From MTV
Diem Brown, whose tenacity shined bright throughout her years on “The Challenge” and embodied an unparalleled strength during numerous battles with cancer, has passed away, People confirms. She was 32.

“MTV is tremendously sad to hear the news that Diem Brown has lost her long battle with cancer,” the network said in a statement. “We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched. We will miss her.”

Viewers were first introduced to the Southern native when she appeared on “Fresh Meat” in 2006. The then-wide-eyed newbie revealed on the series that she was suffering from ovarian cancer and opened up about her uphill battle to recover. But she was able to beat the disease and shortly after treatments — including chemotherapy, as well as surgery to remove an ovary, several lymph nodes and part of her fallopian tube — she returned to take part on “The Duel.” The warrior-like competitor showed her incredible bravery by removing her wig in front of the cameras — thanks to the encouragement of eventual boyfriend Chris “CT” Tamburello — and the touching incident is widely regarded as one of the most profound moments in the show’s storied history.

From there, she appeared on “The Gauntlet III,” “The Duel 2, “The Ruins” and “Battle of the Exes.” And while she never took home a top prize, her athleticism and grit were always on display.

Diem wasn’t only an inspiration onscreen: She used her personal experiences to become a patient advocate and founded Medgift, a gift registry site to aid anyone going through a medical hardship. She also hosted an MTV.com special in 2012, in which she spoke with young cancer survivors about their struggles.

But in June 2012, six years into remission, Diem faced another hurdle: Traces of the disease had returned. She candidly opened up about her second battle with cancer, even courageously documenting her hair loss and revealing plans to freeze her embryos in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother.

Diem prevailed again, sharing her positive prognosis in February 2013, and not long after undergoing chemotherapy, she returned to the “Challenge” circuit on “Rivals II,” where she and her partner Aneesa finished strong in fourth place.

Diem faced her toughest hardship in August, when she was diagnosed with cancer for a third time. But through it all, she showed her resilience and vowed to never give up, even during her final days.

“You can count me out all you want,” she recently told People. “But I’m not out. I’m fighting. I want to be here.”

MTV
The Daily Beast
Us Magazine
The Wrap
PerezHilton.com

photo courtesy the Daily Beast

posted 11/20/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Dismissed"

  • "American Idol" racism suit dismissed (Deadline)
     
  • The story behind the famous moniker of Winston Conrad Martindale (ABC News)
     
  • @midnight: making America fall in love with the panel show, one (^_^) joke at a time (The Guardian)
     
  • When is "MasterChef" competing against itself? When it's up for best adapted format at the Asian Television Awards (Business Recorder)
     
  • #TBT: Guy Fieri in 2000... for real this time (Deadspin)

posted 11/20/14

A Family Trip to Flavortown
Catch "Guy's Grocery Games" During January
From the Futon Critic
Guy Fieri's favorite things are food, fun and family, and he is bringing all three together in the New Year for a Guy's Grocery Games: Family Style showdown, premiering Sunday, January 4th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. The families will compete over four episodes, with each episode consisting of four teams made up of a different variation of family members, each including a chef, as they compete for a chance at the grand prize. Whether it is a child with two parents, a parent with two children or siblings working together, the families must navigate their way through the aisles of a grocery store, battling it out in different supermarket-themed obstacles, including shopping and cooking on a budget, cooking a meal with five ingredients or less, or the new game of station swap, among others. One-by-one the losing families must "check out" by a rotating panel of judges, featuring Melissa d'Arabian, Richard Blais, G. Garvin, Troy Johnson, Beau MacMillan, Catherine McCord and Aarti Sequeira. The last family standing goes on a shopping spree of a lifetime worth up to $20,000. These families know, live and love food, so don't miss all the laughs, tears, and sibling rivalries delivered Family Style!

Check out FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to get Guy's exclusive take on the family-style competition, learn more about the families competing, and see bonus behind-the-scenes photos and videos, including how Flavortown Market was built.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/19/14

Tuesday: The War At 8
The Hour Gives Us Options, All Winners
From the Futon Critic
CBS (14.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) moved into the top spot on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (17.889 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (16.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "Person of Interest" (9.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5).

NBC (7.678 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (10.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T1), "Marry Me" (5.327 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "About a Boy" (4.307 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Chicago Fire" (7.718 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "MasterChef Junior" (4.180 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "New Girl" (2.800 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and "The Mindy Project" (2.371 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.483 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) served up a repeat of "Shark Tank" (4.504 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12) followed by new episodes of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.535 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Forever" (4.409 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14).
And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.579 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Supernatural" (2.627 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14) on The CW (3.103 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) closed out the night.

But the news continues to be bright for "The Chase". The GSN original quizzer was consistent with 645,000, leading into two new episodes of "IdioTest" at a series-high 561,000 and 505,000.

Elsewhere, "Ink Master" had 1.341 million. "Chopped" edged it out with 1.430 million. "@midnight" had 584,000.

