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Disney/ABC Television
Question 17...
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" Renewed through 2019
From the Hollywood Reporter

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire isn't going anywhere.

The long-running game show has been renewed for a 17th season on ABC-owned stations. Also ordered is another season of viral video show RightThisMinute. The renewals will keep the pair of reality series on the air through 2019.

Millionaire, currently in its 16th season in national syndication, is hosted by The Bachelor's Chris Harrison. The series, produced by Valleycrest Productions, continues to be the only game show that offers a $1 million prize to each and every contestant. Since the program debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won more than $95 million. James Rowley serves as an executive producer.

According to ABC, both shows are posting year-to-year household ratings gains and are among only four out of more than 30 nationally syndicated first-run strips that have generated ratings increases this year.

The Hollywood Reporter
TV Newscheck
Deadline
The Futon Critic
Programming Insider

posted 1/17/18


Sony Pictures TV
Back to Work
Legendary Host Returns to Jeopardy! After Brain Surgery
From KARE Minneapolis

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is back and taping new episodes of his enduring game show following a serious head injury caused by a fall.

Trebek recently disclosed he had surgery in December for a subdural hematoma caused by a fall.

Laughing with the audience during Tuesday's taping, Trebek quipped “One good thing [came] from this: I’ve now had successful surgeries from head to toe.”

His injury sparked a social media outpouring of support from everyone from former contestants to concerned viewers.

"It was so nice to see the good wishes from so many of our former contestants... Watching the video overwhelmed me, as did all the thoughts and nice words that so many of our fans have posted."
– Alex Trebek http://bit.ly/get-well-Alex


Due to Jeopardy!’s aggressive taping schedule viewers will not notice an interruption in new episodes due to the host's injury.

Entertainment Weekly
TMZ
PopCulture
CTV News
Deadline
Bustle
Rolling Stone
International Business Times
ABC News
The Wrap
KARE Minneapolis

posted 1/17/18

NATPE Announces Reality Breakthrough Winners
"Wall", "Drag Race" Get Honored
From Worldscreen

The winners of the fourth annual Unscripted Breakthrough Awards were unveiled at NATPE Miami during a ceremony hosted by Dan Abrams, chief legal analyst for ABC News and host of Big Fish Entertainment’s hit series Live PD on A&E.

The winners were revealed during a special luncheon ceremony at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. The NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Awards honor programs and celebrate people that broke through the clutter and altered the expectations of what constitutes a reality program.

Awards were presented in the categories of innovation, competition, documentary, docusoap, factual and game shows. The winner in the competition category is RuPaul’s Drag Race, while the documentary award went to The Defiant Ones. In the docusoap area, the Real Housewives franchise took home the prize, while Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Wall won for factual and game shows, respectively. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath won for innovation, which was a new category this year.

Worldscreen

posted 1/17/18

TUESDAY: This Is A Game
"Game of Games" Helps NBC to a Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) continued its reign on Tuesday with new episodes from "Ellen's Game of Games" (8.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "This Is Us" (9.774 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Chicago Med" (7.876 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Second place then went to FOX (3.754 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.973 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "LA to Vegas" (2.772 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Mick" (2.297 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Next up was ABC (3.623 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (6.114 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.873 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.874 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.560 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (9.721 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.681 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Bull" (5.817 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

And finally, The CW (2.390 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night with the return of "The Flash" (2.474 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) plus the debut of "Black Lightning" (2.305 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

The Hollywood Reporter
TV Newscheck
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 1/17/18

MONDAY: ABC Gives Us A Rose
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.460 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Bachelor" (6.559 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "The Good Doctor" (9.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

CBS (5.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the number two draw with the return of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.119 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (5.891 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "9JKL" (5.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Scorpion" (5.557 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Next up was NBC (5.068 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with new episodes of "The Wall" (5.825 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Better Late Than Never" (5.474 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "The Brave" (3.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up a new "The Gifted" (3.397 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) followed by the season finale of "The Gifted" (3.387 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, the return of "Supergirl" (2.147 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a new "Valor" (1.044 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.595 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.511m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/17/18

