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Bob Barker Hospitalized
"The Price Is Right" Host Emeritus Rushed to Hospital for "Non-Life Threatening" Back Injuries
From the Hollywood Reporter

Bob Barker has been hospitalized, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The 94-year-old former host of The Price is Right was taken to the hospital after emergency medical personnel were called to his Hollywood home around 1 p.m. on Monday.

The Los Angeles Fire Department would not confirm Barker was the patient, only that a 94-year-old patient from an address believed to be his was taken to the hospital with "non-life threatening" injuries. No additional information was released.

TMZ posted photos of Barker being loaded into an ambulance.

His manager told the site that Barker woke up with back pains. His manager could not be reached for further comment. .

The Hollywood Reporter
TMZ

posted 10/22/18

Wheelhouse
Details on "Wheel's" New Promotion
From The Futon Critic

Here's a scenario that might play out next week. Wheel of Fortune viewer yells at his or her screen: "I can solve that puzzle! 'I Have to Make a Mortgage Payment." For one fortunate fan, that might no longer be true.

The venerable game show is trying something new for its 36 season in syndication: giving one viewer the chance to win a house. Wheel is teaming with Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings to give away a new home valued at $350,000 at Latitude Margaritaville, a new active adult community. A winner of the "Home Sweet Home Giveaway" will be chosen at random.

To enter, viewers should tune in to Wheel of Fortune each night during the week of October 29-November 2, take note of the bonus round puzzle solution and input it at http://www.wheeloffortune.com for an entry.

"After 35 seasons it's not an easy feat to do something for the first time, but thanks to Latitude Margaritaville, we're doing just that by giving away a house," said Wheel of Fortune executive producer Harry Friedman. "Our viewers welcome us into their homes each night, so we're returning the favor by welcoming one of them into a new home of their own."

There are three of the Latitude Margaritaville communities that embody "the no-worries lifestyle of fun, food and music inspired by Jimmy Buffett" — as the builder puts it — but the parties didn't specify which of them might a be Wheel viewer's future address.

Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 10/22/18

CBS Studios Pays Attention
The Eye Snatches Up Global Rights for Australian Quiz Show
From World Screen

CBS Studios International (CBSSI) has signed a deal with Working Dog Productions for the exclusive worldwide format rights to the comedy quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention?, which is in its sixth season on Network Ten in Australia.

Using the format of a quiz show, each week the host asks five well-known and well-informed guests—made up of comedians, radio presenters and TV stars—questions about the news of the week.

HYBPA? is the number one quiz show on TEN and the third highest-rated overall show on the network in 2018.

"HYBPA? joins CBS's portfolio of the biggest formats on television—from Wheel of Fortune to America's Next Top Model," said Paul Gilbert, senior VP of international formats at CBS Studios International. "This agreement is a terrific example of the new synergies we have in Australia since acquiring Network Ten, and we look forward to partnering with the team at Working Dog Productions to make HYBPA? a global success."

"We are proud and delighted to bring the show we love to the rest of the world," said Michael Hirsh, executive producer at Working Dog Productions. "We're grateful to CBS for the opportunity to share what has become the one Aussie show families bookmark to watch together every week.".

World Screen

IF.com.au
World Screen

posted 10/22/18

WEEKEND: Chief Rocka
Fox, CBS Split Friday; NBC Owns Sunday
From World Screen

FOX (4.010 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out another demo victory on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.201 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.632 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (7.256 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.331 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "Blindspot" (2.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.505 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.022 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.427 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Child Support" (1.939 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "20/20" (2.852 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, new episodes from "Dynasty" (0.653 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.420 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (SP/Nick): 803k
- Double Dare (Nick): 724k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (13.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) continued its NFL reign on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.143 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.332 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (11.985 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.7, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2).

CBS (11.419 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (21.206 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) alongside new episodes of "60 Minutes" (14.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), "God Friended Me" (9.206 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.139 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (6.451 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17).

Next up was FOX (2.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.360 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.130 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.843 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.653 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.620 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Rel" (1.488 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #18).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.113 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.816 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14), "Shark Tank" (3.955 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "The Alec Baldwin Show" (2.193 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T19).

And finally, The CW (1.315 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.326 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T19) and "Charmed" (1.304 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T19).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/22/18

West End Game Night
Channel 5 Picks Up "Hollywood Game Night"
From Realscreen

British commercial television network Channel 5 has commissioned NBCUniversal International Studios-owned prodco Monkey to produce the game show format Celebrity Game Night for the UK.

The 6 x 60-minute localized adaptation will see six different celebrities join presenter Liza Tarbuck (Upstart Crow) and team captains Danny Baker (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Susan Calman (Strictly Come Dancing, The Boss) to battle in head-to-head party games with the help of a live band.

Monkey's William Macdonald will executive produce the series, which was commissioned by Channel 5's Sebastian Cardwell.

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Primetime Emmy-winning Hollywood Game Night (pictured) format from NBCUniversal International, which distributes the series internationally.

The original Hollywood Game Night format was created by actor/producer Sean Hayes and producer Todd Milliner for NBC in 2013. Hosted by Glee actor Jane Lynch, the series is now in its sixth season and has since been remade across 19 territories, with the UK marking its 20th.

