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Axed Factor
ITV Closes Up Shop After 15 Seasons
From Variety

Simon Cowell’s popular talent show “The X Factor” has been canceled after 17 years, U.K. broadcaster ITV has confirmed.

“There are no current plans for the next series of ‘The X Factor’ at this stage,” an ITV spokesperson said in a statement.

Created by Cowell, “The X Factor” began airing in 2004 and 445 episodes have aired over 15 series, with the last one being in 2018. The show was produced by Fremantle’s Thames and Cowell’s production company Syco Entertainment. Episodes aired stateside on AXS.tv.

Cowell’s next venture will be musical quiz show “Walk The Line” for ITV and VOD platform ITV Hub. The format sees musical acts take to the stage to perform, as well as a panel of judges headed up by Cowell. The top two performers of the evening then face a decision in their bid to be crowned champion — to either go home with a cash prize, or walk the line and play on. Should they stay in and top the leaderboard, they will then progress to the next show, facing a different cast of performers. The longer the performers can stay in the contest, the bigger the prize pot, with a high stake ‘stay or play’ moment at the end of each show. Each night, the reigning champion will be offered an even higher cash-out prize.

The format is co-produced and co-developed by Syco Entertainment and Lifted Entertainment, part of ITV Studios, and the team behind ITV hits including “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!” and “Love Island.”

Last February (before the pandemic led to nationwide lockdowns in the U.K.), it was announced the show would be taking a break for 2020 but was slated to return for 2021. However, just months later, ITV plc managing director Kevin Lygo told the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival there was no guarantee “The X Factor” would ever return to the small screen. “It’s not definitely returning, it might return, and if it does the format will tweak,” he said. “Simon controls it more than we do. When does he want it to come back, how does he want to come back? Hopefully we can be part of it.”

The talent show has been the crown jewel in Cowell’s entertainment empire for decades. As well as selling the format around the world, it has broken the careers of dozens of artists including One Direction, Little Mix, Leona Lewis and Olly Murs.


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posted 7/29/2021

Spade in Paradise
Catch It on ABC August 16
From The Futon Critic

It's time to return to Bachelor Nation's favorite beach as a new batch of sexy singles make their way to paradise in hopes for a second - or third - chance at love. With the resort officially open, former fan-favorite bachelors and bachelorettes are ready to find their match while living together in a tropical oasis in Mexico. Twenty-three hopefuls kick off their journeys on day one, but will additional arrivals get in the way of their search for love? "Bachelor in Paradise" premieres its seventh season, MONDAY, AUG. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

Returning to his post as everyone's favorite bartender, Wells Adams also adds master of rose ceremonies to his duties and will be joined throughout the season by a rotating roster of celebrity guest hosts including David Spade, Lance Bass, Lil Jon and Tituss Burgess.

Laugh-master David Spade is the first guest host of the season and welcomes 13 lovely ladies (Abigail, Deandra, Jessenia, Kelsey, Mari, Maurissa, Natasha, Serena C., Serena P., Tahzjuan, Tammy, Victoria L., Victoria P.) and 10 gorgeous guys (Aaron, Brendan, Connor, Ivan, James, Joe, Karl, Kenny, Noah, Tre) to Paradise.

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posted 7/29/2021

WEDNESDAY: Day 6
It was NBC and Everyone Else
From Deadline

All that shines eventually loses its luster over time and viewership for NBC’s coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is no exception. Wednesday evening continued a downward trend in primetime ratings for the global sporting event on NBC, airing to 12.5 million viewers and earning a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demo, per overnight numbers. Viewership fell 16% in viewers and six tenths in rating from Tuesday (3.5, 14.9M).

NBC’s Olympics coverage has dominated primetime since the opening ceremony on Friday, but this year’s games are no match for the viewership of the Rio Olympics, which drew in more than 26 million viewers for the corresponding night in 2016 for more than a 50% decline.

Primetime for other networks consisted of reruns, or new episodes of game shows or reality programs. ABC’s night peaked ratings-wise with a rerun of Press Your Luck (0.5, 3.05M), and viewers-wise with The $100,000 Pyramid (0.4, 3.19M). Its night closed off with a Match Game special, which earned a 0.3 rating and 2.46M viewers.

CBS’s Big Brother followed Olympics coverage as the second highest-rated and most-watched program for Wednesday primetime (1.0, 3.79M). Love Island trailed behind (0.5, 1.89M).

Fox showed reruns of MasterChef, while the CW featured repeats of World’s Funniest Animals and Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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posted 7/29/2021


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RON POPEIL: 1935-2021
Inventor, Pitchman Judged "Iron Chef USA"
From Deadline

Ron Popeil, the Ronco founder who all but created the late-night infomercial and pitched such durable — in memory if not quality — items as the Pocket Fisherman, the Veg-O-Matic, the Bedazzler and Mr. Microphone, died today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following a stroke. He was 86.

His death was confirmed in a press release approved by his family. According to the statement, Popeil “suddenly and peacefully passed away” surrounded by family.

Beginning in 1959 with a low-budget, minute-long black-and-white commercial for the Ronco Chop-o-Matic, Popeil (with then-partner Mel Korey) devised the rapid-fire pitches — consisting of a string of amazing! unbelievable! claims — that would make household names (literally) of items such as Hair in a Can Spray, the Popeil Pocket Fisherman, the Kitchen Magician, Mr. Dentist, the Smokeless Ashtray, the Inside-the-Egg Scrambler, a rhinestone stud setter popularized as a Bedazzler, the Cap Snaffler and the Buttoneer.

Remembered as much for their oddly charming unabashed hucksterism as for any actual product utility, the commercials often went viral before viral was a thing, turning advertising boasts into kitschy catchphrases. “Hey good lookin’, we’ll be back to pick you up later!” said a curly-haired teen cruising in the back of a convertible to promote the pre-karaoke machine known as Mr. Microphone.

