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Disney/ABC Domestic Television

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire at 20
Anatomy of a Modern-Day Classic
From Forbes

On this day in 1999, when the typical network TV series in the summer was a repeat or a leftover, ABC tried something original care of game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Hosted by Regis Philbin, who at the time was schmoozing with Kathie Lee Gifford on their syndicated morning talker Live!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? initially aired in a two-week window on multiple nights in primetime.

The format, of course, featured contestants attempting to win a top prize of $1,000,000 by answering a series of multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty.

After solid sampling at a time when few individuals were watching the broadcasters in the dog days of the summer, ratings rose in each telecast within that initial two-week window. And the result, not surprisingly, was ABC bringing the game show back in the traditional 1999-2000 TV season. By May of 2000, these multiple telecasts of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? held the top 3 spots in all of primetime (pushing former champion ER on NBC to the No. 4 spot).

Since success breeds imitation, the competing networks rushed to get into the suddenly hot game show game format in primetime care of The Weakest Link and Twenty One on NBC, Winning Lines on CBS and Fox's Greed).

While ABC could have (and should have, perhaps) taken the slower approach to keep Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on the air longer, Millionaire at its height was airing five nights per week (with close to 30-million viewers per telecast). And the rapid rise and over-exposure led to its demise in primetime by June 2002. But that was certainly not the last we saw of the game show.

A syndicated daytime version, initially hosted by Meredith Vieira, began on September 16, 2002. Regis Philbin certainly would have taken the job had he not been co-hosting Live! (by then with Kelly Ripa). Vieira was replaced by Cedric the Entertainer in 2013, followed by Terry Crews and, most recently, Chris Harrison. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? concluded its 17-season run in daytime this past May. And Regis Philbin has popped up on ABC in primetime on occasion with special editions of the show.

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posted 8/16/19

Meanwhile, the Story of the Man Who Gamed It Will Be Told
AMC, ITV to Team for "Quiz"
From The Wrap

AMC and ITV have ordered a three-part series, "Quiz," based on James Graham's play of the same name about a British couple who attempted to cheat their way to win at the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

"Succession" star Matthew Macfadyen will star as Major Charles Ingram, who along with his wife, Diana (played by "Fleabag's" Sian Clifford), were accused of cheating their way to winning the million-pound prize on the British version of the game show in 2001. The couple worked with an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the audience. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant.

Michael Sheen will play Tarrant, with Michael Jibson playing Whittock. The series also stars Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory and Aisling Bea.

"A Very English Scandal's" Stephen Frears will direct. Graham will write the series, which will be produced by Left Bank Pictures. It will be distributed by Sony Pictures Television, which also owns and distributes "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" worldwide.

Filming is currently underway in London.

"If this tale was invented you'd think it too preposterous – the fact that it is true, and told so brilliantly, makes for an unmissable three-part TV event that will entertain and enthrall Americans audiences every bit as much as their British counterparts," Sarah Barnett, president of Entertainment Networks Group at AMC Networks, said. "'Quiz' has the most remarkable bunch of talented people attached both in front of and behind the camera, and we, at AMC, are delighted to be part of it."

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posted 8/16/19


Wall Street Journal

PETER FONDA: 1939-2019
Actor Played "What's My Line", "Password"
From Deadline

Peter Fonda, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his work in the groundbreaking Easy Rider, which he co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in, has died at age 79.

The son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, brother of actress Jane Fonda, and father of actress Bridget Fonda, his death was confirmed by his publicist.

"It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away. Fonda, 79 years old, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16th at 11:05am at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

"In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy. And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom. From his Family."

Fonda's death comes just past the 50th anniversary of the release of Easy Rider, which debuted on July 14, 1969. The film will be celebrated with a screening and concert set for September 20 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The film, which starred Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, will be shown in sync with a live performance of its soundtrack. Expected to appear are Steppenwolf's John Kay, who will perform Born To Be Wild, and Roger McGuinn. Others will appear under the music direction of T Bone Burnett.

The actor also took time to play "Password" and "What's My Line".

Deadline
Tucson.com

posted 8/16/18

THURSDAY: Hit by Preseason
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.736 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on another NFL-fueled Thursday with its lineup of "The Wall" (4.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.901 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.149 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (3.865 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.150 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (3.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.401 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and the series finale of "Elementary" (3.123 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.021 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.450 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Spin the Wheel" (2.593 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.312 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a new "Holey Moley" (2.877 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), the season finale of "Family Food Fight" (1.982 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "Reef Break" (2.078 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with "The Outpost" (0.898 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.708 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

On cable...
- ALone (History): 1.358m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 872k
- American Ninja Warrior (Nick): 748k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 534k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 489k
- America Says (GSN): 439k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/16/19

Deal Goes to Mexico
Te La Juegas to Broadcast on Azteca
From Worldscreen

The Endemol Shine format Deal or No Deal is returning in Mexico, where TV Azteca has ordered a local version after an 11-year hiatus.

Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog has been commissioned to produce the latest run of the local version of the series.

Known locally as ¿Te la juegas?, the format last aired in Mexico in 2008. The new run of the show is set to premiere on the Azteca Uno channel on Monday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m., and will continue to broadcast in that time slot every day for the rest of the week.

Luis García is on board as the series' new host.

The show follows as contestants must choose from 22 numbered boxes, each of which contains a sum of money between one and 1 million pesos ($50,750). Over the course of the game, as boxes are eliminated, the player will periodically be presented with an offer from the bank, which they must decide to either take in cash and leave the game, or continue to play in an effort to cash out with a higher prize.

Worldscreen

posted 8/16/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Mark Your Calendars"

  • "Dancing with the STars" fan? Mark your calendar for August 21. That's when the cast will be revealed... where else, "Good Morning America" (Goldderby)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Supermarket Stakeout (Foodsided)

  • How Guy Fieri became the mayor of Flavortown (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (The Times)

posted 8/16/19


Fox

More on "The Masked Singer" Season 2
Catch It on Fox September 25
From Deadline

Fox has released a promo for the second season of their hit singing competition The Masked Singer and it has the judges going "Hmmmmm" as they try to guess who is behind the masks of these talented singers. That said, it's only appropriate that the trailer feature the classic C+C Music Factory song, "Things That Make You Go Hmmm…"

The two-hour season premiere September 25 at 8 pm and the celebrity panel of Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke are trying their hardest to figure out the identities of the masked singers.

Based on the Korean format and hosted by Nick Cannon, The Masked Singer features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. This year features singers like The Ice Cream, The Tree and The Rottweiler.

The Masked Singer has proved to be a juggernaut for Fox as it has delivered over 17.6 million multi-platform viewers and is the network's most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years. Last season, the final three contestants were the Bee, Peacock and the Monster which were revealed to be Gladys Knight, Donny Osmond and T-Pain respectively. In the end, T-Pain came out on top as the champion.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 8/15/19

WEDNESDAY: 9021-Uh Oh...
"America's Got Talent" Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo Off Depreciated "BH90210"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (2.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) remained the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (2.957 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and week two of "BH90210" (2.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

NBC (4.585 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with the time period premieres of "America's Got Talent" (7.723 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Songland" (3.655 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) plus the season finale of "The InBetween" (2.377 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (3.099 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.282 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.578 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and another "SEAL Team" (2.437 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.171 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a repeat of "Press Your Luck" (3.217 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) followed by the season finales of "Card Sharks" (3.227 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Match Game" (3.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.566 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its second weeks of "Bulletproof" (0.635 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.497 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.053m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 840k
- American Ninja Warrior (Nick): 683k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 491k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/14/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Touching Film"

  • Vanna White goes from touching letters to filming projects (WTVM Columbus)

  • Angelina Keeley expecting a little Survivor (Reality TV World)

  • Meanwhile, Natalie Negrotti has evicted her girlfriend from her heart (Reality TV World)

  • Daymond John has a shark in his midst... (Deadline)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Family Feud Canada (Daily Hive).

  • LIST ABUSE: Top 25 game show hosts according to... (Yardbarker) and 25 shows you forgot existed thanks to ... (The Wrap)

  • How being a good journalist made Meredith Vieira a better game show host (Hamilton Spectator)

  • Jeremy Clarkson willing to put his money where his brain is. (Metro)

  • Paul Sinha writing comedy about his current struggle (Daily Mirror)

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY: Davina McCall relives the time she called "The L100,000 Drop" by its old name (Digital Spy)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF WHAT THE WHAT?!: No one has scored 100% on this quiz. (Manchester Evening News)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Elvis' friend Wink Martindale (Yahoo!)

posted 8/15/19


ViacomCBS/AdAge

Reunited and It Feels So Good
Viacom, CBS Merge
From The Futon Critic

CBS Corp. and Viacom, two of the world's leading entertainment companies, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger, creating a combined company with more than $28 billion in revenue.

The combined company, ViacomCBS Inc., will be a leading global, multiplatform, premium content company, with the assets, capabilities and scale to be one of the most important content producers and providers in the world. The combined company will be a scale player globally, with leadership positions in markets across the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. This includes the largest television business in the U.S., with the highest share of broadcast and cable viewing across all key audience demographics, and strength in every key category, including News, Sports, General Entertainment, Pop Culture, Comedy, Music and Kids - making it a first-choice partner to distributors and advertisers. In addition, the combined company will possess a portfolio of fast-growing direct-to-consumer platforms, including both subscription and ad-supported offerings. It will also include a major Hollywood film studio, Paramount Pictures, which has been a producer and global distributor of filmed entertainment for more than a century and continues to be a global box office driver. Taken together, these distinct strengths will accelerate CBS and Viacom's ability to deliver an array of compelling content to important and diverse audiences across both traditional and emerging platforms around the world.

Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Viacom, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company. Bakish said: "Today marks an important day for CBS and Viacom, as we unite our complementary assets and capabilities and become one of only a few companies with the breadth and depth of content and reach to shape the future of our industry. Our unique ability to produce premium and popular content for global audiences at scale - for our own platforms and for our partners around the world - will enable us to maximize our business for today, while positioning us to lead for years to come. As we look to the future, I couldn't be more excited about the opportunities ahead for the combined company and all of our stakeholders - including consumers, the creative community, commercial partners, employees and, of course, our shareholders."

Joe Ianniello, President and Acting Chief Executive Officer, CBS, will become Chairman and CEO of CBS. Ianniello, who will oversee all CBS-branded assets in his new role, said: "This merger brings an exciting new set of opportunities to both companies. At CBS, we have outstanding momentum right now - creatively and operationally - and Viacom's portfolio will help accelerate that progress. I look forward to all we will do together as we build on our ongoing success. And personally, I am pleased to remain focused on CBS's top priority - continuing our transformation into a global, multiplatform, premium content company."

Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of the Boards of Directors, CBS and Viacom, said: "I am really excited to see these two great companies come together so that they can realize the incredible power of their combined assets. My father once said 'content is king,' and never has that been more true than today. Through CBS and Viacom's shared passion for premium content and innovation, we will establish a world-class, multiplatform media organization that is well-positioned for growth in a rapidly transforming industry. Led by a talented leadership team that is excited by the future, ViacomCBS's success will be underpinned by a commitment to strong values and a culture that empowers our exceptional people at all levels of the organization." .

