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Sony Pictures TV

Jeopardy! Celebrates 60
Year of Celebration Begins
From KABC Los Angeles

One of the longest running game shows in history made its way to Hofstra University on Thursday as part of a nationwide tour celebrating "Jeopardy!"

It was just the first stop of the show's country-wide tour as it celebrates its 60th anniversary as a chance to connect with new and long-standing fans.

"These types of events are just a way that we are helping to celebrate the fact that this is a show that has maintained a legacy for 60 years," said producer Sarah Whitcomb Foss. "It's a show that so many people love and enjoy."

There was also the premiere of a new interactive "Jeopardy!" game at Hofstra on Thursday. Students will have a chance to compete against each other on their phones while Hofstra graduate and "Celebrity Jeopardy!" season two runner-up Katie Nolan will be hosting.

"We're not only going to test if you are correct, we're going to test who's the fastest to ring in, so people will have their phones out, will give their correct responses, we'll all play the Daily Double and Final Jeopardy and there will be a big winner going home from tonight's event," Whitcomb Foss said.

Officials say they are excited to bring the show to fans across the country and this is only the beginning, as Sony Pictures Television is launching the "60th Diamond Celebration," a marketing campaign featuring limited edition merchandise and a nationwide road tour.

The campaign kicked off with the launch of the "Why Not You? Campaign," a new game show recruitment initiative intended to inspire more possible contestants to take the Jeopardy! Anytime Test. On this day, the best and brightest hopefuls will be invited to take the test for a chance to compete on the show.

A series of nationwide live events and activations curated for the show will take place from April through December, beginning in New York and then rolling out then in various cities across the U.S. The inaugural fan experience will take place on April 12, at Edge at Hudson Yards, and will feature a live taping of the "Inside Jeopardy!" podcast, and a live play-along game. The in-person, ticketed event will feature appearances by show host Ken Jennings and super-champs Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, and Austin Rogers.

"For 60 years, 'Jeopardy!' has been America's favorite sport of the mind, defying time and continuing to attract viewers of all generations," Suzanne Prete, president, game shows, Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement.

The game show, which was created by Merv Griffin and his wife, Julann, aired in the daytime on NBC through 1979, hosted by Art Fleming. The show returned in 1984 as a five-day weekly first-run syndication program, hosted by the late Alex Trebek.

The show has produced international editions, books, video games, as well as a "Classroom Jeopardy!" version for schools. "It is only fitting to honor their creation, and the show's enduring legacy, with a meaningful celebration that pays tribute to the show's past and to its future," said Michael Davies, executive producer of "Jeopardy!".

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posted 4/11/2024

More on "Ciao House" Season 2
Alex Guarnaschelli & Gabriele Bertaccini Return to Food Network May
From the Futon Critic

Twelve rising culinary stars travel to the coastal paradise of Puglia in Southern Italy for a life-changing adventure where they must prove their mastery of Italian cooking techniques and dishes in season two of Ciao House, premiering Sunday, May 19th at 8pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. Led by network all-star Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and born-and-bred Italian Chef Gabe Bertaccini, the competitors' cooking skills, personal rivalries and strategic alliances are tested like never before as they battle in the kitchen as individuals and in teams while living together in a majestic 16th-century villa. From cooking with fresh whole fish just caught by local fishermen to creating unique salumi and formaggi platters using the best regional ingredients, the inspiration for each challenge is steeped in Southern Italy's culture, history and traditions. In the end, only one chef is named Capo di Casa and wins the ultimate prize: an immersive culinary education across Italy, training with acclaimed Italian master chefs. In advance of Ciao House, the five-episode tournament Chopped: Battle Italiano, also with Guarnaschelli and Bertaccini judging, premieres Tuesday, April 30th at 8pm ET/PT.

"Our audience fell in love with Ciao House in the show's first season set in Tuscany and we knew we had to find another incredible food region in Italy for season two - and Puglia really delivers," said Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. "The coastal city and its unique food culture is unparalleled and makes it the perfect locale for this high-stakes competition."

This season's competitors are: Ivan Barros (Los Angeles, California); Zev Bennett (Miami, Florida); Maria Bregatta (Burlington, Vermont); Austin Cobb (Playa Grande, Costa Rica); Devan Cunningham (Phoenix, Arizona); Tiana Gee (Los Angeles, California); Hanna Haar (Montauk, New York); Drew Keane (Chicago, Illinois); Shannon Odom (Haico, Texas); Jan Parker (Tacoma, Washington); Phuoc Vo (Tampa, Florida) and Stikxz Williams (Queens, New York).

"The competition on Ciao House is on another level and I've seen my fair share of competitions," said Guarnaschelli. "These chefs are not only testing their culinary skills - they are living together as a family, so personal relationships, rivalries and loyalties affect each challenge. Winning could change the course of their career, so the stakes are high for everyone."

"In Italy, eating and cooking is one of the highest forms of cultural activity. Growing up there surrounded by my family's love for food and training in some of the best Italian kitchens made me the chef I am today," said Bertaccini. "Seeing these competitors immerse themselves in the beauty of the land, the fresh ingredients and food traditions is not only exciting to watch, but especially it gives me great pride."

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posted 4/11/2024

WEDNESDAY: No Chicago, Yes Survivor
CBS Wins with New Installments
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Survivor was Wednesday's most-watched and highest-rated show, with NBC's #OneChicago back in rerun mode.

Survivor (with 4.6 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating) and The Amazing Race (2.8 mil/0.3) dipped week-to-week.

Transformers Night on Fox's The Masked Singer (3.4 mil/0.5), Animal Control (1.5 mil/0.2) and Family Guy (728K/0.2) were all up across the board.

The CW's Walker (597K/0.1) and Sight Unseen (358K/0.0) both added viewers vs. their premieres.

ABC's The Conners (3.2 mil/0.3) ticked down in both measures with its 100th episode, Not Dead Yet (2.2 mil/0.3) rose in the demo, and Abbott Elementary (2.3 mil/0.3) was steady.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming.

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posted 4/11/2024


Paramount

This Deal Is Getting Rawer and Rawer...
Merger Talks Continue as Board Members Jump Ship
From the Hollywood Reporter

Four board members at Paramount Global will step aside as talks continue with the David Ellison-led Skydance Media, the company confirmed Thursday in its proxy filing.

Dawn Ostroff, Nicole Seligman, Frederick Terrell and Rob Klieger will all depart the company's board in the next few months, with Paramount telling shareholders in its annual proxy filing that they would not be standing for reelection. Paramount's annual meeting has been scheduled for June 4, it is not immediately clear when the directors will leave the company.

Ostroff only joined the board a year ago. In the filing, the company said that the seven board nominees would be Robert M. Bakish, Barbara M. Byrne, Linda M. Griego, Judith A. McHale, Charles E. Phillips Jr., Shari E. Redstone and Susan Schuman.

Paramount — controlled by non-executive chair Redstone via her family's National Amusements Inc. holding company — is in exclusive talks with Skydance about a sale that would see the Ellison company acquire NAI and subsequently merge with Paramount.

Paramount reportedly turned down an all-cash bid from private equity giant Apollo in favor of the Skydance talks, sparking concern from some third-party shareholders.

Seligman, Ostroff and Terrell all serve on the Paramount board's independent committee tasked with evaluating offers. It is not clear if their departures will impact those talks, or were due to those talks.

The path forward for Paramount appears to be slowly coming into focus around a complicated deal that would call for Skydance to acquire National Amusements, which is privately held and controlled by Redstone. The enlarged Skydance would then acquire Paramount Global, which is publicly traded, in a two-step process. Paramount Global and Skydance have been business partners in film and TV production for more than 10 years. That familiarity is said to be a big factor in Redstone's willingness to consider a transaction.

Paramount, NAI and Skydance had been expected to step up the pace of their conversations this month after private equity giant Apollo Global Management late last month fielded an offer for the Paramount Pictures film studio alone that was said to be valued at $11 billion. It's no secret that Redstone would prefer for the company's major film and TV assets to stay largely intact in a sale — to maximize the value and also protect the legacy of the media empire that her father, the late Sumner Redstone, assembled in the 1980s, '90s and early 2000s.

Paramount's conversations with Skydance have been held on and off since as least last November. The uncertainty around the company's future is becoming a handicap for Paramount as it looks to cut deals with creative talent and other business partners.

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posted 4/11/2024

TUESDAY: The Calm Before the Storm
CBS Wins with newly-renewed FBIs
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched show and it led the night in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 demo.

FBI (with 6.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating), FBI: International (5.3 mil/0.4) and FBI: Most Wanted (4.7 mil/0.4) were all steady in the demo, though the first and the last each shed a few eyeballs.

Heading into another multi-week break on ABC (they return April 30), Will Trent (4.3 mil/0.3) and The Rookie (3.3 mil/0.3) both dipped, while The Good Doctor (2.6 mil/0.2) was steady.

An eventful/sad The Cleaning Lady (1.14 mil/0.1) and Alert: MPU (1 mil/0.2) both hit and or tied series lows on Fox.

NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez (with 2 mil/0.3 and 1.5 mil/0.2) was down from its premiere-night averages, leading into Weakest Link (2.2 mil/0.2) and Password (2.2 mil/0.2)

Rounding out the night on the CW were a new episode of All American (367k/0.09) & a rerun of Sight Unseen (194k/0.02).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 518k/0.08
- Wildcard Kitchen (Food): 493k/0.09
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 356k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 348k/0.03
- Switch (GSN): 347k/0.02
- Split Second (GSN): 331k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 322k/0.03
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 306k/0.07

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posted 4/11/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet on TV"

  • ITV working on "BGT Reacts", which is low-cost on top of low-cost (Deadline)

  • Teddy Swims, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Paul Russell return to Idol April 14 (GoldDerby)

  • Aaron Sanchez is "Talking Sabor" for Hulu (Variety)

  • Jimmy Fallon, Kelly Clarkson, Peyton Manning to host coverage of the Opening Ceremonies from Paris (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Hayley Erbert medically "cleared" to perform with Derek Hough (Reality TV World)

  • Padma Lakshmi says digesting as much food as she did on "Top Chef" was "really taking a toll" (The Wrap)

  • Valerie Bertinelli laments that Food Network is not about "cooking and learning" any more (Entertainment Weekly)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The next great game show destination.... Oklahoma? (KOCO Oklahoma City)

  • #ICYMI: Yes, you've seen this J! contestant before. No, we can't say where. (The Sun)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ophira Eisenberg (Texas Public Radio)

posted 4/11/2024


Sony Pictures TV

The Transition Begins...
Pat Sajak's Final Show to Air June
From Deadline

Pat Sajak's final run on Wheel of Fortune is quickly coming to a close. After more than four decades as host of the iconic game show, Sajak's final episode will air on Friday, June 7, Deadline has confirmed.

Sajak's farewell episode, which taped today, will serve as Wheel's Season 41 finale.

Sajak announced in June 2023 that he was ready to retire as host from the syndicated game show, and Season 41 would be his last.

He agreed to stay on as a consultant on the show for three years following his final year hosting, said Suzanne Prete, EVP Game Shows at Sony Pictures Television, when Sajak announced his retirement.

Sajak and longtime colleague Vanna White signed contract extensions in 2021 that take them through the current season.

He has hosted Wheel of Fortune since 1981 and has won three Emmys for his work, not counting the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award he received from the TV Academy. He originally was recruited by creator Merv Griffin to take over for the outgoing Chuck Woolery, having already hosted two unscripted game pilots called Press Your Luck and Puzzlers. In the 1980s, Sajak did double duty, hosting a daytime version on NBC and a syndicated version in the evening.

When the show hit its 36th in 2018, Sajak became the longest-running host of any game show, surpassing The Price Is Right's Bob Barker.

A week after Sajak announced his retirement, it was revealed that Ryan Seacrest would be taking over as host in Season 42. Seacrest also will serve as consulting producer on the show. A new video touting the changes has made the rounds on social media.

Seacrest admitted to his worries during an exclusive interview with People, saying, "I'm sure I will get nervous jitters. The show has been a staple for people and myself and my family forever. And so you just want to walk out there and do what's been happening for so many years and not screw it up."

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posted 4/10/2024


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More on Jeopardy! Masters 2
J!IT Winner Joins Stacked Playfield May 1
From Variety

"Jeopardy! Masters" is back for its second tournament, with hour-long episodes over three weeks starting May 1 on ABC. The "Jeopardy! Masters" event features the six highest-ranked current "Jeopardy!" contestants battling it out in two games per hourlong episode.

"Jeopardy!" host Ken Jennings also hosts "Jeopardy! Masters." Contestants on this tournament include "Jeopardy! Masters" 2023 champion James Holzhauer, as well as returning contestants Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach, and newcomers Yogesh Raut (2024 J! TOC winner) and Victoria Groce (2024 J!IT winner).

The show will also include what it's calling a final "wildcard" contestant, chosen by "Jeopardy!" producers and revealed at a live "Inside Jeopardy!" event at Hudson Yards in New York City on Friday, April 12.

"Jeopardy! Masters" comes from Sony Pictures Television and is executive produced by Michael Davies. Contestants will play for the grand prize of $500,000 and the title of "Jeopardy! Masters" Champion. The "Jeopardy! Masters" episodes will be available next day on Hulu.

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posted 4/10/2024


Sony Pictures TV

LeVar Burton Gets "Trivial" For CW
Report: Deal Close to Done
From Decider

LeVar Burton is about to get his trivia on!

A new report from TMZ citing "network sources" reveals that the beloved Reading Rainbow host has secured his next project: hosting Trivial Pursuit on The CW. Not only will he host, but he will also executive produce the upcoming game show. The outlet reports that "the news will become official to the world" at an upcoming event in New York, which they hear Burton is attending.

Decider reached out to a representative for Burton for confirmation, but did not hear back by time of publication.

Burton's name was first tied to the project in 2021, when he was set to host and executive produce the show under his own production company and eOne, per Deadline. According to Variety, Hasbro, which owned eOne, sold the company to Lionsgate in August 2023.

Then, buzz surrounding Burton nearing a deal spurred later that month following another report from TMZ. In February 2024, TVLine reported that the network had ordered the series, as well as another Hasbro-inspired program, Scrabble.

This news feels righteous, as many were upset when Burton was passed over as Jeopardy! host for Mike Richards, who ultimately stepped down after being exposed for previous offensive remarks and was consequently booted from his role as EP, as well.

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posted 4/10/2024

ITV Lines Up 99 to Beat
New Quiz Has a "Unique Twist"
From Telly Mix

ITV1 is set to launch brand new gameshow format 99 to Beat in the UK.

This innovative show, already a hit in seven countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Poland, sees 100 participants of which only one will claim victory.

The core challenge for the contestants is as straightforward as it is daunting – avoid finishing last.

Spanning eight episodes, '99 to Beat' embarks with 100 competitors. Throughout the series, they face off in various visually engaging and often comical challenges. With each round, the contestant pool narrows, leaving only the winner to take home the prize.

The games range from the whimsical, such as locating a dummy in a jelly-filled vat, to the physically challenging, like donning a frozen t-shirt. The primary objective remains the same across all tasks: not to be the last.

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning ITV said: "99 To Beat brings 100 people together to set upon this extraordinary game where there is really only one rule, Don't Come Last. As the contestants compete they also form tight bonds and as they get to know each other, we get to see who plays well, who buckles under the pressure and who has lasting power."

Katy Manley, MD of producers Initial, added: "We are really excited about 99 To Beat. What's brilliant about it is that anyone has a real shot at winning. Whether you're 18 or 80, players don't need to be experts in one particular skill.

"Winning is not important – it's not coming last that counts! The human stories that sit alongside the gameplay will provide heart, humour and drama throughout."

ITV is reportedly in talks to transform soap stars Adam Thomas and Ryan Thomas into "the new Ant and Dec", to front 99 to Beat.

A source said: 'This game show will bring plenty of laughs and needs happy-go-lucky hosts at the helm. 'Ryan and Adam fit the bill perfectly and it would be great to see the brothers working together as TV hosts for the first time.' The insider added to The Mirror: 'This could be a really exciting new chapter for them and should be a lot of fun. They are so natural together. Hey, it worked for Ant and Dec…'

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posted 4/4/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Grand Opening, Grand Closing"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS lines up finale dates for "Amazing Race" (May 15), "Survivor" (May 22) (The New York Times)

  • Katt Williams cancels a show after a fight breaks out (TMZ)

  • Drew Drechsel's sentencing hearing postponed. Again. To April 16 (Reality Blurred)

  • Two ITV classics return on the same date: In for a Penny & In with a Shout. The marketing writes itself (The Sun)

posted 4/10/2024

The Knife Fight to End All Knife Fights
Smart Dog Media, Bunim/Murray, Mastiff Sweden Offer "100 Knives"
From Deadline

In what is described as the "largest cooking show in history", Banijay companies Bunim/Murray and Mastiff Sweden have teamed up with The Masked Singer producer Smart Dog Media on 100 Knives. The three companies are developing the series with the aim of producing it in the U.S. and internationally.

The project sees 100 chefs converge on a high-stakes culinary battleground, each vying to carve out their legacy among the elite. Forging kitchen brigades, the chefs engage in battles, transforming the stage into a test of skill, creativity, and teamwork. Every slice and dice by the chefs become a quest to sharpen their edge against the competition. By the end of this clash of kitchen titans, only one brigade will stand victorious, claiming their triumph with the ultimate "blade" of glory, per the logline.

Bunim/Murray's Julie Pizzi, Rupert Dobson and Erica Ross redeveloped the format with Craig Plestis, and Clara Plestis from Smart Dog Media. Mastiff Sweden CEO Matilda Snöwall and Mattias Olsson, Head of Creative at Mastiff Sweden originally developed the project with Plestis.

The companies are taking it out the marketplace shortly.

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posted 4/9/2024

MONDAY: One Shining Moment
Women's Iowa/South Carolina Contest Beats Men's UConn/Purdue Match
From The Hollywood Reporter

The audience for the NCAA men's basketball championship ticked up from last year's low — but for the first time, the men's game drew a smaller TV crowd than the women's final. Connecticut's 75-60 victory over Purdue on Monday — a result that was not in doubt for most of the second half — averaged 14.82 million viewers across TBS, TNT and TruTV. That's a smidge better than the 14.69 million who watched UConn win the title last year on CBS, which is the lowest on record.

Neither the championship nor either of Saturday's Final Four contests was the most watched game of the tournament — an exceedingly rare occasion. The top game in this year's men's March Madness was the March 31 Elite Eight matchup between North Carolina State and Duke, which had 15.14 million viewers. The Final Four games drew 11.45 million and 14.18 million viewers.

Sunday's women's championship game between South Carolina and Iowa brought in 18.87 million viewers on ABC and ESPN, a record for women's basketball in the United States and the most watched hoops contest of any kind in five years. The women's final boasted a 90 percent increase over the 9.92 million who tuned in for the 2023 game. The women's Final Four games averaged 7.17 million and 14.42 million viewers, with the latter game (Iowa vs. Connecticut) setting an all-time record for women's hoops, until it was broken two days later with the final game.

