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WEDNESDAY: Pre-Finale Dead Heat
"AGT", "MasterChef" Tie It Up for NBC, Fox
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (8.436 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and the season finales of "Songland" (3.847 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.182 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

FOX (2.573 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a new "MasterChef" (3.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and the season finale of "BH90210" (1.913 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.405 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.553 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.755 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "SWAT" (2.907 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.150 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) again opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.909 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6), "Schooled" (2.111 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.027 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Single Parents" (1.590 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the season finale of "Bulletproof" (0.604 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) and a new "Hypnotize Me" (0.571 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.587 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 839k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 746k
- America Says (GSN): 404k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/12/19

C4 Picks Up BBC's "Throw Down"
Network Renews "The Great Pottery Throw Down" from "British Baking Show" Producers
From Deadline

Channel 4 has said it is bringing back Love Productions format The Great Pottery Throw Down after it was canceled by the BBC last year.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman told Deadline that The Great Pottery Throw Down will broadcast next year on both its main channel and More4.

Casting is already well underway, while the hosting line-up is close to being finalized.

Love Productions, which is 70% owned by Comcast's Sky, also makes The Great British Bake Off for Channel 4. Season 10 is currently broadcasting in the UK, while the bakery competition is also being shown on Netflix in the U.S. as The Great British Baking Show.

The Great Pottery Throw Down previously broadcast for two seasons on BBC2, where it was hosted by Sara Cox and built a loyal audience. So much so, more than 30,000 signed a petition urging the BBC to rethink its decision to cancel the series.

The Great Pottery Throw Down was similar to The Great British Bake Off in that it followed a group of pottery amateurs as they competed over a number of weeks to be crowned the country's top potter. Along the way, they made things like fine bone china tea sets and chandeliers from a set in Stoke-on-Trent, which is famous for its pottery industry.

Relations between the BBC and Love Productions have been fractious in recent years. Love moved The Great British Bake Off from the BBC to Channel 4 in acrimonious circumstances in September 2016 as part of a £75M ($92M) deal. It followed the producer taking legal action against the BBC in 2014, when it complained that the broadcaster copied the idea for The Great British Bake Off with BBC3 show Hair, which was made by BBC Studios. The matter was settled out of court.

Deadline

posted 9/12/19

Jeopardy! on the Road
Drivetime Teams with Sony
From Uproxx

Jeopardy! fans are already forced to imagine a world where the legendary game show someday doesn't have Alex Trebek to host it. But now if you can't smart your way onto the real show's stage as a contestant, you can at least play a version of Jeopardy! in your car.

On Monday, in-car entertainment app Drivetime announced it will bring Jeopardy! to its app and let players test their knowledge for themselves.

The Drivetime app itself is free, but premium subscribers get a new episode every day that's hosted by Trebek himself. The subscription for Drivetime is $10 a month, but the company offers other content, including other trivia games.

According to Venture Beat, Drivetime raised $11 million to expand their app, including the partnership with Jeopardy! to bring the trivia game to vehicles.

Drivetime started off with a trivia game on your mobile phone with audio interactivity. The game pits you against another driver in a contest. It asks you a multiple-choice question through your car's audio speakers or your phone's speakers, and then you respond by saying "A," "B," or "C." Your points are tallied up and the game declares a winner. Google's speech recognition in the cloud parses the answers.

With Jeopardy, each game session will include about 31 clues. The gameplay is pretty similar to the trivia contest, but each Jeopardy episode is longer. Jeopardy is part of the same Drivetime app as other channels. The app is voice-activated, and the company says it strives to provide safe gaming for drivers and others in the car. And they're excited about the chance to partner with Jeopardy!

"We are thrilled to work with Sony Pictures Television Games to bring JEOPARDY!®, the greatest game show on the planet, to an underserved audience that desperately needs interactive entertainment the most – the 110 million commuters in North America driving to and from work by themselves every day," Drivetime founder and CEO Niko Vuori said in a statement.

Uproxx

Pulse 2.0

posted 9/12/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Law of Unintended Consequences"

  • AXS TV's purchase means corporate restructure... And corporate restructure means... (The Wrap)

  • BUZZR's not just bringing back "Let's Make A Deal" September 30 - get ready for "Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour" & "Split Second"! (Facebook)

  • Paul Sinha's Parkinson's won't keep him from Chasing (Daily Star)

  • Half of Supermarket Sweep Twitter love the new version. THe other half wonder where all the pensioners be. (Digital Spy)

  • Prison no longer has a Situation (The Wrap)

  • Apparently Steve Harvey had to get divorced to find the right chick (EURWeb)

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 British game shows that should come back (Female First) and three game show movies (The Playlist)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Daphne Fowler (Reality Titbit)

posted 9/12/19

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
"Jeopardy!", "Wheel" Among Syndicated Premieres
From the Hollywood Reporter

Our (three-month) long national nightmare is over... and it's time to get back to work. Three syndicated game shows and one app are celebrating new seasons today.