"But wait, there’s more!” and “As seen on TV” became Popeil mainstays, and “Set it, and forget it!” was remembered by viewers long after their Showtime Rotisserie & Barbeque ended up in the trash.

Popeil was one of the four judges on "Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas", a special for UPN in 2001.

Popeil is survived by wife Robin, daughters Kathryn, Shannon, Lauren, Contessa, and Valentina, and grandchildren Rachel, Isabella, Nicole, and Asher.

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posted 7/29/2021


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Next In Line: LeVar Burton
Award-Winning "Star Trek" Actor, "Reading Rainbow" Host to Guest Host Jeopardy!
From TV News Check

LeVar Burton’s quest to become the new host of “Jeopardy!” has been a confident, upbeat effort by the actor and those who rooted him on with a petition drive.

But when the day came to tape the first of his week’s share of episodes as one of a succession of guest hosts, the show’s pace and the challenge of following in Alex Trebek’s much-admired footsteps threw Burton off stride.

It made for a rough start to the five back-to-back tapings that begin airing Monday, said the veteran actor known for “Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and ”Reading Rainbow.” He turned for advice to wife Stephanie Cozart Burton, who as his makeup artist was on hand to play coach during a production break.

“Being at home, it feels like a really relaxed half-hour, but it’s not relaxed at all,” he said. “You can’t let your focus drop for a nanosecond.”

Burton has been watching and assessing the other guest hosts — in other words, his competition for the position that the Canadian-born Trebek held from 1984 to shortly before his November 2020 death from cancer at age 80. Art Fleming was the quiz’s show’s original and only other host, in the 1960s and ’70s.

Although Burton had made the show’s producers aware of his interest in being considered, his addition to the roster came after a petition backing him as the new “Jeopardy!” host caught fire (with more than 250,000 signatures to date).

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posted 7/29/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Make a Deal... Finally"

  • Wayne Brady endorses LeVar (AV Club) in a search that has gone on long enough (Forbes)

  • Melissa King signs with M88 (Deadline)

  • Kelly Clarkson ordered to pay child support (EW)

posted 7/29/2021

TUESDAY: Day 5
It was NBC and Everyone Else
From Deadline

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Love Island drew 1.63 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, ticking up on both counts week-to-week and hitting a Tuesday high for this season in the demo.

Over on NBC, coverage of the Tokyo Olympics drew 13.6 million total viewers and a 3.2 demo rating, right on par with Monday night’s preliminary numbers (which marked the summer games’ first decline).

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posted 7/28/2021


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Ahmad Rashad Gets Into a "Tug of Words"
Game Show Network Greenlights Project from "Millionaire" Producers
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Emmy(R) award-winning television and sports personality Ahmad Rashad as host of a new quick-moving wordplay game show, TUG OF WORDS. The half-hour original series is anticipated to premiere fall 2021.

From the producing team behind "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," TUG OF WORDS is a fast-paced game where two teams compete to answer word clue questions correctly and pull the flag on the "tug of war rope" to their side. In round one, each answer involves changing a single letter in the word that appears on the board. For example, with 'TUG' on the board, the answer to the clue 'a label inside a garment' is 'TAG,' and with 'TAG' then on the board, the answer to the clue 'hopefully the upstairs neighbors aren't learning this dance' is 'TAP.' With each round, an additional letter is added creating four and five letter words to solve. The team with the flag on their side after three rounds wins the game, qualifying them for the bonus round where they have opportunity to compete for $10,000.

Emmy(R) award-winning television personality Ahmad Rashad is perhaps known just as much for his engaging commentary and interviews with some of the best-known figures in sports as he is for his football career. Over the past two decades, Rashad covered NFL and NBA televised contests both as a studio anchor and as a game reporter for NBC and ABC as well as hosted and executive produced "NBA Inside Stuff." In 2010 he began hosting "One on One with Ahmad Rashad," an NBA TV series which features Rashad's candid and in-depth interviews with the NBA's biggest stars including Lebron James, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O'Neal.

Rashad also served as a studio host for NBC's coverage of three Olympic Games: 1988 in Seoul (for which he received an Emmy(R) award in the category of writing), 1992 in Barcelona and 1996 in Atlanta, as well as the World Championships of Track and Field. A charming and skilled host, Rashad has long worked in the reality entertainment world, hosting the video-clip show "Real TV" in 2000, the reality show "Celebrity Mole," and the game show "Caesars Challenge" along with co-host Dan Doherty. He has also guest starred on several films and TV shows, including "Space Jam," "Monsters," and "Like Mike."

Rashad graduated from the University of Oregon, where he played as an All-American and was later named to the College Football Hall of Fame. Rashad played for ten years in the NFL and was an All Pro for the Minnesota Vikings and remains a member of the Vikings "Ring of Honor."

TUG OF WORDS is produced by Embassy Row, LLC for Game Show Network. Michael Davies serves as executive producer. Susan Warner also serves as executive producer.

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posted 7/27/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending July 18
From TV News Check

Jeopardy with guest host George Stephanopoulos inched up 2% from the week before to a 4.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session ending July 18, but failed to threaten Family Feud, which fell 2% to a 5.5 but outplayed the game shows for the 13th week in a row and led all of syndication.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include journalists Robin Roberts & David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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.

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- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.8 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

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posted 7/27/2021

MONDAY: Day 4
It was NBC and Everyone Else
From Deadline

NBC’s clutch on primetime remains steady with the coverage of the 2020 Olympics, but the network took its first, though minor, hit in viewers Monday night.

Monday’s primetime sporting events, which the the U.S vs. China Women’s Volleyball match, the finals for Men’s 200 meter Freestyle and Women’s 100 meter backstroke, aired to an average of 14.9 million viewers and gained a 3.5 in the 18-49 demo in overnight ratings. Monday’s overnight numbers saw a 12% drop in viewers from Sunday (4.1, 17.0M).