WEEKEND: Black Jacket Affair
CBS Wins Night, Fox Comes Second in Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.126 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the top spot on Friday with its mainstays "MacGyver" (8.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.264 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.023 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

FOX (2.902 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.560 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and a repeat "9-1-1" (2.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with the winter premieres of "Blindspot" (3.567 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Taken" (2.757 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (4.252 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up originals from "Child Support" (4.119 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.294 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "20/20" (3.263 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, a new "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.696 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.959 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.827 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (P/Nick): 1.112m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.070m
- Amazingness (MTV): 557k

On cable Sunday..
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.845m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.141m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/17/18

Three Faces of Game
"Your Face or Mine" Renewed
From British Comedy Guide

Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan are set to film two more series of Your Face Or Mine, the TV comedy show in which couples must judge their own attractiveness.

Filming on the new batch of episodes is due to start in February, with Series 3 expected to be shown on Comedy Central from March. A fourth series will be shown at a later date.

In total, 22 more episodes will be recorded.

Producers confirm: "The smash hit game show, Your Face Or Mine, is back to put more relationships to the test once again. It's the cult-classic, couples-based comedy format in which your face can win you cash. Hosted by Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan, couples are forced to compare their looks with other people's - and ultimately with each other's - over a series of revelation-filled rounds."

The channel adds: "In addition to the audiences' favourite rounds, the two new series will also feature brand new rounds designed to ramp up the awkwardness even more. The new series will not only see more members of the public face Jimmy and Katherine's relationship-testing game but there will be even more celebrity couples putting their love on the line for a chance to win money for their chosen charity."

Comedy Central aired the first series of the format from May last year, with the second - which had been commissioned and filmed at the same time - starting in October. The channel has labelled the series a "huge success", with over 3.7m individuals calculated as having seen an episode.

Katherine Ryan comments: "Jimmy and I are back and we're fully committed to improving the lives of couples by handing them cash (and trying to break them up!). Some will tell the truth and risk being dumped and others will lie to save their relationship but either way we're in for more awkward encounters this series".

When it was launched, the format was described as a "Tinder-inspired" reboot of the E4 show that Carr hosted with June Sarpong in 2002 and 2003.

Speaking at the time of the first series, Jimmy Carr said: "I'm delighted to be bringing back Your Face Or Mine to Comedy Central. In an age when people are forever judging individuals on how they look, placing attractiveness on a pedestal above intelligence, and forcing others to fit societal norms of beauty, why not make them do all of those things, to their loved ones, on national television and for money?"

British Comedy Guide

posted 1/17/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Someone's Clock Was Ticking"

  • Three weeks before "Beat the Clock" premieres, Paul Costabile beat his own clock. The host & his new wife are new parents! (People)
     

  • Ellen's one-eyed monster meets the Internet (PopCulture)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Wave (W) (Radio Times)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Happy birthday Betty White! (WTSP Tampa St. Petersburg)
     

  • Anne Hegerty likes to play against herself in the Chase app (Mirror)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Padma Lakshmi supports "Top Chef" contestant's cancer battle (Reality TV World)
     

  • Kim Kardashian's a mom. Again. (Reality TV World)
     

  • SPOILERS AHEAD! "Bachelor" castoff from this week heading to the "Winter Games" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jey Uso heads from "Paradise Run" to a DWI charge (The Wrap)
     

  • RuPaul to star in "Drag Queens on a Plane" and expand "Drag Race" to Thailand (Broadway World)
     

  • Nick Viall dates upwards (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FINAL FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Rose Marie (Newsweek)

posted 1/15/18


Games Gone By: Temptation: The New Sale of the Century
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

What happens when you take one of the 80s most popular game shows, slap a "Price Is Right" pricing game title on it, get a young-ish host to control it all...and then make sure everyone has the chance to buy the most expensive prize available after just three or four visits? Why, you get "Temptation: The All-New Sale of the Century", the latest of the "Games Gone By..." that ruined the show it was mimicking. Chris Wolvie explains why...