The men's tournament as a whole improved some on the 2023 edition, averaging 9.9 million viewers (up 3 percent year-to-year) over its 67 games on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. It also posted double-digit growth among adults under 35, rising 14 percent from a year ago.

The women's tournament more than doubled its audience year to year: ESPN says full coverage of the bracket averaged 2.2 million viewers, up 121 percent from 2023. That's the best performance for the women's tournament since it's been an ESPN property, dating back to 1996.

Outside of the basketball...

NBC split the night with ABC. NBC took total viewer honors with The Voice (5.025m/0.42) and Deal or No Deal Island (2.418m/0.25).

ABC took the demo with the Hawaii Showcase episode of American Idol (4.152m/0.47) and an ABC News special, The Interrogation Tapes: A Special Edition of 20/20 (1.697m/0.20).

CBS began the night with an NCIS rerun (3.8m/0.24), followed by a special, NCISverse: The First 1000 (3.749m/0.25) and a new NCIS Hawai'i (3m/0.17)

Fox went all reruns with Masterchef Junior (1.002m/0.17) & So You Think You Can Dance (536k/0.10).

Rounding out the night on the CW were a new episode of All American (367k/0.09) & a rerun of Sight Unseen (194k/0.02).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Switch (SP/GSN): 509k/0.08
- Split Second (SP/GSN): 484k/0.08
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 350k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 319k/0.02
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 304k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 294k/0.03
- Stupid Pet Tricks (TruTV): 131k/0.04

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posted 4/9/2024


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Are You Smarter Than... Travis Kelce?
Chiefs TE Reportedly in Talks to Host "5th Grader" Reboot
From Variety

Travis Kelce is considering how to gain yards on a new field of play.

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end is in discussions to host a celebrity-focused reboot of the long-running game show "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" that would stream via Amazon Prime Video, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The deal, if signed, would represent the football great's latest move toward general entertainment after appearances on "Saturday Night Live," the reality series "Catching Kelce" and a podcast he hosts with his brother, Jason.

Amazon Prime Video declined to make executives available for comment, and CAA, the agency that represents Kelce, could not be reached for immediate comment.

There are some questions, according to the people familiar with discussions, about how much of a commitment Kelce could make to the venture if he continues playing football.

The new version of the program, originally hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and appearing on Fox's broadcast network, would rely on celebrity guests rather than children, according to these people.

Kelce would take the helm of a durable property. "Fifth Grader" ran on Fox for three seasons starting in 2007 before moving to syndication. It returned to Fox for a fourth season, then migrated in a new version to Paramount Global's Nickelodeon, where it was hosted by John Cena.

He would not be the first athlete to host a game show. Michael Strahan has led a modern version of "The $100,000 Pyramid" on ABC, and Peyton Manning has hosted a retooled version of "College Bowl" for NBC and Peacock.

Producers would no doubt hope to leverage Kelce's relationship with singer and musician Taylor Swift to draw new fans to any series that might come to fruition. Swift's appearances at various NFL match-ups involving the Chiefs last season — including the team's appearance in Super Bowl LVIII — caught the eye of many younger consumers who might not ordinarily be football fans.

A casting side for "Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity" audience fillers has been posted.

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posted 4/9/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Lightning Striking"

  • The story of how Brandon Blackwell went from Jeopardy! to University Challenge (The New York Times)

  • Katya postpones remainder of her tour to go to rehab (The Wrap)

  • Vanna White makes a stop in Hawaii to meet her new friend Ryan on the set of his other job (Deadline)

posted 4/9/2024

NBC Sets Destination
Travel Adventure Competition Set for 2025
From Deadline

Adventure travel series Destination X has been officially picked up to series by NBC.

The show is expected to air on the network in 2025 and the U.S. version of the Belgian format will be produced by production company Twofour, which is also making a separate British version for the BBC.

The greenlight marks the latest stage for the format; last year, the BBC and NBCUniversal partnered to take the U.S and UK rights to the show, which comes from Belgian producer Geronimo and distributor Be-Entertainment.

The BBC greenlit its own version last year with Twofour producing. NBC has now followed suit and officially ordered its own version; the show was previously only in development with the broadcast network. It is a similar model employed on breakout mystery format The Traitors.

Destination X sees a group of contestants go on the road trip of a lifetime but they have no idea of their location. In order to win, they must figure out their mystery locations. Once they're on the blacked-out Destination X bus, the journey turns into a real-life game board, with challenges designed to offer clues as to their location, along with a few misdirects to keep them guessing. At the end of each episode, the contestant who places an X on a map furthest from the actual location packs their bags. The first participant to reach Destination X will be crowned the winner.

Twofour, which is owned by British broadcaster ITV, is behind series such as Apple TV+'s The Reluctant Traveller. It will co-produce the NBC version with Universal Television Alternative Studio. Production will begin later this year.

Caroline Davies, Andy Cadman, Dan Adamson and David Clews will exec produce the NBC version.

"Destination X is one of the most unique and innovative formats we've seen in a long time, and it's so big we partnered with the BBC again to shoot two shows at once," said Corie Henson, EVP, Unscripted Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "This show is an epic international travel adventure combined with the ultimate guessing game. Even if you've never been on a plane, you can play along."

"The only thing better than adapting a hit format like Destination X is doing it alongside the very best producing partners, and that's exactly what we have in Twofour," said Toby Gorman, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio. "We're thrilled to bring NBC their first travel competition series and can't wait for audiences to tune in for this adventure. It's going to be a fun ride."

"The entire Twofour team couldn't be more proud to have won the tender to produce this incredible adventure format, particularly given the pedigree of the other companies in the process," said Dan Adamson, Twofour MD. "Our editorial ambition for this project is fortunately matched by our best-in-class production team, who constantly make the impossible possible. We are excited to be on this journey with our talented producing partners at UTAS and grateful to the brilliant commissioning teams at both NBCU and the BBC for the hard work and creativity they have already put into the process."

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posted 4/5/2024


Sony Pictures TV

UPFRONTS: Game Show Network
"Beat the Bridge", "Tic Tac Dough" Join "Flip Side"
From Deadline

Game Show Network is gearing up to premiere three new original series this year: Beat The Bridge, hosted by Cameron Mathison, based on BBC's Bridge of Lies, in June; Tic Tac Dough, hosted by Brooke Burns, in August and previously announced Jaleel White-hosted Flip Side, which is launching in national syndication, in September.

The news was announced by GSN as part of Sony Pictures Television Advertiser Sales upfront today in New York City.

Hosted by Mathison (General Hospital, Home & Family), based on BBC's Bridge Of Lies from STV Studios, Beat The Bridge features an enormous interactive bridge that dares players to cross by stepping on the right answers to challenging trivia questions. Each step forward puts money in the team's bank, with bonus money for each successful crossing. However, the team gets to keep the money only if it can "beat the bridge" by returning one of its players back across before time expires in an exciting end game.

Beat the Bridge is a Game Show Enterprises Studios production. Ed Egan serves as executive producer and Sabrina Hybel Snow as co-executive producer. Josephine Brassey, Gary Chippington and David Mortimer serve as executive producers for STV Studios.

Tic Tac Dough is an update of NBCUniversal's classic format originally created by Robert Noah. Burns (Master Minds, The Chase) guides two contestants as they compete to place three of their marks in a row on the giant trivia board. Both players must try to avoid the dragon, who lurks to steal their turns and stands in their path to victory. After three rounds, the winning player moves on to face the dragon in the grand prize round, where the dragon moves strategically on the board to block the player's ability to make three-in-a-row and take home $10,000.

Tic Tac Dough is produced by Game Show Enterprises Studios with Rane Laymance as executive producer and Sabrina Hybel Snow as co-executive producer. Village Roadshow Television serves as the studio with Harry Friedman, NBC's Brenda Milinkovic and VRTV's Shannon Perry executive producing.

Casting announcements were posted for both Beat the Bridge and Tic Tac Dough earlier this year, but this is the first official announcement from GSN.

Previously announced Flip Side is described as a fresh take on a traditional game show based on the format created by Keller/Noll. The easy to play-along game show pits two teams of players against each other to test them on how they think two different groups of people feel about the same issue. The teams compete for a shot at $10,000 by guessing the top answers based on anonymous surveys.

Flip Side is a Game Show Enterprises Studios production for CBS Media Ventures with Jay James, Corin Nelson and Rich Sirop serving as executive producers. Cleve Keller and Dave Noll (Keller/Noll) and Ken Ross also serve as executive producers. T. Jones serves as co-executive producer.

The new entries join new seasons of Switch and Split Second, which begin April 8.

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posted 4/4/2024

Hulu Goes on Tour
Kate Upton to Host Fashion Design Competition
From Variety

Supermodel-slash-actress Kate Upton is set to host "Dress My Tour," a new reality competition series that has been ordered by Hulu. The ten-episode unscripted series will follow 11 fashion designers as they compete to create designs and style for music stars. The winner receives $100,000.

Emmy-winning costume designer Marina Toybina ("The Masked Singer," "So You Think You Can Dance" and creative director/choreographer/director Laurieann Gibson ("Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden") will serve as judges on "Dress My Tour," while guest judges on Season 1 include JoJo Siwa, Paula Abdul, Toni Braxton, Ty Dolla $ign, Coi Leray, JT (The City Girls), French Montana and Jessie James Decker.