Despite the dip, the 2020 Olympics continues to prove successful for NBC, which revealed that viewers have already streamed more than one billion minutes of Olympics content across NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports app & Peacock. NBC said it this year marked the quickest accomplishment of the viewing milestone.

Behind NBC’s Tokyo Olympics coverage, the latest episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette returned to 3.59M viewers and a 0.8 rating in its two-hour time slot. Celebrity Dating Game (0.3, 1.60M) closed off ABC’s night.

FOX and CBS’ Monday evening consisted of reruns. The CW saw the Season 3 premiere of Roswell New Mexico, which took in a 0.1 rating and aired to .613M viewers. Republic of Sarah (0.0, .285M) followed.

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posted 7/27/2021

More on "FBoy Island"
Catch It on HBO Max
From Telly Mix

HBO Max’s new reality series FBOY Island is taking a familiar format and flipping it on its head as three women looking for love must weed out the nice guys from the fakes. The 10-episode season sees 24 men (12 “nice guys” and 12 “fboys”) vying for the affection of bachelorettes Nakia Renee, Sarah Emig, and CJ Franco with varying motivations. While the nice guys are supposedly there for romance, the fboys are more focused on securing the cash prize that awaits the season’s winner.

Renee, a 28-year-old singer/songwriter hails from Los Angeles, is looking for love in the tropical setting that FBOY Island has to offer. Along with performing and writing music, Nakia is also a hair and makeup stylist who shares tips on her YouTube channel.

At 25, Emig, a Chicago-based social media manager, is looking to settle down and hopes that her future love resides on FBOY Island. Despite not being labeled as such, Emig’s Instagram profile definitely gives off influencer and model vibes with plenty of photos featuring herself in exciting locales.

A content creator and model, Franco, a 30-year-old participant from Los Angeles, has a strong social media presence with 514K followers on Instagram. Along with her modeling and content-creating, CJ is also a comedian who has taken improv and writing classes at Upright Citizens Brigade.

FBoy Island premiere July 29 on HBO Max.

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posted 7/27/2021

Ant & Dec Working on Big Money Show
Hosting Team to Develop "Fortune Favors the Brave"
From Telly Mix

Ant and Dec are reportedly working on a brand new big-money game show. The pair are said to be developing the new project through their production company, which also makes Saturday Night Takeaway, Our DNA Journey and In For A Penny.

The Sun reports that the series is set to be titled Fortune Favors The Brave and will air on ITV. There's no word on whether Ant & Dec will appear on screen as presenters or just remain as part of the production team.

"Ant, Dec and the team behind this new show are keeping all the details under wraps for now," a source explained. "But it promises to be another sure-fire hit for the lads. Whether they host it or not remains to be seen.

"But either way, it’s very much the lads’ baby and they’ll put their all into making it a success."

The insider added that the format would offer a "unique twist" with teams of two contestants set to compete for a huge cash prize.

Filming is slated to begin in the autumn with the show planning to debut in 2022.

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posted 7/27/2021

Survivor Returns to India
Zee5 to Air Production
From Deadline

Banijay’s reality show Survivor is to return to Indian screens after a 10-year hiatus.

The super-producer has signed a deal with Tamil entertainment network Zee Tam to produce a version of the adventure show for its streamer ZEE5. Banijay Asia will produce the series.

Survivor previously screened on Disney’s StarPlus in 2012.

Survivor tests the spirit of a group of ordinary people who are marooned with little more than the clothes on their backs. As they catch their own food, build their own shelter, and order their own society, castaways must compete in increasingly difficult tests of strategy and guile.

Survivor India is the 48th iteration of the format since its launch in 1997, with the show being produced in a record 22 territories this year. It remains a stalwart for CBS in America, where 40 seasons have been made, with the most recent drawing an audience of 10 million and the 41st is due to bow this fall.

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posted 7/27/2021

"Drag Race Holland" to Bow Second Season
Catch It on WOW Presents Plus August 6
From EW

The RuPaul's Drag Race family has rekindled its Dutch oven of excellence with another fiery batch of red-hot queens set to join Drag Race Holland season 2.

World of Wonder announced Tuesday the batch of 10 new queens who will compete for the second Drag Race Holland crown when season 2 premieres Friday, Aug. 6 on the WOW Presents Plus subscription streaming service in the United States and on Videoland in the Netherlands.

Among those vying for the global franchise's second Dutch title are Vanessa Van Cartier, a trans trailblazer who broke barriers for representation at the Miss Continental pageant in Chicago and was drag mother to Drag Race Holland season 1 winner Envy Peru; Vivaldi, who provided wigs for returning host Fred van Leer last year; Love Masisi, a Haitian goddess who claims to have won an award "for best butt in the world" at one point in her career, and Ivy-Elyse, billed as "one of the few Asian queens in the Dutch drag scene" who wants to be an example for her community in the Netherlands.

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posted 7/27/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Men Told All"

  • Tyler Cameron tells all in a tell-all (Us Magazine)

  • Bachelor (baby) in Paradise for Josiah Graham (EW)

  • Katie Thurston's men played the parts they were hired to play... err, told all (The Wrap)

  • VIDEO WALL: Your first look at Ariana Grande on "The Voice" (TV Line)

  • Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park to open in Leeds (Yorkshire Evening Post)

  • #ICYMI: The lowest. Score. EVER. (TV Line)

posted 7/27/2021


Fox

Fox Lines Up Fall
"The Masked Singer", "Alter Ego" Bow September 22
From The Futon Critic

FOX has set fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.