The Futon Critic
TV Media Insights
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/19/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Empire State"

  • "American Idol" has a drop date: January 7 (Deadline)
     
  • "The Voice"... a case of Too Many Cooks? (Hollywood Reporter) PLUS Blake Shelton thinks he knows why we don't have a megastar yet... (Buzzfeed)
     
  • Alex Trebek gets namechecked and hood-passed (Eurweb) ... meanwhile, he'll be hosting the Tech Emmy Awards in January 6 (Broadway World)
     
  • Christopher Titus heads to Broadway (Broadway World)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: five neato keen game show facts... with Wink Martindale! (Mashable)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (WTVD Durham)

posted 11/18/14

GSN in 2015
Development Slate Includes Steampunk, Apps, and a Hellevator
From Deadline
GSN is delving into new genres of game programming as it expands its competitive entertainment roster for 2015. The network has six projects in development, including horror-themed game show Hellevator, produced by Matador and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods in association with Lionsgate TV. Matador’s Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin executive produce.

Hellevator features contestants entering a dark, mysterious warehouse – via an ominous-looking elevator – where they will compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally exhausting challenges. Only the survivors will make it out as winner.

Also on the 2015 development slate is Steampunk’d, a competition series featuring talented artists, designers and inventors who create “steampunk,” a popular genre of science fiction and fantasy that fuses modern technology and Victorian Age aesthetics to turn everyday objects into works of art. Other projects in development are How-To Games (working title), which utilizes popular Internet how-to videos to see how quickly contestants can pick up and repeat a wide range of tasks; Bingo Bash, which brings GSN’s popular digital app to the small screen; numbers game Winsnity, which features contestants’ attempts to organize seven compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest; and Face 2 Face, a studio-based dating series for the 21st century, which uses an app to drive a tailored search for each dater/contestant’s ideal physical “type.” Complete descriptions are below.

Previously announced pilot App Wars has tapped actress Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, Dancing With The Stars) as host and tech experts Nolan Bushnell, Alyson Shontell and Prerna Gupta as judges. App Wars is executive produced by Cheri Brownlee and Barry Hennessey through Cheri Sundae Productions.

GSN recently announced a 65-episode second season of original series Idiotest, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib. It joins pickups for matchmaking series It Takes A Church and body-painting competition show Skin Wars, hosted by Rebecca Romijn.

GSN’s projects in development include:

HELLEVATOR

The horror-themed game show Hellevator features contestants entering a dark, mysterious warehouse – via an ominous-looking elevator – where they will compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally exhausting challenges. Only the survivors will make it out as winners. Hellevator is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Matador’s Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin executive produce. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” franchises), who won a 2014 Emmy® Award for “The Normal Heart,” also executive produces.

STEAMPUNK’D

Steampunk’d is a wildly creative competition series featuring talented artists, designers and inventors who create “Steampunk,” a popular genre of science fiction and fantasy that fuses modern technology and Victorian Age aesthetics to turn everyday objects into works of art. Contestants will be challenged to marry objects from the past and present in order to create futuristic designs and inventions. Dramatic reveals each week will build to a grand finale of a fully Steampunk’d world, so get ready for “before” and “after” like none you’ve ever seen before! Steampunk’d is executive produced by Kimberly Belcher Ehrhard, John Ehrhard (“Hogan Knows Best,” “Miami Social”) and Lauren Stevens of Pink Sneakers Productions.

HOW-TO GAMES (working title)

This fast-moving game show utilizes hugely popular internet how-to videos to see how quickly contestants can pick up and repeat a wide range of tasks, from simple to complex: tasks like tying a bowtie, creating a balloon animal, cutting your own hair or picking a lock. How-To-Games is executive produced by Dwight Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control Media, Inc. (“Face Off,” “Hollywood Game Night”).

BINGO BASH

In a first for GSN, the network is bringing its internationally popular digital app, Bingo Bash (over 900,000 players daily), to the small screen. Bingo Bash welcomes one lucky player into the studio each week and pits him or her against online opponents for the chance to win life-changing money.

WINSANITY

In Winsanity, one contestant attempts to organize seven compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest. Each successful ranking wins prizes for the team…and the audience, who also has a stake in the game. When the contestant wins a prize, the entire audience is awarded that same prize! However, if the contestant strikes out, then the audience members lose everything in this ultimate game of numbers. From executive producers Barry Poznick (“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”) of Barracuda Television Productions, and Chris Grant and Corie Henson of Electus.

FACE 2 FACE

Face 2 Face is a studio-based dating series for the 21st century, using an app to drive a tailored search for each contestant’s (dater) ideal physical “type.” During the show, the dater can see and hear the singles who have been chosen as potential matches, and is privy to everything about their lives via social media. However, the singles are not afforded the opportunity to see the dater. After the dater has narrowed the field to just one single, the tables are turned, with the winning single afforded the opportunity to see who’s been judging them. The single must now decide whether to stay and meet the dater, or bail before ultimately meeting face to face. Face 2 Face is based on a Keshet International format, produced by Keshet DCP.

Deadline
TV Guide
B&C
Variety
AV Club
TV Week
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 11/18/14

Syndies: Week 7 (Sweeps 2)
Results for the Week Ending November 9
From B&C
The start of daylight savings and the November sweep were both in full effect in the week ending Nov 9, with several syndies hitting season highs. Meanwhile, a few shows were hurt by the President’s post-election news conference on Nov. 5, which caused a number of preemptions.