Reads the show's logline: "'Dress My Tour' takes fans behind the curtain of the unpredictable fashion and music industries. The series follows 11 aspiring fashion designers on the raw, emotional journey of creating stunning fashion pieces worthy of the music world's biggest names like JoJo Siwa, Paula Abdul, Toni Braxton, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. As these designers compete to make their mark in the fashion and music industries find out which one of them truly has what it takes to design for the stars and win the $100,000 prize."

Season 1 contestants are Keiandrea Daniels, Veejay Floresca, Michael Shead, Rey Ortiz, McCauley Star, Afaf Seyam, Jess West, Todd Fisher, Julissa Peralta, Cierra Zacchaeus and Traviance Dunn.

Dr. Holly Carter developed the series, which is produced by her Relevé Entertainment along with All3Media America. Carter is exec producer, along with EP/showrunner LaNeé Griffin and EPs Keesha Brickhouse, Dean Houser and Tarvenia "T" Jones. Joe Guidry will serve as director.

Upton's previous TV credits include serving as a guest judge on "Project Runway" and "RuPaul's Drag Race."

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posted 4/4/2024

WEDNESDAY: #OneChicago, Survivor Go Head to Head
CBS, NBC Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Med was the most-watched show on Wednesday, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 age demographic.

With ABC once again in rerun mode….

Survivor hit a season high in audience (with 5.1 million total viewers) and was steady in the demo (with a 0.8 rating). The Amazing Race (2.7 mil/0.4) was steady.

Chicago Med (6.4 mil/0.5) grew in audience, Chicago Fire (6.1 mil/0.4) dipped in both measures, and Chicago P.D. (4.8 mil/0.4) dropped some eyeballs.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.4 mil/0.4) was up in audience, leading into Animal Control and Family Guy reruns.

The CW's Walker with its Season 4 premiere drew 485,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, hitting and matching series lows. Sight Unseen in turn debuted to 339K and a 0.1.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 494k/0.08
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 419k/0.08
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 390k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 370k/0.03
- Blank Slate (GSN): 189k/0.02 .

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ALERT! Season 6 Has a Date!
Catch "The Circle" on Netflix April 17
From Variety

Message: The Circle is finally returning with an all-new season after more than a year. Send!

Netflix announced on Tuesday that season 6 of the social media reality competition series will return next month — and this time, every player entering the Circle is single and #readytomingle.

That's right, this means more flirting than ever between the people sitting alone in their empty apartments, sending spicy emojis and questionable hashtags via DM to someone who is most likely to be a catfish.

The new season also promises more drama and surprises as a new set of contestants compete in challenges to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer.

The first four episodes of The Circle season 6 premiere April 17 on Netflix, with new episodes rolling out every Wednesday after that leading up to the finale on May 8.

MEET THE PLAYERS
· Autumn
· Brandon aka Olivia
· Caress aka Paul
· Cassie
· Jordan aka Big J
· Kyle
· Lauren
· Myles
· Quori-Tyler ("QT")
· Steffi

And one more... Meet Max.

Artificial Intelligence has entered the chat, catfishing as Max. Can this artificial intelligence chatbot convince the players it is one of them? .

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posted 4/3/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Lies, Damned Lies, and Speculation"

  • Marc Summers accuses "Quiet on Set" producers of "bait and switch" (Deadline)

  • Mario Lopez to make Christmas movie for Great American Family (Deadline)

  • James Corden denies that he was sacked from "Late Late Show" (Deadline)

  • Jamie Foxx relaunches his whiskey brand (Robb Report)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Iam Tongi (TV Insider)

posted 4/4/2024

Fox Renews Triple Play
New Seasons to Expand "Superfan Experience"
From Broadcasting & Cable

Fox First Run has renewed its trio of syndicated game shows — 25 Words or Less, Pictionary and Person, Place or Thing — through next season, Stephen Brown, executive VP of programming for Fox Television Stations, said Wednesday.

As part of that renewal, Fox First Run is expanding its "Super Fan Experience" to all three shows, after experimenting with it this season on 25 Words or Less.

Each episode of each game show will feature an interview with a Super Fan from one Fox affiliate and the opportunity for that person to win a prize. On Pictionary, if the Super Fan can guess what host Jerry O'Connell is drawing, they win a prize. On 25 Words or Less, if either team wins $10,000, the Super Fan is awarded $1,000. And on Person, Place, or Thing, if a contestant wins the grand prize, the Super Fan is awarded $500. Through QR code experiences, fans also can play online minigames, as well as receive coupons and other offers from sponsors via specially created behind-the-scenes footage.

"The success of the Super Fan initiative on 25 Words or Less last season further proved that engaging with our audience in a meaningful way is how we best develop loyal fans who watch more than the average 1.2 times a week," Brown said in a statement.

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posted 4/3/2024


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JOE FLAHERTY: 1941-2024
"SCTV" Comic Played "Definition"
From Deadline

Joe Flaherty, a writer and performer on the influential and beloved sketch comedy series SCTV and a series regular on Freaks and Geeks, died Monday following a brief illness. He was 82.

His death was announced by his daughter Gudrun Flaherty, who said in a press statement, "After a brief illness, he left us yesterday, and since then, I've been struggling to come to terms with this immense loss. Dad was an extraordinary man, known for his boundless heart and an unwavering passion for movies from the '40s and '50s. His insights into the golden age of cinema didn't just shape his professional life; they were also a source of endless fascination for me. In these last few months, as he faced his health challenges, we had the precious opportunity to watch many of those classic movies together — moments I will forever hold dear."

Last month, Flaherty's former improv group Second City organized a fundraiser to help support the actor during his illness. A message shared by his former SCTV co-star Martin Short, stated "Our beloved SCTV cast member, Joe Flaherty, is very ill. Joe is aware of the gravity of his failing health and would like to spend whatever time he has left at home rather than in a facility. We are writing to our friends because we believe SCTV meant something to you, and that would not be the case if it were not for Joe Flaherty. He was a mentor, a director, and an inspiring improviser who gave us many of the tools we are still using in the careers he helped kickstart."

Born Joseph O'Flaherty in Pittsburgh on June 21, 1941 – he eventually dropped the "O" because the name was already taken by another Equity member – Flaherty began his comedy career at The Second City in Chicago, and appeared on the National Lampoon Radio Hour from 1973-74. He moved to Toronto to help launch a Second City troupe there, and in 1976 became a founding cast member of the Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV that would feature some of the most influential comedians of the era. In addition to Flaherty, the show starred John Candy, Harold Ramis, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas and Short.

In a series that spotlighted any number of vivid comic characters, Flaherty proved a central presence on the weekly show that was set in a fictional TV station in the equally fictitious Canadian town of Melonville. Flaherty portrayed the station's owner-manager Guy Caballero, who used a wheelchair only to solicit respect and sympathy.

Among Flaherty's other popular characters were Sammy Maudlin, a fawning talk show host inspired more than a little by Sammy Davis Jr.; the station's horror movie host Count Floyd, whose Monster Chiller Horror Theater featured movies so bad — and frequently very non-horror — that the host would be forced to unconvincingly stammer, "Oooh, that's scary, kids"; and Big Jim McBob, whose Farm Film Report (with John Candy) was a sort of Siskel & Ebert for fans of movie explosions. The segment made a catchphrase of "that blowed up real good."

After SCTV stopped production in 1984, Flaherty appeared in such films as Johnny Dangerously, Innerspace, Who's Harry Crumb, Back To The Future Part II, Stuart Saves His Family and Happy Gilmore. But he would find his second signature role as an alternately angry and befuddled dad in 1999 on the short-lived cult favorite Freaks and Geeks, the Paul Feig-Judd Apatow coming-of-age drama about high school students in 1980s Detroit. Like SCTV, the series launched the careers of numerous actors, including Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley (who played Flaherty's kids), James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel and Busy Philipps. Following Freaks' untimely cancelation after just one season, Flaherty went on to make appearances in The King of Queens, Slackers, Even Stevens, That '70s Show, Frasier, Family Guy, and American Dad, among others.

In game shows, Flaherty played "Definition", hosted by the late Jim Perry.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include son Gabriel and brother (and SCTV writer) Paul Flaherty.

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posted 4/1/2024

TUESDAY: Here Come the Feds
CBS Wins the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched program and led the night in the demo.

FBI (with 6.9 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating) was steady week-to-week, while FBI: International (5.4 mil/0.4) and FBI: Most Wanted (5 mil/0.4) both ticked up.

ABC's Will Trent (4.4 mil/0.4) and The Rookie (3.4 mil/0.4) both ticked up in the demo with the latter also growing 11% in audience, while an eventful episode of The Good Doctor (2.6 mil/0.2) added a few eyeballs.

NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez double-episode Season 2 premiere did 2.3 mil/0.3 and then 1.8 mil/0.3, steady in the demo compared to last week's Night Court and Extended Family finales but delivering fewer viewers. Leading out of Weakest Link (2.3 mil/0.3) instead of The Voice, Password (2.3 mil/0.3) lost some viewers.

Fox's The Cleaning Lady (1.22 mil/0.2) and Alert: MPU (1.1 mil/0.2) were steady.

The CW's Crime Nation rounded out the nigth with 344k/0.05.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 564k/0.10
- Wildcard Kitchen (Food): 518k/0.09
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 297k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 293k/0.03
- Blank Slate (GSN): 252k/0.02 .

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MONDAY: The Final Judgment
ABC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS was Monday's most-watched show, while ABC's American Idol landed in a four-way tie for the nightly demo win.

The Neighborhood (with 4.4 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) dipped in both measures week-to-week, Bob Hearts Abishola (4.2 mil/0.4) was steady, NCIS (5.9 mil/0.4) dropped some eyeballs and NCIS: Hawaii (5 mil/0.3) ticked up in audience.