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Deadline
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posted 8/14/19

TUESDAY: Just Give the Night to NBC
"America's Got Talent" Continues to Dominate
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (9.008 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.711 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

ABC (3.212 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was likewise the again the silver draw with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.659 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Black-ish" (1.347 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

Next up was CBS (4.141 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (4.445 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (3.931 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.636 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "Spin the Wheel" (1.575 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.698 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.611 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and the premiere of "Mysteries Decoded" (0.478 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.545 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 759k
- American Ninja Warrior (Nick): 722k
- Supermarket Stakeout (P/Food): 684k
- Ink Master (PAramount): 587k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30 (VH1): 532k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 521k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (SP/VH1): 491k
- America Says (GSN): 400k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/14/19

Dale's Supermarket Tribute
Rylan's "Sweep" Reboot to Pay Homage to Late Host
From Digital Spy

ITV is rebooting classic gameshow Supermarket Sweep with one of our absolute favourites, Rylan Clark-Neal, and because it's ITV, of course there's a Love Island crossover coming our way. Gotta get that brand synergy!

One of the episodes of the new series will see Anton Danyluk, Belle Hassan, Chris Taylor, Harley Brash, Ovie Soko and India Reynolds competing to win money for charity.

The whole rebooted series will take place over four weeks with 20 hour-long episodes in a pre-watershed slot.

"It's a dream come true to step inside this very special supermarket and host one of the most iconic series in television history," Rylan said. "I am beside myself with excitement and will be going wilder in the aisles than ever before. "Fill up your trolley, grab your bag for life and let's go shopping!"

Supermarket Sweep originally ran between 1993 and 2001, with a revived series in 2007. It was hosted by the legendary Dale Winton, who sadly passed away last year. It has been confirmed the reboot will feature a tribute to him.

"That's all I'm going to say about it, but it was the one thing I really wanted."

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posted 8/14/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "When They See Us"

posted 8/12/19

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results for the Week Ending August 4
From TV Newscheck

The big story of the session ending Aug.4 featured Judge Judy elbowing aside all competition and topping the Nielsen chart in the household ratings for the third time in four weeks.

It was an extraordinary effort since the show was in reruns on all five days and was unable to be seen along with other programs on the 28 CBS-owned stations carried by satellite giant DirecTV and AT&T U-verse in 14 markets including New York and Los Angeles.

Nevertheless, Judy jumped 2% from the week before to a top-rated 5.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Dr. Phil also rose to the occasion with a 5% advance to a 2.1 and led the talk shows for the 152nd week in a row.

Close behind, Live with Kelly and Ryan extended its streak as the second-highest talker to 23 weeks, holding its ground at a 1.9. Ellen DeGeneres took third with an unchanged 1.4, followed by Wendy Williams and Maury, which both moved up 9% to a 1.2.

Elsewhere, none of the top three game shows was able to gain. Family Feud dipped 2% to a 5.7, Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 5.0, while Jeopardy declined 13% to new season-low 4.7.

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) 5.7 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7** -13%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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B&C

posted 8/13/19

MONDAY: Ninjas vs. Paradise
Winner.... BOTH!?
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with its duo of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.462 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

NBC (4.485 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.553 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.216 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.150 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.262 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Big Bang Theory" (2.953 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), another "The Big Bang Theory" (3.282 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Mom" (2.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (3.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.054 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise opted for second runs of "Bulletproof" (1.010 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.070 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.125 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.054m
- American Ninja Warrior (OBP/Nick): 752k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 434k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 366k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (MTV): 352k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/13/19

Edin-blockbusters
Dara O Briain to Shoot "Comedy Central's Blockbusters" in TV Festival
From Worldscreen

Comedy Central UK's reboot of the game-show format Blockbusters is set to open this year's Edinburgh TV Festival, with Dara O'Briain on board to host.

Four teams from BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky will compete to cross from one side of the show's famous hexagonal board to the other by answering quiz questions correlating to a letter.

The original version of the show aired on ITV and was hosted by Bob Holness after being adapted from the NBC series hosted by Bill Cullen. Comedy Central's reincarnation recently aired and included two celebrity specials.

The session is produced by Phil Harris, creative director at Thames, and Chris Curley, head of development for Comedy Central.

As a festival and a charity, the Edinburgh Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network. Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.

O'Briain said: "I'm delighted to be hosting this…even though Blockbusters is a quiz show featuring 16-year-olds and if a fully grown television executive can't answer them, then we are all in serious trouble. Or it explains everything."

CEO and Festival Director Lisa Campbell said: "Blockbusters is a legendary game show that I, and I know many in the industry, have hugely fond memories of, so it's been fantastic to see it return to our screens. With the channels up against one another, this is going to be a fun and nail-biting session, displaying some of our execs true competitive natures."

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TBI Vision
Edinburgh News

posted 8/13/19

WEEKEND: When You Lose to a Rerun of "Feud"...
CBS Wins Sunday, Draws Even in Demos with ABC Game Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.565 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7), "Big Brother 21" (4.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Instinct" (3.539 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and a second "Instinct" (3.358 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Sharing in the demo honors was ABC (4.398 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) followed by new episodes of "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.889 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.620 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), the "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (2.777 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Bring the Funny" (1.398 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.730 million viewers, #T4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.812 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Family Guy" (0.683 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus its annual "Teen Choice 2019" (0.721 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.730 million viewers, #T4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) closed out the night with encores of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.750 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Pandora" (0.709 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.383m
- Sunday Best (BET): 806k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30 (VH1): 376k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 334k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 897k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 479k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 382k
- America Says (GSN): 357k


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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/13/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Can of Whupass"

  • Why Steve Austin's "Broken Skull Challenge" was canceled (The Wrap)

  • How Marina Toybina crafted "The Masked Singer" masks (Deadline).

  • Karey Burke hints at coming tweaks at "Dancing with the Stars" (TV Line)

  • Todd Chrisley knows (tax evasion) best (TV Line)

posted 8/13/19

War of the Atlantic
MTV's New Season of "The Challenge" Pits the US vs. the UK

From The Futon Critic

On the heels of the highest rated season of "The Challenge" in seven years, MTV unveils the highly anticipated "The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2," set to premiere on Wednesday, August 28 at 8:00PM ET/PT with expanded 90-minute episodes.

Following "The Challenge: War of the Worlds," the lines have been drawn between the U.K. and the U.S. players.

Set in the middle of the jungle, "The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2" returns to a classic team format; 14 Brits will battle it out against 14 Americans for their share of the $1 million-dollar prize. In the premiere episode, the winning team will have the first pick from the lineup of "reinforcements," featuring all-stars CT Tamburello, Dee Nguyen, 'Ninja' Natalie Duran, and last season's champion, Turabi 'Turbo' Camkiran. After turning on each other last season, will the Americans be able to unite in order to reclaim the throne against the unstoppable British alliance?

Meet the cast:

U.S. TEAM
- Ashley Mitchell - 6th Challenge Twitter: @mtvashleybrooke, Instagram: @mtvashleybrooke
- Cara Maria Sorbello - 14th Challenge Twitter: @CaraMariaMTV, Instagram: @misscaramaria
- Faith Stowers - 2nd Challenge, "Vanderpump Rules" Twitter: @faithstowers, Instagram: @kingfaithhope
- Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio - 18th Challenge Twitter: @johnnybananas, Instagram: @realjohnnybananas
- Jordan Wiseley - 5th Challenge Twitter: @JordanW_usa, Instagram: @jordan_wiseley
- Josh Martinez - 2nd Challenge, "Big Brother" Twitter: @JOSHMBB19, Instagram: @josh_martinez_
- Kam Williams - 4th Challenge Twitter: @iamkamiam_, Instagram: @iamkamiam_
- Laurel Stucky - 6th Challenge Twitter: @laurelstucky, Instagram: @laurelstucky
- Leroy Garrett - 11th Challenge Twitter: @bruce_lee85, Instagram: @royleethebarber
-
Nany Gonzalez - 8th Challenge Instagram: @nanycarmen
- Paulie Calafiore - 3rd Challenge, "Big Brother" Twitter: @paulcalafiore_, Instagram: @paulcalafiore_
- Tori Deal - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @tori_deal, Instagram: @tori_deal
- Wes Bergmann - 12th Challenge Twitter: @westonbergmann, Instagram: @westonbergmann
- Zach Nichols - 9th Challenge Twitter: @ZNichols15, Instagram: @zachnichols15

U.K. TEAM
- Esther Falana - 1st Challenge, "BKCHAT LDN" Twitter: @estherfalana1
- Georgia Harrison - 2nd Challenge; "Love Island" Twitter: @georgiaharisonx, Instagram: @georgialouiseharrison
- Idris Virgo - 1st Challenge, "Love Island" Twitter: @idrisvirgo, Instagram: @idrisvirgo
- Jennifer West - 1st Challenge, "Survival of the Fittest" Instagram: @jenniferwestofficial
- Joss Mooney - 3rd Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @joss_mooney, Instagram: @jossmooney
- Kayleigh Morris - 2nd Challenge, "Ex On the Beach UK" Twitter: @Kmorrisx, Instagram: @kayleighmariemorrisx
- Kyle Christie - 4th Challenge, "Geordie Shore" Twitter: @KyleCGShore, Instagram: @kylecgshore
- Nicole Bass - 1st Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @Nicolecharbass, Instagram: @nicolecharbass
- Rogan O'Connor -- 2nd Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @Rogan_OConnor, Instagram: @roguesnaps
- Sean Lineker - 1st Challenge, "Shipwrecked" Twitter: @seanalineker, Instagram: @seanlineker
- Stephen Bear - 2nd Challenge, "Ex on The Beach UK," "Celeb Big Brother UK" Twitter: @stephen_bear, Instagram: @stevie_bear
- Theo Campbell - 2nd Challenge, "Love Island" Twitter: @theo_campbell91, Instagram: @theo_campbell91
- Tula 'Big T' Fazakerley - 1st Challenge, "Shipwrecked" Instagram: @bigtfaz
- Zahida Allen - 2nd Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @xZahida

THE REINFORCEMENTS
- 'Ninja' Natalie Duran - 2nd Challenge, "America Ninja Warrior" Twitter: @Ninja_Natalie, Instagram: @ninja_natalie
- Dee Nguyen - 2nd Challenge, "Geordie Shore" Instagram: @deenguyen
- CT Tamburello - 16th Challenge Twitter: @TheOfficial_CT, Instagram: @_famous4nothing
- Turabi 'Turbo' Camkiran - 2nd Challenge, "Survivor Turkey" Twitter: @turabicamkiran, Instagram: @turabi


The Futon Critic

posted 8/12/19

Is Todrick Hall "The Greatest Dancer"?
"Drag Race" Choreographer Joining British Dance-Off
From Female First

Todrick Hall is joining 'The Greatest Dancer'.

The 'RuPaul's Drag Race' resident choreographer will take a seat alongside dance captains Cheryl, Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison on the upcoming second series of the BBC One show after producers decided to "tweak" the format when questions were raised about the availability of the former 'Glee' actor.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "At one point it looked like Matthew's schedule might mean he wouldn't return then bosses decided they wanted to add a fourth captain.

"They were really impressed with Todrick and decided to tweak the format slightly."