Most game shows played well. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! both hit new season highs. Wheel rolled to a 7.2 in households, inching a tenth ahead of CTD’s Judge Judy for the first time in 33 weeks, while advancing 4% from the prior session and staying even with last year. Jeopardy! notched a 6.7, up 3% for the week and year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud finished 5% lower for the week at a 5.9, but was up 18% from last year at this time. Among women 25-54, Feud led the game shows with a 2.8, followed by Wheel at a 2.5 and Jeopardy! at a 2.3.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire showed improvement with a 1.9 in households in its ninth week with new host Terry Crews, up 6% for the week but down 14% from last year at this time.

Among the first-run rookies, CTD’s Hot Bench declined 6% to a 1.5, after hitting a new series high in the prior session. Hot Bench led the first-run rookies among women 25-54 at a 0.8, down 11% from the prior week. NBCU’s already-renewed Meredith Vieira was steady at a 1.2. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, with numerous access clearances in top markets, tied Meredith with an unchanged 1.2.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 11/18/14

Thanks, CBS
Daytime's #1 Network Offers Thanksgiving Specials
From Broadway World
CBS, the top-rated network in Daytime for 28 consecutive years, celebrates Thanksgiving with special themed episodes across the entire daypart, including holiday fare from LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show LET'S MAKE A DEAL celebrates Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 26 (check local listings) with many traders dressed as turkeys, pilgrims and pumpkins, as well as themed games and giveaways. Games will feature a 3-Turkey Deal for big cash, a trading game including a Turkey Hotline and a giant pumpkin pie. Host Wayne Brady does his best turkey impression, and the pumpkin pie becomes the center of attention for the hungry cast. Plus, the entire studio audience will receive a family heirloom cookbook project with which they can design, create and publish their own cookbook with family holiday recipes that they can hand down to future generations.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is fixing a festive Thanksgiving episode for Wednesday, Nov. 26. In the spirit of the holiday, the show celebrates Turkey Day with themed games and prizes, including a home gym to work off the tasty treats, a new dining room to celebrate in, and a platinum china set for serving the holiday feast to your guests. Plus, celebrity chef Susan Feniger stops by to present a special showcase featuring a food journey around the world, including trips to Los Angeles to experience the food truck scene, to the Riviera Maya for the amazing ceviche, and to Singapore for the award-winning dining. On Friday, Nov. 28, a repeat episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT will air

Broadway World

posted 11/18/14

Monday: State of Play
NBC, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (10.070 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) held onto the top demo spot with a new "The Voice" (10.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) and the premiere of "State of Affairs" (8.647 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4).

ABC (13.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then snagged the silver with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (14.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Castle" (9.917 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (5.506 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (6.405 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.608 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) offered up its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (7.920 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), the departing "The Millers" (6.303 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9), "Scorpion" (10.006 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.698 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.414 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.114 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.264 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On Comedy Central, "@midnight" gets 695,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/18/14

Weekend: 100 Sharks
ABC's Landmark Friday Offering Reaches 100 Episodes, Takes a Bite Out of CBS
From The Futon Critic
ABC (6.491 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (7.075 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Cristela" (5.252 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Shark Tank" (7.575 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "20/20" (5.736 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

The silver then went to NBC (5.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with originals from "Dateline NBC" (7.974 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Grimm" (4.983 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Constantine" (3.438 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Next up was FOX (2.068 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "MasterChef Junior" (2.366 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "Gotham" (1.771 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.657 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) served up its specials "Hollywood Film Awards" (4.141 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Hollywood Film Awards Post-Show" (2.691 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) to limited results.

And finally, The CW (1.359 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.658 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.393 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.192 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

"Deal With It" gave TBS 1.067 million viewers, over its average at the 9p timeslot. On the other hand, "On the Menu" continued its long strange trip downward with 393,000 for TNT.

On Food Network, we had...

- 8p: "Guy's Grocery Games" - 1.364 million
- 9p: "Holiday Baking Championship" - 1.750 million
- 10p: "Cutthroat Kitchen" - 1.331 million

Variety
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers

posted 11/18/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "NAKED GRANDMA!"

  • Steve Harvey reveals the worst answers he's ever heard (Zap2it)
     
  • Michael Johns died of natural causes... namely an enlarged heart (TMZ)
     
  • "You Don't Know Jack" is back (Hardcore Gamer)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: five consonants and a vowel about "Wheel of Fortune" (MSN)
     
  • Utopia's feel good cow story (Yahoo!)

posted 11/18/14

SYTYCD: Stage vs. Street
Fox Returns Dance-Off for 12th Season
From The Futon Critic
FOX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for a 12th season. From 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will return in the summer of 2015 with a dramatic new twist.

Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams - the STAGE dancers, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the STREET dancers, hopefuls skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking. As the auditions continue, the judges, along with each team's All-Star Mentor, will eliminate dancers until only the Top 20 - 10 Street Dancers and 10 Stage Dancers - remain. When the competition goes "live," the Top 20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the Season Finale. Who will win... a dancer from the stage or the street? Find out when SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns in summer 2015.

"SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is a rare jewel. It combines high art with mass entertainment in a seamless, sophisticated and hugely satisfying way," said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President, Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "It's produced and consumed with tremendous passion and it's developed one of the most deservedly loyal followings in all of unscripted television. We are immensely proud to be returning it to the schedule with a thrilling new twist that will bring it up to date and introduce a whole new set of rooting opportunities."