American Idol's Monday premiere drew 3.9 mil and a 0.4.

NBC's The Voice (3.2 mil/0.3) dropped with a clip show, yet Deal or No Deal Island (2.4 mil/0.3) held steady.

Fox's iHeart Radio Music Awards averaged 1.5 mil and a 0.3.

The CW's All American opened Season 6 with 367,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, hitting and matching series lows. Lovers and Liars fka FGirl Island drew 135K and a goose egg ahead of its official April 11 premiere.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.016m/0.10
- Sprilg Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 761k/0.10
- Stupid Pet Tricks (TBS): 406k/0.07
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 286k/0.02
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 246k/0.01
- Blank Slate (GSN): 236k/0.02 .

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Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bad Look, Andy..."

  • Andy Cohen stops short of apologizing for... well, you know. (Deadline)

  • Meet the first "Love Is Blind" baby! Gianna Gibelli, Blake Horstmann welcome first child (TV Insider)

  • Tyler Cameron addresses getting dumped in a new series (TV Insider)

  • Lucy Spraggan says Simon Cowell will walk her down the aisle (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Hey, remember those things you shouldn't have posted yesterday? Charity Lawson... did (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Trixie Mattel reveals mental health struggle (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Anne Hegerty... Chaser... Quizzer... Movie star? (The Sun)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The Bachelor is crossing with 9-1-1 thanks to... Jennifer Love Hewitt (Deadline)

  • Valerie Bertinelli rebounds with new cookbook, dirty mouth (Entertainment Weekly)

  • #ICYMI: April Fools comes to Wheel thanks to some clever editing, Jared Leto (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 4/2/2024

THIS IS NOT A JOKE: MILF Manor Returns April 28
Meet the New Singles
From the Futon Critic

MILF MANOR the provocative dating series that became a pop culture sensation is back on TLC. Brimming with a whole new group of sexy, successful MILFs who are looking for their chance at love, this season promises one shocking twist and plenty of unexpected twists and turns throughout. In a stunning, lakefront chalet, the MILFs participate in a series of activities to win dates with the love interest they have their eyes on. From relay races to mud wrestling, the singles compete for one-on-one time to further their romantic connections. There are shocking new arrivals, startling secrets, surprise exits and countless emotional entanglements throughout the season.

MILF MANOR promises shock and intrigue as well as plenty of fun and heartfelt moments. New twists, new turns in an all-new season that premieres Sunday, April 28 at 10p, ET/PT on TLC.

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BARBARA RUSH: 1927-2024
"It Came from Outer Space" Actress Made the Rounds
From Deadline

Barbra Rush, the prolific actress best known for roles in 1953's It Came From Outer Space and long runs on Peyton Place and All My Children, has died. Her daughter, Fox News Channel senior correspondent Claudia Cowan, confirmed Rush's passing. She was 97.

"My wonderful mother passed away peacefully at 5:28 this evening. I was with her this morning and know she was waiting for me to return home safely to transition, said Cowan. "It's fitting she chose to leave on Easter as it was one of her favorite holidays and now, of course, Easter will have a deeper significance for me and my family."

Rush had a near 60-year career. In the '50s and '60s, she worked on the big screen with Paul Newman (three times), Kirk Douglas, Rock Hudson, Dean Martin, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Richard Burton. In addition to pulpier fare like Prince of Pirates and Taza, Son of Cochise, Rush did a trio of films with Douglas Sirk — The First Legion, Magnificent Obsession and Captain Lightfoot — and Bigger Than Life with Nicholas Ray.

By the late 1960s, Rush had segued mostly to TV, appearing in mainstays of the period such as Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, The Fugitive, Marcus Welby, M.D., McCloud, Maude, Ironside and Mannix.

Rush appeared in every episode of NBC's nighttime sudser Flamingo Road over its 1980-1982 run. She worked on other staples of the period such as The Love Boat, Knight Rider, Matt Houston, Fantasy Island, Magnum P.I. and Murder, She Wrote. 7th Heaven fans will recognize Rush from her run on the show as Grandma Ruth Camden.

In game shows, Rush played All Star Family Feud in 1983, as well as episodes of Password, You Don't Say and Hollywood Squares.

In addition to Cowan, she is survived by her son Christopher Hunter.

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Celebrities to Cross "Bridge of Lies"
Ross Kemp to Return for Second Season
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BBC One has set the premiere of Celebrity Bridge of Lies season two, hosted by Ross Kemp, for April 6.

A new lineup of celebrity contestants will take on the interactive bridge, carefully stepping on truths and avoiding the lies, in the hope of winning cash for their chosen charities. The new season will introduce the "hotline" feature, which will allow the playing contestant to seek advice from their teammates in the waiting room if they're stuck.

The first episode's contestants include Dion Dublin, Sam Quek, Melvin Odoom and Joanna Page. Later episodes in the season feature teams of pop icons (Sinitta, Ian "H" Watkins, Ritchie Neville and Una Healy), BBC Morning Live presenters (Gethin Jones, Dr Ranj Singh, Anna Haugh and Briony May Williams) and soap stars (Chris Bisson, Lucy-Jo Hudson, Simon Gregson and Danielle Harold). Other teams include actor Kevin Fletcher and his wife and presenter Alex Beresford and his father. The latter duo recently one Celebrity Race Across the World.

While Celebrity Bridge of Lies will air on Saturday nights, the original Bridge of Lies will continue on weekdays. International format sales, outside of the U.S. and Australia, are handled by BBC Studios Distribution.

"I have such a brilliant time filming the daytime version of Bridge of Lies, but there's something about the celebrity series that ramps the jeopardy up a gear," Kemp said. "Maybe it's the fact that the celebs are doing it for charity… or simply that they have reputations to uphold!"

He continued, "This year's series is filled with big personalities, and the competition is fiercer than ever. The usual rivalries between popstars, soap stars and comics are left at the door because, as we've learned with this show, the only way you can conquer the bridge is by working effectively as a team. But remember, celebrities, it's Saturday night——so let's have some fun too!"

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"SignTastic" Goes Global
First Game Show for Deaf Audience to Stream
From PR Newswire

Produced in 2022, Silent Visual Media's 'SignTasTic!' is an episodic game show featuring Deaf performers and hearing contestants. The game show was picked up for distribution by VSYN+, the world's first streaming platform for Sign Language entertainment. The first episode of 'SignTasTic!' premiered on the new streaming platform in March 2024, and releases one episode per week every Tuesday until May 2024.

In SignTasTic, hearing contestants have 24 hours to learn FIFTY signs in American Sign Language (ASL). Their ASL skills will then be put to the test through a series of games like trivia, gestures, and ASL conversations - all led by our talented cast of Deaf performers.

'SignTasTic!' aims to bridge the gap between Deaf and hearing communities and is the first of its kind in the TV game show genre. The show features Deaf talent like Lisa McBee, Dack Virnig, and Roxie Dummett, along with America's first Deaf television game show host Dan Cook.

SignTasTic! promotes a cross-cultural approach to learning American Sign Language (ASL) by engaging both the Deaf and hearing communities. Each episode encourages the understanding of ASL for both hearing contestants and audience members. As hearing contestants compete to win a grand prize of $5,000, audience members can follow along by watching a video dictionary of pre-selected signs per episode.

Visit silentvisualmedia.com for more information on how you can stream 'SignTasTic!' or visit us on social media.

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"Wheel" to Spin in South Africa
Local Version to Air from April 8
From Microsoft STart

The iconic US game show, "Wheel of Fortune", will be given a local twist.

Mzansi's contestants will get the chance to spin for their share of winnings when the local version lands on S3 from April 8 at 7.30pm.

The multiple Emmy-award-winning game show, created by US media mogul Merv Griffin, sees three players spin the wheel, solve puzzles and avoid going bankrupt along the way in an attempt to win loads of cash and magnificent prizes.

Primedia Studios president Jan du Plessis said: "We are extremely excited and honoured to finally add the African continent to 'Wheel of Fortune's' phenomenal legacy.

"'Wheel of Fortune' is arguably the most successful game-show format of all time in terms of its universal appeal and longevity. But, best of all, South Africans will now have the opportunity to spin their lives around by playing this spectacular yet simple game on a state-of-the-art set.

"Add mind-blowing amounts of cash and unimaginable prizes – even cars – up for grabs, and 'Wheel of Fortune South Africa' is in a league unseen on local television before," said Du Plessis.

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posted 4/1/2024

The Big Deal with SAG-AFTRA
Preparation Begins for The Network Code Talks
From Deadline

The writers and actors strikes crippled scripted television and the movie industry last summer.

However, reality shows, variety series and game shows were able to continue filming thanks to operating under a different contract – the Network Television Code Contract.

SAG-AFTRA is now setting the stage for renewal talks over its 2024 contract.

The union is starting to conduct meetings ahead of the talks over a new contract. The current contract expires on June 30, 2024.

It is the latest moment in another busy year for labor negotiations in Hollywood as IATSE began talks over its own deal earlier this month.

SAG-AFTRA is encouraging singers, dancers, stunt folk, voiceover and background actors to attend a series of meetings later this month and next month before developing its proposals for talks.

The Network Television Code covers all non-dramatic programs, daytime serials, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports programs and promotional announcements. For instance, last year, this allowed series including The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, The Masked Singer and Jeopardy! to continue filming, despite the strikes. Its previous deal was approved in June 2022 and the union said that the contract generates more than $200M a year in covered earnings for members.

The last contract included a general wage increase of 3% per year, a 1% benefit fund contribution increase, "greatly improved" nudity and simulated sex provisions, "substantial increases" for dancers on primetime variety shows and increases for background actors and stand-ins.