Realscreen
Female First

posted 10/22/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "On the Road Again"

posted 10/22/18

Top Chef Embraces Unbridled Spirit
Catch the New Season from Kentucky December 6
From The Futon Critic

Bravo's "Top Chef" heads to the state of Kentucky for season 16, kicking off with two weeks of supersized premieres beginning Thursday, December 6 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

This season, 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale showdown in Macau, China.

The Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series returns with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, Graham Elliot, Nilou Motamed and Gail Simmons.

For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-16/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-kentucky.

Meet the New Cheftestants:
· Eric Adjepong - Washington, DC
· Sara Bradley - Paducah, KY
· Kelsey Barnard Clark - Dothan, AL
· Edmund "Eddie" Konrad - Philadelphia, PA
· Pablo Lamon - Miami Beach, FL
· Natalie Maronski - Philadelphia, PA
· Michelle Minori - San Francisco, CA
· Nini Nguyen - Brooklyn, NY
· Brandon Rosen - San Mateo, CA
· Kevin Scharpf - Dubuque, IA
· Caitlin Steininger - Cincinnati, OH
· Justin Sutherland - St. Paul, MN
· David Viana - Asbury Park, NJ
· Adrienne Wright - Boston, MA
· Brian Young - Boston, MA
.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/19/18

The New Hotness
"TPIR" Adds Former Ravens Wideout as New Model
From AOL

Looks like The Price Is Right scored a touchdown with its latest choice of male model.

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Devin Goda will make his debut on the hit CBS daytime game show on Monday, Oct. 22.

The retired NFL player — and prolific Instagrammer — will join a cast of models that includes Rachel Reynolds, Amber Lancaster, Manuela Arbelaez and James O'Halloran.

"We are very excited to welcome Devin to The Price Is Right family," executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement. "Devin fits in perfectly to Price because he is all about positivity, building people up and doing what he can to make the world a happier place … just like The Price Is Right."

Goda already has a way with numbers, as evidenced by his on-field stats at Slippery Rock University, where he holds second-place records in receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,259). Those numbers propelled him to a postgraduation pro career in Baltimore, where he played three games until he was sidelined by a hamstring injury. At that point, his attention shifted to modeling, which led to his recruitment by the team at The Price Is Right..

AOL

Yahoo!

posted 10/19/18

THURSDAY: That Wasn't a Game, It Was an Embarrassment
Broncos' Manhandling of the Cards Wins Demos for Fox, While CBS Takes Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (6.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Thursday despite a blowout Broncos-Cardinals game with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Thursday Night Football" (6.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

CBS (8.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.000 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Young Sheldon" (10.800 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Mom" (8.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Murphy Brown" (6.488 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.512 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Next up was NBC (3.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "Superstore" (3.219 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Good Place" (2.801 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (3.333 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "I Feel Bad" (2.253 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.960 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its annual specials "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (4.522 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "Toy Story of Terror!" (3.269 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) plus originals from "Station 19" (4.137 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.749 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.508 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17) and a repeat "Charmed" (0.982 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.245 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz DAily

posted 10/19/18

WEDNESDAY: 5-8-8-2-300... "Empire!" (It's a Chicago Reference)
NBC's Chicago Crossover Leads to Split with EMpire/Star on Fox
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home another demo crown on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Empire" (5.188 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Star" (3.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

NBC (7.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (7.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.023 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.275 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.533 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.528 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.886 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "American Housewife" (4.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.988 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Single Parents" (3.534 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.339 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.266 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "All American" (0.637 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.952 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.089m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 791k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 717k
- Are You the One (MTV): 466k
- Safeword (MTV): 378k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz DAily

posted 10/19/18

"Love" Is In the Air... Eventually
US Version to Enter Preproduction
From Deadline

Love Island is heading back to Australia for a second season and is in "active" pre-production in the U.S. as the reality entertainment format wowed buyers in Cannes this week.

The ITV Studios format was one of the most talked about entertainment formats at Mipcom, helped largely by six of the international cast members, including Megan and Wes from the UK version, flying in to help the British commercial broadcaster promote the show. Australia's Network Nine confirmed that it had picked up the series, which follows a group of beautiful singletons looking to couple up in a sun-drenched villa, for a second run.

Meanwhile, ITV America Chief Creative Officer David Eilenberg revealed that it was already starting work on the series after CBS ordered a U.S. version earlier this summer. "We are in active pre-production on all fronts; game planning, casting has started a bit, we're just getting going," he told Deadline.k

Deadline

posted 10/19/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "And It Feels So Good"

posted 10/19/18

There's No Place Like ABC For the Holidays
"Great Christmas Light Fight", "American Baking Show" Set to Return
From TV Line

Pre-heat your ovens and rev up your generators: ABC has announced the 2018 premieres of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition and The Great Christmas Light Fight.

The Great Christmas Light Fight's sixth season will get underway on Monday, Nov. 26, at 8/7c. Each episode of the competition pits four decoration-happy American families against each other in an attempt to win the Light Fight trophy and $50,000. Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak will return as judges.