Cheryl confirmed in June she'd be returning to the show, which sees performers compete for £50,000 and a chance to perform on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. She said at the time: "I don't think I'm allowed to say but I'm going to anyway - I'm going back to the dance show. I'm going to get told off for that, but it doesn't matter because it's just a fact. I love, love, loved the dance show."

As well as judging and coaching the competitors, the captains were also given the chance to showcase their dance skills as they performed a routine at the start of every show and then choreographed and took part in their contestant's number during the final.

Host Jordan Banjo said last month: "Cheryl brought so much to the show as a dancer and dance captain. She was wicked to work with and handled everything really well. Her performance with the Strictly pros was like a baptism of fire. Getting on stage with them at world-class level and holding her own, she smashed it."

Female First

Sun

posted 8/12/19

THURSDAY: A Wheel-y Good Night
Fox Wins Night with Masterchef, Spin the Wheel
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on an NFL-fueled Thursday with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (4.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Spin the Wheel" (4.033 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

NBC (4.451 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with its all-repeat lineup of "The Wall" (4.900 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Hollywood Game Night" (4.723 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.730 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.320 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.635 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Young Sheldon" (4.449 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside originals from "Big Brother 21" (5.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Elementary" (3.366 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up its trio of "Holey Moley" (4.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Family Food Fight" (3.803 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Reef Break" (3.302 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, a new "The Outpost" (0.968 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) led into the premiere of "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.031 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a second "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.980 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.987 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 989k
- BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Symon (Food): 940k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 860k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 479k
- America Says (GSN): 418k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 351k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/12/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I Trust You'll Treat Her Well"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Hollywood Game Night" moves to Wednesdays starting August 21 (The Futon Critic)

  • "America's Got Talent" among winners at this year's Teen Choice Awards (TV Line).

  • Daytime Emmys considering merging two awards (TV Line)

  • How Marc Summers spent his summer vacation (Boston Herald)

  • SPOILER ALERT: Evicted houseguest to answer to comments made inside the house (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with DeRay Davis (WTKR Norfolk)

posted 8/12/19

CBS to AT&T: Let's Make a Deal
Agreement in Place to End Cable Lockout
From Deadline

CBS and AT&T have struck a carriage deal, ending the blackout on AT&T-owned satellite giant DirecTV.

The companies' dispute saw CBS stations in New York City, Los Angeles and across the nation go dark on DirectTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse cable systems beginning July 20.

The multi-year deal announced Thursday also includes CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, with all stations returning to AT&T homes starting today.

The two companies said they "regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience."

The agreement includes retransmission consent for all 26 CBS-owned stations in 17 markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Deadline

posted 8/8/19

WEDNESDAY: Back to Beverly
Fox Wins Night on Mockumentary Reboot
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (3.358 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and the launch of "BH90210" (3.843 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

CBS (2.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with the season finale of "Love Island" (2.628 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), a new "Big Brother 21" (3.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and a repeat "SWAT" (2.357 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.960 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.921 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a new "The InBetween" (2.587 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up the season finale of "Press Your Luck" (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) alongside originals from "Card Sharks" (2.891 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Match Game" (2.897 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the premieres of "Bulletproof" (0.803 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.564 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.684 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.101m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 837k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 447k
- America Says (GSN): 414k
- Deal or No Deal (SF/CNBC): 387k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 351k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/8/19

More on "The Masked Singer"
Catch Season 2 September 25
From GoldDerby

Part of the intoxicating allure that made "The Masked Singer" the No. 1 new show last season was that no one knew WTF was going on or had it on their radar at all when it was filmed. Now that everyone knows what the show is, some of that excitement might be gone when Season 2 premieres next month, but Fox is not concerned.

"What's remarkable about first-season shows is how much the producers are learning and building a show," Fox CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "There are so many changes that come with Season 2 — all the performers know what the show is, so they're raising their game. Literally, some are wearing heels, some are trying to throw the audience with their costumes. There is so much more to this show that to me makes it America's favorite guessing game. I think there is a ton of interest in it and we're excited about both cycles."

After the runaway success of Season 1, which debuted in January and was won by T-Pain aka Monster, Fox quickly renewed the series, which is based on the South Korean smash. Soon after, the network picked up a third season, set to premiere in the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot in February. It's very common for networks to double-down on reality hits once they become popular, scheduling them two installments in TV season, which could eventually lead to viewer fatigue. Collier doesn't think that will be an issue with "The Masked Singer," singling out the omnipresence of some other reality shows that also air multiple times a season. "Fox will air about 30 hours of 'The Masked Singer.' For the sake of comparison, by the end of this season, 'The Voice' and the 'Bachelor' franchise will each will have aired about 75 hours," he said.

Season 2 features such new costumes as Egg, Skeleton, Flamingo and Leopard. While he couldn't say much about the slate of masked celebrities, Collier praised the producers and casting directors for not only securing the talent but their meticulousness in keeping the stars' identities under wraps now that all eyes are on the show.

"The people who produce the show, who cast the show have to walk a fine line between — you don't want to have someone whose voice is recognized immediately and you want to have people who are from all walks of life. You want to keep the guessing game alive, so I don't know if it's a question of easier or harder [to cast this season]. I watch them thread the needle and they're playing at the highest level," he said. "The care with which the producers of the show handle it is just remarkable. They take every precaution to make sure that no one is spoiled. … At a time when this is the No. 1 new show on television and people [know] they have to get there urgently and live so as not to be spoiled, [that's why we] take all the precaution to keep secrecy and keep everyone guessing."

Season 2 of "The Masked Singer" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c on Fox.

Goldderby

The Wrap

posted 8/8/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "We Have to Go Back to the Island"

  • VIDEO WALL: Temptation Island: Season 2 (The Wrap)

  • John Cena heads to Brawlhalla (Destructoid).

  • Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon to head up Magical Elves (Deadline)

  • Toby Gorman joins Universal Alternative (Deadline)

posted 8/8/19

Condemned
Fox Locks Up "Paradise Hotel". Again.
From TV Line

Paradise Hotel cannot seem to keeps its doors open, having now been cancelled for a third time.

Fox's revival of the "dating" competition it first hosted in 2003 (and which got a second chance in 2008 on MyNetworkTV/Fox Reality Channel) again found sexy singles trying to remain in paradise for as long as possible by pairing up. In the modern, Kristin Cavallari-hosted reinvention of the series, viewers were given the opportunity to "play along at home," using social media to try and influence the action on the show.

With its 12 airings/burnoffs across seven nights in May and early June, Paradise Hotel averaged just 1.26 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, placing fourth among broadcast networks each night, only besting The CW. Among all Fox "reality" fare, it only outperformed (faint praise alert!) What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage.

Fox reality chief Rob Wade told our sister site Deadline that Paradise Hotel "was designed to air over many, many hours, and we started it relatively short, [airing] three times a week…. [a]nd if we are going to get the opportunity to try a new show, we have to have the space. But … it was a great show and highly entertaining."

TV Line

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 8/7/19

Fox Marries Dancing with Dating
Network Orders "Flirty Dancing"
From Deadline

Fox is moving forward with a series order to a U.S. remake of La La Land-influenced British reality show Flirty Dancing. Rob Wade, Fox's President of Alternative Entertainment, confirmed the pickup to Deadline on Wednesday at TCA.

"We're really exited by it; it's got a lot of heart," said Wade, a former Dancing with the Stars executive producer and major dance fan. The pickup is part Fox brass "looking at what's working in unscripted at the moment, and I feel like that's a feel-good co-viewing original format," Wade said.

Fox in January ordered a pilot for an adaptation of the Channel 4 series Flirty Dancing, which blends two genres, dating and dancing. In the original, two complete strangers are taught one half of a dance routine and then go on a blind date where they dance. Once they finish the dance, each partner walks away not yet having spoken a word to the other with the hope that they have done enough to warrant a second date.

Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 8/7/19

A New "Noot"
Emo Adams to Host New Version of "Noot Vir Noot"
From IOL

"Noot vir Noot" has gotten a modern, fresh new look and sound and Emo Adams is ready to host the show.

At the end of season 43 of the popular music quiz show, Johan Stemmet stepped down, but remains as an executive producer of the show.

Ahead of the debut of singer, musician and stage performer Emo Adams taking over the reigns on Thursday ,August 15, the team at SABC 2 gave media a sneak peek of the show.

IOL

posted 8/7/19

TUESDAY: AGT's Got Your Paradise Right Here
NBC Decimates The Competition
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was back on top on Tuesday with fresh installments of "America's Got Talent" (9.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (4.502 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

ABC (2.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.566 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) followed by repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.566 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Black-ish" (1.449 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.521 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a repeat "Spin the Wheel" (1.627 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and the relocated "First Responders Live" (1.416 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.505 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Love Island" (2.028 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), a repeat "NCIS" (2.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and the season finale of "Blood & Treasure" (2.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8). And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) and the season finale of "The 100" (0.596 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 890k
- Ink Master (PAramount): 580k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 389k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/7/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Challenge Anneka"

  • Anneka Rice named as the final contestant on this season's "Strictly" (Huffington Post)

  • Courtney Hope goes across the hall to play with Drew (Soaps.com).

  • Tyler Cameron's latest date is... not with "The Bachelorette" (Reality TV World) and... Chris Harrison doesn't think he's "Bachelor" material (Reality TV World)

  • Lindsay Lohan has a Chris Jericho-type list of things that are forbidden on "The Masked Singer". "Arm bar" conspicuously absent (Pedestrian)

  • Caroline Baumgard to head up A. Smith & Co (Realscreen)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (Chicago Tribune) and the Impractical Jokers (Nerds and Beyond)

posted 8/7/19

MONDAY: Return to Paradise
"Bachelor in Paradise", "Ninja Warrior" Leads Networks to Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to the return of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and a new "Grand Hotel" (2.615 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

NBC (4.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the most-watched network with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.263 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (2.553 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.974 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Love Island" (2.075 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) alongside repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (2.319 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "The Neighborhood" (1.856 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Bull" (2.536 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.237 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.942 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.949 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (1.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 926k

- Common Knowledge (GSN): 470k
- America Says (GSN): 410k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 375k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/6/19

It's More than a Bundle, It's a Bundle+
Disney to Bundle Streamers for $13
From TV Line

The upcoming launch of the Disney+ streaming service just got a bit sweeter sounding, with the disclosure of a price point for a package that adds in Hulu as well as ESPN+.

When Disney+ launches on Tuesday, Nov. 12 (for U.S. subscribers; and then rolled out to the rest of the world over two years), the new service's ad-free content will cost $6.99/month (or $69.99/year).

But Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during a Tuesday earnings call that a bundle that combines the well-stocked Disney+ with Hulu's ad-supported basic service ($5.99/month) as well as ESPN+ ($4.99/month) will total just $12.99/month. The "catch" is that, as noted above, you get "Hulu with ads," and there are no plans to offer a bundle with the ad-free version of Hulu.