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/16/18


TBS
We'd Tell You Nick's Newest Game Show Host, But We Can't See Him
John Cena to Host "Keep It Spotless"
From the AV Club

Nickelodeon’s Double Dare was probably the slipperiest, sloppiest, and slimiest game show in TV history, an iconic piece of the network’s identity that showed a generation of kids and families how much fun it can be to put on a jump suit, answer some trivia questions, and just dive headfirst into a big, snot-filled nose or whatever. Now, though, Nickelodeon has announced a new game show that is essentially a rejection of everything Double Dare and Nickelodeon itself once stood for. In other words, as horrifying as it sounds, it’s literally a show about staying clean.

Titled Keep It Spotless, the show will be hosted by difficult-to-see wrestling man John Cena, and a press release says it’ll be about “kids competing in a variety of physical and paint-filled challenges” where the goal is to not touch any paint. At the end of each round, some kind of machine will scan each kid and scientifically determine how much paint got on them, with the winners being the ones who stayed the cleanest. Clearly, “PC culture” has finally gone way too far.

In addition to hosting Keep It Spotless (which will premiere later this year, Cena will also appear on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a bad guy named Baron Draxum, and he’ll host the 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards in March.

The AV Club
Wrestling Inc.
Wrestling Observer

posted 1/15/18

THURSDAY: A Big Hit (and Not the Good Kind)
CBS Wins, "The Four" Takes a Dive
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.833 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was Thursday's top draw thanks to new episodes from "The Big Bang Theory" (15.649 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "Young Sheldon" (14.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "Mom" (9.534 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Life in Pieces" (7.135 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "SWAT" (6.330 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Second place then went to ABC (5.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with an encore of "Child Support" (3.486 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) followed by "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story" (6.627 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with week two of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.088 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) followed by a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.987 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (3.853 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "The Good Place" (3.093 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Will & Grace" (4.131 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Great News" (2.394 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Chicago Fire" (5.225 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.273 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with "The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards" (1.273 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.012m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 982k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 902k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 847k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 415k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/15/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "On the Next Cover Story..."

  • GSN tries to stretch the story of how a former game show model turned respectable actress and a prince fell in love... in an hour... on the next "Cover Story" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Jojo Siwa takes on Nick Cannon on "LSB Shorties" (The Wrap)
     

  • Phil Keoghan is racing to NatGeo to host the new series of "Explorer" (The Wrap)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Gwendolyn Osborne Smith (Rare.us) and Keri-Anne Payne (BT)

posted 1/15/18


TBS
Joker... JOKER... RENEWED
"Joker's Wild" to Return for Season 2 This Spring
From the Futon Critic

Turner's TBS has renewed the hit unscripted series' Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop the Mic for second seasons. The network re-launched its unscripted business in 2017 with the re-imagined, classic game show reboot and the celebrity-led rap battle competition. They soon emerged as the top two unscripted cable comedies in 2017, reaching an average of 2.5M viewers per episode across TBS's linear, VOD, and digital platforms and have earned over 200 million social and Youtube views to date. Drop the Mic climbed digital audience score rankings week over week, holding the #1 spot three weeks in a row, based on all prime-time comedies that aired new episodes.

"Our relaunch of TBS' unscripted efforts hit the ground running with the series premieres of Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop The Mic, and we never looked back," said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. "And Season 2 is going to be filled with next-level celebrity beef under the guidance of Method and Hailey, and much, much higher stakes courtesy of some extra Snoop-a-fied gaming led by the Dogg himself."

Snoop Dogg, who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite game show growing up, hosts the TBS version, Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild, set in his very own casino that includes an oversized slot machine, giant dice and playing cards. Snoop-a-fied questions and pop culture knowledge rule the floor with all the action controlled by the one and only Snoop D-O Double G. Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop Dogg serves as executive producer, along with two-time Emmy(R) winner, Super Bowl Champion and Good Morning, America co-host Michael Strahan. Also executive-producing are Vincent Rubino, Constance Schwartz-Morini for SMAC Entertainment and Ted Chung for Merry Jane.