After several fallow years, the first-run syndication market is poised for a shot of adrenaline in 2019. The next two weeks will bring more national launches — seven — than any year since 2011, when Oprah Winfrey still had her daytime show.

Three talk shows — fronted by music star and The Voice judge Kelly Clarkson, former NBC News anchor Tamron Hall and best-selling author and speaker Mel Robbins — two game shows and two court shows, one starring Jerry Springer, are on tap. They're debuting in a time where linear ratings for broadcast shows are on the wane, and in a crowded field: There are more than 40 first-run syndicated shows set to air in 2019-20.

The syndication market also tends to heavily favor long-running shows: Of the 10 most watched first-run syndicated shows last season, only one, court show Hot Bench, has been on the air for less than 15 years (it debuted in 2014).

The people behind the shows told The Hollywood Reporter they're optimistic about their chances to make a dent in a landscape that hasn't been very hospitable to new series in recent years.

Highlights...
- FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK (season 3, today): On the panel for the first week of shows in the new season are Jon Lovitz, Sherri Shepherd, Louie Anderson, Byron Allen, Jodi Miller, and Jamie Kennedy
- JEOPARDY! (season 36, today): after six weeks of reruns, Jason Zuffranieri returns to defend his title and add to his $137,300 in the first episodes taped since Alex Trebek's cancer diagnosis fight began.
- WHEEL OF FORTUNE (season 37, today): The new year begins with Teachers Week and a big change: no more 1/2 Cars on the Wheel, and a new twist - a Triple Toss-up.
- HQ TRIVIA (season 6): It's Back to School on the granddaddy of 'em all. Levels and points are reset as the app continues to experiment with new game types and offer new prizes - including rewards based on how long you've been playing. Everyone will be sorted into a "class" - freshman through seniors - and the "class" with the most points at the end of the week gets "special prizes". There's also a prize for "perfect attendance"- playing every game. . Meanwhile, on HQ Sports, winners will be automatically entered into an All-Star Game to be held at the end of the season. Additionally, anyone who correctly answers Question 8 will also be invited to participate.
- 25 WORDS OR LESS (September 16): After a three-week trial run on nine Fox-owned stations in 2018, the Meredith Vieira-hosted show (produced by Dino Bones Productions) is going national with clearances in more than 90 percent of the country. Stephen Brown, executive vp programming and development at Fox TV Stations, said the tryout helped make the case for the show's wider launch.
- AMERICA SAYS (September 16): A syndicated rebroadcast of the Game Show Network's primetime original, America Says was a late addition to the syndicated pool this season with a deal struck in June. Host John Michael Higgins presides over both versions of the show, which will feature the same gameplay and stakes.
- FAMILY FEUD (September 16): No big changes planned for syndication's #1 game show, but Fremantle is going to take it on the road as a live tour.


The Hollywood Reporter

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posted 9/11/19

SYNDIES: Week 48
Results for Week Ending September 1
From TV Newscheck

The two most eagerly anticipated talk shows in years — Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall — both got off to flying starts with strong Sept. 9 debuts. Clarkson averaged an impressive 1.9 rating/6 share in the weighted metered markets for its premiere, which was syndication's highest opener for a nationally cleared first-run show in seven years. The new strip also took its year-ago time periods up a spectacular 73% on average. Meanwhile, Hall scored a nifty 1.4/5, which was the best bow for a talker in five years other than Clarkson's.

Moreover, Tamron trounced its competition in top market New York, shooting up 44% from its year-ago time period average to a first-place 2.3/9, and surged 71% from year ago in No. 2 market Los Angeles.

Turning to the national ratings for the pre-Labor Day session ending Sept.1, Dr. Phil continued to show the way in talk for a noteworthy 156th straight week. Even better, Phil was the only taker to clock a double-digit increase with a 15% surge to a nine-week high 2.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Most other programs were flat to down in the lightly viewed late summer stanza. For example, all of the top three game shows lost ground. Family Feud fell 3% to a 5.8; Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a 4.8; and Jeopardy slipped 8% to a 4.4.

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) 5.8 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.4** -8%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 9/11/19

HGTV Rocks the Block
Catch It October 21
From B+C

Competition series Rock the Block starts on HGTV Oct. 21.

The show assembles a bevy of HGTV talent, including Leanne Ford of Restored by the Fords, Mina Starsiak Hawk of Good Bones, Jasmine Roth of Hidden Potential and Alison Victoria of Windy City Rehab. Each takes on the same property in the Los Angeles area and sees who can derive the most value from it across four weeks, and with $175,000.

Drew Scott of Property Brothers: Forever Home hosts.

"This is a no-holds-barred competition among highly skilled HGTV experts at the top of their game," said HGTV president Jane Latman. "They're playing to win, and we can't wait to see the results of their strategy, creativity and drive."

The winner gets a street named after them.

"These women are here because they're some of the best designers and renovators in the business," said Drew. "These houses are a blank canvas. They can completely redesign them—the possibilities are endless."

A range of HGTV stars, including Tarek El Moussa, Mike Holmes and Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt, play judges.