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posted 4/1/2024


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New Love Coming
Sarah Hyland Bows Out for Upcoming Season
From Variety

Peacock has officially announced Vanderpump Rules star and Love Island superfan Ariana Madix as host of season 6 of the hit cultural phenomenon LOVE ISLAND USA. The new season of LOVE ISLAND USA will stream this summer, exclusively on Peacock.

Ariana Madix, best known for her longtime role in Bravo's Emmy(R) Award-nominated reality series Vanderpump Rules, has made her mark in the entertainment and film space. A Melbourne, Florida native, Madix has appeared in feature films including Working It Out, Attack Of The 50 Foot Cheerleader, Dead End and in the sitcoms Dads and Anger Management. She is also a New York Times bestselling author with the release of her book Single AF: Drinks for Bad Bitches. Madix appeared in the long-running, Emmy(R) Award-nominated series Dancing with the Stars and won the 2024 People's Choice Award for "Competition Contestant of the Year." She also recently made her Broadway debut in the famed role of Roxie Hart in Chicago.

Season 6 of LOVE ISLAND USA is part of Peacock's growing roster of Love Island content, which includes seasons 4 and 5 of the hit cultural phenomenon, the franchise's first-ever spinoff LOVE ISLAND GAMES, the UK series LOVE ISLAND: ALL STARS and seasons of LOVE ISLAND SOUTH AFRICA and LOVE ISLAND SPAIN.

Madix replaces Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, who joined the dating competition for Season 4 when the show moved to Peacock from CBS. Arielle Vandenberg hosted the show since the format was adapted to the U.S. back in 2019 and remained at the helm for the first three seasons. Following Season 5, Peacock renewed Love Island USA for two seasons, which would see the show on the streamer through Season 7.

Love Island USA is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company. David George, Adam Sher, Simon Thomas, Ben Thursby-Palmer, Andy Cadman, Iona Mackenzie, Sophie Bush, and Claudine Parrish served as executive producers of Season 5, alongside Tom Gould, Richard Cowles, Mike Spencer, Richard Foster, and Chet Fenster. The series is based on a format owned by Lifted Entertainment and GroupM Motion Entertainment and distributed by ITV Studios.  

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posted 3/29/2024

Meet the Panel for "Taskmaster" Season 17
Channel 4 Launches New Season; YouTube to Play Fridays
From iNews

Taskmaster returned to Channel 4 on Thursday for its 17th season, featuring five new contestants.

The comedy gameshow, which first aired on Dave in 2015, sees five comedy acts put to the test in a series of wacky physical and mental challenges over its 10-episode-long seasons.

Its 17th season began on Thursday, March 28, with subsequent episodes following weekly at 9pm on Channel 4. Episodes are made available worldwide on the show's official YouTube channel every Friday at 5p ET.

Five new comedians have joined the Taskmaster line-up for this season alongside hosts Greg Davies and Alex Horne.
- Nick Mohammed has portrayed his character Mr Swallow on stage and on screen for more than a decade. The Leeds-born actor, comedian and writer, 43, received Emmy nominations in back-to-back years for his role as Nathan Shelley in the Apple TV+ hit series Ted Lasso and is both the creator and a star of Sky One series Intelligence. He voiced Piglet in the 2018 Disney film Christopher Robin and also features as the character Billy Blind in new Disney+ series Renegade Nell.
- Joanne McNally is an Irish stand-up comic, writer and actress who hosts a podcast called My Therapist Ghosted Me alongside model and media personality Vogue Williams. She appeared on Channel 4's The Big Fat Quiz of Everything in April 2022, and co-presented the one-off E4 special Joanne & Vogue's Sex Drive alongside Williams in September 2023. McNally, 40, previously starred in comedy show Separated at Birth (which she wrote co-wrote with co-star PJ Gallagher, who spotted her during her 2014 stage show Singlehood), and has appeared in other shows including Richard Osman's House of Games and Iain Stirling's CelabAbility as well as performing at various comedy festivals. She has been a semi-finalist in comedy competitions So You Think You're Funny and Funny Women.
- Best known as a member of the sketchy comedy team The League of Gentlemen, Steve Pemberton, 56, is also a co-writer and star of black comedies Psychoville and anthology series Inside No. 9. The actor, comedian, director and writer, who was born and raised in Blackburn, met his fellow League of Gentlemen members Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson as a teen at Bretton Hall College (now merged with the University of Leeds) and was awarded a British Academy Television Award among various other accolades for the BBC Two adaptation of their act that first began on stage in 1995. From 2007 to 2015 he appeared as Mick Garvey in ITV sitcom Benidorm, while Pemberton's various other notable television credits include Doctor Who, Blackpool, Whitechapel, Shameless, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia.
- Bolton-born Bafta-winning actress, narrator, writer and comedian Sophie Willan, 36, began her career in theatre and stand-up comedy. Her multiple television roles have since included BBC One's Still Open All Hours and Click & Collect, as well as CBBC's Class Dismissed, while she is also the narrator of Channel 4 reality TV gameshow The Circle. Willan's sitcom Alma's Not Normal received critical acclaim and won her a Bafta for best comedy writer for the show's pilot, while she was awarded best female comedy performance at the 2022 British Academy Television Awards for her role in the series. She also starred as Maeve in the second series of BBC One prison drama Time in 2023.
- John Robins, a 41-year-old Bristolian stand-up comic and radio presenter, first gained fame after reaching the semi-finals of the So You Think You're Funny competition at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005. The Oxford-educated comedian has since appeared on The Russell Howard Show, The Jon Richardson Show – he shared a flat with both Howard and Richardson in Bristol after graduating from university – and Mock the Week. Robins began hosting the Elis James and John Robins show on Radio X in 2014, which ran until 2019 when the pair began a new BBC Radio 5 Live podcast called How Do You Cope?…with Elis and John. In 2017 he was the first joint winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy award, which he shared with Hannah Gadsby. He started a YouTube channel called Bad Golf alongside friend, fellow comedian and Taskmaster creator and host Horne, which has over 62,000 subscribers and nearly 100 videos as of March 2024.

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posted 3/29/2024


Essence
LOUIS GOSSETT JR.: 1936-2024
First Black Man to Win Supporting Actor Oscar Played Wheel of Fortune
From the AP

Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar and an Emmy winner for his role in the seminal TV miniseries "Roots," has died. He was 87.

Gossett's first cousin Neal L. Gossett told The Associated Press that the actor died in Santa Monica, California. A statement from the family said Gossett died Friday morning. No cause of death was revealed.

Gossett's cousin remembered a man who walked with Nelson Mandela and who also was a great joke teller, a relative who faced and fought racism with dignity and humor.

"Never mind the awards, never mind the glitz and glamor, the Rolls-Royces and the big houses in Malibu. It's about the humanity of the people that he stood for," his cousin said.

Louis Gossett always thought of his early career as a reverse Cinderella story, with success finding him from an early age and propelling him forward, toward his Academy Award for "An Officer and a Gentleman."

Gossett broke through on the small screen as Fiddler in the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries "Roots," which depicted the atrocities of slavery on TV. The sprawling cast included Ben Vereen, LeVar Burton and John Amos."

Gossett became the third Black Oscar nominee in the supporting actor category in 1983. He won for his performance as the intimidating Marine drill instructor in "An Officer and a Gentleman" opposite Richard Gere and Debra Winger. He also won a Golden Globe for the same role.

In game shows, Gossett was a celebrity player in an episode of Wheel of Fortune from 1995.

He also is survived by sons Satie, a producer-director from his second marriage, and Sharron, a chef whom he adopted after seeing the 7-year-old in a TV segment on children in desperate situations. His first cousin is actor Robert Gossett.

Gossett's first marriage to Hattie Glascoe was annulled. His second, to Christina Mangosing, ended in divorce in 1975 as did his third to actor Cyndi James-Reese in 1992.

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posted 3/29/2024

THURSDAY: Sweet Sixteen!
Basketball Dominates Schedule
From TV LIne

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' March Madness coverage this Thursday night averaged 6.9 million total viewers and a rrrrrrobust 1.7 demo rating, easily leading primetime in both measures.

Opposite the college hoops action and with NBC's Law & Orders in rerun mode….

With the conclusion of its three-part season opener, ABC's 9-1-1 grew for a second straight week, drawing 5.5 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating. Grey's Anatomy (3.3 mil/0.4, read recap) dipped week-to-week, but Station 19 (2.5 mil/0.3) held steady.

Fox's Next Level Chef (1.7 mil/0.3) and Farmer Wants a Wife (1.7 mil/0.2) each dropped just a handful of eyeballs whilst steady in the demo.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 660k/0.11
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 333k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 325k/0.03

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posted 3/29/2024

WEDNESDAY: Windy Night on NBC
CBS, NBC Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Fire was Wednesday's most-watched show, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 demo. With both ABC and The CW in repeat mode….

Survivor (with 4.7 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating) dipped in the demo. The Amazing Race (2.8 mil/0.4) added some eyeballs.

Chicago Med (6 mil/0.4) ticked down in both measures, Chicago Fire (6.3 mil/0.5) was rock steady, and Chicago P.D. (5.2 mil/0.5) rose in both measures.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.2 mil/0.4) was steady, Animal Control (1.5 mil/0.2) added some eyeballs, and Family Guy (762/0.2) was up in both measures.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 485k/0.09
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 469k/0.11
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 362k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 356k/0.04

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posted 3/29/2024


CBS Media Ventures

More on "The Flip Side"
CBS, GSN to Co-Produce
From NextTV

Flip Side, the new syndicated game show hosted by Jaleel White, will be produced in a cost-sharing partnership between CBS Media Ventures and Game Show Enterprises Studios with both entities sharing distribution windows. TV stations, including anchor group CBS Stations, will air the show's first run with Game Show Network airing those episodes one week later.