The following week, The Great American Baking Show returns — with a tweaked title — for Season 4 on Thursday, Dec. 6 (9/8c). New host/Spice Girls member Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton will join returning host Anthony "Spice" Adams as they preside over a group of bakers' weekly challenges and eliminations; Sherry Yard, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, will join Baking Show stalwart Paul Hollywood on the judges' panel.

In December 2017, ABC pulled from its schedule Season 3 of Baking Show after sexual misconduct allegations were brought against judge/pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini by four women who had worked with him at the New York restaurant Jean-Georges. Vallery Lomas later was revealed as the season's winner via a video posted to the show's Facebook page.

TV Line

Deadline
Deadline
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 10/18/18

Television City Sold
Investment Firm Buys for $700m
From Deadline

CBS has selected LA real estate investment firm Hackman Capital Partners as the winning bidder for the company's iconic Television City facility near the corner of Fairfax and Beverly, a source familiar with the deal tells Deadline.

The transaction is not yet final, but the value is said to be well north of $700 million. Word first surfaced last year that CBS was considering shopping the 25-acre site, where shows like All in the Family was produced and early television figures like Jack Benny performed.

CBS declined to comment.

Hackman has backed several notable developments in LA, including the current expansion and modernization of Culver Studios. The home to classic Hollywood productions like Gone with the Wind and soon to be the Southern California base of Amazon.

Real estate values have been surging, especially in the neighborhood around the storied Television City site, where about a half-dozen shows including The Late Show with James Corden, The Price is Right and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher are produced. Next door to Television City are The Grove and the Farmer's Market, which have transformed the area over the past decade-plus.

TV Newscheck

Curbed LA
Bisnow

posted 10/17/18

TUESDAY: Conners Stand Firm
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday with originals from "The Voice" (8.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "This Is Us" (8.863 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (6.380 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

ABC (6.014 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then scored the silver with the debut of "The Conners" (10.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "The Kids Are Alright" (6.576 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Black-ish" (4.531 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Splitting Up Together" (3.725 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "The Rookie" (5.377 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was CBS (9.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (11.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "FBI" (9.390 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.376 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Gifted" (1.946 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.910 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.636 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (1.036 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.336 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 848k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 622k

- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 534k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (TruTV): 105k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/17/18

Get Ready to Confetti, Eh?
Catch It on Facebook Watch Canada Monday
From Brinkwire

The [Business] INSIDER original game show on Facebook Watch called Confetti will expand internationally — curiously without INSIDER's help. Facebook tells TechCrunch it will work with local partners in international markets to create versions of the HQ Trivia-style live video game show where players compete through their phones to win cash prizes. EMEA, APAC and LATAM editions of Confetti will launch by the end of this year.

Facebook Watch will also launch The World's Most Amazing Dog, an interactive global competition show. In partnership with The Dodo, the show will spotlight top dogs and their owners from around the world.

Now that Facebook's ad breaks are running in 25 countries, it's able to get serious about monetizing Watch and recouping its content investments. Facebook has been paying up front for these shows but hopes that ad breaks could wean creators off its cash and create sustainable businesses based on Watch. But with today's Wall Street Journal report that Facebook underreported the scale of video ad view time metrics bug that inflated measurements years ago, it may face additional skepticism that Watch is worth studios' investment..

Brinkwire

Engadget

posted 10/17/18

Asia Gets Divided
Talpa Sells Format to Thailand
From C21 Media

Talpa has licensed general knowledge gameshow format Divided to broadcasters in three Asian countries.

The format has been picked up in Thailand, India and Vietnam, taking the total number of international versions to 21.

In Thailand, Divided will be produced by Memiti ahead of premiering on Channel 3 in January next year. Talpa's Indian deal covers two versions in different languages that will air simultaneously on Star-owned Vijay, one in Kannada and one in Tamil. The 40-episode Indian versions will be produced by Banijay Asia. In Vietnam, media buyer TN&K has licensed two seasons of the gameshow..

C21 Media

posted 10/17/18

Netflix Sets Up "The Final Table"
Global Chef Competition On Tap November 20
From the Futon Critic

The Final Table is a global culinary competition show featuring the world's most talented chefs fighting for a spot at the elite, Final Table made up of the greatest chefs from around the globe. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and the country's greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. In that last episode, only one of our competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table, joining the nine legendary culinary icons -- Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France).