TV Line

The Wrap
Deadline

posted 8/6/19

WEEKEND: No Game Show? No Program
ABC Wins on CMA Fest Coverage
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday thanks to a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and the "CMA Fest 2019" (4.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

CBS (4.114 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.297 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (4.308 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "Instinct" (3.141 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "The Good Fight" (2.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Next up was NBC (2.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.547 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "America's Got Talent" (2.944 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Bring the Funny" (1.760 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.924 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up second runs of "Last Man Standing" (0.802 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), another "Last Man Standing" (0.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "The Simpsons" (0.976 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (0.903 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Family Guy" (1.161 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) plus a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.725 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.471 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with encores of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.672 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Pandora" (0.271 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.362m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 404k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 371k


NBC (2.835 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its weekly rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.573 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.361 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

ABC (1.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) then was the silver draw with the penultimate "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) followed by the season finale of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.691 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a repeat "20/20" (1.884 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a new "Love Island" (1.982 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (2.560 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (3.344 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up encores of "First Responders Live" (1.659 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "MasterChef" (1.368 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (0.823 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "The Big Stage" (0.653 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) plus a repeat "The Outpost" (0.398 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5). .

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posted 8/6/19

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending July 28
From TV Newscheck

Near-blanket coverage of former special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional hearing on July 24 caused massive preemptions and pulled ratings lower for most daytime shows in the session ending July 28.

In prime access, shows were much less affected by preemptions. Still, all of the top four games shows lost ground. Family Feud led the games and the entire list, but dropped 3% to a 5.8. Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both fell 2% to a 5.4 and a 5.0, respectively, while Who Wants to Be a Millionaire depreciated 7% to a 1.4.

Meanwhile, week three of a scheduled six-week trial that began July 15 for comedic game Punchline garnered a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, down 50% from its lead-ins and off 40% from its August 2018 time periods.

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%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 8/6/19

Talk About a Lineup!
60 Teams Line Up for Amazon's "Eco-Challenge"
From the Wrap

Amazon has set the lineup of more than 60 teams from 30 countries that will be competing on "World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji," the "Eco-Challenge" reboot from Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls.

Hosted by Grylls and executive produced by Burnett, Lisa Hennessy and Eric Van Wagenen, the "epic, gritty and unpredictable" race will take place in Fiji this fall and be captured for a 10-episode series to launch on Prime Video in 2020.

Among the teams racing are Team Khukuri Warriors, 28-year-old sisters from India who are racing for gender equality and are the first set of twins and South Asians to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (7 Summits, North & South Pole); a team of veteran racers who competed in all nine seasons of Eco-Challenge, now returning as grandparents; an American Eagle Scout team and a team of Scouts from Australia, a team of Wounded Warriors who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the world's youngest expedition racer to compete in the Adventure Racing World Series at the age of 17, who holds three world records; and a team of Ironman athletes including "The Iron Cowboy" who gained notoriety for completing 50 Ironmans in 50 states in 50 days.

The WRap

posted 8/6/19

Jonathan Ross Joins "The Masked Singer UK"
New Adaptation to Launch in 2020 on ITV
From Metro

Jonathan Ross will take the head judge spot on The Masked Singer, the outrageous celebrity singing show coming to ITV later this year, it has been claimed.

The 58-year-old talk show host will join presenter Joel Dommett on the upcoming talent show, which sees famous voices anonymously compete in a singing competition while disguised in wacky animal costumes.

Jonathan is set to lead the show's judging panel, with a source telling The Sun that signing the presenter was 'a real coup' for ITV.'

'He's the big name they needed to get the show off the ground and encourage viewers to take it seriously,' the insider said. 'They think he'll be hilarious fronting the panel and help make the series a success.'

With Jonathan leading the judging panel, ITV bosses are hoping to recreate The Masked Singer's global success in the UK.

Metro

posted 8/6/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Want to Buy a Network?"

  • Univision por venta (TV Week)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Ex on the Beach" is moving to Thursdays (The Futon Critic).

  • John August calls negotiations a "long slog" (Deadline)

posted 8/5/19

A Leaner "Idol" To Bow 2020
Judges Will Return, But Will Ryan?
From TV Line

American Idol's judging panel will look very familiar when the show returns for Season 18. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie all will be back for the competition series' next cycle, ABC announced Monday. Radio DJ Bobby Bones also will reprise his role as in-house mentor to the contestants.

Though Perry, Bryan and Richie have served as Idol's judges since the show was revived on ABC, it was rumored that the Alphabet Net planned to cut costs ahead of the next cycle, largely due to a decline in ratings. Much of the potential belt-tightening was allegedly focused on the judges' salaries (most notably Perry, who is said to be pocketing $20 million per season), but there's no word on whether any changes were made.

Conspicuously absent from ABC's 1,320-word announcement was the name Ryan Seacrest. Though Seacrest is in the middle of a long-term overall deal with ABC, he has not yet been confirmed as the Season 18 emcee.

ABC's President of Entertainment Karey Burke revealed that the host was still in talks to return to the show but that it had not yet closed his deal. "I do not believe that he will be missing [from American Idol]. We're in ongoing conversations about Ryan returning and I am hopeful," she said.

During Season 17, Seacrest took his first-ever Idol sick day, prompting Bones to fill in as host for one of the broadcasts.

"American Idol is the original music competition series," Burke said in a statement. "It was the first of its kind to take everyday singers and catapult them into superstardom, launching the careers of so many amazing artists. We couldn't be more excited for Katy, Luke, Lionel and Bobby to continue in their roles as American Idol searches for the next great music star, with more live episodes and exciting, new creative elements coming this season."

American Idol will return in 2020.

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posted 8/5/19

Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Burnett Fall into "Generation Gap"
Talk Show Host Teams with Producer for New ABC Game
From The Hollywood Reporter

ABC is adding another game show to its lineup.

Jimmy Kimmel and producer Mark Burnett are teaming up for Generation Gap, a comedic game show in which family members from different generations have to answer trivia questions about each other's generations.

For instance, an eight-year-old might have to complete the catchphrase "Go ahead, make my __." Kimmel and Burnett will serve as executive producers for the show along with Barry Poznick. Details including a host and premiere date will be announced later.

MGM Television, headed by Burnett, and Kimmel's company Kimmelot are producing.

Generation Gap will join a robust lineup of studio game shows on ABC. The shows are a linchpin of the network's summer schedule, with Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, To Tell the Truth, Press Your Luck, Card Sharks and Match Game all currently airing. ABC also has Don't, hosted by Adam Scott and executive produced by Ryan Reynolds, in the works.

The game show is the latest ABC project for Kimmel as a producer. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host teamed with Norman Lear for the successful live stagings of All in the Family and The Jeffersons in May, and ABC on Monday announced it's doing two more such specials in the 2019-20 season.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!, meanwhile, is set through 2022 with a three-year deal the host signed in May.

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posted 8/5/19

A Good Day for Bachelor Nation
ABC Renews "Bachelorette", "Bachelor in Paradise"
From The Futon Critic

ABC announced today at the network's Television Critics Association presentation that the No. 1 show of summer, "The Bachelorette," was picked up for its 16th season, and summer's guiltiest pleasure, "Bachelor in Paradise," will return for its seventh season.

Last week, the dramatic 15th season of "The Bachelorette," featuring Hannah Brown, aired its shocking season finale with a surprise breakup and potential rekindled romance. The season finale telecast grew year over year by 17% among Adults 18-49 to post the show's highest-rated telecast in two years and delivered a season-high 2.2 million total social interactions.

The highly anticipated sixth season of "Bachelor in Paradise" will premiere tonight, MONDAY, AUG. 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

Last summer, "Bachelor in Paradise" led its Monday night time period and stood as the night's No. 1 series across all key Adult demos (A18-34/A18-49/A25-54). In fact, "Bachelor in Paradise" was Monday's No. 1 series on 4 of its 5 telecasts with Adults 18-49. The series' Tuesday-night run stood as last summer's No. 1 program of the night among Women 18-34.

These "Bachelor" franchise properties join the already announced 24th season of "The Bachelor," which will also return in 2020. During its 2019 run, featuring Colton Underwood, "The Bachelor" ranked as Monday's No. 1 TV program in Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Women 18-49, standing as the night's top-rated series on each of its 10 telecasts of the season.

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posted 8/5/19

Not a Good Day for Jesse Palmer
ABC Cancels "The Proposal"
From TV Line

ABC is saying no to The Proposal: The reality romance competition from The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss has been cancelled after just one season.

ABC president Karey Burke confirmed to TVLine that the series will not return for a Season 2.

Airing last summer on the Alphabet network, The Proposal featured eligible singles competing in pageant-style rounds to win the heart of a mystery suitor or suitress who they wouldn't meet until the end of the episode.

Hosted by former Bachelor Jesse Palmer, it wrapped up its one and only season in August 2018.

Unfortunately, The Proposal may be best remembered for less than romantic reasons. The show's second episode was pulled off the schedule when one of the male contestants was accused of facilitating a sexual assault. (The contestant in question was reportedly eliminated in the episode's first round.).

TV Line

posted 8/5/19

THURSDAY: At Long Last Football
NBC WIns on Hall of Fame Game Coverage
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with its telecast of "NFL Kickoff Pre-Game" (5.616 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "NFL Preseason: Hall of Fame Game - Denver vs. Atlanta" (4.871 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1).

FOX (2.877 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and "Spin the Wheel" (2.435 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was CBS (2.868 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "Love Island" (2.405 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Big Brother 21" (3.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Elementary" (2.416 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up originals from "Holey Moley" (3.242 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "Family Food Fight" (1.847 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and "Reef Break" (1.985 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, the series finale of "iZombie" (0.801 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "The Outpost" (0.652 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.727 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- ALone (History): 1.068m
- BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Symon (P/Food): 1.004m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 829k.


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/5/19

KBC Begins Shooting 11th Season
Amitabh Bachchan Back at Host
From Biz Asia

Sony Entertainment Television will be launching its big-ticket gameshow, 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 11', later this month.

The show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, will take the 21:00 – 22:30 slot from Monday 19th August, which will see a number of shows being moved around or bidding adieu to viewers. It has already been confirmed that 'Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai' and 'Ladies Special' will come to their natural end. There's also much speculation surrounding the future of 'Chandragupta Maurya'.

'Kaun Banega Croepati 11' went on the floors over the weekend, with Bachchan taking to social media to share, "It has begun. Another KBC, 19 years since it started, 11 seasons and the love of all the viewers." He added, "The signature tune and the applause and KBC and the tech rehearsals come alive and the palpitation for the morrow and the first episode for this year and its apprehensions and uncertainties but shall try to give it a best knock."

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posted 8/5/19

India's "News Wiz" Returns
Student Quiz Show Returns for 4th Season
From Television Post

News Wiz, India's first and biggest news quiz is back with its fourth season, and is open for registrations till August 14th. School students can put their quizzing prowess to the test in this quiz-based game show. Interested teams can register at www.newswiz.in.

News Wiz, the only news quiz show on Indian TV, held its first edition three years ago, in 2016. In just three seasons, the show has become one of the most popular quiz shows in the country and has provided a national platform to the brilliant minds of tomorrow. Thousands of schools from across the country have applied in the past, hoping to be represented at a national level and to let their students test their mettle.

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posted 8/5/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Zero Sum Game"

  • Jenny Ryan, Anne Hegerty explain what would happen if a player fails to get a single question right in the Cash Builder (The New Zealand Herald)

  • Quizzer quizzed: Anthony Anderson plays "Not My Job" on "Wait Wait!" (NPR).