"At the end of four weeks, yours truly and my team of real estate experts are going to do a full top-to-bottom inspection of the newly renovated homes and crown the winner," said Drew.

Viewers get a weekly teaser video of each episode on HGTV GO starting Oct. 14.

B+C

Broadway World

posted 9/11/19

TUESDAY: America's Got Semis
NBC Wins and It's Not Even Close
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.386 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.813 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Second place then went to ABC (3.356 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with the penultimate week of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.112 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) plus repeats of "The Conners" (1.912 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and another "The Conners" (1.780 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.025 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS" (5.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "FBI" (4.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.603 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up a repeat "The Resident" (1.476 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) followed by the season finale of "First Responders Live" (1.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, originals from "Pandora" (0.648 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.539 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 789k
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 695k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 581k
- America Says (GSN): 441k
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1): 411k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/11/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Love Each Other..."

  • Meredith Vieira opens up about helping her husband's MS (Oprah Winfrey Magazine)

  • LIST ABUSE: 17 game show moments that were extra AF (Buzzfeed)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire UK (Telly Mix)

  • Cameron Mathison diagnosed with kidney cancer, starts treatment (TV Line)

  • So Chrissy Teigen got into a Twitter fight she didn't start... but she damn near finished (Deadline)

  • Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is a free-ish man (Deadline)

  • "Drag Race" mourns producer (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ore Aduba (Reality Titbit)

posted 9/11/19

A Change Will Do You Good?
"Dancing with the Stars" to Change Voting
From Reality TV World

Dancing with the Stars is introducing a new voting system this fall for the show's upcoming 28th season. Dancing with the Stars viewers are going to have to vote live or vote blind in a short window of time this coming season!

ABC has announced Dancing with the Stars fans will only be able to vote as the live broadcasts air in the Eastern and Central time zones. That means after an episode ends, the viewer voting will too, unlike in previous seasons.

Viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones will still also be able to vote for their favorites; however, they must vote during the same period of time as Eastern and Central time zone viewers, which means they'll probably have to vote without being able to actually watch the dance routines first.

There will also be no home-viewer votes tabulated during the first week of performances when Dancing with the Stars' 28th season premieres live on Monday, September 16 at 8PM ET/PT. During the first week of competition, only judges' scores will matter.

As previously announced, the new Dancing with the Stars season will be judged by Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman.

Live voting on abc.com and via text will commence with Week 2 of the Dancing with the Stars season.

Reality TV World

posted 9/11/19

Return to Songland
NBC Renews Songwriting Contest for Season 2
From Deadline

NBC can't stop the music. The network has booked a return trip to Songland, renewing the summer songwriting competition series for a second season.

Songland takes an inside look at the creative songwriting process. It provides one winner per episode the opportunity to have their song recorded for a global audience by the chart-topping guest recording artists featured in their show. It's billed as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters to be exposed to and mentored by three music producers per episode who are responsible for today's biggest hits.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 9/10/19

25 Stars or Less
Celebrities Lined Up for "Words" Premiere Week and Beyond
From B+C

The Fox TV Stations' new game show, 25 Words or Less, hosted and produced by Meredith Vieira, will see a parade of celebrities come play the game in its first season.

In the first week, which debuts Monday, Sept. 16, the show will feature Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Chelsea Handler, Rick Fox and Penn Jillette.

Kudrow, along with Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack and Michael Morris are executive producers.

Also executive producing are showrunner Michael Canter and Bruce Sterten, creator of the board games "25 Words or Less"and "Taboo."

The show, which Fox tested in select markets last summer, is cleared in more than 98% of the country ahead of premiere.

"25 Words is a great break from the depressing news of the day," said Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development for the Fox Television Stations, in a statement. "It's fast, smart, funny, and led by the best host in television, Meredith Vieira. She is the master at corralling big celebrity personalities and driving a game that's fun to watch and play."

Other celebrities coming to play the word game this season include Sex and the City's Chris Noth, The Office's Oscar Nunez, Punchline's Melissa Peterman, Back to the Future's Lea Thompson, EP McCormack and many more.

B+C

Deadline

posted 9/10/19

The Price Is Hype
Complex Launches Its New Show, "Price the Hype"
From Complex

Price the Hype is the world's first ever sneaker game show. Three contestants use their knowledge of average sneaker resale prices to compete for cash and a chance in the Save Your Sole bonus round. In Price the Hype's final game, the contestant wins a grand prize pair of hyped sneakers and is faced with a gauntlet of five questions. The only way the contestants walk away with the sneakers in brand new condition is to answer every question correctly. For each the question the contestant gets wrong, the sneaker gets damaged with one of the show's five tools of destruction. Hosted by Brendan Dunne of Full Size Run, Sole Collector's Price the Hype airs every Tuesday on Sole Collector.

Complex

posted 9/10/19

MGM Loaded at MIP
5th Grader Returns to Market
From C21MEdia

MGM Worldwide Television has revealed its slate for next month's Mipcom market, featuring high-end dramas as well as formats and feature films.