The series will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, James Beard Award-winning Writer and Editor at Large, Bon Appétit. Created and exec produced by Robin Ashbrook & Yasmin Shackleton. The production company is theoldschool. · The 12 teams include (listed with their associated restaurants and location, and hometowns):
· Aaron Bludorn (Cafe Boulud: New York, New York, USA, from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA) and Graham Campbell (Castlehill Restaurant: Dundee, Scotland/United Kingdom, from Oban, Scotland)
· Darren MacLean (Shokunin: Calgary, Canada, from Innisfail, Canada) and Timothy Hollingsworth (Otium: Los Angeles, California, USA, from Houston, Texas, USA) · Shin Takagi (Zeniya: Ishikawa, Japan, from Ishikawa, Japan) and Ronald Hsu (Lazy Betty: Atlanta, Georgia, USA, also from Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
· Alex Haupt (101 Gowrie: Amsterdam, Netherlands, from Sydney, Australia) and Ash Heeger (Ash: Cape Town, South Africa, from Umtata, South Africa)
· Shane Osborn (Arcane: Hong Kong, China, from Perth, Australia) and Mark Best (Bistro by Mark Best: Hong Kong, China & Singapore, from Sydney, Australia)
· Monique Fiso (Hiakai: Porirua, New Zealand, from Wellington, New Zealand) and Amninder Sandhu (Arth: Mumbai, India, from Jorhat, India)
· James Knappett (Bubbledogs/Kitchen Table: London, United Kingdom, from Newmarket, United Kingdom) and Angel Vazquez (Salomé, Into/Angurio: Puebla, Mexico, also from Puebla, Mexico)
· Jessica Lorigo (Topa Sukalderia: San Sebastian, Spain, from Buffalo, New York, USA) and Johnny Spero (Reverie: Washington DC, USA, from Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
· Collin Brown (Chef Collin Brown: London, United Kingdom, from Trelawny, Jamaica) and Colibri Jimenez (Casa Morales/My Bowls: Oaxaca, Mexico, from Morelos, Mexico)
· Esdras Ochoa (11 Westside/Salazar/Mexicali Taco & Co.: Hong Kong, China & Los Angeles, California, USA, from Mexico City, Mexico) and Rafa Gil (Highest Hotel in the World: Hong Kong, China, from Bataguassu, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazi)
· Charles Michel (Nomad Culinary Artist: Ecuador, Colombia, France & London, from Bruges, France) and Rodrigo Pacheco (Boca Valdivia: Manabi, Ecuador, from Quito, Ecuador)
· Manuel Berganza (Tapas Club: Singapore, from Gij�n, Spain) and Benjamin Bensoussan (Honest Greens: Madrid, Spain, from Paris, France)

· The chefs will be judged by celebrity ambassadors and food critics from 9 countries around the world including Dax Shepard, Hasan Minhaj, and Alessandra Ambrosio: Ambassadors:
· Colin Hanks and Dax Shepard (United States Ambassadors)
· Martha Higareda and Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico Ambassadors)
· Miguel Bose and Ana Polvorosa (Spain Ambassadors)
· Gary Lineker and Cat Deeley (United Kingdom Ambassadors)
· Alessandra Ambrosio and Bebel Gilberto (Brazil Ambassadors)
· Ranganathan Madhavan and Hasan Minhaj (India Ambassadors)
· Alessandro Del Piero and Eleonora Cozzella (Italy Ambassadors)
· Esterelle Payany (France Ambassador)
· Hikari Mori and Yuji Ayabe (Japan Ambassadors)

Food Critics
· Sam Sifton (United States Food Critic)
· Mariana Camacho (Mexico Food Critic)
· Borja Beneyto (Spain Food Critic)
· Jay Rayner (United Kingdom Food Critic)
· Josimar Melo (Brazil Food Critic)
· Rashmi Uday Singh (India Food Critic)
· Andrea Petrini (Italy Food Critic)
· Francois-Regis Gaudry (France Food Critic)
· Akiko Katayama (Japan Food Critic)
.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/17/18

NTAs: And the Nominees Are...
Voting Begins for British TV Awards
From Entertainment Daily

The National Television Awards (NTAs) have unveiled the contenders for 2019, with Jodie Whittaker and Richard Madden among the contenders.

The annual television awards ceremony revealed its long list of nominees in all 14 categories on Tuesday (16.09.18), with voting now officially open for all members of the public to decide who takes home the coveted trophies when the ceremony takes place at The O2 London on January 22 2019.

Leading the hopefuls is Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, who made her debut as the time travelling alien earlier this month, and will be making a bid for the Drama Performance award. She'll face competition from Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, who made the list for their performances on Bodyguard, whilst Sandra Oh and Jodie Corner will also fight for the gong thanks to their roles in Killing Eve.

Meanwhile, the TV judge gong will see X Factor newcomer Robbie Williams take on key judging contenders from the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, Great British Bake Off, and Britain's Got Talent.

Entertainment Daily

posted 10/17/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Stream of Consciousness"

  • Netflix sues Viacom (TV Week)

  • Richard Ayoade's show coming to America thanks to Ovation. No, not that one (Broadway World)

  • "The World's Best" lands the pimp slot of all pimp slots. (TV Line)

  • Craig Ferguson hits up Iowa (River Cities' Reader)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Game of Games (Sydney Morning Herald)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: Fox Nation to include people playing quiz apps (The Wrap)

posted 10/17/18

SYNDIES: Week 4
Results for the Week Ending October 7
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Oct. 7 featured an extremely rare event — a three-way tie at the top of the game shows among Wheel of Fortune, the surprise winner of the previous round; usual leader Family Feud; and Jeopardy. All three strips battled to a 5.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with Feud and Jeopardy inching up 2% from the prior contest, and Wheel staying flat.