"The competition is going to be much more exciting for viewers and even more demanding for the dancers," said co-creator and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. "Dancers from different genres have always been competitive with each other and we've found a great way to harness that to bring out the absolute best performances in the best dancers across the country."

Audition cities and dates to be announced soon.

In September, Ricky Ubeda was named the Season 11 winner during the live two-hour Season Finale. Miami native Ubeda, 18, received the most votes and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine and the offer of a role in the Broadway revival of "On The Town." Ubeda also joined the rest of the Top 10 dancers for the Season 11 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Live Tour, which visits 77 cities in the U.S. and Canada and runs through February 18, 2015 at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. Ticket information and more details are available at www.fox.com/dance.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 11/17/14

CW? More Like 3-W!
"Top Model", "Masters of Illusion", "Fool Us" Get New Orders
From The Futon Critic
The CW has ordered new seasons of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION to air during 2015. Each series will roll out throughout the year with specific premiere dates to be announced at a later time.

After acquiring the original British series from DCD Rights to air this past summer, The CW has ordered 13 brand new one-hour episodes of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US,which will go back into production next year. As in the previous series, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once, and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media) for ITV, with executive producers Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder.

Hosted by actor Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"), these 13 all new half-hour episodes of MASTERS OF ILLUSION feature great escapes, fascinating sleight-of-hand, and large scale illusions, all in front of a studio audience. The series features amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists, and performers in each episode display skills ranging from perplexing interactive mind magic to hilarious comedy routines. Live audience members and viewers at home will be baffled by the astounding skills of these modern illusionists. MASTERS OF ILLUSION is from Associated Television International with executive producers David McKenzie ("The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," "Marie"), Al Schwartz ("The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," "The Golden Globe Awards" 2013 & 2014, "The Gulf is Back"), Gay Blackstone ("The World Magic Awards" 2007-2009) and David Martin ("Marie"), along with co-executive producers Justin Pierce ("The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance") and Jim Romanovich ("Inside Story: Ferris Bueller's Day Off").

The CW has also ordered the 22nd cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, which will again feature men and women contestants vying for the TOP MODEL title. Dates for the start of production and premiere will be announced at a later date

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 11/17/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Starting Over Again For The First Time"

  • VIDEO WALL: new week, new "American Idol" promo (The Futon Critic)
     
  • It's about to get cold in Cleveland for Betty White, as TV Land ends the six-season sitcom (The Holllywood Reporter)
     
  • Guess who's big fat behind is about to go into the Indian "Big Brother" house (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • A shot of baby with Tila Tequila (Us Magazine)
     
  • Daniel Goddard, Melissa Ordway go from actors to models to judges (Soap Opera)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Noel Edmonds exercises in the dark with electronic pulses (Bristol Post)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Hair Jacked (Washington Post)
     
  • Claudia Jordan, come on down! You're the next "Real Housewife of Atlanta" (Zap2it)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with George Gray (Miami Herald)

posted 11/17/14

Thursday: No More Miller Time
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (9.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.287 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.976 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.216 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3).

CBS (9.866 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.070 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1), "Mom" (11.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (9.451 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "The McCarthys" (6.940 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Elementary" (6.949 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was FOX (4.471 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with fresh installments of "Bones" (5.510 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Gracepoint" (3.432 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.704 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up originals from "The Biggest Loser" (4.452 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Bad Judge" (3.692 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "A to Z" (2.354 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Parenthood" (3.637 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.558 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Reign" (1.209 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the evening on The CW (1.383 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

History's "Pawnography" lead the cable troops with 1.717 million for its 10p showing & 1.534 for its 10:30p showing. "Project Runway All-Stars" had 1.512 million. "Beat Bobby Flay" had 1.149 million. "Project Runway: Threads" have 701,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/14/14

Miracle Wheel
Wheel Teams with CMN Hospitals
From PR Web
America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune is once again presenting its popular “Secret Santa Sweepstakes” brought to you by Walmart, and this year the at-home viewers aren’t the only winners. A Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of the winner’s choice will receive a cash donation matching their winnings with a minimum of $300,000 being donated during the course of the sweepstakes.

Each weeknight, from Dec. 8-19, Wheel of Fortune Wheel Watchers Club members will be watching to see if their Special Prize Identification Number (SPIN) ID is revealed, making them the winner of the same prizes as the show’s in-studio contestants. Whatever the home viewer wins will be matched in cash and donated to a Children's Miracle Network Hospital of the at-home winner’s choice. This marks the first time in Wheel of Fortune’s 32 seasons that the popular game show has produced weeks of shows that will directly benefit one charity.

“We are thrilled to join America’s No. 1 game show to help children’s hospitals this holiday season,” said Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO John Lauck. “I hope everyone has signed up for the Wheel Watchers Club and will be watching Wheel of Fortune to see if their SPIN ID comes up because those winners will provide charitable care, therapy programs and specialized life-saving treatments and equipment for the 10 million kids treated in our hospitals each year.”

To be eligible to win Wheel of Fortune’s “Secret Santa Sweepstakes,” viewers are asked to join Wheel of Fortune’s loyalty program, the Wheel Watchers Club, for free at wof.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org by Nov. 30. Each member is automatically assigned a unique, alpha-numeric SPIN ID Number.