Several MGM formats will also be up on offer, including the quizshow Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. The popular format sees adults test their primary school knowledge as they compete against schoolchildren.

Comedy quiz Generation Gap, meanwhile, puts family members of different generations together to answer questions about each other's generations.

Also available is TKO: Total Knockout, in which contestants attempt to complete an obstacle course as their competitors fire projectiles in an attempt to knock them down. .

C21 Media

posted 9/10/19

MONDAY: Bachelor vs. Ninjas vs. Football
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.435 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Monday thanks to a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.255 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the season finale of "Grand Hotel" (2.797 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

NBC (4.709 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.125 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its mix of "Lip Sync to the Rescue" (3.545 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), "CBS Fall Preview" (3.055 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "The Big Bang Theory" (2.573 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Bull" (3.039 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.920 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up another two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.920 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, originals from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.176 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.924 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (1.034 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 758k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 463k
- America Says (GSN): 377k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (SF/MTV): 221k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/10/19

WEEKEND: When a Young Mind's Fancy Turns to Football...
NBC Wins with SNF Season Debut
From the Futon Critic

NBC (15.683 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Sunday with the formal premieres of "Football Night in America #1" (6.665 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.139 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.423 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1).

FOX (8.305 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then claimed the silver with a full hour of "The OT" (15.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #2) followed by repeats of "The Simpsons" (11.871 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.8, #4), "Last Man Standing" (3.257 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Family Guy" (1.902 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.383 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.544 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.701 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Big Brother 21" (4.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.635 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.799 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) plus originals from "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.406 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.833 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15).

And finally, repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.721 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18), "Masters of Illusion" (0.578 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.529 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #20) on The CW (0.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 846k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? - 7p (Nick): 648k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? - 7:30 (Nick): 514k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.141m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 367k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 319k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/10/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "And They're Off"

  • Kelly Clarkson's show off to a strong start (Deadline)

  • Peter Sagal gets into a listener limerick challenge with a subway worker, and now he wants to apologize. (South Bend Tribune)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 actors turned game show hosts (The Richest)

  • Vanna White: a timeline (Rare.us)

  • Dwayne Johnson gives an update on Kevin Hart (Deadline)

posted 9/10/19

Idol Worship
CBS Announces the Cast of "Survivor"
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 39th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

This edition features two legendary winners, Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, who return to the game to serve as mentors to a group of 20 new castaways. Combined, Boston Rob and Sandra have played over 200 days of SURVIVOR and plan to share their knowledge with the new castaways, but for the first time, they won't be competing for the money. During the 39 days, some castaways will have the opportunity to visit the Island of the Idols to learn skills and strategy from these "idols." Each player, selected to visit the special island in various ways throughout the season, will have to decide if they should put their knowledge to the test for a chance at a possible advantage in the game, or risk losing something very important in the process. Those who can rise up to the challenge will possibly gain an advantage and continue their individual quest for $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.

"For our 39th season, we are bringing back two of our most dominant winners to serve as mentors to a new group of castaways," said executive producer and host Jeff Probst. "It's a SURVIVOR boot camp where each week, players will be instructed on a different facet of the game and then have a chance to test what they've learned for a shot at an advantage."

These new castaways will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other, and in the end only one will remain to claim the title of Sole Survivor.

The show films in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, and is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst. The following are the 20 castaways competing this fall.

"LAIRO" TRIBE
- Ronnie Bardah (35; Brockton, Mass.; Pro Poker Player)
- Elizabeth Beisel (26; Saunderstown, R.I.; Olympic Medalist)
- Missy Byrd (24; Decatur, Ga.; Air Force Veteran)
- Dean Kowalski (28; Westfield, N. J.; Tech Sales)
- Tom Laidlaw (60; Brampton, Ontario; Former NHL Player)
- Aaron Meredith (36; Uncasville, Conn. Gym Owner)
- Vince Moua (27; Merced, Calif.; Admissions Counselor)
- Karishma Patel (37; Philadelphia; Personal Injury Lawyer)
- Elaine Stott (41; Woodbine, Ky.; Factory Worker)
- Chelsea Walker (26; Marlton, N.J.; Digital Content Creator)

"VOKAI" TRIBE
- Lauren Beck (28; Bakersfield, Calif.; Nanny)
- Molly Byman (27; Boston; Law Student)
- Janet Carbin (59; Neptune, N.J.; Chief Lifeguard)
- Kellee Kim (29; Costa Mesa, Calif.; MBA Student)
- Jason Linden (32; New York, N.Y.; Personal Injury Lawyer)
- Jack Nichting (23; Newport News, Va.; Graduate Student)
- Noura Salman (36; London, UK / Bethesda, Md.; Entrepreneur)
- Tommy Sheehan (26; Bayville, N.Y.; 4th Grade Teacher)
- Jamal Shipman (33; Jersey City, N.J.; College Administrator)
- Dan Spilo (48; New York, N.Y.; Talent Manager)


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posted 9/9/19

Wait for the Beep...
"Supermarket Sweep UK" Launches Today
From iNews

It's time to go wild in the aisles as Supermarket Sweep returns to TV screens with Rylan Clark-Neal hosting the new version of the classic daytime gameshow.