Still, the three were outgunned by syndication champion Judge Judy, which snagged top household ratings honors on the entire chart for the 10th straight week with a 6.7, while climbing 3% from last year.

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) 5.9 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9* +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 10/16/18

MONDAY: The Battle Is Set
"The Voice" on Fire for NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.073 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was once again the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (9.843 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Manifest" (7.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

FOX (5.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "The Resident" (4.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "9-1-1" (6.162 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (7.072 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.123 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Good Doctor" (6.970 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.780 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (6.406 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Happy Together" (4.762 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Magnum P.I." (5.419 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "Bull" (6.338 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (1.423 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and the special "Constantine: The Legend Continues" (0.611 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 976k
- Brake Room - 11p (Discovery): 385k
- Brake Room - 11:30p (Discovery): 325k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/16/18

WEEKEND: Fox Goes 1-2-3 in the Demo
CBS Takes Friday. This is Not a Repeat from Last Week
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.155 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the demo crown on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.340 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.750 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

CBS (7.356 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.214 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.654 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the return of "Blindspot" (2.950 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.339 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.939 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.760 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Speechless" (2.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Child Support" (2.039 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "20/20" (4.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, the season premieres of "Dynasty" (0.683 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.443 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Double Dare (Nick): 621k


NBC (7:30-11pm) (16.871 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) once again dominated Sunday evening with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.110 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (10.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.100 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

CBS (9.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (14.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3), "60 Minutes" (11.300 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "God Friended Me" (7.994 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.347 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (5.590 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17).

Next up was FOX (2.200 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "The Simpsons" (3.184 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "The Cool Kids" (2.175 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) repeats followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.509 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.052 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.930 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "Rel" (1.352 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.031 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.692 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.573 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Shark Tank" (3.686 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) plus the debut of "The Alec Baldwin Show" (2.171 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #21).

And finally, The CW (1.534 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night with its Sunday launches of "Supergirl" (1.526 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18) and "Charmed" (1.541 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

On cable...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.315m .


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posted 10/16/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Worth It"

  • Morgan McMichaels breaks her hand punching out a Nazi. (Comic Sands)

  • Alec Baldwin to BLANK the Arthur Miller Honors (Broadway World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Reboots may have run their course. (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Kendra Wilkinson's ready to sign them papers (Reality TV World)

  • Cody & Jessica have a baby.... human. Duh. (Reality TV World)

  • Jerry! Jerry! Jerry Springer to host "Price Is Right Live" at Foxwoods (CT Post), but who's hosting Seneca Niagara? (ArtVoice)

  • Hunter March goes from LAAAAAAAAAAAAATE night to late night (People)

  • Why "Shark Tank" can last forever if it wants to (TV Overmind)

posted 10/16/18

Amazon In the Shark Tank
Sony Teams with Retailer for Marketing
From Broadway World

Amazon today announced that it is an official retail partner for "Shark Tank." The new Amazon Launchpad SHARK TANK Collection, available at www.amazon.com/launchpad/sharktank, highlights products seen on "Shark Tank," including the Hatch Baby, Third Wave Water and Stasher, among others.

This collaboration, which coincides with the premiere of "Shark Tank" season 10, provides an opportunity for successfully-funded SHARK TANK startups and entrepreneurs to launch and showcase their products on Amazon.com. "Shark Tank" season 10 airs on Sundays at 9|8c on ABC.

"We are thrilled to be working with the popular 'Shark Tank' franchise, highlighting products from startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses," said Jim Adkins, Vice President, Amazon. "The Amazon Launchpad program is all about empowering creators and inventors, enabling them to reach hundreds of millions of customers. By teaming up with 'Shark Tank,' we are MAKING IT fun and easy for fans of the show to discover a wide variety of unique innovations and cutting-edge products.".

Broadway World

posted 10/15/18

Fox Bounces Around
"Big Bounce Battle" Goes to Series
From Deadline

Fox has picked up Big Bounce Battle, an obstacle course competition reality series based on an European format, which will be produced by Endemol Shine North America.

Originally created by Endemol Shine Netherlands and co-developed with Endemol Shine Germany for RTL, Big Bounce Battle features trampoline obstacle courses that contestants have to complete as fast as they can. The trampoline tracks become more difficult as the series progresses toward the final where the fastest contestant wins a cash prize.

Executive producing the series, in the vein of American Ninja Warrior done entirely on trampoline surfaces, are Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre as well as Michael Heyerman.

The format made its debut on Germany's RTL earlier this year under the title Big Bounce – Die Trampolin Show, averaging 3.14 million viewers and an 9.8% market share. According to the producers, it was RTL's top rated non-scripted show debut this year and the network's highest rated new game show in four years among persons 14-49.

The Big Bounce Battle also has been commissioned by TF1 in France.

Deadline

posted 10/15/18

Tower Power
"The Tower" Backed by A+E International
From World SCreen

Zig Zag Productions and Wingman Productions are co-developing a fast-paced shiny-floor game show, The Tower, funded by A+E Networks International.