In a special two-night premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23, television's #1 series, THE MASKED SINGER, returns for its sixth season (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the debut of first-of-its-kind avatar singing competition series ALTER EGO (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

From FOX Alternative Entertainment and executive-produced by Matilda Zoltowski ("Dancing with the Stars," "World of Dance"), ALTER EGO is a first-of-its-kind avatar singing competition series and the next iteration of the musical competition show. Lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they've always wanted to be. However, these contestants won't perform as themselves. Rather, they'll be given the chance to show how they've always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar ALTER EGO to reinvent themselves, while showcasing their unique performance styles via motion capture technology. In ALTER EGO, talent and technology come together to create a singing competition unlike anything the world has ever seen. Some of the biggest names in music are set to join the judges table, including iconic singer/songwriter and seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette; actor, singer and television personality Nick Lachey; acclaimed Canadian producer, songwriter, singer and visual artist Grimes; and multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and actor will.i.am. Emmy Award-winning personality Rocsi Diaz will host the musical spectacle.

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posted 7/26/2021


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JACKIE MASON: 1928-2021
Borscht Belt Comedian Played "Hollywood Squares", "What's My Line?"
From Deadline

Jackie Mason, the rabbi who later cultivated careers as a comedian, actor and author, died in a Manhattan hospital on Saturday, according to the New York Times. He was 93.

Mason’s longtime friend, attorney Raoul Felder, confirmed his passing to the Times. A cause of death was not disclosed.

Mason was born Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on June 9, 1928. While the son of Belarusian immigrants would ultimately earn fame and accolades for his work on stage, he initially looked to pursue the path of a rabbi, at the behest of his family. He was ordained after completing his rabbinical studies at Yeshiva University, working as a rabbi in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

He decided to pursue a career as a writer and performer following the death of his father in 1959.

Mason began his career in comedy as a regular performer in the Catskills. He later became a fixture on such popular variety shows as The Ed Sullivan Show, releasing comedy albums including I Am the Greatest Comedian in the World, Only Nobody Knows It Yet! and I Want to Leave You With the Words of a Great Comedian. Watch on Deadline Mason was also well known his work on Broadway. He wrote and starred in a number of plays and one-man shows including The World According to Me, which earned him a Special Tony Award, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award, an ACE Award, an Emmy and a Grammy nomination.

Mason featured on the film side in titles such as The Stoolie (1972), Steve Martin’s The Jerk (1979) and Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part I, also appearing in TV series including his own 1992 talk show, The Jackie Mason Show, 30 Rock and The Simpsons. On Fox’s long-running animated series, he voiced Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, the father of Krusty the Clown. The role brought him his second Emmy in 1992, for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.

Over the course of his career, Mason also penned a number of books including 1999 autobiography Jackie, Oy!, on which he collaborated with Ken Gross.

Mason is survived by his wife Jyll Rosenfeld, as well as his daughter, the comedian Sheba Mason. Plans for a memorial have not yet been revealed.

Mason appeared on "What's My Line" and "The Hollywood Squares".

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posted 7/19/2021

SUNDAY: Day 3
It was NBC and Everyone Else
From Deadline

Olympic athletes weren’t the only ones with a strong showing in Sunday as NBC’s coverage of the global sporting event keep its momentum going. NBC’s 2020 Olympics coverage was the highest rated and most-watched program Sunday, per Nielsen Live + Same Day Day fast affiliates.

Sunday’s Olympics programming drew in 15.5 million viewers and a 3.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic throughout Primetime.

Highlights from Sunday evening include the 4x100M Freestyle Relay, which saw U.S. Men’s swim team taking home the gold, and the Women’s Street Finale Skateboarding final, with Japan’s 13 year-old Momji Nishya taking the top prize.

Per NBC, the growth in viewership from Friday to Sunday marked the largest increase ever in the first three nights of a Summer Olympics. NBC added that last evening’s viewer count marked the largest viewership for any primetime show since Super Bowl Sunday on February 7, 2021.

Women’s beach volleyball, women’s gymnastics and men’s volleyball were among the other sporting events on Sunday.

Sunday’s Olympics coverage on NBC more than doubled the primetime viewership of ABC, CBS, FOX and CW combined (6.32M), drawing in 15.5M viewers.

Elsewhere Sunday evening, CBS’s Big Brother returned for a new episode (0.8, 3.21M) and so did Love Island (0.3, 1.26M). ABC had a quiet night with new episodes of Celebrity Family Feud (0.4, 3.36M) and The Chase (0.3, 2.77M).

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posted 7/22/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "It's Our Anniversary"

posted 7/26/2021


Peacock

Damon Wayans Jr. Chosen as Frogger's Player 1
"New Girl" Actor to Host Peacock's Video Game Adaptation
From Deadline

Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings, New Girl) will hop over to Peacock to host the streamer’s Frogger, a competition series based on the Konami arcade game from the ’80s.

The competition series will feature a variety of obstacle courses or “crossings.” The physically demanding challenges will see contestants dodge treacherous traffic, leap over snapping gators and hop over hungry hippos to conquer the course. Contestants from across the country will test their talent in a competition requiring skill, strength, strategy and problem-solving smarts. The contestant who proves to be “America’s finest Frogger” will win the grand prize of $100,000.

Also joining Wayans Jr. in hosting duties is Kyle Brandt (NFL’s Good Morning Football), who will serve as co-host.

In February, Peacock ordered 13 hour-long episodes of the competition series. Konami introduced Frogger in 1981 and the arcade title has remained one of the most classic and beloved video game franchises of all time with a library spanning more than 30 titles across various platforms.

Frogger, based on the Konami-owned IP, is produced by Eureka Productions in partnership with Konami Cross Media NY, Inc. Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin will executive produce for Eureka Productions, and Eden Gaha and Fred Birckhead. The Frogger competition show is an original format created by Chris Culvenor of Eureka Productions.

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posted 7/23/2021

US, Canadian Geography Societies Honor Alex Trebek
Trebek Initiative Launched
From the CBC

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in Canada and the National Geographic Society in the U.S. are honoring the late Alex Trebek with a special grant program named after the longtime Jeopardy host.

Trebek, who grew up in Sudbury, Ont., began his TV career at the CBC in 1961 and hosted several game shows before becoming joining Jeopardy nearly four decades before his November 2020 death. He would have turned 81 on Thursday.