After an 18 year break, the sound of the till beeps will be heard once again as contestants will attempt to win the cash prize of £3,000.

The show has pretty much remained the same – albeit with a few little updates – with Clark-Neal confirming that the pastel-colored jumpers are even making a comeback.

Amid the excitement over the rebooted version, the host confirmed that the show will feature a tribute to Dale Winton.

The reboot kicks off tonight (Monday 9 September) on ITV2 at 8pm and will last for 60 minutes. The new series will air for the next four weeks every Monday. If viewers miss the episode, they can catch it on the ITV Hub.

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posted 9/9/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "They've Been Ready for 30 Years, Larry"

  • American Gladiators at 30 (Slate)

  • RuPaul's Drag Race taking its show to Vegas (Deadline)

  • Steve Harvey to join Anthem takeover of Mark Cuban's cable empire (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Who's that announcing Kelly Clarkson's new show? (TV Line)

  • Lynn Swann goes from the truth to USC to... out? (ESPN)

  • How Are You the One became must-watch TV for the LGBTQI+ community (The Wrap)

  • Sarah Palin reportedly gets mismatched with her husband after 31 (BLANKS) (KTLA Los Angeles)

  • Avner Netanyahu is chasing in Israel (Israel National News)

  • Gregg Wallace goes from MasterChef UK to high adventure (Deadline)

posted 9/9/19


CBS

Angelica McDaniel Exits CBS Daytime
Corporate Restructuring Underway
From B&C

Angelica McDaniel, head of CBS' daytime, is departing the network as daytime gets rolled into current programming overseen by Amy Reisenbach.

McDaniel has been at the network since 2010, when she was hired as a vice president overseeing The Talk.

"Angelica McDaniel championed our daytime series lineup with creativity, passion and energy and broke new ground by helping launch the network's first daytime talk show in years [The Talk] while respecting the long history and tradition of the dramas and game shows," said CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl in a statement. "We appreciate her many contributions and wish her well on her next endeavors."

McDaniel was promoted in 2012 to senior vice president of daytime and then to executive vice president in 2015, adding oversight of syndicated content development.

Besides The Talk, CBS' daytime lineup is currently composed of soap operas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, and game shows The Price is Right and Let's Make A Deal..

B&C

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 9/6/19


The Wrap

CHRIS MARCH: 1963-2019
"Project Runway" Season 4 Finalist
From The Wrap

Chris March, a popular fashion designer who appeared on the Bravo series "Project Runway" and crafted costumes for artists including Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce died Thursday, a person close to March confirmed. He was 56.

March finished in 4th place in Season 4 of the design competition show and 12th place in the fourth season of "Project Runway: All-Stars." He had his Bravo own spin-off, "Mad Fashion," which followed his career as a working fashion designer.

He worked on numerous Broadway productions and San Francisco's popular Beach Blanket Babylon cabaret show. March was known for his avant-garde and bold designs, including using real human hair.

In 2010, Meryl Streep enlisted March to design her Oscar and Golden Globe dresses.

March had suffered a debilitating fall in June 2017 that almost killed him. Following the accident, he was paralyzed in both legs as well as his right arm and hand.

On his GoFundMe page, March explained he was struggling with rehabilitation and its costs.

"I have recently run into several setbacks in my recovery, the biggest one being that my medical insurance went up over 500% at the beginning of 2019," he wrote. "I am also in need of leg braces, specialized physical therapy, a hearing aid, and a new living arrangement. Where I am now is unbearable and makes me anxious and depressed every day. I have considered suicide many times. I have tried my best to make strides."

In a Facebook tribute, his friend Anna Batsakes wrote, "Despite these limitations, Chris worked diligently to remain positive about his life and future. He was a creative, brilliant, loving man and a loyal friend."

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TV Line

posted 9/6/19

THURSDAY: Time to Kick This B Off!
NBC Wins on NFL
From the Futon Critic

NBC (19.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) kicked off the NFL season on top with its special editions of "NFL Kickoff 2019" (17.092 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (20.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.5, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (3.613 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.097 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "Young Sheldon" (3.955 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.163 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "FBI" (2.652 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.209 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Spin the Wheel" (2.088 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and the season finale of "Spin the Wheel" (2.329 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.523 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the feature "The Lego Movie" (1.508 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) plus the penultimate "Reef Break" (1.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Outpost" (0.685 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.591 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) alongside a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.500 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.615 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 705k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 10p (History): 483k
- America Says (GSN): 439k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 434k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 11p (History): 319k .

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posted 9/6/19


Buzzfeed News

Leslie Jones: From "SNL" to "Supermarket"?
Report: Former Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Player to Host Reboot
From Deadline

Saturday Night Live standout Leslie Jones is leaving NBC's late-night sketch comedy program after five seasons to pursue a slew of film and TV projects. Deadline reports that one of these projects is Supermarket Sweep, a reboot of the classic TV game show that Jones will be hosting and executive producing.