Drop the Mic is based on the enormously popular segment from the Emmy(R) winning and viral hit The Late Late Show with James Corden. The TBS series is hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin and pits celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture to face off against each other in a rap battle royale packed with lyrically creative genius and "I can't believe they just said that" moments. At the end of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience votes to determine the winner. Drop the Mic is produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 Productions. James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp serve as executive producers, with Joanna Gallagher as co-executive producer.

Both series will return in the Spring of 2018.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety

posted 1/11/18

TruTV Pays Off
Quiz Show to Launch Summer, Offer Paying Your Student Loans
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of a breakout year in 2017, truTV today announced 2018 greenlights, premiere dates and guest stars ahead of the network's panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Being paneled today at TCA, Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters will welcome a crop of talented guest stars to the prolific director's scripted comedic anthology series. Bringing viewers twisted, darkly witty satirical tales, each episode mashes up two distinct genres and features characters who are misfits, monsters, or both, but with unexpected and fantastical turns. Joining Bobcat on today's panel are guest stars Bridget Everett, Seth Green and Danny Pudi with additional guest stars included in the description below. The show premieres in summer 2018 and a first look is available at http://bit.ly/2mswtRN.

The network also announced the series greenlight of Paid Off with Michael Torpey, a half-hour comedy game show where contestants compete for the chance to have their student debt paid off. In addition, truTV has ordered to pilot Tacoma FD (wt), a half-hour scripted comedy from Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, co-creators and stars of the cult classic film, Super Troopers.

Finally, truTV unveiled guest stars for returning series Talk Show the Game Show and premiere dates for Adam Ruins Everything and The Chris Gethard Show, which will return in spring 2018.

2017 marked the third full year since truTV's emergence as a comedy brand, and the network once again delivered on its promise to provide a wholly-original programming slate of premium comedic content with creators at the center. Driving this huge momentum and sustained ratings growth - truTV is one of only two networks with two consecutive years of growth in prime among adults 18-49 - is a mix of scripted, non-scripted and hybrid projects including: the breakout freshman series At Home with Amy Sedaris and I'm Sorry; one of cable's top 5 original comedies, Impractical Jokers; the inventive investigative comedy Adam Ruins Everything; and two series bringing the fun and spontaneity back into late-night, The Chris Gethard Show and Talk Show the Game Show, among others.

Below is a complete rundown of truTV's latest programming moves.

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Development:

Tacoma FD (wt)

Scripted Pilot Order

With their long-anticipated film Super Troopers 2 debuting this spring, co-creator and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme are putting on new uniforms in Tacoma FD, a new half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in the wettest city in America. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, they are basically fire fighters who are always ready to fight fires... but in this wet city, they also have to fight their own boredom.

The series is co-created and executive produced by Heffernan and Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from Silverscreen Pictures.

New Series:

Paid Off with Michael Torpey

16-Episode New Series Greenlight Airing Summer 2018

The student loan crisis is ridiculous, so comedian Michael Torpey (Orange is the New Black) is solving it in the most ridiculous way possible, a comedy game show. Paid Off with Michael Torpey gives three lucky college grads - saddled with student debt - the chance to test the depth of their degrees with fun, fast paced trivia questions. In the end, one lucky winner will get the chance to have their student debt paid off.

The series is co-created by Torpey and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who also produces. Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers for Cowboy Bear Ninja alongside executive producers Torpey, Ethan Berlin and Leigh Hampton.

Returning Series:

Talk Show the Game Show

Back-to-Back Episodes Premiere Thursday, February 1 (10:30pm and 11:00pm ET/PT)

Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) is back with 16 all-new first season episodes of his outrageous mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show. Based on Branum's popular live comedy show, the series is a boisterous combination of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other to vie for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Each week, guests square off, racking up points for the name drops, project plugs and political grandstanding that are the bread and butter of every talk show. The difference is that on this show it literally counts!