During his lifetime, Trebek had been involved with both geographical societies, so in honor of his birthday, The Trebek Initiative was launched.

The grant program aims to promote emerging Canadian explorers, scientists, educators and photographers, said David Court, chair of The Trebek Initiative, "to help them to tell their story with a goal of igniting what we call a 'passion to preserve' in all Canadians."

Jean Trebek said she's heartened to see her husband's memory and philanthropic legacy honored.

"Alex was incredibly passionate about geographic education and exploration, believing it to be critical to understanding our planet and the impact of a changing environment," she said. "As such, lending his name to this initiative to help support the work of emerging Canadian explorers was a natural extension of his belief in the power of lifelong learning."

The program will provide $400,000 to $500,000 a year in grants to support expeditionary work. Between 10 and 12 grants will be handed out each year. Court said there are similar grant programs in other parts of the world, including the U.S., "just not in Canada."

He said the funding — at least for the first three years of The Trebek Initiative — is from 18 families from across Canada.

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posted 7/23/2021

Gary Lineker's Sitting on a Fortune
"Match of the Day" Host to Front New Format for ITV
From the BBC

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker is to front a new ITV cash giveaway gameshow entitled Sitting on a Fortune, it was confirmed on Thursday. The show will involve six players choosing where to position themselves in a row of seats in order to answer questions worth up to £100,000 (roughly $137,700).

"Really looking forward to this," he tweeted. "Think you'll love it."

Earlier this month it was revealed that Lineker remains the BBC's top earner despite agreeing to a pay cut.

In a statement, the former England footballer said: "I am absolutely delighted to be hosting what I think and hope will be a show that people love.

"It's going to be full of tension with high stakes and bags of drama from start to finish - everything a great game show should be. I can't wait for the viewers at home to experience the fun and the excitement of Sitting On A Fortune."

The gameshow will find contestants positioning themselves in a row of seats, one behind another. But only the player in the chair at the head of the line will gets the chance to answer questions and remain in play for the jackpot. Wrong answers will see them relegated to the back of the line.

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posted 7/23/2021

WEDNESDAY: Big Brother, Pyramid Lead Us to a Split
ABC, CBS Split Night
From Deadline

Unscripted programs ruled Wednesday evening as CBS’ Big Brother and ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid marked the evening’s highest-rated and most-watched titles, respectively.

The latest installment of Big Brother was the most-watched program in the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. timeslot, airing to 3.33 million viewers and gaining a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, per Nielsen Live + Same Day Day fast affiliates. Big Brother bested NBC’s Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers special (0.3, 2.49M). ABC’s Press Your Luck was the second most-watched title of the hour (0.5, 3.29M).

Also in the same hour was the Kung Fu season one finale. The season ender, which saw a major showdown between Olivia Liang’s Nicky Shen and Yvonne Chapman’s Zhilan, aired to approximately 832,000 viewers and drew in a 0.1 rating. The finale fell from the series’ debut in April (0.2, 1.4M) by a tenth in ratings and about 40% viewers.

Later in the evening, The $100,000 Pyramid ruled the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. slot taking in a 0.5 rating and 3.60 million viewers. Following behind were Chicago Fire (0.2, 1.83M) and Love Island (0.3, 1.62M). Crime Scene Kitchen closed off its first season, but the season ender (0.3, 1.55M) failed to be the cherry on top viewers and ratings-wise.

ABC’s Match Game closed out Primetime winning the 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. time slot (0.4, 2.80M).

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Deadline

posted 7/22/2021


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Fox Builds a Better "Mouse Trap"
eOne to Produce Competition Based on Board Game
From Deadline

Fox is heading down the mouse trap for its latest reality competition series.

The network is developing a physical non-scripted format based on Hasbro’s classic board game Mouse Trap with eOne. It is the latest competition format in the works from Rob Wade’s unscripted division, which is behind series including Lego Masters and Mental Samurai.

The series will pit contestants against one another as they navigate larger-than-life obstacles re-created from the game. Through a series of demanding challenges requiring the utmost physical and mental endurance, each episode will culminate with its final round, with the last players standing working together to steal as much cheese as possible while risking capture by the iconic Mouse Trap. The more they steal, the more money they’ll win.

Tara Long, Matt Walton, Matt Prichard and Mark Herwick of eOne are exec producing the project, which comes as the Hasbro-owned TV and film producer steps up its development of IP based on its parent company.

Deadline
The Wrap
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posted 7/22/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "This One's for Alex"

  • Alex Trebek would have been 81 today (WPVI Philadelphia)

  • What life was like for Patrick Kielty before the pilot of Deal or No Deal was posted (Heat World)

  • LeVar Burton is REALLY ready... (TV Insider)

  • Anthony Anderson spent $1200 to find out if anyone ... anyone... can spell "Giannis Antetokounmpo" (C-Note: didn't even look that up) (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alfonso Ribeiro (Uproxx)

posted 7/22/2021


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Dee Bradley Baker to Return to the Hidden Temple
Voice Actor, Veteran Announcer to Reprise Role as Olmec
From Deadline

Dee Bradley Baker will make his return to Legends of The Hidden Temple, more than 20 years since the original series’ first run. Baker is set to reprise his role as the voice of Olmec in the upcoming reboot for The CW. The reimagining of the popular ’90s show hails from Stone & Company, which produced the original series that ran on Nickelodeon for three seasons between 1993-1995.

Set to debut October 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, the adult version will preserve many of the original show elements including Moat Crossings, The Steps of Knowledge and the Temple Run as well as the team names such as Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Red Jaguars, Silver Snakes and Green Monkeys. Every episode is a hero’s journey through a mysterious jungle. Four teams begin the journey, but only one is “strong enough and smart enough” to enter the ominous Olmec’s Temple, avoid the “dreaded” Temple Guards, retrieve a lost treasure, and return it to its rightful owner.