Deadline reports the revival, from Fremantle - owner of the format created by Al Howard and run on TV from 1967-1968 and again in the 1990s & 2000s - has been generating a lot of interest, with multiple networks bidding on it, both traditional broadcasters and streamers, with the list including ABC, NBC, Fox and Netflix.

ABC has a potent lineup of classic game show revivals where Supermarket Sweep with actress-comedian Jones would fit in nicely, including Match Game, hosted by fellow SNL-er Alec Baldwin, and a couple hosted by actor-comedians, including Celebrity Family Feud with Steve Harvey and To Tell the Truth, hosted by Anthony Anderson. Jones will appear on ABC's revival of The $100,000 Pyramid, facing off against Rosie O'Donnell.

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posted 9/6/19

The Market Is (Almost) Open
A Look Inside "Supermarket Sweep UK"
From Newscast Studio

ITV2 is bringing back the classic "Supermarket Sweep" game show to the U.K. again — and it looks like the show's faux supermarket set has been updated to be more in line with the trendy look stores are taking on along with some nods to the past.

ITV2 aired the show from 1993 to 2001 and 2007 with Dale Winton as host.

Rylan Clark-Neal will host the latest ITV2 iteration and the show is filmed from a fake supermarket set with bold horizontal wood and metallic headers, clean white shelving and backlit panels. Despite the new set echoing the look of a modern, trendy store, some nods to the gaudy pastels found on both the old shows' sets and in real life grocery store design.

Traditional grocery store checkout lanes, complete with their curved corners, are included in the set — with that shape also used in a floating header element and contestant and host lecterns.

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Pretty52
Northwest Evening Mail

posted 9/6/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Bring It On"

  • Sporcle's TriviaCon this April in Las Vegas is hosting... well, a lot of our friends. (Sporcle)

  • VIDEO WALL: John Cena on "5th Grader" has fun with a player (The Wrap) and plays his theme on the recorder (TV Line)

  • Alec Baldwin doesn't like playing Trump any more than anyone left of the writers of this site like the guy he's playing... but it's therapeutic (Deadline)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Family Feud Canada heads to Canada (CBC)

  • How long can people try to beat Bobby Flay (TV Overmind)

  • Alex Trebek... in affirmation form (Fast Company)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Noel Fielding (Decider)

posted 9/6/19


EndemolShine/CBS

Same Time Next Year...
CBS Renews "Big Brother" on the Eve of Double Eviction Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 22nd season to be broadcast in summer 2020. Julie Chen Moonves will return as host.

Since its premiere on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER continues to be one of television's top-rated summer series in young demographics. Summer-to-date, the Thursday and Sunday episodes are tops in key demos among all broadcasts.

In addition, this season, BIG BROTHER has experienced double-digit growth over last year in full episode streams across CBS digital platforms.

BIG BROTHER airs Sundays and Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves, on the CBS Television Network.

BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 94 HD cameras and more than 113 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, someone will be voted out of the house, with the last remaining Houseguest receiving the grand prize of $500,000. BIG BROTHER is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment in association with Endemol Shine North America.

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posted 9/5/19

WEDNESDAY: Three Kids... Part 2
"America's Got Talent" Wins for NBC. Again.
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) claimed top honors on a competitive Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (8.376 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Songland" (4.202 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.189 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

FOX (2.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MasterChef" (3.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "BH90210" (1.921 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.598 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "SWAT" (2.685 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8). Meanwhile,

ABC (2.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.604 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Schooled" (1.998 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.069 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Single Parents" (1.610 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.025 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Bulletproof" (0.658 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.556 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.085m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 906k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2: 694k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/5/19

Catch 2020
BBC Renews "Catchpoint"
From Broadway World

Catchpoint, a Possessed and 12 Yard co-production, will return to BBC One in 2020.

The series is the very first physical game show where contestants need quick reflexes and brains in order to win a cash prize in the ultimate battle of brains and balls.

Following a successful debut series which aired earlier in 2019, the family-friendly game show that combines physical fun with a new and exciting question mechanic will once again be hosted by TV Presenter and Comedian Paddy McGuinness.

Paddy McGuinness says: "Series one was a blast with some cracking contestants and I'm looking forward to getting caught up in the excitement once again."

Zoë Tait, Executive Producer, says: "We're delighted to be making a second series of Catchpoint and are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Paddy again on such a lively Saturday night show."

Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC, says: "Catchpoint combines quick wits and even quicker reflexes, MAKING IT a unique treat for the whole family to enjoy."

Broadway World

posted 9/5/19

For $25, Here's Your First Subject...
"The $100,000 Pyramid" Comes Home September 11
From Board Game Geek

Fans of "The $100,000 Pyramid" are about to get a chance to take Michael Strahan home with Pressman's upcoming release of the home game.

The beloved game show is back and ready to entertain a whole new generation! Grab your teammate and listen closely to the clues to choose the right word to get to the final round for big money!

Game includes a game pyramid as well as dozens of puzzles from the show and unique to the game.

"The $100,000 Pyramid" is available for preorder at Amazon.com for $24.99.