The Tower is a new half-hour game-show format in which contestants answer quick-fire questions with the aim of taking control of a giant glass cylinder pierced by rods holding up 21 colored balls. The strategy-based game will see players pull as many rods as possible out of the tower, causing the valuable prize balls to fall while avoiding dropping the negative penalty balls or the game-ending black ball.

Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, said: "Zig Zag have recently made a concerted effort to be in the studio game space and we are delighted to have partnered up with Wingman Productions and A+E International to bring The Tower to the international market in what we believe is a breakthrough format."

Andrea McLean, co-founder of Wingman Productions, said: "We are really looking forward to working closely with Zig Zag and A+E Networks in bringing the energy and excitement of The Tower to screens around the world.".

World Screen

posted 10/15/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "There's More for Your Afterlife at Sears"

  • Bruno Tonioli jetting from US to UK and Alfonso Ribeiro will take his chair temporarily (The Huffington Post)

  • Cody & Jessica get married (People)

  • Pat Sajak reminds you to vote by making a joke about game show hosts reminding you to vote. On Twitter. (Inquisitor)

posted 10/15/18

NBC's 2019 Game Plan
January Sees "Got Talent Champions", "Game of Games", "Titan Games"
From the Futon Critic

Looking to begin the new year with off-the-charts alternative muscle, NBC's January lineup is set to include the premiere of "The Titan Games," the new epic physical competition series from Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia; the debut of "America's Got Talent: The Champions," the global winter edition of the network's summer powerhouse; and the second season of the highly popular series "Ellen's Game of Games," from superstar executive producer Ellen DeGeneres.

THE TITAN GAMES Premiere: Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 8-10 p.m. and will start airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. timeslot beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9 The 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio ("World of Dance"), A. Smith & Co. Productions ("American Ninja Warrior") and Seven Bucks Productions ("Rock the Troops") will offer everyday people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in remarkable feats designed to test mind, body and heart. Inspired by executive producer and host Dwayne Johnson's desire to motivate global audiences to reach their potential for greatness, this unparalleled new athletic competition gives men and women across the country the opportunity to step inside the electrifying Titan arena and achieve the impossible. Competitors will push their bodies to the limit by battling opponents in unforgiving head-to-head challenges. "The Titan Games" will not only test the competitors' physical strength, but also their mental and emotional fortitude. In this uplifting series, hard work and determination will be rewarded and a new breed of heroes will emerge. Titans aren't born, they're made.

"The Titan Games" is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Seven Bucks Productions. Dwayne Johnson, Arthur Smith, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, Toby Gorman and Anthony Storm will serve as executive producers for the series.

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS Premiere: Monday, Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. Coming off a summer in which "America's Got Talent" continued as the #1 alternative series on television, "America's Got Talent: The Champions" will bring together some of the world's best acts from the international "Got Talent" franchises, spanning 194 territories, and come to share their talents and compete against one another in an Olympics-style ultimate celebration of worldwide creativity and talent. "America's Got Talent" finished the 2017-18 season as television's #1 alternative series in adults 18-49 and total viewers, with the Tuesday edition averaging a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.2 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" results from Nielsen Media Research. "AGT" once again dominated the summer television landscape, towering by +5.4 million viewers over the summer's next most-watched entertainment program.

The series, from NBC, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, will feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - and will be hosted by Terry Crews.

ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES Premiere: Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 8-10 p.m. and will start airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. time slot on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Ellen DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the hourlong comedy game show, which includes exciting new supersized games to be added for the second season. "Game of Games" features supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from her award-winning daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Contestants, who are pulled right from the audience, will have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown - all in a quest to win a big cash prize. Last season "Ellen's Game of Games" averaged a 2.3 rating and 9.2 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens, making it the season's #1 new alternative series in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, as well as the top-scoring new in-season alternative program since "Little Big Shots" debuted in spring 2016.

"Ellen's Game of Games" is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Jeff Kleeman and Derek Westervelt. David A. Hurwitz also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted and Alternative Television in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production.

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Inquisitor
Variety
B&C
TV Week

posted 10/12/18

THURSDAY: Little Giants
Fox Wins on Eagle Roflstomp
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) continued to get a boost on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.077 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

CBS (8.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Young Sheldon" (11.000 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (8.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Murphy Brown" (6.823 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "SWAT" (5.448 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.479 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.663 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Station 19" (6.496 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.279 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.367 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up new episodes from "Superstore" (3.095 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Good Place" (2.787 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (3.395 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "I Feel Bad" (2.233 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.347 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.453 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and an encore of "All American" (0.619 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (1.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
-
Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 804k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/12/18

More on "Dinner Takes All"
Catch It on BYUTV March 7
From the Futon Critic

BYUtv, a network that connects families through positive, uplifting entertainment, today announced the judges for its all-new family cooking competition show, "Dinner Takes All." Host and celebrity chef Kelsey Nixon (Food Network, Cooking Channel), will be joined by "The Queen of Country Southern Cuisine," Kardea Brown and "The Yum Yum Foodie," Eddie Zamora, as they judge the teams' recipes. The 12 episode series from Keller/Noll ("Chopped," "Chopped Junior") and BYUtv is set to premiere on March 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET.