Baker’s Olmec was a giant talking Mayan head that served as the series’ most recognizable symbol. Olmec made announcements, explained various challenges and asked tiebreaker questions in various episodes of the original series. Baker joins Cristela Alonzo, who will host the reboot.

“When we asked Dee Bradley Baker to return as the one and only Olmec – our giant talking stone head, and he said, ‘Let’s Rock,’ that was all I had to hear…Olmec lives,” said executive producer Scott Stone.

Based on the original game show created by David G. Stanley, Scott A. Stone and Stephen R. Brown, Legends of the Hidden Temple is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment and Nickelodeon. The series is executive produced by Scott A. Stone and Marcus Fox.

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 7/21/2021

TUESDAY: Big Bucks
ABC Wins on Game 6 of the Finals
From TV Wrap

In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s coverage of the sixth and deciding NBA Finals match-up drew nearly 9 million viewers along with a 2.8 demo rating (per Nielsen fast affiliates), easily marking the series’ best numbers. That’s up sharply from last year’s Game 6 clincher (which aired in October), but on pace to be a far cry from 2019’s numbers.

On the pre-game front, Jimmy Kimmel did 5.2 mil/1.4, followed by NBA Countdown‘s 5.9 mil/1.8.

Elsewhere:
- THE CW | The Flash (720K/0.2) and Superman & Lois (820K/0.1, read post mortem) both dipped to their third-smallest audiences, with the latter also down a tenth in the demo.
- NBC | America’s Got Talent (6.6 mil/0.8) dipped, while College Bowl (2.1 mil/0.4) held steady.
- FOX | LEGO Masters (1.5 mil/0.4) and the Mental Samurai Season 2 finale (950K/0.2) both hit series lows all around.
- CBS | Love Island (1.6 mil/0.3) was steady week-to-week.


TV Line

posted 7/21/2021


Banijay

LEGO Masters to New Zealand
Screentime NZ to Produce for TVNZ
From Deadline

Banijay has put in place the building blocks for its latest adaptation of Lego Masters, inking a deal with Kiwi broadcaster TVNZ to make a local version of the show. The deal comes as Lucas Green, Banijay’s global head of content operations, talked up a “perfect storm” for unscripted shows globally.

Lego Masters started life on Channel 4 in the UK and has since journeyed to 14 territories, including Australia, Spain, and the U.S., where Will Arnett hosts for Fox.

Screentime New Zealand will produce the show for state-owned TVNZ having previously made local versions of shows including Popstars and Eat Well For Less.

Green, who acts as the guardian for Banijay’s super brands around the world, said Lego Masters is a “playful, joyful, positive” format that appeals to different generations because it is tied to an iconic product. These are useful ingredients, he added, when families have been stuck at home fighting for the TV remote.

Other shows under Green’s watch include Big Brother, Masterchef, Temptation Island, and Survivor, some of which have enjoyed a purple patch over the past couple of years. Survivor, for example, will be in a record 22 territories this year, with three more likely. Big Brother, meanwhile, is in 23 countries.

Deadline

posted 7/21/2021

BBC Takes Off on Return Flight
Holly Willoughby, Bradley Walsh to Host July 24
From Radio Times

It’s been a long while since we’ve been able to board a plane and jet off on holiday and with COVID-related travel restrictions beginning to ease, there couldn’t be a better time for Take Off with Bradley and Holly to return to our screens.

This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and The Chase’s Bradley Walsh will be hosting BBC One’s upcoming game show Take Off, giving the handful of audience members the chance to win a trip to a number of dream holiday destination.

While the show originally premiered back in 2019 with a festive special, Take Off is back with four brand new episodes and a range of different airports on the series’ departure list.

Radio Times

posted 7/21/2021

"5 Gold Rings" Taken Off
Reports: Executives Cite Pandemic for Cancellation
From Entertainment Daily

Phillip Schofield will reportedly no longer appear on 5 Gold Rings as the show has been axed.

According to reports, the popular ITV game show has been ditched after four series due to the pandemic.

Fronted by Phillip, the series sees its contestants go head to head over five rounds for a huge cash prize.

Despite being a ratings winner for ITV since 2017, the show will no longer air on the channel. A TV insider told the Daily Star: “Execs have decided not to commission another series of 5 Gold Rings.

“It won’t be back on TV this autumn like it normally would and there are currently no plans to bring it back in the future.”

Entertainment Daily
Metro

posted 7/21/2021

Channel 4 Celebrates Black to Front Day
Sir Trevor McDonald to Host "Countdown" for the Day
From Telly Mix

Sir Trevor McDonald is to host a special version of Countdown for Channel 4's Black To Front day.

Black to Front is part of Channel 4’s on-going commitment to improve Black representation on and off screen.

Taking place in September, from breakfast right through to late night, some of Channel 4’s most iconic shows will have Black talent at the forefront offering viewers a new perspective of much-loved programs. As part of the day's programming, journalist and broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald will host a special version of Countdown.

Joining Sir Trevor in the Salford studio will be acclaimed poet and playwright Lemn Sissay OBE who will adjudicate the words from Dictionary Corner and maths prodigy Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE who will bring her arithmetical expertise to the numbers round. Lemn will be joined in Dictionary Corner by special guest, award-winning journalist & beer sommelier, Marverine Cole.

Sir Trevor McDonald said: "I am proud and delighted to be presenting Countdown on this special day; I have always enjoyed watching Countdown, a show that has been around for almost as long as I have!"

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Metro

posted 7/21/2021


Fox

Get the Door, It's Jason Biggs
"Cash At Your Door" to Join "Celebrity Game Face" on E!
From E! Online

Knock, knock! The series premiere of Jason Biggs' hilarious game show Jason Biggs' Cash at Your Door officially kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 11 p.m., right after the season two return of Celebrity Game Face hosted by Kevin Hart, and E! News can exclusively reveal the first look promo in the link below.