Board Game Geek

posted 9/5/19

TUESDAY: Three Kids Take Down Television
"America's Got Talent" Wins for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the champ on Tuesday thanks to its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (9.057 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.481 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

ABC (3.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) remained the silver draw with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) plus repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Black-ish" (1.457 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.501 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.245 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "FBI" (4.233 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.025 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.452 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The Resident" (1.378 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.526 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.515 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and a repeat "Mysteries Decoded" (0.566 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) closed out the evening on The CW (0.540 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 696k
- Chopped (Food): 680k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 576k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30p (VH1): 512k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (VH1): 421k
- Holey Moley (R/ESPN2): 165k


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posted 9/5/19

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Whatever's in the Basket
"Chopped's" Sweets Showdown Begins October 1
From the Futon Critic

Ted Allen hosts this new high-stakes dessert tournament for the ages in the five-episode stunt, Chopped: Sweets Showdown, premiering Tuesday, October 1st at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode four chefs have a sweet-themed ingredient in their mystery baskets that they must use through three rounds to create different dessert iterations with a limited amount of time. A rotating panel of Chopped and special guest judges, including Florian Bellanger, Valerie Bertinelli, Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos, Martha Stewart, Sylvia Weinstock and Zac Young, determine which chefs from each heat will move on to the finale for a shot at the $50,000 grand prize!

"When thinking of decadent items such as cake, chocolate, doughnuts and ice cream, an enjoyable and indulgent dessert comes to mind, but having these items added into each rounds' mystery baskets that the competitors must seamlessly incorporate into their dishes makes for an epic showdown that pushes the chefs outside their comfort zones to solve this sweet-themed culinary puzzle," said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/5/19

Another Rylan Clark-Neal Joint?
"Supermarket Sweep UK" Host to Front Reboot of "Ready Steady Cook"
From Pretty 52

Fans of British TV game shows of the 90s are going to LOVE this news: Ready Steady Cook is being rebooted.

Yes, the iconic cooking show is being recommissioned by the BBC for 2020, although there'll be no Ainsley Harriott at the helm this time round. Instead, presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, 30, will be shouting "ready steady cook" when the iconic show returns.

The famous series burst onto our screens in October 1994 and ran until February 2010, with celebrity chef Ainsley - now 62 - taking over hosting duties from Fern Britton in 2000. Ainsley hosted more than 1,000 episodes in his time on the show and later seasons of its American version, "Ready Set Cook" for Food Network.

According to The Sun, the reboot will see the franchise updated to reflect "contemporary food themes" such as healthy eating and cooking on a budget, all taking place in a newly-designed Ready Steady Cook kitchen.

Speaking about the reboot and his upcoming hosting gig, Rylan said: "I'm so excited that Ready Steady Cook is finally coming back to our screens.

"To be asked to host such an amazing show for the BBC is such a privilege. After making the finals of Celebrity MasterChef I know how tough cooking under pressure can be."

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C21 Media
The Scotsman

posted 9/5/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Finally... Football"

  • Farrah Moan is calling shenanigans on Ariana (Billboard)

  • Betty White kicks off the 100th season of the NATIONAL.... Football League. (TV Guide)

  • Anthony Anderson, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog join "The Masked Singer" as guest judges (The Wrap)

posted 9/4/19

MONDAY: A Labor (Day) of Love
ABC Wins Demo with "Bachelor", "Ninja Warrior" Holds Strong for Totals
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.503 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the Labor Day champ in demos with fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.364 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Second place then went to NBC (4.074 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (4.558 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and a repeat "Dateline NBC" (3.108 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was CBS (3.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.337 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Young Sheldon" (3.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Mom" (3.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Bull" (3.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.816 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.816 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.807 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.921 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.704 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.075m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 621k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (MTV): 238k
.

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posted 9/4/19

WEEKEND: More Ninjas
CBS' "Big Brother" Dips to College Football, NBC's "Ninja" Replay Wins Friday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (2.614 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on a low key Friday with repeats of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.613 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "Dateline NBC" (2.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up encores of "BH90210" (1.024 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "MasterChef" (1.093 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (0.809 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "The Big Stage" (0.620 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) plus a repeat "Hypnotize Me" (0.491 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 796k

ABC (5.117 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) opened September on top with its presentation of "ABC's Fall Preview Special" (3.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "College Football: Houston Cougars at Oklahoma Sooners" (5.341 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (3.910 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "Big Brother 21" (4.095 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.844 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (2.388 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), another "America's Got Talent" (2.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Bring the Funny" (1.566 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (1.091 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), another "Last Man Standing" (1.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Bob's Burgers" (0.768 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Family Guy" (1.006 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) and the season finale of "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.615 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

And finally, second runs of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.633 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16), "Masters of Illusion" (0.514 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.563 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) on The CW (0.586 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.171m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 387k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 370k


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posted 9/4/19

House Party in Germany
Banijay Sells Format to ProSieben
From C21 Media

German free-to-air network ProSieben has commissioned a new gameshow from Banijay Productions Germany, part of Banijay Group.