If the viewer has a Wheel Watchers Club SPIN ID number, he or she will be eligible to win the exact same prizes won by the in-studio contestant and be able to pay it forward by selecting a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of their choice to receive the cash equivalent of their prizes or a minimum of $10,000.

Wheel Watchers Club members will want to watch Wheel of Fortune to see if their SPIN ID number is revealed and then log on to wheeloffortune.com within 24 hours of the broadcast to claim their prizes and take the first step to helping one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The sweepstakes SPIN ID reveal period spans “Walmart Family Week” (Dec. 8 – Dec. 12) and “Secret Santa”-themed shows (Dec. 15 – Dec. 19) on Wheel of Fortune. Walmart is a longtime supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The company’s associates and customers have raised more than $750 million for member hospitals throughout the partnership.

PR Web

posted 11/14/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wink!"

  • SPOILER ALERT!: If you haven't seen Ken Jennings on "Millionaire" and wish not to be spoiled, do NOT CLICK THIS ARTICLE! (USA Today)
     
  • "The Carlton" may force Alfonso Ribeiro to the Dancing sidelines (TMZ)
     
  • Bonnie Hammer angry over lackluster ratings for a series that no one has heard of, no one is watching, and no one is pubbing (The Wrap)
     
  • "Bachelor in Paradise" plus "Rising Star" plus "The Quest" equals BYE FELICIA! Lisa Berger out at ABC (B&C)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wink Martindale (Fox News)
     
  • Craig Ferguson on the big story of the day... (Monsters & Critics)
     
  • Steve Harvey: real people trump celebrities (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • Marc Summers could've been host of "Hollywood Squares" were it not for his OCD, so he says (Huffington Post)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Dating Naked (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Bob Barker donates $500,000 for rescued circus animals (New York Daily Animals)
     
  • A FEW MORE GOOD MINUTES with Wink Martindale (ABC News)

posted 11/14/14

A New Batch of Rednecks
Catch "Redneck Island" December 4
From The Futon Critic
CMT's ultimate competition series, REDNECK ISLAND, returns with a rowdy cast of rednecks beginning Thursday, December 4 at 10:00-11:30 p.m., ET/PT. Hosted by wrestling icon Steve Austin and country singer/songwriter and TV personality Jessie James Decker, the 10-episode series is filled with hijinks and hookups as 12 guys and 12 girls discover a new twist to the game which pairs male and female teammates up as bunkmates. Teams will have to prove they have the physical and mental toughness to survive, and make it to the end for the $100,000 cash prize. CMT will debut a sneak peek at the all-new season tonight, Thursday, November 13 at 10:58 p.m. ET/PT.

The all-new REDNECK ISLAND cast includes 24 contestants from across the south, including such states as Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky and Missisippi. For the full rundown of this season's contestants, visit the official show page at CMT.com.

Fans can follow along for exclusive news and video, photo galleries and more on CMT.com, the CMT App, the official REDNECK ISLAND Facebook page and on Twitter using #RedneckIsland.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/13/14

Wednesday: Burnett vs. Burnett
"Voice" Leads NBC over CBS
From TV Line
NBC (10.029 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) got a boost on Wednesday thanks to a special "The Voice" (10.609 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T2) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4) and "Chicago PD" (9.466 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7).

ABC (7.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (8.117 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #9), "The Goldbergs" (7.541 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8), "Modern Family" (9.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Black-ish" (7.867 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T2) and "Nashville" (5.631 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (8.820 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.381 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5), "Criminal Minds" (10.100 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T5) and "Stalker" (6.979 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.276 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.712 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and "Red Band Society" (2.839 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

And finally, The CW (2.178 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Arrow" (2.568 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "The 100" (1.788 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

Wednesday on cable... Nothing broke a million.

- Top Chef (Bravo, 10p): 901,000
- Kitchen Inferno (Food, 10p): 650,000
- Rewrapped (Food, 7:30p): 648,000
- @midnight (Comedy Central, 12m): 611,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1, 10p): 578,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Exile in Redemption"

posted 11/13/14

Randy Jackson Leaving American Idol
For Real This Time
From TV Line
The Dawg has (once again) (finally) left the House That Kelly Clarkson Built.
Randy Jackson announced today that he will not return as a mentor (or in any other capacity) for Season 14 of American Idol — and whatever feelings of nostalgia you may or may not have about his run on Fox’s reality juggernaut, his exit is long, long overdue.

“After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave,” Jackson told our sister site Deadline, in a statement. “I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what’s next.”

Jackson served as a judge for the show’s first 12 seasons, but after announcing his intent to leave in May 2013 (along with one-season-only disasters Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey), he was chosen to replace Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine as in-house mentor for Season 13, launching a post-Hollywood Week “Boot Camp” with Idol grads Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, and then — at least in theory — helping the Top 13 with song choice and arrangement once the live voting rounds began.

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 11/12/14

Tuesday: Return of the Mack
"Chase" Powered GSN Returns Big; NBC, CBS Split Broadcast
From various sources
NBC (10.526 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) claimed top demo honors on Tuesday thanks to a special two-hour "The Voice" (11.242 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) and a new "Chicago Fire" (9.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3).