"Dinner Takes All" is a fun and friendly competition show in which two teams of five family members go head-to-head to cook their "best Sunday dinner." Each team uses family recipes to create an entrée, three side dishes and a dessert, while simultaneously playing interactive food-centric games for bonus points. Winning families receive a year's worth of groceries or a cash prize.

"Kardea Brown and Eddie Zamora are beloved on television and social media for their engaging personalities and unique takes on cuisine, which is exactly what we are looking for to add zest to this family cooking competition," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Kardea and Eddie perfectly complement the star power of our host Kelsey Nixon. Together, we're confident they will bring out the right mix of culinary magic, competitive spirit and fun from the family teams."

Host Kelsey Nixon, who was voted "fan favorite" on "Food Network Star," is also known for her role as a judge on the Food Network's "Chopped Junior" and as the host of "Kelsey's Essentials" and "Kelsey's Homemade" on the Cooking Channel. She is a frequent guest on "The Rachael Ray Show" and "The Wendy Williams Show."

Judge Kardea Brown is a contemporary Gullah cook known as "The Queen of Country Southern Cuisine." Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she is the creator of The New Gullah Supper Club, in which she travels from state to state, cooking traditional Gullah dishes with a contemporary twist. Kardea has appeared as a judge on "Chopped Junior" and "Kids BBQ Championship."

Judge Eddie Zamora is a Latin chef and popular social media influencer known as "The Yum Yum Foodie." Born and raised in Miami, his fans follow him as he shares his honest and entertaining reviews and recommendations while traveling the globe in search of the best and worst places to eat, drink and stay.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the potential for 'Dinner Takes All,'" said executive producer and show creator, Cleve Keller. "Thanks to 'Chopped,' we know firsthand that families love cooking competition series. Now when a family sits down to watch TV together, we hope 'Dinner Takes All' becomes their new favorite show."

"I'm beyond excited to be part of a project that celebrates the best of food, family and fun," said Nixon. "'Dinner Takes All' is programming everyone in your family will enjoy watching together, and it will hopefully lead to more experiences cooking together and getting to know each other better, as well."

The Futon Critic

posted 10/12/18

Cat Cora, Graham Elliot Join the Fight
Chefs to Judge ABC's "Family Food Fight"
From the Futon Critic

Whet your appetite! ABC announced today that world-renowned chefs, authors, restaurateurs and television personalities Cat Cora and Graham Elliot will be serving up some knowledge as judges on the upcoming culinary competition series "Family Food Fight," based on Australia's hit format. Hosted by restaurateur, food maven and NY Times best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry, the competition series will feature eight families from across the country sharing a common kitchen and a common goal: to claim the title of America's No. 1 Food Family.

Cat Cora has shattered the glass ceiling as one of the first females to dominate the culinary industry, becoming the first female inducted into The American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame. As a mom of six, Cora's passion for health, wellness and food extends beyond the kitchen, having been at the forefront of creating a nationwide revolution of eating well, opening more than 18 restaurants across the U.S. and globally. Having made a commitment to promoting nutrition education, hunger emergency relief and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger worldwide, Cora also created her nonprofit Chefs for Humanity in 2004. She continues to be a leader in her industry as she masterfully synchronizes her award-winning talents with mainstream accessibility, all while she evolves into a space beyond the culinary world.

At age 27, Graham Elliot became the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city. The recipient of many prestigious accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation Nominations, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot, in 2008, which went on to become one of only 15 restaurants in the U.S. to be awarded two Michelin stars. Most recently, Elliot launched his first restaurant project in Asia, Coast at MGM Cotai, in addition to unveiling his new concept, Gideon Sweet, a collaboration with his friend and mentor, Matthias Merges, in Chicago's West Loop. Elliot extends his relationship with Endemol Shine North America after having participated in 10 seasons of the company's hit "MasterChef" and "MasterChef Junior" franchise. He is also currently a judge on Bravo's "Top Chef."

On "Family Food Fight," family teams will pull out their best culinary moves in the kitchen, serving up authentic family dishes rich in cultural heritage, taking homestyle cooking to a whole new level. Cora and Elliot, along with host Curry, will lend their expert palates to help determine which family team will walk away with the coveted title of America's No. 1 Food Family and take home the $100,000 prize. Production is set to begin in Los Angeles later this month. An airdate will be announced at a later date.

Produced by Endemol Shine North America, "Family Food Fight" was created by Endemol Shine Australia with Nine in Australia and was recently renewed for a second season. Curry, Robert Flutie and Shab Azma are serving as executive producers through Yardie Girl Productions; and DJ Nurre, Georgie Hurford-Jones and Faye Stapleton are serving as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/11/18

WEDNESDAY: Splitting Up Together
Fox, NBC Split Leadership
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was once again the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Empire" (5.064 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Star" (4.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

NBC (7.762 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a competitive second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (7.090 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was CBS (5.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "SEAL Team" (5.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.613 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.046 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.320 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.078 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Single Parents" (3.663 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.679 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Riverdale" (1.517 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and the debut of "All American" (0.710 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.065m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 865k
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/18

The Price Is Right in Nigeria
Production to Begin Later This Year
From This Day

In line with its projection to redefine the nation's entertainment landscape as well as add value to the society, HS Facilities Limited, a subsidiary of the HS Media Group has sealed a deal with Genesis Studios, foremost Nigerian television production outfit and owners of The Price Is Right franchise for the Nigerian territory.