  • Karey Burke teases the tweaks on "Dancing" (Deadline)

posted 8/5/19

Bob Harper to Return to "Biggest Loser"
Reboot to Premiere on USA 2020
From TV Line

The Biggest Loser reboot just scored its first win, bringing back a familiar face for fans of the reality competition series. Fitness expert Bob Harper, who served as a trainer on the original NBC show for 17 seasons, will return to host USA Network's "re-imagining," he announced Friday on Today.

"I've learned a lot over the last two years since suffering a heart attack," Harper says. "I know more than ever that it's about overall health and living your absolute best life inside and out, plus finding ways to overcome the everyday obstacles that we all face. That is what we are doing with the show. We are going to be changing lives and it is going to be big. I cannot wait to get started!"

The new show's trainers will be announced at a later date.

This Biggest Loser is being described by USA as a "reboot" in that it will "feature a dynamic new team of experts determined to dramatically improve America's lifespans and waistlines" — and to that end, its cast will "compete not only to lose weight, but to improve their overall wellbeing." Each episode's experts will include a trainer, chef and life coach, who will "help guide the contestants as they embark on the biggest transformations of their lives."

The Biggest Loser reboot will premiere on USA Network sometime in 2020..

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posted 8/2/19

Let's Bake Again!
"Great American Baking Show" Returns Later This Year
From the Futon Critic

A double dose of "Spice," a dash of Sherry and a pinch of Paul is the perfect recipe for a fifth season of the most delicious show on television as "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" returns to ABC this December.

It was announced today with the help of Rosie's Dessert Spot on the show's official Instagram page @thegreatamericanbakingshow.

The series, which is based on the U.K hit "The Great British Baking Show," will once again showcase bakers from around the country putting their best sweet and savory creations forward as they compete in holiday-themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be named "America's Best Amateur Baker."

"The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" is hosted by Spice Girl and television personality Emma Bunton and former NFL Chicago Bears defensive tackle Anthony "Spice" Adams. Three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard and expert baker and bestselling cookbook author Paul Hollywood ("The Great British Baking Show") return to judge the decadent and delicious treats these bakers will create while sharing advice and commentary in regard to the bakers' technique and skill.

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and developed by Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie. Executive producers are Richard McKerrow, Faye Stapleton and Simon Evans. .

The Futon Critic

posted 8/2/19


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Harry Friedman Calls It a Career
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" EP Will Leave Post After 2019-20 Season
From TV Week

The executive producer of syndication mainstays "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!," who has been with the programs for almost 25 years, is retiring. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that Harry Friedman will stay on at both shows through the end of his current contract, which expires May 1, 2020.

Friedman, 72, broke the news to the staffs of both shows Thursday morning. "I think all of you know how much I love these shows, and that I deeply respect how hard you've worked to make them so successful," Friedman said in a statement. "We've celebrated a lot of milestones together, and now with my own personal 25th anniversary milestone just a few months away, it felt like this was the right time for me to step away. Please join me in making this the best season yet."

Mike Hopkins, chairman of Sony Pictures Television, which produces the shows, is quoted by THR saying: "We are proud to have had one of the industry's most prolific executive producers at the helm of our flagship game shows, 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!,' for the past 25 years. Under Harry's direction, these iconic shows have become among the longest running and most successful game shows in television history. We look forward to working with Harry over the next nine months to create more outstanding television, and to ensure a smooth transition once a replacement has been identified. Harry is truly one of a kind, and he will be greatly missed."

Besides "Wheel" & "Jeopardy!", Friedman has worked on a number of shows, including "Caesars Challenge" and "The Hollywood Squares".

Both shows will premiere their new seasons on Monday, Sept. 9, marking the 37th season for "Wheel" and the 36th for "Jeopardy!" The programs are distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

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posted 8/1/19

CBS Feels the Love
"Love Island" to Get Second Go-Round
From Deadline

CBS has handed dating reality series Love Island a second season.

The broadcaster is showing faith in the remake of the British entertainment format, which is hosted by Arielle Vandenberg.

The show, which has aired five nights a week in an 8pm slot since July 9, ends its opening run on August 7.

Contestants will return to the Love Island villa, situated in Fiji, for another run next summer.

The announcement was made during the TCA summer press tour by CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment

While the show hasn't quite exploded in the overnight ratings, it has performed well for a young audience, bringing the network's average down considerably during its timeslot. The show has expanded CBS' summer audience, been well received by young female audiences and has performed well digitally, becoming the network's most-streamed new show on CBS All Access and CBS.com in over a year. It also remains a fixture for social media fans.

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posted 8/1/19

Adam Scott Says "I Do" To "Don't"
"Big Little Lies" Actor to Host ABC's New Game Show
From the Hollywood Reporter

Adam Scott is joining the ranks of ABC's game-show hosts, signing on to front the network's forthcoming series Don't.

The Big Little Lies and Parks and Recreation star will host the series from Banijay Studios North America and executive producer Ryan Reynolds. The show puts teams of four through a series of comedic challenges with the simple rule of "Don't," as in "Don't laugh" or "Don't blink," with a top prize of $100,000.

"I'm very excited to be the host of ABC's new game show Don't," said Scott. "As a fan of both 'games' and 'shows,' I feel we may be onto something here."

Don't, which doesn't yet have a premiere date, joins a robust lineup of studio game shows on ABC that includes veteran series Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, To Tell the Truth, Match Game and newcomers Press Your Luck, hosted by Elizabeth Banks, and Card Sharks, hosted by Joel McHale.

Scott is coming off Big Little Lies, which just wrapped its second season on HBO. His other recent credits include a recurring part on NBC's The Good Place, The Disaster Artist and Fox's Ghosted.

Reynolds, David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard, David Hurwitz and Maximum Effort's George Dewey are the executive producers of Don't. Banijay Rights distributes the format internationally..

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posted 8/1/19

WEDNESDAY: Room for Everybody
Every Network (Except NBC or The CW) Had Something to Crow About
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) was the most-watched network on a competitive Wednesday with its trio of "Press Your Luck" (3.377 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Card Sharks" (2.786 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Match Game" (2.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

CBS (2.756 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and FOX (2.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors as the latter offered up a new "MasterChef" (3.122 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and the Tuesday bound "First Responders Live" (2.073 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was the Eye with its mix of the just-renewed "Love Island" (2.462 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Big Brother 21" (3.794 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and a repeat "SWAT" (2.013 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.919 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a new "The InBetween" (2.620 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.670 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the penultimate "Jane the Virgin" (0.678 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and the final "Jane the Virgin" (0.662 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 905k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 727k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (MTV): 434k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 433k
- America Says (GSN): 395k


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posted 8/1/19

"Catch 21": Don't Call It A Comeback!
Alfonso Ribeiro Returns This Fall with New Dealer - His DWTS Partner!
From Broadway World

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Alfonso Ribeiro ("Americas Funniest Videos") has returned as host of its CATCH 21 reboot. Witney Carson ("Dancing with the Stars") joins as card dealer, reuniting the former dance partners in a game show first. The half-hour series is anticipated to premiere in Fall 2019.

In CATCH 21, dealing out larger-than-life playing cards, the host quizzes contestants with general-knowledge questions as they attempt to build the closest hand to 21. Part knowledge, part nerve, and part strategy, every correct answer is a chance to add a card and build a better hand or pass the card and "bust" the competition. In addition, every correct answer gives a player control of the deck and the option of "freezing" their hand to protect themselves from being "busted" later in the round. Putting a familiar twist on a classic game, players match wits and put victory on the line in every round with the turn of a card and the next correct answer.

Iconic television star, Alfonso Ribeiro has spent more than 30 years leaving his unique mark on the worlds of television, theater and beyond. Ribeiro hosted the original run of "Catch 21" on the Game Show Network for four seasons from 2008-2011. Additionally, Ribeiro is currently the host of "Americas Funniest Videos," just prior to that he danced his way into our hearts on "Dancing with Stars." His acting skills have been in homes for decades with the long-running sitcoms "Silver Spoons" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Professional dancer and Emmy®-nominated choreographer Witney Carson is best known for the hit reality competition show "Dancing with the Stars" and winning season 19 with partner Alfonso Ribeiro. She is also an accomplished professional Latin Ballroom dancer and first gained attention when she finished as ladies' second runner-up in season nine of "So You Think You Can Dance."

CATCH 21 is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for Game Show Network. Jay Bienstock, Scott Sternberg and Merrill Heatter Productions, Inc. serve as executive producers

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posted 8/1/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "That's an Expensive Horse"

  • Katy Perry loses suit over "Dark Horse" (The Fader)

  • Reports of Rudy Boesch's death have been highly exaggerated (Fansided)

  • "Big Brother" producers, faced with this (Inquisitr) and this (Deadline) pledge to "do better" (Gold Derby).

  • "The World's Best" to undergo tweaking if renewed (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: John Legend vs. James Corden. Who wins? America. America wins. (The Wrap)

posted 8/1/19

Netflix Goes Into Hyperdrive
Charlize Theron Produces "Ninja Warrior Meets Fast & Furious"
From Entertainment Weekly

Fast & Furious 9. Mad Max: Fury Road. The Italian Job. Charlize Theron is no stranger to thrilling audiences with an adrenaline rush of car-focused features. Well, now the Academy Award winner is bringing her real-life need for speed to Netflix's new reality competition series Hyperdrive.

Theron is an executive producer on the streaming series, which launches Aug. 21 and is described by Netflix thusly: "Elite street racers from around the world test their limits in supercharged custom cars on the biggest, baddest automotive obstacle course ever built."

Hosted by Lindsay Czarniak, Rutledge Wood, Mike Hill and Michael Bisping, the 10-episode reality series launches Aug. 21 on Netflix. Showrunner Aaron Catling executive produces the series along with Theron, Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Beth Kono and AJ Dix.

Filmed at Kodak's Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York, "Hyperdrive" hails from Whalerock Industries and Denver & Delilah Productions.

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posted 8/1/19

ITV Buys Armoza
Merger of Big 2 Format Houses of UK, Israel
From Deadline

ITV Studios is adding to its stable of global entertainment formats with the acquisition of Israeli group Armoza Formats. Founded by Avi Armoza, the company's catalogue numbers over 100 formats including primetime singing show The Four which has been commissioned in over 15 territories and aired on Fox Stateside; game show Still Standing; and primetime studio entertainment series I Can Do That!, aired in over 25 countries.

The deal will see Armoza Formats become part of the Global Creative Network, headed up by Mike Beale, for ITV Studios. The Armoza team, based in Tel Aviv, will continue to develop and source new formats and also work with producers within the ITV Studios group on their projects in development. ITV Studios labels will exclusively produce all newly-developed Armoza formats in territories within which it has a presence.

Maria Kyriacou, President, ITV Studios International, said, "Armoza Formats has rapidly grown to be one of the top independent creators and distributors of global entertainment hits. This is a unique opportunity to work with Avi and his team and combine his expertise with ITV's presence and reach to undoubtedly create many more hits of the future."

Armoza added, "Armoza always strives to be at the forefront of creativity and stay ahead of the challenges in our industry, and we are therefore thrilled to be joining ITV Studios. We both share the same values and passion for success through creativity and strongly believe that ITV Studios are the perfect partner for the next stage of the company's evolution."

Armoza's catalogue is a mixture of in-house developed and third-party formats, including primetime competition Dance Revolution and multi award-winning scripted drama Hostages. Armoza's partners include Fox, NBC USA, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, TVA Canada, TF1 France, RTL Germany, HBO, TV2 Norway, Rai Italy, Globo Brazil, Azteca Mexico and Zee TV India.