"Flip Side is a project that we have been developing for over a year for the syndication marketplace," Wendy McMahon, president and CEO of CBS News and Stations and CBS Media Ventures, said in a statement. "Bringing Game Show Enterprises Studios on as a creative partner was an intriguing proposition to us — it creates a new business model for a daily syndicated show and will boost the show's exposure out of the gate with the second run on Game Show Network. We're excited to work together to make Flip Side a success on both platforms."

"We are delighted to partner with CBS Media Ventures in bringing Flip Side to the marketplace and to our viewers at Game Show Network," added John Zaccario, president of GSN, also in a statement. "CBS Media Ventures understood right away what Game Show Enterprises Studios could add to this creative partnership and to the commercial success of this show."

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posted 3/27/2024


ITV Entertainment
GEORGE GIBLEY: 1984-2024
"Gogglebox" Star Played "Celebrity Big Brother"
From Deadline

George Gilbey, a former Gogglebox star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant, has died after suffering a fall at work. He was 40.

Essex Police said it was called to a road near Southend-on-Sea yesterday after a report that a man working at a height had fallen, according to the BBC, and the Channel 4 Gogglebox X account confirmed that the person was Gilbey. An air ambulance attended and there is still a cordon at the scene, the BBC reported Essex Police had said.

C4 Gogglebox tweeted: "George was part of the Gogglebox family for eight series alongside his mum Linda and step-dad Pete. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Linda, and George's family and friends at this very sad time. The family have asked for privacy."

Gilbey's step dad Peter McGarry, who joined him on the show, died in 2021 aged 71.

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of former Gogglebox star George Gilbey, Essex police has said. In the past few minutes, the force has said a man has been arrested in connection with Gilbey's death on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter, the BBC reported.

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posted 3/25/2024

Gladiators Ready... for More!
BBC Reups Reboot
From Telly Mix

BBC One's recent reboot of Gladiators will be coming back for a second series, it's been revealed.

Prepare to witness a clash of titans as a fresh breed of superhumans goes head-to-head with a courageous group of contenders in the most exhilarating showdown of speed and strength.

The brand new reboot of the classic show first launched in January, becoming the channel's biggest entertainment launch in 7 years.

New episodes will film this summer.

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posted 3/28/2024

BBC Makes a Big "Traitors" Move
Network Rents Out Ardross Castle for SIX Years
From The Mirror

The Traitors bosses are said to have made a huge signing to keep the show at the top of its success.

The hit BBC series is filmed in a Scottish stately home and bosses are so sure of its popularity they have booked it out until the end of this decade, according to reports. Claudia Winkleman has fronted two series of the show so far, which took place at the foreboding Ardross Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

Bosses are so sure of the show's continued success that they have reportedly signed up for another six years in the same location. A TV insider said: "The ultimate nightmare would be if the producers tried to return to Ardross Castle after the Beeb commissioned more series only to find it was unavailable."

"That's a very real prospect as the Highlands pile is in huge demand for weddings, which have swelled in numbers since The Traitors became so popular," they told The Sun. "Without taking this bold measure, it was at risk of becoming a victim of its own success."

The series is often filmed at night and at certain times of the year, meaning filming is restricted to late spring or early autumn. The third series of The Traitors is reportedly due to start filming in a matter of weeks, with a celebrity spin-off said to be made later this year. Ardross Castle is also used for the US version of the gameshow, which is hosted by Alan Cumming. The latest series of The Traitors attracted millions of viewers, with almost seven million people tuning in for this year's final.

Meanwhile new candidates for BBC's hit game show The Traitors have allegedly plotted to cheat their way to victory using a "secret code". According to a report by The Sun, a number of Traitor and Faithful hopefuls have formed group chats to communicate code words to each other ahead of the forthcoming season.

Studio Lambert has reportedly removed all of the alleged plotters, telling the applicants that they risked damaging the show's integrity.

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posted 3/28/2024

TUESDAY: Battles of All Sorts
CBS Owns the Night with FBI Series
From SpoilerTV

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched show in all major demographics.

The mothership (6.757m/0.45) and spinoffs International (5.08m/0.33) and Most Wanted (4.493m/0.33) owned all three time slots.

ABC barely squeaked by NBC for the silver with its lineup of Will Trent (4.410m/0.34), The Rookie (4.322m/0.36), and The Good Doctor (2.506m/0.21)

NBC led off with the season finales of Night Court (2.807m/0.30) & Extended Family (2.351m/0.25), followed by new eps of The Voice (4.322m/0.36) and Password (2.962m/0.29).

Fox's The Cleaning Lady (1.242m/0.16) and Alert: Missing Persons Unit (1.042m//0.15) were steady.

The CW's Crime Nation (365k/0.07) is also a thing that exists.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 539k/0.09
- Wildcard Kitchen (Food): 491k/0.08
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 348k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 333k/0.04

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posted 3/28/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Good Night and Big Balls"

  • John Anderson hanging up his mic and calling it a career (Deadline)

  • Game shows in a TV everywhere world (TV Newscheck)

  • Nicole Byer doesn't know if "Nailed It!" will be back (The Wrap)

  • Jeff Probst is not changing the rule regarding flint (Entertainment Weekly)

  • #TBT: Shandi Sullivan reenacts her ANTM photo shoot 20 years later. (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Forget your own show. Apparently Taskmaster is the barometer of a comic's success (iNews)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chuck Forrest (Vulture)


posted 3/28/2024

An American (or 10) in Paris
Food Network to Launch New Series "Next Baking Master: Paris"
From Deadline

Food Network is about to launch another culinary competition — and this one is taking place in the city of lights.

Next Baking Master: Paris will give 10 American bakers access to iconic pastry shops and French baking mentors in the new competition premiering May 6. Hosted by pastry chef Stephanie Boswell and French-born chef and restaurateur Ludo Lefebvre, the series followers the competitors as they attempt to improve their technique, artistry, and innovation with making confections.

Each week, the lowest performing baker will be sent home until only one is named Next Baking Master.

"As the world's attention turns to the city of lights leading up to this summer's Olympic games, Paris is not only a location in Next Baking Master: Paris, it's a main character," said Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. "From walking the banks of the Seine to gain inspiration for romantic chocolate desserts to exploring the Paris farmers' markets with their bountiful fresh produce, viewers will experience this incredible city though the eyes of our competitors."

The 10 bakers competing set to compete are DeAndra Bailey (Baltimore, Maryland); Brooke De Jong (Dothan, Alabama); Jeremy Intille (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Lindsay Miller (Los Angeles, California); Keely Moore (Atlanta, Georgia); Paige Nickless (Brooklyn, New York); Joe Settepani (Morganville, New Jersey); Cedrick Simpson (Atlanta, Georgia); Robert Toland (Willingboro, New Jersey) and Jennalyn Walbolt (Union, New Jersey).

"This Paris experience is a once-in-a-lifetime dream for the chefs," said Boswell. "As a professional pastry chef, I know the inspiration they received by visiting the city's most renowned patisseries and meeting the supremely talented experts was life-changing for these up-and-comers."

"Though my culinary career and restaurants brought me to the United States more than 20 years ago, I was born, raised and grew up as a chef in France," added Lefebvre. "It's so cool to now welcome these competitors to Paris to live and breathe the amazing baking and pastry culture the city offers – it's the best in the world. I am so excited."

Next Baking Master: Paris is produced by Butternut for Food Network.

Deadline
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posted 3/27/2024

Sharon Levy Has More Plans
A Year into the Job, EndemolShine North America CEO Eyes More Reboots
From Variety

When NBC recently resurrected its long-dormant "Deal or No Deal," it came with a new format: "Deal or No Deal Island." The game show was originally a "shiny floor" in-studio contest where players had to guess how much money was inside a large briefcase. The updated iteration takes things outdoors, raising the stakes by adding interpersonal dynamics, physical challenges and survival to the mix.

At producer Endemol Shine North America, they call adding a fresh spin to existing IP the "ESNA twist." And it's become a hallmark for CEO Sharon Levy, who took over the shingle — part of Banijay Americas — a little more than a year ago.

"I'm not a fan of a straight-up reboot without a reason for being," Levy says. "You need to give them a reason to watch. And it has to feel of the moment. Development is probably always my first true love. It's how I started and as much as I love making things, I love cracking them ahead of time. I'd much prefer arguing and fighting and testing and prototyping format beats and thinking about things. Looking in the catalog and asking, 'What are we going to do with "Deal or No Deal"?' Having this idea to set it on an island and make it a social competition was a crazy idea."

Levy says "Deal or No Deal Island" was inspired somewhat by the success of island mystery films like the "Knives Out" sequel "Glass Onion." The show has paid off with temendous multi-platform delayed-viewing, and NBC says it's the fastest-growing NBC unscripted debut ever on Peacock. The company also recently introduced "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" with lifestyle brand The Home Edit. Levy is awaiting word on a series order from ABC, which has been developing a new version of the reworked reality show.

Meanwhile, CBS has ordered new competition series "The Summit," based on a format from sister Endemol Shine Australia. Add in returning series like Fox's "Lego Masters" and the "MasterChef" franchise, and for the first time ever, ESNA has shows set up at all four broadcast networks.

"I was so grateful to my entire team for the year we had. And I'm lucky that I have a company that has such a great catalog," Levy says. "The beauty of being Endemol Shine and working for Banijay is you have the world as your oyster. We have amazing IP coming in from different angles."