Also returning this year are the series' comedic panel of judges including Emmy(R) Award-winning writer and host of the popular podcast "My Favorite Murder," Karen Kilgariff, and author and journalist Casey Schreiner. The judges give the real-time reactions we all want during a talk show appearance: roasting mediocre guests and applauding what the best guests did right. Celebrity contestants and matchups featured in these new episodes include:

· Melissa Joan Hart; Caroline Rhea; Jared Logan
· Colin Quinn; Charles Barkley; Marissa Jaret Winokur
· Fortune Feimster; Reggie Bush; Nick Thune
· Cheryl Hines; Ron Funches; Michael Kosta
· Billy Eichner; David Koechner; Lauren Lapkus
· Tate Donovan; Kym Whitley; Cristela Alonzo
· Andy Richter; Sasheer Zamata; Nadia G
· Cynthia Bailey; Cole Escola; Andy Kindler
· Anders Holm; Lennon Parham, Seaton Smith
· Loni Love; Andy Bell; Nicole Sullivan
· Heather Dubrow; Tone Bell; Maribeth Monroe
· Wanda Sykes; Lauren Ash; Nico Santos
· Ileana Douglas; Arturo Castro; Alec Mapa
· Dave Holmes; Maria Thayer; Eliza Skinner
· Natasha Leggero; Cam'ron; Wilson Cruz
· Jill Kargman; Judah Friedlander; Joel Kim Booster

Following the two-episode premiere at 10:30pm on February 1, Talk Show the Game Show moves to its regularly scheduled 11:00pm timeslot beginning February 8.

The series is produced by Push It Productions with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz, Anna Wenger and Branum serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Splitsider
Deadline
Deadline

posted 1/11/18

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.690 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) edged out the demo pack with week two of "The X-Files" (3.893 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "9-1-1" (5.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

NBC (6.342 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "The Blacklist" (6.118 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.066 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.565 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.005 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Speechless" (4.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Modern Family" (5.792 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "American Housewife" (4.562 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Match Game" (3.294 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.245 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Amazing Race 30" (6.939 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "SEAL Team" (6.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Criminal Minds" (5.653 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with its specials "The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala" (1.178 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Animal Crackers" (0.627 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.104m
- Iron Chef Showdown (SF/Food): 778k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (SF/Food): 709k

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posted 1/11/18


Entertainment Studios
"Funny You Should Ask"... for a Renewal
New Deal to Take Show Through 2021
From Deadline

What does one have to do to get a two-year renewal for their syndicated game show? Funny You Should Ask.

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios today handed just such an order to its daily series hosted by Jon Kelley. The move will keep the show on the syndie airwaves until at least the 2020-21 season, which will be its fourth. By then, the series will have produced 520 episodes.

“Funny You Should Ask is growing rapidly in all key metrics,” Allen said. “This comedy game show is perfectly positioned for long-term success.”

Executive produced by Scott Satin, the half-hour Funny You Should Ask features a panel of professional stand-up comics who interact with contestants for cash and prizes. The stakes increase in every episode as the game progresses. The strip is cleared in 93% of the country including the top three markets: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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posted 1/11/18

More on "Lip Sync Battle Live"
Catch Special January 18 on Paramount!
From the Futon Critic

"Lip Sync Battle" has signed three of Hollywood's hottest superstars for its epic LIVE event.

Neil Patrick Harris, a 5-time Emmy(R) and Tony (R)Award winning actor; Taraji P. Henson, an Academy Award(R) nominated and Golden Globes(R) Award winning actress starring in Proud Mary (Sony Pictures) in theaters January 12; and Hailee Steinfeld, a Golden Globes (R) and Academy Award(R) nominated actress and a multi-platinum recording artist, will be featured participants in "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION."

The epic larger than life performances will showcase some of Michael Jackson's greatest hits.

The landmark television event celebrating the legendary entertainment icon, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, will take place LIVE from the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, January 18 at 9:00pm.

"Michael Jackson's groundbreaking sound and style changed the course of music, videos and Live performance forevermore," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "This line up of incredible superstar performers are inspired and ready to bring it LIVE on 1.18.18!"

This must-see special event will launch the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV).

Additional participants will be announced shortly.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite performance on Twitter using talent specific hashtags.

Paramount Network is partnering with "VH1 Save The Music" to award the winner a grant to a school in the market of their choice. This grant will fund new music programs and support the foundations dedication to helping kids, schools and communities realize their full potential through the power of making music.