The Armoza catalogue joins ITV Studios' growing slate of successful formats like Love Island, Talpa's The Voice and I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

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posted 7/31/19

More on "Drag Race UK"
BBC to Release Official Cast "Sometime Before DragCon" in September
From Telly Mix

The BBC Has today Ru-vealed that Lorraine Kelly OBE and Stacey Dooley MBE will join the Drag Race UK family for the iconic maxi-challenge Snatch Game.

Lorraine Kelly, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is well known as a LGBTQ icon in the UK, even being crowned an Honourary Gay at the 2015 Attitude Awards for her support for the LGBT community and being 'One of Britain's cult gay icons'.

Stacey Dooley, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is the sweetheart of British TV and a well-known broadcaster and documentary film-making and, of course, reigning queen of Strictly Come Dancing.

Snatch Game is a parody of game show Match Game (or Blankety Blank, as it was called in the UK) and sees the Drag Race contestants impersonate famous celebrities while answering questions.

Speaking about their guest appearances, Lorraine said today: "It was hilarious! I had such good fun. I am in awe of every single one of the queens." Stacey Dooley added: "I had the most incredible time. Didn't know what to expect. They were magic all of them. So impressive. It was brilliant."

RuPaul's Drag Race UK is the first UK adaption of the Emmy-winning franchise and global hit and will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer. Maisie Williams, Geri Horner, Jade Thirlwall, Michaela Coel, Andrew Garfield, Cheryl and Twiggy have previously been announced as the extra special celebrity guest judges joining RuPaul and Michelle Visage for one episode each, alongside Graham Norton and Alan Carr who will be on rotating judging duties.

MNEK, AJ and Curtis Pritchard have also been announced as Drag Race superstar coaches.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK will air online via BBC Three. No start date has been confirmed just yet beyond this autumn.

Telly Mix

Radio Times
Radio Times

posted 7/31/19

MONDAY: The King Is At the Very Least Incapacitated
"Bachelorette" Knocks Off "America's Got Talent" in Demo with Mix of Finality, Controversy
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.679 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Tuesday thanks to the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (7.438 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and a repeat "Holey Moley" (2.159 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

NBC (6.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (7.874 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Bring the Funny" (3.768 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (2.407 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its mix of "Love Island" (2.003 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), a repeat "NCIS" (2.533 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blood & Treasure" (2.686 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up encores of "Spin the Wheel" (1.417 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "First Responders Live" (1.078 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.561 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) and "The 100" (0.602 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) on The CW (0.581 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 689k
- Chopped (Food): 633k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 561k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 473k
- America Says (GSN): 388k

- Paid Off with Michael Torpey - 10p (truTV): 122k

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posted 7/31/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Not Canceled?"

  • We called it. Today, Mario Lopez spent today putting the toothpaste back in the tube (TV Line)

  • Remember Antonella Barba? ... Well, us neither, but she got 10 years for being a very very bad girl (The Wrap)

  • James Holzhauer is bringing game face to game prep (Newsweek)

  • LIST ABUSE: the 6 greatest game show wheels (The AV Club)

  • Let's just say I would not want to be Jed Wyatt right now or ever (The Wrap)

  • Ryan Seacrest sued over Shahs of Sunset nudity (Deadline)

  • Mike Fleiss settles with his ex-wife (The Wrap)

  • CBS, Altice reach carriage deal. Your move, AT&T (The Wrap)

posted 7/31/19

SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending July 21
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil reached a milestone — 150 consecutive weeks as the No 1 talk show — and star Dr. Phil McGraw did it the hard way, airing nothing but reruns for the past eight weeks. Still, the hugely popular talker has averaged a most current 4 million daily viewers so far this season.

In the session ending July 21, Phil led the 14-program field with a genre-dominating 2.2 live-plus-same-day rating, according to Nielsen, which held steady with the prior frame.

On the tryout front, week 2 of a scheduled six-week trial that began July 15 for comedic game show Punch Line posted a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, down 50% from its lead-ins and off 40% from its July 2018 time periods.

Elsewhere, game shows were mixed. Category champ for the sixth consecutive week Family Feud forged ahead 2% to a 6.0, while Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both weakened 2% to a 5.5 and a 5.1, respectively.

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 +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.1 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
.

TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 7/30/19

MONDAY: The Final Rose
"Bachelorette" Dominates for ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.801 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) cruised to victory on Monday with the penultimate "The Bachelorette" (7.147 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and a new "Grand Hotel" (3.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

NBC (4.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.643 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.642 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.298 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up a new "Love Island" (2.130 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) alongside repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (2.217 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "The Neighborhood" (1.935 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Bull" (2.632 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.158 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.941 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.919 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 542k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 534k
- America Says (GSN): 457k


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posted 7/30/19

WEEKEND: ABC's Games Reign Supreme
Fun & Games Block Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its usual mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.874 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.580 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

CBS (4.315 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a close second with its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.627 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (4.390 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Instinct" (3.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "The Good Fight" (2.890 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

Next up was NBC (2.069 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a repeat "Hollywood Game Night" (1.525 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) followed by coverage of the "U.S. Track & Field" (1.536 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and an encore of "America's Got Talent" (2.607 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.804 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17), another "Last Man Standing" (0.954 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.886 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (0.892 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.135 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.734 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.311 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "Pandora" (0.356 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and another "Pandora" (0.265 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17).

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SF/Food): 1.119k
- Sunday Best (BET): 593k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 403k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 395k

CBS (2.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) was the most-watched network on another modest Friday thanks to a new "Love Island" (2.037 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (2.532 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Blue Bloods" (3.122 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

NBC (2.447 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and ABC (2.208 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) then shared in the demo honors as the former served up "American Ninja Warrior" (2.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "Dateline NBC" (2.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) while the latter opted for "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.155 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "20/20" (2.235 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

Next up was FOX (1.386 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with repeats of "First Responders Live" (1.552 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "MasterChef" (1.220 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (1.189 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "The Big Stage" (0.945 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus a repeat "The Outpost" (0.719 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.893 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 872k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 395k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 360k .


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posted 7/30/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Canceled."

  • Mario Lopez may spend all of tomorrow trying to uncrush the candy after this one.. (PopCulture)

  • #StickToGameShows: Marcus Stroman heads to the Mets after doing time in Toronto playing for the Blue Jays and Orlando playing for Nickelodeon (MLB.com)

  • LIST ABUSE: the 10 richest game show champions according to... (The Richest)

  • FIRST LOOK: 25 Words or Less (NewcastStudio)

  • Peih-Gee Law goes from Survivor to surviving common knowledge (Fansided)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Hunter March (Distractify)

posted 7/30/19

Nick Looks for "America's Most Musical Family"
Ciara, Nick Lachey, Debbie Gibson, David Dobrik to Feature
From the Wrap

Ciara is following in the footsteps of her NFL star/former "Kid's Choice Sports Awards" host husband Russell Wilson by joining the Nickelodeon family.

The Grammy winner will be a judge and serve as executive producer, alongside Republic Records, on "America's Most Musical Family," a new musical competition series, the network announced on Thursday.

Ciara will be joined on the judges' panel by David Dobrik and Debbie Gibson, with Nick Lachey to host.

The competition show, which was first announced in February, sees 30 families compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and a $250,000 cash prize.

The 12-episode series begins production this week in Los Angeles and is scheduled to premiere later this fall.

"We are thrilled to welcome Nick Lachey and our incredibly talented judges — Ciara, David Dobrik and Debbie Gibson — to Nickelodeon … Ultimately, this competition for all ages is about celebrating exceptionally talented families. We're in for a spectacular show," Rob Bagshaw, executive vice president of Unscripted Content, said in a statement Thursday.

The Wrap

Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 7/25/19

WEDNESDAY: Logjam
Wednesday Game Night Spells a Win for ABC, Fox, Big Brother
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its game show mix of "Press Your Luck" (3.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Card Sharks" (3.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Match Game" (3.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (2.756 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and FOX (2.571 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors as the latter offered up originals from "MasterChef" (3.147 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "First Responders Live" (1.995 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

The Eye served up its mix of "Love Island" (2.314 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Big Brother 21" (3.820 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and a repeat "SWAT" (2.135 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.482 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Songland" (1.933 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a new "The InBetween" (2.152 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.157 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (1.065 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) combined to close out the night on The CW (1.111 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 821k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 441k
- America Says (GSN): 403k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (MTV): 402k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 365k

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posted 7/25/19

TUESDAY: D-Wade Wins Another Championship
AGT Wins Night for NBC
From the Wrap

So yeah, it was a pretty dominant Tuesday for "America's Got Talent," so the rest of broadcast never had a chance.

NBC destroyed its competition on Tuesday with Round 2 of its "AGT" Judge Cuts. NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. "AGT" from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. dominated with a 1.6/9 and 10 million viewers. At 10, "Bring the Funny" brought a 0.9/5 and 4.6 million viewers.

Telemundo was second in ratings with a 0.5/3 and fourth in viewers with 1.4 million. Kate del Castillo's "La Reina del Sur" at 10 received a 0.7/4 and 1.9 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 2 million, airing all reruns.

CBS, Univision and Fox tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.3.

CBS and Univision had 2 shares, Fox got a 1. CBS was second in total viewers with 2.7 million, Univision was fifth with 1.101 million, Fox was sixth with 1.063 million.

For CBS, "Love Island" at 8 had a 0.4/3 and 2.2 million viewers. Following a rerun, "Blood & Treasure" at 10 got a 0.3/2 and 2.9 million viewers.

For Fox, a special retrospective on the Team USA 2019 Women's World Cup team at 8 had a 0.3/1 and 1 million viewers. A repeat followed.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 589,000. "Pandora" at 8 settled for a 0.1/1 and 642,000 viewers. At 9, "The 100" managed a 0.2/1 and 537,000 viewers.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 776k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 774k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 621k
- Common Knowledge (GSN) 563k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 546k
- America Says (GSN): 525k .


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posted 7/25/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hints"

  • Alfonso Ribeiro, Witney Carson together again for the first time... but why? (Inquisitr)

  • Tom Bergeron to "Dancing" fans... "We hear you" (Inquisitr)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: PopTV to shove "Love Island" down your gullet in a 14-hour marathon (The Futon Critic)

  • Harry Gamsu heading to Fremantle (Deadline)

  • James Holzhauer to enter NFL SuperContest. Which is what you do when you're a sports gambler and you have the money. (KLAS Las Vegas)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Deal or No Deal Case Models (GoldDerby)

posted 7/25/19

MONDAY: The Men Tell All
ABC Wins on "The Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) got another boost on Monday from a new "The Bachelorette" (6.594 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) plus "Grand Hotel" (2.841 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

The silver then went to NBC (4.486 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.061 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.207 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.940 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.636 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Love Island" (2.000 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), the season finale of "The Code" (2.864 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a repeat "Bull" (3.045 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.019 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.206 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.808 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On cable....
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 675
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 541k
- America Says (SP/GSN): 491k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 430k .


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posted 7/24/19

SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending July 14
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy lit up the Nielsen chart with a 13% leap from the prior frame to a five-week high 6.3 live plus same day national rating and easily overwhelmed all of syndication despite being partially in repeats in the generally buoyant session ending July 14.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 +4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 +10%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2 +11%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
.

TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 7/24/19

Who the (BLEEP) Turns Down Semi-Free Money?!
HQ, That's Who.
From Digiday

Some companies announce subscription products through press releases. Others have them tweeted out by the CEO.

Last month, HQ Words — HQ's third game following HQ Trivia & HQ Sports — tweeted about a future $9.99 per month subscription product. In response, HQ Words players scoffed at the high price. Sources say the external response was just one facet: HQ employees had no idea about the new initiative, leading to confusion internally.

That's just one example of the internal confusion at HQ Trivia, which in October 2017 was heralded as the future of TV.

A few months short of two years later, the company's future is in question, and the company has now turned down a new funding round from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Digiday has learned.

To its credit, HQ did become a viral sensation and made millions of dollars in revenue over the last year, unlike many consumer app startups that leave that for much later in their history. HQ had made $15 million since the company's inception to February, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time. It launched sponsored games with Nike and Warner Brothers and later secured other big-name advertisers like NBC, ABC and CBS. This month, HQ's sponsored show for "The Lego Movie 2" was nominated for an Emmy.

But HQ needs money, not just Emmy nominations. TechCrunch reported in April that HQ was burning through $1 million a month. The games may be free to play — for now — but they're far from free to produce. To keep existing, HQ is looking beyond advertising to monetize its user base with more in-app purchases like gaming apps have done. (For HQ Trivia, extra lives go for $3.99 for one and $9.99 for three.)

An HQ spokesperson told Digiday that the company has made $5 million from in-app purchases alone.

Simultaneously, HQ is working on programmatic advertising, the spokesperson said. HQ also sought to cut costs through layoffs.

On July 1, HQ laid off 20% of its staff, shrinking to under 30 employees. It's another step in low morale that has pushed other HQ employees to voluntarily leave for new positions, including its marketing manager and two brand partnership leads, per LinkedIn. HQ is hiring for engineering roles, according to LinkedIn. All these efforts come as HQ recently turned down a term sheet of new funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The new funds could have helped HQ make some big hires in charge of making more shows or be put toward marketing to boost its declining viewerships. But the deal came with a caveat. In February 2018, HQ raised $15 million at a $100 million post-money valuation, led by Founders Fund with participation from Lightspeed. This round would have been a down round, sources say.

Digiday

Tubefilter

posted 7/24/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "All-In"

  • The sports books have spoken... and James Holzhauer is a favorite to win the TOC (San Diego Entertainer)

  • Bindi Irwin got a ring for her birthday (Evening Standard)

  • JoJo Fletcher, Jordan Rodgers to wed in 2020; brother Aaron unavailable for comment (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: History will be made tonight on "Press Your Luck" (YouTube)

posted 7/24/19

Dog Show
Curt Menefee to Host "America's Top Dog" K9 Competition for A&E
From Deadline

Fox NFL Sunday host Curt Menefee is to front A&E's canine competition series America's Top Dog alongside expert trainer and former Secret Service member Nick White. The pair are to front the series, which sees four police K9 teams, including the dogs from the hit police series Live PD, compete against one civilian team in each episode for the title of Top Dog.

The teams will be tested on their speed, agility, and teamwork by completing a series of expert tasks on a massive obstacle course including navigating a complex maze for scented items and apprehending and taking down a suspect in a bite suit, among a variety of other challenges. Each week's winning team will receive $10,000 and an additional $5,000 to donate to the animal charity of their choice. In the final week of competition, top competitors will return to the finale course to battle for the title of "America's Top Dog" and an additional $25,000 cash prize.

Menefee, who also hosts wrap-up show The OT, and White, who was a former U.S. Marine, will be joined by sideline reporter Jamie Little, a seasoned motor sports reporter covering the pit road for Fox NASCAR, as well as an animal rescue ambassador who served as a reporter at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Show.

The series will air this winter on A&E and is produced by MGM's Big Fish Entertainment, which also makes Live PD. Executive producers for Big Fish Entertainment are Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D'Agostino, Jordana Starr and Holly Wofford. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Sean Gottlieb and Brad Holcman , while A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for the show and format. .

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posted 7/23/19

Answer: This Jeopardy! Host Turned 79...
Question: Who Is Alex Trebek?
From Yahoo!

Question: Beloved game show host born this day in 1940. Answer: Who is Alex Trebek?

To celebrate his 79th birthday on Monday, the Jeopardy! host rang in his special day at a bash alongside family and friends.

In photos shared by the show's official social media accounts, Trebek appeared to celebrate in a ballroom, which was adorned with multicolored balloons and filled with multiple tables. In one photo, he posed alongside his wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, and their kids: Emily, 26, and Matthew, 29.

"Today is Alex's birthday! �� Send him your wishes in the comments below!" Jeopardy!'s Instagram post said in the caption. And fans readily complied.

"HBD to the ��! ��" one fan said, with the goat emoji referencing the "greatest of all time" phrase.

"Alex!! You are an institution! I've been watching you host Jeopardy since I was a toddler. Many happy returns, thank you for enriching all of our lives," another fan said in a touching comment.

"I wish nothing but health and happiness for you Mr Trebek! Thank you for all of the love you give us through your fascinating show. Lots of love and happy birthday!" added another.

Trebek's birthday comes after he wrapped Jeopardy!'s 35th season, and nearly two months since he shared that some of his tumors have shrunk by 50 percent.

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posted 7/23/19

WEEKEND: Nothing New to Report
ABC Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its usual mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.194 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.502 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.659 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.616 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

CBS (4.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "Instinct" (3.341 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "The Good Fight" (2.777 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Next up was NBC (2.342 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with encores of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.507 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "America's Got Talent" (2.931 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Bring the Funny" (1.996 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.024 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.945 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), another "Last Man Standing" (1.075 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "The Simpsons" (1.117 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.295 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.715 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

And finally, the season finale of "Burden of Proof" (0.612 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and an encore of "Pandora" (0.424 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.122m
- Sunday Best (BET): 612k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 399k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wildn' Out - 7p (VH1): 357k

NBC (2.102 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T1) was the top draw on a modest Saturday with its duo of "Bring the Funny" (1.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.471 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #1).

ABC (1.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with repeats of "Shark Tank" (1.992 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2), "Press Your Luck" (1.672 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and "Card Sharks" (1.464 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (1.550 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) with a new "Million Dollar Mile" (1.281 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) plus repeats of "48 Hours" (1.497 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) and another "48 Hours" (1.873 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5).

And finally, FOX (0.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) closed out the night with "FOX PBC Fight Night" (0.795 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery) - 911k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 393k


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posted 7/23/19

"Masked Singer UK" Has a Host, Dommett
More on the British Version from ITV
From Telly Mix

ITV has reportedly handed Joel Dommett his biggest presenting role to date - by hiring him for The Masked Singer UK.

In May, the broadcaster confirmed it is launching a British adaptation of the global entertainment hit. It sees 12 celebrity contestants sing to the nation in disguise as unique characters, which they must maintain throughout the series. A public vote decides which characters leave the competition. The judging panel then tries to unmask them and reveal their true identities.

The Masked Singer originated in South Korea and was a breakout success in the United States, attracting 14million viewers.

But while you might assume a huge name would host a show with such ratings potential, it seems ITV has other ideas for the UK version.

According to The Sun, bosses are giving comedian Joel Dommett his big break by hiring him for the lucrative job. While Joel is a telly regular, this would be his first major primetime presenting gig on a main channel..

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posted 7/23/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "GPODAWUND"

  • James Holzhauer is not about the Browns (Yahoo!)

  • No idea how one would be injured on the set of "Genius Junior" but NBC & NPH are being sued for it (Chortle)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nicole Byer (CultMTL)

posted 7/23/19

Here's a Story... About a House of Bradys...
Discovery Networks Plan Crossovers
From the Futon Critic

HGTV's September 2019 premiere of A Very Brady Renovation, where the world-famous Brady Bunch house located in Los Angeles is perfectly replicated, is wildly anticipated by HGTV and Brady Bunch fans around the globe. Now, Discovery Channel and Food Network are getting in on the action with special Brady-inspired episodes of Fast N' Loud, Chopped, Worst Cooks in America, The Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman. Various cast members from The Brady Bunch, Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy), will appear in Brady-themed episodes to support the HGTV series and build on the fever-pitch excitement around all things Brady. Discovery Channel and Food Network will premiere their themed episodes in August or September.

They also will cross promote to A Very Brady Renovation on-air beginning in August, as will other networks in the Discovery, Inc. portfolio.

"From the start, we knew that the Brady Bunch house - and The Brady Bunch series - are pop culture phenomena that transcend time, yet evoke a nostalgic feeling about family and home that is completely relevant today," said Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brand officer, Discovery Inc. "We imagined many ways to bring the Brady Bunch lifestyle to life under the Discovery umbrella - from replicating the television house and souping up the family station wagon to inviting cast members to serve as guest judges for '70s-themed food competitions or reminisce about their early years together as TV icons. We've been able to do all of that on HGTV, Food Network and Discovery Channel as only the Discovery family of networks can."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/22/19

Misery Loves Company October 22
Jameela Jamil to Host, Tenderloins to Play Panel
From the Futon Critic

TBS' new comedy game show The Misery Index will premiere on Tuesday, October 22nd at 10pm ET / PT. Inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, The Misery Index is the only game show where contestants can make a fortune out of other people's mis-fortune. Jameela Jamil stars as the show's host with The Tenderloins comedy troupe and stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers - Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano - starring as recurring panelists.

The Misery Index trailer debuted this evening to a room full of fans at the first-ever Impractical Jokers San Diego Comic-Con(R) International panel. The game will feature two teams, each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins.

Teams will compete in a game of stakes ranking hysterically miserable real-life experiences - from getting stuck overnight in an elevator to walking in on your grandparents having sex - on a scale of 1-100 based on our Misery Index, a ranking system created by a team of therapists.

The Misery Index was developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman, along with Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment and Vin Rubino.

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Broadway World
AV Club
Deadline
Deadline

posted 7/22/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Holey Moley, Somebody Wants Money"

  • Chris Harrison says he gave Luke every chance to redeem himself... and he blew it (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: the evolution of the Hollywood Game Night set (TV Overmind)

  • Lindsay Lohan takes on an Australian accent for "The Masked Singer" and... uh... no, just.... no. (Yahoo!/Elle)

  • Adriana Xenides' last ever text to Burgo (News.com.au)

  • The Pyramid set... revealed... circa 1973 (Comic Book Resources)

  • "Love Island" looks like it's heading into the sunset (Variety)

  • We don't know what an "intimate tour" is, but Alan Carr is setting to go out on one (Chortle)

  • Holey Moley, someone's either looking for a cash grab, or ABC's in trouble (Lexology)

  • Alex Trebek heads out on a cruise. (Newsday)

  • Sean Hayes is going to do what many of us wish we could... and insult Alec Baldwin for money (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/22/19

Eurovision Finds New US Home
2019, 2020 Contests to Broadcast on Netflix
From Deadline

The Eurovision Song Contest has a new U.S. home. Netflix has picked U.S. VOD rights to the 2019 and 2020 installments of European Broadcasting Union's international musical competition. The three 2019 telecasts, two semi-finals and a final, which aired live May 14-18 from Tel Aviv, Israel, will be available Monday, July 22. The 2020 semi-finals and final also will launch at once on a date TBD after the live competition concludes.