Die Live-Show bei dir Zuhause (The Live Show at Your Home) will see two neighboring families compete in a series of challenges live in the middle of their street for the chance to win prizes.

The show is scheduled to air later this year.

Banijay Productions Germany was launched in 2018 and sits alongside Brainpool and Good Times under Banijay's German umbrella. Other recent shows from Banijay Productions Germany include adventure reality format Survivor and gameshow Wild Things, which will premiere this month on VOX and RTL2 respectively. Both are based on Banijay Group formats.

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Worldscreen

posted 9/3/19

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 25
From TV Newscheck

The big traditional entertainment magazines generated the ratings steam in an otherwise tepid late-season syndication session ending Aug. 25.

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) 6.0 +3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 NC
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Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8 +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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B+C
The Wrap

posted 9/4/19

Japanese Life Hacks
ITVS Sells Format to TBS
From C21 Media

Japanese broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) has teamed up with a UK-based format developer and producer to launch a new gameshow for the global market.

TBS has partnered with Dave Winnan, former director of format development and production at ITV Studios (ITVS), to create Time is Money: The Celebrity Life Hack Show.

Details of the format will be unveiled at a breakfast presentation at Mipcom next month.

The studio-based game format "gives you all of the celebrity chaos and family fun you expect from a top variety show, but marries it with some top lifestyle take-home too," Winnan told C21. "We call it The Celebrity Life Hack Show and it's got the best of The Generation Game married with top all-star banter, prizes and a unique commercial angle to help with those shiny-floor budgets."

Shinichi Mishiro, head of format development at TBS, told C21 that Time is Money is "the first tangible fruit of the new partnership" with the UK-based flying producer."

C21 Media

posted 9/4/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Bring It On"

  • Artem Chigvintsev is not watching "Dancing" (GoldDerby) ... and neither is Sharna Burgess?. (GoldDerby)

  • VIDEO WALL: ... what the hell is that thing?! (The Wrap)

  • Dwayne Johnson saves Kelly Clarkson's show (Deadline)

  • Byron Allen's court case with Comcast is sparking a boycott (Deadline)

  • Alec Baldwin's roast list just got longer (The Futon Critic)

  • Alex Trebek's Lake House for $1.3 Million, please. (The Marin Independent Journal)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Before he was a convicted felon, Paul Manafort was in the audience of "What Would You Do?" while Marc measured how heavy his wife's purse was. We are not kidding (The AV Club)

posted 9/4/19

Rebel Wilson's Game Show Career Goes to the Dogs... Literally
Actress to Host "Pooch Perfect" in Australia
From The Wrap

Rebel Wilson is set to host an Australian reality show following the lives of competition dog groomers, so naturally it's called "Pooch Perfect."

"It's all about the people who are mainly focusing on the grooming aspects of dogs," "The Morning Show" entertainment editor Peter Ford said on Tuesday. Yeah, it's kind of like "Best in Show," Ford acknowledged.

Watch the announcement below, which Wilson shared with her 2.9 million Twitter followers.

"I guess the news is out! So stoked to be joining Ch 7 for this super fun show! #PoochPerfect https://t.co/P6IVGBOQk4 — Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) September 3, 2019

"Pooch Perfect" will air on Australia's Channel 7. If you don't get the pun, Wilson stars in the "Pitch Perfect" movies. Wilson's mom, Sue, is a professional dog handler. "The Morning Show" co-host Kylie Gillies referred to Rebel as a "former junior dog handler.".

The Wrap

Deadline

posted 9/3/19


Daily Mirror

HALEY SMITH: 1993-2019
"American Idol" Season 11 Contestant
From Deadline

Haley Smith, a contestant on Season 11 of American Idol, died Saturday following a motorcycle crash in Millinocket, Maine, Millinocket police confirmed. She was 26.

In a statement, police said it appears Smith failed to negotiate a sharp turn and crashed. She was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the crash is pending.

Smith auditioned in 2012 in Colorado at age 18, performing Rufus and Chaka Kahn's "Tell Me Something Good" for judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Tyler seemed particularly impressed, telling Smith he loved her voice and was honored to hear her sing, adding she was right out of his "era." She made it to Hollywood, but was cut after the first round.

Smith's father, Mike Smith, told TMZ, which was first to report her death, that his daughter was a good rider and believes a deer may have been involved in the accident.

Deadline
The Wrap
TV Line

posted 9/3/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Struggle Is Real"

  • Netflix is entertaining weekly releases... like it hasn't done so before. (The Wrap)

  • Jameela Jamil offers a miserable preview of "The Misery Index" (TV Insider)

  • Marc Summers makes the announcement no fan of "Double Dare" wants to hear: Nick decides against a season 3 (Instagram)

  • Leslie Jones isn't dead. Only graduating (TV Line)

  • John O'Hurley is embarrassed for some friends of his (The Wrap)

  • #ICYMI: A German "Millionaire" fan is going for the big one. For the real real (The Guardian)

posted 9/3/19

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