The show, which is expected to debut on Nigerian television before the end of the year will be produced from the Oregun-Lagos based TV complex.

At a press briefing held in Lagos to formally announce the partnership and as well sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the show to take off, the two companies jointly expressed their excitement about the benefits the show will bring to families in Nigeria and brand owners who will ride on it to position their products.

The Price Is Right is a multinational franchise show that was hosted by Bob Barker until 2007 and Drew Carey thereafter. It features a wide variety of games and contests with the same basic challenge: Guess the prices of everyday (or not-quite-everyday) retail items. Four contestants, all of whom are seated in one of the wildest audiences in daytime game-show history, are called to the stage to play a preliminary pricing round. That winner joins the host on stage for one of more than 70 different pricing games.

This Day

posted 10/11/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "What's the Opposite of a Lock?"

  • Nikki Bella letting go and moving on (Reality TV World)

  • Ben Bailey plays Bay City (Midland Daily News)

  • CASTING COUCH: Want to earn $1000? Let's play To Tell the Truth (Backstage)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Howie's been hitting the gym. (Inquisitor)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES With the cast and crew of "Deal or No Deal" (Realscreen)

posted 10/11/18

TBS Is In Misery
Impractical Jokers Create, Host New Series
From the Futon Critic

Turner's TBS has ordered the comedy game show Misery Index, a new unscripted series inspired by the outrageously entertaining card game Sh*t Happens. Critically acclaimed and in demand comedy troupe The Tenderloins - Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano - creators and stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers, cable's #1 original comedy series, have joined the series to help infuse comic relief.

The game will feature two teams - each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins. Teams will compete against each other by attempting to determine the ranking of hilarious and miserable real-life events - from getting fired to accidentally sexting your grandfather - on a scale of 1-100.

Misery Index is developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman (Monk), along with Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Adam Bold of Grandma's House Entertainment, Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment, and Rob Anderson, who will serve as showrunner.

"Andy Breckman and the Newmarks have hilariously gamified embarrassment, humiliation and total misery" said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. "Adding The Tenderloins brings unpredictable fun to this game."

The network is adding 10 episodes of the half-hour comedy to its successful lineup of unscripted programs including Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop the Mic, the top two new unscripted cable comedies of 2017.

The Futon Critic

Variety
Deadline
Staten Island Live

posted 10/10/18

Alfonso Ribeiro Climbs Money Tree
New Series Comes From Hello Dolly, Banijay
From Deadline

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro is heading back to the UK to host a British gameshow.

The actor, who starred on ITV's I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in 2013, is hosting Money Tree, a Family Fortunes-meets-Millionaire-style quizzer.

The primetime show sees two families go head-to-head over a series of trivia rounds. However, the value of the question will be decided by the contestants, so if they are feeling confident that can add more money to the tree.

It is being produced by Hello Dolly, the indie set up in 2017 by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? producer Victoria Ashbourne, who previously ran Sony-backed Victory Television, and Hardball creator Stuart Shawcross. The show is also being backed by Banijay.

Ribeiro, who has starred as a contestant in gameshows including Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The $100,000 Pyramid, made his name as Carlton Banks alongside Will Smith on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for just under 150 episodes.

A pilot version of Money Tree is being filmed at the BBC's studios in Elstree on Thursday October 18 before a decision as to whether it will go to full series.

Deadline

Female First

posted 10/10/18

The New Faces of "Project Runway"
Karlie Kloss, Christian Siriano to Host, Mentor New Series
From TV Line

Bravo has found the new Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

The network on Wednesday announced that supermodel Karlie Kloss will take over as host for Season 17 of Project Runway, while designer Christian Siriano — who won the show's fourth season back in 2008 — will come aboard as mentor.

Elle editor Nina Garcia will return as a judge, joined by two newcomers: fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and former Teen Vogue EIC Elaine Welteroth.

Though an exact premiere date wasn't announced, you can expect the new Project Runway to bow sometime in 2019.

Runway's move from Lifetime to Bravo, which is where it initially premiered in 2004, was announced by Andy Cohen at NBC Universal's Upfronts presentation in May. Four months later, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn announced that they were leaving the franchise to begin a new venture at Amazon.

TV Line

Broadway World

posted 10/10/18

TUESDAY: American Music
ABC, CBS, NBC Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.545 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) staked its claim to the demo crown on Tuesday with its telecast of the "2018 American Music Awards" (6.545 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2).

Sharing the demo gold was NBC (8.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.023 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "This Is Us" (8.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (7.097 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (9.733 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "NCIS" (12.160 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "FBI" (9.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.930 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.503 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Gifted" (2.051 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.954 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, the season premieres of "The Flash" (2.056 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Black Lightning" (1.202 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) on The CW (1.629 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
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The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 749k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 567k
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The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/18

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posted 10/10/18

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