The one-hour special, produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, in consultation with The Estate of Michael Jackson, will feature larger-than-life performances LIVE from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" will feature a special performance by Michael Jackson ONE(TM) by Cirque du Soleil, the critically acclaimed show in permanent residence at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The special is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson, James Sunderland, LL COOL J, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and 8 Million Plus Productions, and directed by Glenn Weiss, and all songs performed during the special are featured in Michael Jackson ONE(TM).

The sponsors for "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" include Pepsi, SONIC(R) Drive-In and Volkswagen.

Season 4 kicks off on January 25 at 10pm ET/PT.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/10/18

SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 31
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan came up big in the holiday session ending Dec. 31, scoring its best rating since Ryan Seacrest joined the program. Live unwrapped a new season high 2.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, surging 13% from the week before and tying usual leader Dr. Phil for first place in talk.

That was not an easy task, as no show has been able to tie Phil since the summer of 2016. Phil, which was the only talk show in the top 10 to include the very low-rated Christmas Day in its average, was in reruns all week and got penalized with massive preemptions from college bowl games, slipping 13% to a new season-low 2.6.

Elsewhere, Family Feud widened its margin over the game shows with a 3% boost to a 6.8, while Jeopardy was next at a 6.0, down 8%.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -8%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.6* +20%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 1/10/18


NBC
Game On for Season 2!
One Regular Episode in, and NBC Gives the Vote of Confidence
From the Futon Critic

Fresh off its stellar debut, NBC has ordered a 13-episode second season of its new hit alternative series "Ellen's Game of Games."

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

"I'm so excited to get to do another season because I'm not just the producer and host, I'm also a loyal viewer," said Ellen DeGeneres. "I hope this can continue to be a show that families can come together and enjoy watching as much as I enjoy hosting. I don't wanna say this next season is gonna be even messier, but I have invested heavily into a whipped cream company."

"Ellen's enthusiasm and energy is utterly infectious. It's been exciting to watch her antics supersized on a primetime stage," Telegdy said. "Audiences love spending time with her and we know she'll continue to raise the bar with even bigger games and more hilarity as the show continues to grow."

"Ellen is a comic genius and no one relates to their fans the way she does," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "With 'Ellen's Game of Games' she has yet another out-of-the-box hit and we are absolutely thrilled to start shooting our second season."

The Jan. 2 regular-slot premiere of "Ellen's Game of Games" averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers overall in "live plus three day" Nielsens, and then at 9 p.m., a second episode rose to a 2.7 in 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers overall, giving "Game of Games" the #1 and #2 ratings of the night in 18-49. The 8 p.m. "Game of Games" generated the highest in-season results for a regular-slot alternative series premiere since March 2016 in the "live plus same day" stream, as well as NBC's best in-season total-viewer performance in the time period with a non-"Voice" entertainment series in more than five years.

Last night, NBC (8.202 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ thanks to new episodes of "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "This Is Us" (9.700 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Chicago Med" (6.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Second place then went to CBS (11.058 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with its trio of "NCIS" (14.155 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bull" (10.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its mix of "The Middle" (5.391 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.626 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Black-ish" (3.768 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.699 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.441 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.233 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "LA to Vegas" (2.634 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "The Mick" (2.010 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.885 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.890 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.880 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.030m
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- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 872k
- America's Next Top Model (SP/VH1): 856k
- Ink Master: Return of the Masters (SP/Spike): 786k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (SF/MTV): 609k

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posted 1/10/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Quiz Mommy"

  • Sarah Pribis hosted the million-user HQ game on Sunday (USA Today) while a UK-centric version launches with sub-host Sharon Carpenter presenting (Evening Standard)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Love Connection (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Why did Kelly Clarkson choose "The Voice" over "American Idol"? (Reality TV World)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Britain's Brightest Family (Digital Spy)
     

  • Austin Rogers doesn't want to be the quiz guy (Bedford + Bowery)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 fun facts about the Feud (Mental Floss)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Davidson (Broadway World)

posted 1/10/18

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