CBS (13.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "NCIS" (17.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (14.876 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and "Person of Interest" (9.027 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.753 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its combination of "MasterChef Junior" (4.805 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "New Girl" (2.949 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "The Mindy Project" (2.453 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) offered up a new "Selfie" (3.267 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.890 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and fresh installments of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.266 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Forever" (4.211 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.402 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and "Supernatural" (2.192 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) on The CW (2.797 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) closed out the night.

Spike's "Ink Master" led the demos with 1.402 million total to "Chopped's" 1.118 million. GSN's "The Chase" returned to 618,000 viewers, followed by a 392,500 average for "IdioTest".

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights

posted 11/12/14

More on "Let's Make a Deal: The Musical"
Catch It Thursday on CBS!
From The Philadelphia Tribune
On Thursday Nov. 13 on CBS, Wayne Brady will host a brand new “all-musical” themed episode of “Let’s Make a Deal,” celebrating “30,000 Reasons to Love Me” recipient of the show’s first-ever Emmy Award for “Best Original Song,” Thursday, Nov. 13, on CBS.

Brady, an improvisational genius, will sing his way through the wacky daytime game show, and encourage the zealous contestants to do the same.

“I’m from Arizona!” croaks one female contestant.

“You’ve got a face for film and a voice for magazines!” Brady, without missing a beat, sings in response.

Each “act” will feature a different style of music and varying levels of vocal skills. Brady and announcer Jonathan Mangum will show off their musical talent in numbers performed throughout the episode.

“I’ve been saying this so long now about the show. This is not a regular game show,” Brady, a multiple Emmy Award winner, said recently on “The Talk.” “I couldn’t have signed on to do a regular game show, ‘cause that’s not me. We — the whole team — they have crafted this thing where randomly, songs happen. Randomly, someone will dance. Randomly, I’m doing a scene with someone. Randomly, Jonathan and I are being silly doing this stuff, and we still get to have fun and give away the money. So we figured, why not just have an all-musical show where we get to have fun and we give [composer] Cat Gray a chance to play, and Jonathan and I, we improvise. And we sing a lot of the deals. We just won an Emmy, myself and Cat Gray, for the song that we wrote, which actually means a song that we improvised in a minute! That’s pretty cool, so we decided to devote a whole episode to it.”

The Philadelphia Tribune

posted 11/12/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Side Jobs"

  • Jane Lynch joins "Fox's Cause for Paws" Thanksgiving (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Nick Cannon looking for champagne wishes, caviar dreams for NBC (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Nikki Ferrell confirms what we already know. Now how about those three months you owe ME. (E!)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: CraigyFerg's Movember (YouTube)
     
  • Bruce Beresford-Redman, the producer awaiting trial for his wife's murder, gives CBS "48 Hours" (TV by the Numbers
     
  • Wink Martindale, Tylenol help GSN salute its game show heritage (TV Media Insights)
     
  • Pat Sajak sets straight a moment that really doesn't need to be set straight, but because it's 2014... (BizPacReview)
     
  • Steve Harvey's got a new book out, "Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success" (Forbes)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bob Eubanks (Lansing City Pulse)

posted 11/11/14

More "Wild'n Out" On the Way
But That's Not All!
From Broadway World
Continuing to build on its record-breaking ratings momentum while growing its pipeline of original comedic content, MTV2 today announced new season pickups for network hits "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" and "Guy Code," both of which will air in 2015. The network also greenlit two new comedy series, "MTV2's Joking Off" and "Number 2 News" (working title). Additionally, MTV2 is developing a new talk show pilot, "Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne," starring "Guy Code" fan favorite Charlamagne tha God, with Rich Korson ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "The Colbert Report") serving as the showrunner.

"With 'Wild 'N Out' and 'Guy Code' we created a home where comedians could break through and define THE VOICE of MTV2," said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of MTV2, mtvU and Logo TV. "Now with 'MTV2's Joking Off' and 'Number 2 News,' we're cultivating new playgrounds to discover rising talent - and build on the network's historic ratings."

Fueled by its slate of original programming, MTV2 recently recorded its most-watched broadcast year ever (October 2013 through September 2014) among the network's core demographic of young people ages 12-34. "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" is the highest-rated series in MTV2 history and it recently wrapped the first half of its sixth season in September 2014 as the top cable series in its time period among Teens. The sixth season will resume in Winter 2014 before the seventh season premieres in 2015. "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" is executive produced by Nick Cannon and Michael Goldman for NCredible Entertainment. Nile Evans serves as showrunner and executive producer. Candida Boyette-Clemons and Paul Ricci are executive producers for MTV2.

"MTV2's Joking Off" is where social media meets improv comedy. Featuring teams of rising young comedians, the hilarious, fast-paced, half-hour comedic game show celebrates the best of social media and the Internet, delivering laugh out loud reactions to the most ridiculous tweets, Instagram images, videos and write-ups ever posted. The teams must avoid getting joked off before one comedian reigns supreme. "MTV2's Joking Off" is executive produced by Back Roads Entertainment, with showrunner Michael Canter also serving as an executive producer. Candida Boyette-Clemons, Darin Byrne, Paul Ricci and Chris McCarthy serve as executive producers for MTV2.