Indeed, next up, Variety reports that Levy and Endemol Shine are aiming to bring back completely reinvented versions of two more signature shows: "Fear Factor" and "Wipeout."

Variety

posted 3/27/2024

More on "House of Villains" Season 2
Meet the New Villains on E!'s Series
From Telly Mix

E!'s hit competition elimination series "House of Villains" is back for season two this fall with a new set of mischievous reality all-stars as they scheme, strategize and shade each other for a chance to win a $200,000 cash prize and the title of "America's Ultimate Supervillain." Season one cast member Tiffany "New York" Pollard returns for a chance at redemption.

MEET THE VILLAINS
· Wes Bergmann ("The Challenge")
· Teresa Giudice ("The Real Housewives of New Jersey")
· Jessie Godderz ("Big Brother")
· Richard Hatch ("Survivor")
· Victoria Larson ("The Bachelor")
· Larissa Lima ("90 Day Fiancé")
· Kandy Muse ("RuPaul's Drag Race")
· Camilla Poindexter ("Bad Girls Club")
· Tiffany "New York" Pollard ("Flavor of Love")
· Safaree ("Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta")

As previously announced, Joel McHale returns as host. · Season one averaged 861,000 total viewers and 384,000 in the 18-49 demo across all platforms through 35 days, making it the network's most-watched new series since 2020.

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posted 3/27/2024

"Weakest Link" to Return
Romesh Ranganathan to Host Again in 2024
From Yahoo!

Saturday night quiz show The Weakest Link will return for a new series later in 2024 with host Romesh Ranganathan, the BBC has confirmed.

The 'iconic' BBC quiz show originally began back in 2000, hosted by Anne Robinson before coming to an end on 2012.

The BBC then rebooted The Weakest Link back in 2021 with comedian Romesh Ranganathan stepping in as host. The game show now features celebrity contestants and has, since its reboot, featured the likes of Strictly Come Dancing Judge Anton Du Beke, I'm a Celebrity and Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo, Celebrity Big Brother 2024 housemate and former This Morning host Fern Britton along with a range of other big names.

On the show the celebrities must work as a team to build a cash prize for charity whilst trying to avoid the walk of shame and being voted 'The Weakest Link' by their fellow contestants. One player is then crowned the Strongest Link and secures the prize money for charity.

BBC confirms new series of The Weakest Link The BBC has confirmed a new series of The Weakest Link will return later in 2024, with Ranganathan set to host for the fourth time.

The new series begins filming in Glasgow in Spring, with The Weakest Link returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year..

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posted 3/27/2024

Ready to "GOAT"
More on the New Prime Video Series
From The Futon Critic

After 25 years of iconic, culture-shaping reality television, Prime Video has set out to answer one all-important question: which reality star is the Greatest of All Time? From the producers of Jury Duty, The Bachelor, and Chopped, The GOAT debuts its first three episodes on May 9 on Prime Video worldwide and Amazon Freevee in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria. New episodes will premiere each week on Thursdays through June 27. A sneak peek at the high-stakes hijinks is available now. The series is produced by Amazon MGM Studios and Propagate.

Fourteen reality superstars - from Bachelorettes to Housewives to Survivors to Drag Racers and everyone in between - move into GOAT Manor under the watchful eye of host Daniel Tosh to compete in over 20 challenges, earning and breaking one another's trust along the way. New sides of longtime favorites will be on display as they battle it out for $200k... and the title of Greatest of All Time.

The "herd" of competitors includes Tayshia Adams (The Bachelor franchise), Joe Amabile (The Bachelor franchise, Dancing with the Stars), Kristen Doute (Vanderpump Rules), Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset), CJ Franco (FBoy Island), Wendell Holland (Survivor), Teck Holmes (The Real World, The Challenge), Justin Johnson/Alyssa Edwards (RuPaul's Drag Race), Paola Mayfield (90 Day Fiancé), Da'Vonne Rogers (Big Brother, The Challenge), Joey Sasso (The Circle, Perfect Match), Jason Smith (Holiday Baking Championship), Lauren Speed-Hamilton (Love Is Blind), and Jill Zarin (The Real Housewives of New York City).

The GOAT is executive produced by Elan Gale (The Bachelor franchise, FBoy Island, Midnight Mass), Bill Dixon (The Bachelor franchise, FBoy Island), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Lee Eisenberg (The Office, Jury Duty), Michael Friedman (Yellowstone, The Hills, The Bachelor franchise), Ben Silverman (Ugly Betty, The Biggest Loser), Howard T. Owens (Hillary, Running Wild with Bear Grylls), Isabel San Vargas (Hillary, Untold), Audrey E. Smith (FBoy Island), Daniel Tosh, and Matthew M. Welty (Fboy Island). Dixon also serves as showrunner. Michael Shea directs.

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posted 3/27/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "One Game Show Host Playing Another"

  • Kevin Shinick cast as Dick Clark for upcoming Michael Jackson biopic (Just Jared)

  • Paula Abdul to star in "Spacemen from Planet Judy", whatever that is (Deadline)

  • Tyler "Ninja" Blevins diagnosed with melanoma (Deadline)

  • Hulu, Disney+ officially one big happy (Deadline)

  • Peta Murgatroyd, Maks Chmerkovskiy are having another boy (Reality TV World)

posted 3/27/2024


ABC/Warner Horizon TV

Meet the New Bachelorette
Jenn Tran Becomes First Asian-American to Take on the Role
From People

Get to know The Bachelorette lead, Jenn Tran!

Fans were first introduced to the season 21 star during Joey Graziadei's season of The Bachelor — and while Tran's journey as a contestant didn't end in a proposal, she now gets a second chance at love.

During The Bachelor season 28 finale in March, former Bachelorette star Charity Lawson broke the news that Tran would star when the series returns in late 2024. She described her as "someone who is intelligent... witty, she's fun and she's super kind."

Tran expressed her excitement about the opportunity and shared her hopes for the season ahead, quipping that she wanted to wrap her run with a "ring on my finger." Tran told host Jesse Palmer, "I hope I find my person someone that I truly feel like is 100% — my perfect match and someone who I'm compatible with someone who he and I can have fun."

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posted 3/26/2024


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Hell's Kitchen Heads East
Fox Renews for Two More Seasons to Tape Back to Back in Connecticut
From The Futon Critic

FOX has ordered two additional seasons of Gordon Ramsay's legendary hit cooking competition series Hell's Kitchen, renewing the show for its 23rd and 24th seasons, it was announced today by Allison Wallach, President, Unscripted Programming, of FOX Entertainment.

In the iconic decades-spanning series - and television's longest-running food competition, reaching more than 350 episodes with today's renewal - aspiring chefs from across the restaurant industry are put through an intense culinary academy to prove to Chef Ramsay they have the talent and tenacity to come out on top each week. Only those who can take the searing heat of Hell's Kitchen will continue to compete each week, until one prevails as the winner. At stake is a life-changing grand prize, including claiming a chef position at one of Ramsay's own renowned restaurants across the country, and the title of Hell's Kitchen winner.

"As my very first show on FOX, Hell's Kitchen holds a very special place in my heart and it's incredibly gratifying to have it renewed for its 23rd and 24th seasons," said Ramsay. "This show just keeps getting better and better, and with FOX, ITV and A. Smith & Co. as my partners, you can expect even bigger challenges, stronger talent and more intense competition in Hell's Kitchen in the years to come."

"Ever since Gordon Ramsay and Hell's Kitchen premiered on FOX nearly two decades ago, they have been mainstays of American television," said Wallach. "Hell's Kitchen was our first series with Gordon, marking the launch of one of FOX's most successful creative partnerships ever and an important cornerstone in what has become global television's most powerful cooking brand."

Hell's Kitchen first premiered on FOX on May 30, 2005. Its Season 22 premiere last September delivered Hell's Kitchen's most-streamed season debut ever, propelling it to rank as Fall 2023's #1 cooking show among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers.

The 23rd and 24th seasons of Hell's Kitchen will be produced at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, where one of Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen restaurants is located.

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posted 3/26/2024

MONDAY: The Most Shocking Finale EVER! ... And This Time.... WE MEAN IT!
ABC, CBS Split
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS was Monday's most-watched show, while ABC's The Bachelor finale dominated the night in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 demo.

The Neighborhood (with 4.7 million total viewers and 0.5 rating) and Bob Hearts Abishola (4.3 mil0.4) both were up in the demo, while NCIS (6.2 mil/0.4) and NCIS: Hawaii (4.8 mil/0.3) both returned down after a multi-week break, hitting and/or matching season lows.

NBC's The Voice (5.3 mil/0.4) dipped week-to-week, whereas Deal or No Deal Island (2.6 mil/0.3) held steadier.

The Bachelor (4.1 mil/0.8) was up sharply from its March 2023 finale (3.4 mil/0.6).

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.4 mil/0.3) and So You Think You Can Dance (850K/0.2) were steady.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.057m/0.13
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 347k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 323k/0.04
- Blank Slate (GSN): 282k/0.02

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posted 3/26/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bad Look, Stephen..."

  • Stephen Colbert stops short of apologizing for... well, you know. (Deadline)

  • RuPaul gives insight about parentals (Reality Titbit)

  • VIDEO WALL: the question that has everyone (including Clive Myrie) talking (Yahoo!)

  • Taskmaster producers apologize after they fumble with tickets (Female First)

  • Bob Barker's house is on the market as a fixer-upper for $3 million (The Robb Report)

  • Renee Poche loses her case (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Giselle Samson (REality Titbit)

posted 3/25/2024

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