Biggs teamed up with the producers behind Cash Cab to host and executive produce Cash At Your Door, surprising unsuspecting families with a chance to win major cash prizes from the comfort of their homes. Over the course of three trivia rounds, families will have to work together to answer diverse trivia questions for a shot at $25,000. Even a few celebrity guests like former MLB All-Star CC Sabathia, THe Real Housewives of New Jersey's Dolores Catania and Million Dollar Listing New York's Ryan Serhant will swing by to help out contestants.

"You might want to answer to the door," a money bag-wielding Biggs jokes in the teaser trailer.

The Cash At Your Door host exclusively told E! News in Feb. 2021 that he has adored game shows for years. "I grew up watching game shows, and I feel like game shows are having a wonderful moment right now," the former Cherries Wild star explained. "And so much of the television that I watched currently, when I'm able to get away from my kids, is game shows."

E! Online
The Futon Critic

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posted 7/21/2021

NBC Reracks Post Olympics
"Family Game Fight" to Get Early Release After Closing Ceremonies
From The Futon Critic

NBC's highly anticipated new competition series "Family Game Fight!," hosted by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, is set to debut with a special series premiere on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following the Closing Ceremony of the Summer Olympics.

The series makes its time-period premiere with an all-new episode on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Hosted by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, "Family Game Fight!" pits America's funniest husband and wife against one another as they are "adopted" into a family of four competing for $100,000 in a series of fun-filled and larger-than-life games.

Marking the first time Bell and Shepard have paired up for a television project, "Family Game Fight!" is inspired by the couple's competitive antics on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

"Family Game Fight!" is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, Derek Westervelt, Noah Bonnett, Dan Norris, Joel Van Rysselberghe, Jeff Kleeman, Mike Darnell and Brooke Karzen, in addition to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

The series is produced by A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and Telepictures.

The Futon Critic

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posted 7/21/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "See You Space Cowboy"

  • Anthony Anderson roasts billionaire space race (The Wrap)

  • One thing you'll never see on "Dancing": Bradley Walsh (Radio Times)

  • Jeopardy! has another rare miss (TV Insider)

  • VIDEO WALL: Jeff Probst teases Survivor 41. (Gold Derby)

  • "Celebrity Dating Game" gives people a mad case of cringe (The Things)

posted 7/21/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

Next In Line: Robin Roberts
This Week, "GMA" Host to Guest Host Jeopardy!
From Spectrum News 1

Episodes of "Jeopardy!" hosted by "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts begin airing Monday night, with contestant winnings during her weeklong tenure matched by the game show and donated to the bone marrow registry Be The Match.

“A stem cell transplant saved my life in 2012,'' Roberts said in an interview posted on the “Jeopardy” website. She was diagnosed with the bone marrow disease myelodysplastic syndrome. “(I'm) grateful my sister was the donor. So many times that is not the case. People think a family member is automatic. It doesn't happen but 30% of the time so 70% of the time you need someone off a registry like Be The Match.”

A contribution of $147,396 was made to No Kid Hungry, a campaign of the nonprofit organization Share Our Strength committed to ending childhood hunger in the United States, for the one-week stint of Roberts' fellow “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos as guest host, which ended Friday.

“Jeopardy!” has donated $2,041,416 to its guest hosts' charities of choice. The amount is determined by the cumulative winnings of the contestants during their weeks as host.

The show also matched the $250,000 grand prize for the 2021 “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions and donated that amount to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless at the former site of the Skateland roller rink in Northridge.

The purchase of the rink was financed in part by a $500,000 donation from the late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and his wife Jean.

Roberts said that as guest host she hoped to bring “a little of the spirit that (Trebek) brought each and every time he was here in the studio.”

“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,'' executive producer Mike Richards said. “Our passionate fans are telling us what they like and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes."

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posted 7/20/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending July 11
From TV News Check

Some of syndication’s biggest talkers sparkled in the Independence Day holiday week session ending July 11, with all of the top three shooting up. Live with Kelly and Ryan ballooned its lead in the talk show race by winning for the ninth week in a row with a 6% surge from the prior fame to a 1.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

In access, Family Feud continued to crush the game shows, cleaning up in the category for the 12th week in a row and topping all of syndication with a 4% advance to a 5.6. Jeopardy, with a second weekly operation for guest host Dr. Sanjay Gupta, sank 4% to a 4.7, but still rolled over Wheel of Fortune, which was flat at a 4.5.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include journalists Robin Roberts & David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 +4%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.7 -4
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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TV Newscheck
The Wrap
NextTV

posted 7/20/2021


Deadline

HBO Max Is Climbing...
Streamer Orders Competition with Jason Momoa, Chris Sharma
From The Wrap

HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of Jason Momoa’s rock-climbing competition series, “The Climb.”

The streaming service describes “The Climb” as “a visually-arresting and life-changing adventure that represents the foundations of rock climbing and the exploration of the human spirit.”

It continues: “In this all-encompassing competition, amateur climbers are put through a rigorous series of mental and physical challenges, utilizing the most intimidating ascents in the world to crown the world’s best amateur climber.”

Momoa will appear on-camera during episodes, an HBO Max spokesperson reports, as will his partner in this thing, professional rock climber Chris Sharma. Both are executives producers on the series.

“We are thrilled to be working with Jason Momoa and IPC on this cinematic approach to a physical competition show with Mother Nature providing the most beautiful and challenging of obstacle courses,” Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of HBO Max’s non-fiction and live-action family programming, said in a statement on Tuesday.

IPC, which is an Industrial Media company, created the show. “The Climb” is executive produced by IPC’s Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, and Matt Shanfield. Momoa, Brian Mendoza and James Mendoza executive produce for On the Roam, Momoa’s production company. Jonathon Resteck also executive produces the series.