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Syndies: Week 6 (November Sweeps 1)
Results for the Week Ending November 2
From B&C
Syndication kicked off the November sweep in the week ended Nov. 2. The week included the first two weekdays of the sweep, which runs Oct. 30 – Nov. 26.
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Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, with access clearances in 11 of the top 30 markets, tied Meredith at an unchanged 1.2. Among women 25-54, the show recovered 17% the prior frame to a second-place 0.7, tying Warner Bros.’ The Real in the demo.

Three of the four game shows all hit new season highs. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune accelerated to a 6.9, up 6% from the prior week but down 4% from last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! posted a 6.5, up 3% both weekly and annually, and started its Tournament of Champions on Monday, Nov. 10. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud finished 5% higher at a 6.2 and was up 29% from last year. Feud also led the games among women 25-54 at a 2.8, followed by Wheel at a 2.3 and Jeopardy! at a 2.1.

On the other hand, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, with new host Terry Crews, was unchanged at a 1.8 in households, down 18% from last year at this time.

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Monday: Blacklisted
NBC; ABC Split Night on First Night of "The Voice" Playoffs
From the Futon Critic
NBC (10.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was once again the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (11.364 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) and the fall finale of "The Blacklist" (9.693 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2).

ABC (12.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mainstays "Dancing with the Stars" (13.379 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Castle" (9.653 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Next up was FOX (5.450 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) with originals from "Gotham" (6.301 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.600 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.432 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (7.643 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "The Millers" (6.523 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), "Scorpion" (10.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.175 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.542 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) on The CW (1.380 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

"@midnight's" return to LA brought in 424,000.

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posted 11/11/14

Take Me Back
ITV Greenlights 7th Season of "Take Me Out"
From Digital Spy
ITV has confirmed the return of Take Me Out and spinoff show The Gossip.

Paddy McGuinness will return to host a seventh series of the dating game show on ITV in early 2015.

Take Me Out: The Gossip will also return on ITV2 with Mark Wright and new co-host Laura Jackson.

A new lineup of 30 single women will try and secure a date with a series of men on the isle of Fernando's.

McGuinness said: "I can't wait to get back in the studio and meet a brand new set of girls all hoping to meet their perfect man! With two marriages, three engagements and two babies under our belts, the girls and boys are in good hands!"

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posted 11/11/14

Weekend: Another Split End to the Week
ABC Gets the Youth Vote, CBS Gets Everyone Else
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.840 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.630 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Cristela" (4.976 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Shark Tank" (7.763 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (6.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

CBS (8.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (6.104 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (11.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

Next up was NBC (5.305 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with originals from "Dateline NBC" (7.847 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Grimm" (4.936 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Constantine" (3.131 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.662 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up encores of "MasterChef Junior" (2.035 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Gotham" (1.289 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, The CW (1.187 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.400 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.214 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.068 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

On cable, here's how Food Network's lineup fared.

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.133 million
- 9p: Holiday Baking Championship (premiere) - 1.543 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.210 million

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/10/14

Duh, Twinning.
VH1 Greenlights New Competition
From TV by the Numbers
Identical twins have a unique and undeniable bond, sharing things with each other that fascinate the rest of us. Some sleep in the same bed. Some sleep with the same people. They all claim special "twin powers" that range from the amusing, like finishing each other’s sentences, to the astonishing, like actually feeling each other’s physical pain. Now, for the first time ever, VH1 is doubling down on a reality competition series that will put this twin-tuition to the test. “Twinning” (working title) will premiere in Summer 2015 with ten hour-long episodes.

Created and produced by Lighthearted Entertainment (“Dating Naked”), “Twinning” (WT) is an arc’d competition series in which twelve sets of twins will go head to head for a grand prize of $222,222.22. But getting there won’t be easy. Viewers can expect double the meltdowns, double the hook-ups, and, of course, double the twists as the contestants are pushed to their limits in unexpected ways.

"’Twinning’ (WT) is a crazy concept and we are all the way in,” said Susan Levison, EVP of Original Programming and Production for VH1. "This will be a competition series like no other and we love to pique our viewers’ twinterest. Come one, come all for the noisiest house show in years.”

As the strengths and weaknesses of each twin pair is revealed, relationships will be tested and resentments will be exposed. In the end, the pair of twins left standing will win the cash prize, and be crowned as the twinners.

Lighthearted Entertainment’s Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler will serve as executive producers. Executive producing for VH1 are Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, Fernando Mills and Tricia Biggio.

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posted 11/11/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Ponies"

  • #ICYMI: Pat Sajak walks off "Wheel" set after 31 years of.... well... see for yourself (People)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Jeff Daniels, Jimmy Fallon, Usher & Nick Jonas play a mean "Pyramid" (Cinema Blend)
     
  • Craig Charles: I'm a smeghead! Get me out of here! (Mirror)
     
  • "Knightmare" voted the best kids' program in the UK over the last 60 years. Blue Peter unavailable for comment (Bristol Post)
     
  • Joan Rivers' autopsy reveals doctors were negligent during fatal operation (Jezebel)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brooke Burns (Lansing State Journal)

posted 11/11/14

The Show: TONIGHT!
Ben Ingram, Julia Collins, Arthur Chu Joins Field of 15 for Jeopardy! TOC
From the Futon Critic
Julia Collins and Arthur Chu, two of the most talked-about JEOPARDY! contestants ever, return to battle for a $250,000 grand prize with 13 other former champions in the Tournament of Champions, beginning Monday, November 10.

The two-week event showcases the most successful contestants from the past two seasons, including Collins and Chu. In June of this year, Collins captured the nation’s attention by becoming the first woman in JEOPARDY! history to win 20 games, a streak that places her 2nd on the all-time consecutive wins list; only Ken Jennings (74 games) has won more games than she has. Arthur Chu generated headlines last spring with his controversial playing style, using the “Forrest Bounce” technique instead of running through a category in order. He won 11 games, placing him 4th on the all-time consecutive wins list.

“Collectively, the 15 players returning for the Tournament of Champions have won 100 games, which illustrates the high level of competition viewers should expect from this year’s tournament,” said JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek. “With so many bright, successful contestants in the mix, it’s nearly impossible to predict a winner, so you’ll have to watch to see who comes out on top.”

The tournament field consists of the players who won the most games since the last JEOPARDY! Tournament of Champions in February 2013. In addition to the top-scoring multi-game winners, two College Championship winners and one Teachers Tournament winner earned automatic berths by winning their respective tournaments. The full contestant field is as follows:

- Sandie Baker, 6 games won, $140,200 total winnings, Eastpoint, Mich.
- Joshua Brakhage, 5 games won, $103,205 total winnings, South Coffeyville, Okla.
- Arthur Chu, 11 games won, $,297,200 total winnings, Broadview Heights, Ohio
- Julia Collins, 20 games won, $428,100 total winnings, Kenilworth, Ill.
- Jim Coury, College Champion S29, $100,000 total winnings, Olmstead Falls, Ohio
- Jared Hall, 6 games won, $181,001 total winnings, Washington, D.C.
- Drew Horwood, 8 games won, $138,100 total winnings, Maple Grove, Minn.
- Ben Ingram, 8 games won, $176,534 total winnings, Florence, S.C.
- Mark Japinga, 4 games won, $112,600 total winnings, Madison, Wisc.
- Sarah McNitt, 5 games won, $89,398 total winnings, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Andrew Moore, 6 games won, $137,803 total winnings, Dacula, Ga.
- Terry O’Shea, College Champion S30, $100,000 total winnings, Bridgewater, N.J.
- John Pearson, Teachers Tournament Champion, $100,000 total winnings, Richardson, Texas
- Rani Peffer, 5 games won, $68,701 total winnings, Crittenden, Ky.
- Rebecca Rider, 5 games won, $101,600 total winnings, Queens, N.Y.

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posted 11/11/14 The Show: TONIGHT!
Ben Ingram, Julia Collins, Arthur Chu Joins Field of 15 for Jeopardy! TOC
From the Futon Critic
Julia Collins and Arthur Chu, two of the most talked-about JEOPARDY! contestants ever, return to battle for a $250,000 grand prize with 13 other former champions in the Tournament of Champions, beginning Monday, November 10.

The two-week event showcases the most successful contestants from the past two seasons, including Collins and Chu. In June of this year, Collins captured the nation’s attention by becoming the first woman in JEOPARDY! history to win 20 games, a streak that places her 2nd on the all-time consecutive wins list; only Ken Jennings (74 games) has won more games than she has. Arthur Chu generated headlines last spring with his controversial playing style, using the “Forrest Bounce” technique instead of running through a category in order. He won 11 games, placing him 4th on the all-time consecutive wins list.

“Collectively, the 15 players returning for the Tournament of Champions have won 100 games, which illustrates the high level of competition viewers should expect from this year’s tournament,” said JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek. “With so many bright, successful contestants in the mix, it’s nearly impossible to predict a winner, so you’ll have to watch to see who comes out on top.”

The tournament field consists of the players who won the most games since the last JEOPARDY! Tournament of Champions in February 2013. In addition to the top-scoring multi-game winners, two College Championship winners and one Teachers Tournament winner earned automatic berths by winning their respective tournaments. The full contestant field is as follows:

- Sandie Baker, 6 games won, $140,200 total winnings, Eastpoint, Mich.
- Joshua Brakhage, 5 games won, $103,205 total winnings, South Coffeyville, Okla.
- Arthur Chu, 11 games won, $,297,200 total winnings, Broadview Heights, Ohio
- Julia Collins, 20 games won, $428,100 total winnings, Kenilworth, Ill.
- Jim Coury, College Champion S29, $100,000 total winnings, Olmstead Falls, Ohio
- Jared Hall, 6 games won, $181,001 total winnings, Washington, D.C.
- Drew Horwood, 8 games won, $138,100 total winnings, Maple Grove, Minn.
- Ben Ingram, 8 games won, $176,534 total winnings, Florence, S.C.
- Mark Japinga, 4 games won, $112,600 total winnings, Madison, Wisc.
- Sarah McNitt, 5 games won, $89,398 total winnings, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Andrew Moore, 6 games won, $137,803 total winnings, Dacula, Ga.
- Terry O’Shea, College Champion S30, $100,000 total winnings, Bridgewater, N.J.
- John Pearson, Teachers Tournament Champion, $100,000 total winnings, Richardson, Texas
- Rani Peffer, 5 games won, $68,701 total winnings, Crittenden, Ky.
- Rebecca Rider, 5 games won, $101,600 total winnings, Queens, N.Y.

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