“It’s a dream come true to create a show with one of my idols, my good friend, and legendary climber Chris Sharma,” Momoa added. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max and to produce alongside IPC to bring you this incredible show about my favorite sport, rock climbing.”

The Wrap
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/2021

MONDAY: Steady As She Goes
ABC Wins on "Bachelorette"
From TV Wrap

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW‘s The Republic of Sarah this Monday drew 330,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, improving on last week’s series lows. Opening The CW’s night, All American with its season finale equaled its best audience since March 8 (740K) while steady in the demo (with a 0.2).

Elsewhere:
- ABC | The Bachelorette (3.7 mil/0.9) and The Celebrity Dating Game (2.3 mil/0.4) were steady, with the former leading Monday in both measures.
- NBC | American Ninja Warrior (3.2 mil/0.5) and Small Fortune (1.5 mil/0.3) were steady heading into the Tokyo Olympics break.
- FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.5 mil/0.6), Housebroken (1 mil/0.3) and Duncanville (740K/0.2) all added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.


TV Line

posted 7/20/2021

Naked...
Discovery+ to Spinoff Franchise with "Naked & Afraid of Love"
From The Futon Critic

Today's dating world has become filtered -- through the clothes we wear, personas we share online, and the preferences we set before we even begin swiping. But what if the filters, pressures, and often unrealistic standards of modern dating were completely stripped away and we were left only with our most primal wants and needs? What would that expose about who we really are? What kind of partner would we attract? Would we be distracted by all the beautiful naked bodies or go deeper and forge stronger connections?

In an all-new discovery+ series, NAKED AND AFRAID OF LOVE, 16 naked strangers ready to find love will strip down and bare it all to answer these questions and more in the ultimate challenge that blends survival, romance and everything in between. The all-new series, NAKED AND AFRAID OF LOVE, launches Sunday, August 22 on discovery+.

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NakedandAfraid and follow NAKED AND AFRAID on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates.

On an unforgettable island paradise in the Philippines, things get wild when 8 single men and 8 single women come together to embark on the most extreme dating experience of all time as they attempt to find true love while working together to survive the elements and each other. While endless miles of white sandy beaches and clear turquoise water may seem like the perfect setting to fall in love, don't let this Garden of Eden fool you.

With no food, water or clothes readily available, these singles will be both physically and emotionally vulnerable and forced to depend on each other. What will happen when the comforts of modern dating are stripped away - starting with the clothes - and they're forced to resort to their most primal instincts to see if their love can survive?

The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/2021

DGA: Take the Shot
Vaccines Part of Return-to-Work Plan
From Deadline

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations on film and TV productions now will be allowed, on a restricted basis, under a new agreement reached tonight between Hollywood’s unions and the major companies. The new protocols, they said in a joint statement, will give producers “the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.” Zone A, where unmasked actors work, is the most restrictive of the safe work zones on sets.

Last month, SAG-AFTRA adopted strict new guidelines for employers who may make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory as a condition of employment. Additional modifications to the protocols include testing frequency for certain areas in the United States and Canada where Covid-19 incidence is, and remains, very low, as well as changes to outdoor masking requirements and updated mealtime protocols.


Deadline

posted 7/20/2021

Sue Perkins Gets Just a Minute
"GBBO" Host to Host Radio 4 Quiz
From BBC News

Broadcaster and writer Sue Perkins is the next host of Radio 4's long-running quiz show Just a Minute.

Her appointment follows the death of Nicholas Parsons, who hosted the program for more than five decades.

Radio 4 has been using a rotating series of guest presenters since Parsons died in January of last year. But Perkins, who is a regular Just A Minute contestant, will step into the role full-time when the comedy show begins its forthcoming 87th series.

The quiz asks panellists to speak for 60 seconds about a particular subject without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

BBC

posted 7/20/2021

Fortnite Falls Into the Void
ITV Recreates Series Online
From the Drum

ITV has taken novel steps to market its latest Saturday night gameshow format to new audiences by dovetailing the broadcast launch with a custom in-game version within the hit videogame Fortnite.

In doing so ITV has become the first UK broadcaster to harness Fortnite Creative, a version of the wildly popular game that enables players to create, design and publish customized environments.

Reaching out beyond its broadcast confines, the action-packed format challenges contestants to perform a variety of gruelling mental and physical challenges, with the added twist of a fall into ‘The Void’ if they fail – a 520,000-liter basin of water lying in wait on the arena floor below. As well as being able to view hapless contestants receive a dunking on the small screen, audiences will be able to experience the set and challenges for themselves in-game, adding an extra layer of interactivity to the passive gameshow format.

Working in partnership with 3D Lab, the digital counterpart of The Void is the first of many such game worlds that will be created by the broadcaster as it seeks to build a network of creators on different platforms around its programming.

Dan Colton, ITV group strategy and transformation director, said: “The Void is a really innovative new Saturday night show that fits perfectly with this style of gameplay. The metaverse is a huge opportunity for ITV both from a consumer and advertiser perspective, and this is the first step of how we can best make use of our IP in these spaces.”

The Drum
Campaign Live

posted 7/20/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "How to Build a Jeopardy! Host"

  • Shailene Woodley details Aaron Rodgers' prep (Huffpost)

  • The Internet happens to Kaitlyn Bristowe (Reality TV World)

  • Nick Cannon will launch his talker September 27 (NextTV)

  • VIDEO WALL: Olmec's back, people. (YouTube)

  • Peyton Manning is prepping for his Hall of Fame speech. (NOLA.com)

  • So Caitlyn Jenner is suspending her campaign for governor because... of Big Brother? (The Wrap)

  • Sandi Toksvig would rather quit showbiz and teach, but... bills (The List)

  • Bradley Walsh: “You know what, in a couple of years time I won’t have to do any of it, I’ll be retired and that’ll be it.” The Internet: OMG Bradley Walsh is retiring from the Chase! (Planet Radio)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alfonso Ribeiro (Atlanta Black Star)

posted 7/20/2021

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