Viacom's Logo broadcast live the final only for the last three years.The cable network opted not to carry the show in 2019. Netflix, which is not in the live programming business, has no plans for live Eurovision broadcasts; its rights are for VOD only.

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The Wrap

posted 7/19/19

THURSDAY: THe Comeback
CBS Wins Atypically Slow Night
From Deadline

CBS' Big Brother (1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 3.79 million viewers) was Thursday's highest rated and most watched show on the Big 4, helping the network win overall in both metrics on a night when ABC's lineup touched season lows. The latest Love Island (0.5, 2.34M) dipped a tenth for CBS, which also had a new Elementary (0.5, 2.82M), up a tenth.

Fox's MasterChef (0.7, 2.94M) topped Love Island as 8 PM's top-rated show; viewership honors in the hour went a repeat of The Wall on NBC.

ABC's Holey Moley (0.6, 3.17M) dropped two tenths to a season low, and Family Food Fight (0.3, 1.77M) fell by the same amount at 9 PM. At 10 PM, Reef Break (0.3, 1.83M) also fell back a tenth.

Among other fresh episodes Thursday, Fox's Spin the Wheel (0.5, 2.46M) and NBC's Hollywood Game Night (0.5, 2.41M) battled for second behind Big Brother at 9 PM. The CW was even with iZombie (0.2, 730,000) and The Outpost (0.1, 0.56M).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.168m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 779k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 474k

Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/19/19

WEDNESDAY: Welcome Back, Fun & Games
ABC Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

FOX (2.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday for the first time this summer with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "First Responders Live" (2.304 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

ABC (3.409 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then had to settle for second with its trio of "Press Your Luck" (3.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Card Sharks" (3.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Match Game" (3.129 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with new episodes of "Love Island" (2.510 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Big Brother 21" (3.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) plus a repeat "SWAT" (2.516 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.579 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Songland" (2.068 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a new "The InBetween" (2.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.858 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.624 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.741 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.115m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 907k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (MTV): 515k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 355k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 340k .


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posted 7/19/19

Fox Is Building a Better Reality Show
EndemolShine, Brad Pitt to Develop American "Lego Masters"
From TV Line

Everything is awesome over at Fox: The network has handed a series order to LEGO Masters, a LEGO-building competition that counts Brad Pitt among its producers.

Based on the UK format of the same name, LEGO Masters pits 12 pairs against each other in a series of block-building challenges. In each episode, one pair will advance to the next round, before the top three teams meet in the finale and compete for the ultimate LEGO trophy.

The series hails from Endemol Shine North America (which produces Fox's The Masked Singer and MasterChef franchise) and Pitt's Plan B.

"LEGO Masters has everything you want in a reality-competition: an incredibly quirky and unique twist on a brand revered by billions of people, exciting team-based battles driven by creativity, and a premise that's ultra-family friendly," Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials for Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. "It's bold, fun and unlike anything else on television, and we're thrilled to bring LEGO Masters to American fans."

LEGO Masters first debuted on the UK's Channel 4 in August 2017. To date, it has aired two seasons and spawned equally successful adaptations in Australia and Germany.

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posted 7/18/19

Cannonball!
USA Signs Off On Talpa Format
From The Wrap

USA Network has picked up "Cannonball," a competition show that pits contestants against one another in "splashy" challenges for a cash prize, to series, the network announced on Wednesday.

According to USA, "the series features 16 larger-than-life personalities willing to jump into the deep end and compete in four rounds of physical challenges – from the speed slide Mega-Ramp to a thrilling Drop Tower to the explosive Air Cannon and more. Each round eliminates more hopefuls, until finally one champion remains."

"'Cannonball' is pure fun in the sun for the whole family to enjoy," Heather Olander, senior vice president of alternative development and programming for USA Network, said. "Filled with splashes, laughs and friendly competition, we are all thrilled to add such an energetic series to our schedule."

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posted 7/18/19

WEDNESDAY: Welcome Back, Fun & Games
ABC Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

FOX (2.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday for the first time this summer with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "First Responders Live" (2.304 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

ABC (3.409 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then had to settle for second with its trio of "Press Your Luck" (3.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Card Sharks" (3.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Match Game" (3.129 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with new episodes of "Love Island" (2.510 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Big Brother 21" (3.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) plus a repeat "SWAT" (2.516 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.579 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Songland" (2.068 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a new "The InBetween" (2.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.858 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.624 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.741 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

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posted 7/18/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "How's That Working For You?"

posted 7/19/19

More on "Hypnotize Me"
Catch It on the CW August 7
From Broadway World

Contestants put their skills to the test and take a trip Around the World as they are challenged to complete simple tasks all while being hypnotized by Hypnotist Keith Barry.

When they attempt to sculpt Greek pottery and make authentic Italian pizzas, their entranced state has them thinking they are Patrick Swayze and that everyone is naked, causing hilarious hurdles that unwittingly sabotage their success.

Watch as madness ensues as contestants believe that models are mannequins during Paris Fashion Week.

After each round of hypnoses, host Taye Diggs will inform the audience of the amount of money earned and later declare the ultimate amount won following the final group challenge.

"Hypnotize Me" premieres on the CW August 7.

Broadway World

posted 7/18/19

TUESDAY: Judge Cuts Give NBC the Win
"AGT"-Fueled Peacock Attracts More Viewers Than Rest of Broadcast Combined
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was back on top last night thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (4.989 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

ABC (2.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its special "The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts" (4.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) alongside repeats of "Modern Family" (2.350 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (1.722 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "Modern Family" (1.544 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Black-ish" (1.354 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (2.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with new episdoes of "Love Island" (2.333 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Blood & Treasure" (2.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus the special "Man on the Moon" (2.479 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.515 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) was back to repeats of "Spin the Wheel" (1.528 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "9-1-1" (1.501 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, the premiere of "Pandora" (0.736 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and a new "The 100" (0.582 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

ON cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 855k
- Chopped (Food): 763k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 574k
- Ex on the Beach (SP/MTV): 547k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 466k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 383k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 178k .


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Showbuzz Daily

 

posted 7/18/19

SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending July 7
From TV Newscheck

Syndication's traditional July 4 Nielsen nosedive was made even worse this year by preemptions and competition from the eagerly anticipated Women's World Cup semifinals in the holiday session ending July 7.

Among the games, the top four shows were all down, with three hitting new season lows. Leader Family Feud, the only one of the four not at a new season low, slipped 7% to a 5.7. Jeopardy, in its fourth full week without star attraction James Holzhauer, lost 9% to a 5.1. Wheel of Fortune slid 10% to a 4.7, and Who Wants To Be a Millionaire depreciated 7% to a 1.4.

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) 5.7 -7%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1** -9%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.7 -10%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B+C

posted 7/18/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Most Shocking Divorce Trial Ever"

  • Mike Fleiss Divorce Trial: she said (The Wrap), he said (The Wrap)

  • Gordon Ramsay f***s off of CAA, signs with WME (The Wrap)

  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: the return of the game show classic (Reality TV World)

  • #TBT: Tami Roman (you know, the Card Sharks dealer from 2001?) returns to Basketball Wives (TV Overmind).

  • How Joel McHale learned to stop worrying and love classic game shows (Hollywood Outbreak)

posted 7/18/19

There's No Face Like (Daphne) Oz
Fox Renews MasterChef Junior, Adds The Chew Host to Judging Panel
From the Futon Critic

Daphne Oz, author, chef and entrepreneur, joins world renowned chefs Gordon Ramsay and Aaron Sanchez as a judge on the eighth season of the hit culinary competition series.

In the new season, the pint-sized contestants will cook a meal for diners at a historical renaissance fair and size up against monster trucks at a motocross track. The chef-testants also will welcome Gordon's daughter, Tilly Ramsay, back to the MASTERCHEF kitchen for a donut contest! With challenge after exciting challenge, one talented kid will be named America's newest MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

Daphne Oz is an Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times-bestselling author, chef and entrepreneur focused on innovation in food and beverage, beauty, wellness, fashion and media. She was previously co-host of "The Chew" for six seasons. Now, as one of the co-hosts of "The Dish on Oz" (a weekly series on "The Dr. Oz Show"), she brings the latest in food news, family-friendly recipes, expert tricks and social media-worthy indulgence to the small screen. She also co-hosts the chart-topping podcast "Mom Brain," on which she shares candid conversations with trusted experts, doctors, celebrities and friends about parenting and how to raise happy, confident kids. Her delicious and refreshingly realistic approach to balanced living has made her an in-demand speaker on all things food, wellness, motherhood and lifestyle. A graduate of Princeton University, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Oz and her husband have three children and are expecting their fourth.

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Deadline

posted 7/17/19

Speaking of Tiny Food...
Quibi Buys Into "Biggest Little Cook-Off"
From Deadline

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's shortform video platform Quibi is cooking up a new non-scripted series titled Biggest Little Cook-Off.

The comedic miniature food competition series will offer an absurd showdown with two top chefs battling to create the most delicious, salivating, mouth-watering, single bite of food.

The series is produced by Levity Productions, a Levity Live Company, for Quibi. Judi Marmel, Johnny Milord and Aron Korney are executive producers on the show.

Deadline

posted 7/17/19

MONDAY: ABC Wins, No Thanks to "Grand Hotel"
"Bachelorette" Creams "Love Island"... and "Ninja Warrior" Helps
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (3.091 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

NBC (4.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.488 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.240 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with new episodes from "Beat Shazam" (2.523 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.958 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.903 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Love Island" (2.107 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "The Code" (3.184 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a repeat "Bull" (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.195 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.944 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.860 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.049 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 854k
- Cupcake Championship (Food): 611k
- Worst Bakers in America (SP/Food): 575k .


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posted 7/17/19

Chiara Ferragni Makes the Cut
Designer Joins Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn on Amazon Series
From Deadline

Fashion designer and influencer Chiara Ferragni has joined Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn's forthcoming Amazon series Making The Cut.

Ferragni, who appeared as a guest judge on season 13 of Klum and Gunn's former show Project Runway, has joined the competition series as part of the judging panel. This comes as the show brings the challenge to Tokyo.

The shoppable fashion series will air on the SVOD service in more than 200 countries next year.

Ferragni joins the judging panel, which includes supermodel Naomi Campbell, who also serves as a consulting producer, former EIC of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld, designer Joseph Altuzarra and fashion icon, actress Nicole Richie.

She made her name in New York with her blog The Blonde Salad before going on to model for Guess and a shoe collaboration with Steve Madden. She later went on to design her own line of footwear as part of her Chiara Ferragni Collection and run talent agency TBS Crew Srl.

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posted 7/17/19

More Faces for "Drag Race UK"
Twiggy, Cheryl Join Panel for BBC Three Series
From Deadline

The guest list for the BBC's remake of RuPaul's Drag Race keeps growing, with legendary supermodel Twiggy and ex-Girls Aloud pop star Cheryl joining the competition format.

The pair have been added as celebrity guest judges for RuPaul's Drag Race UK, which will launch on BBC Three later this year.

Twiggy was the face of the Swinging Sixties, while Cheryl has appeared as a judge on The X Factor and a dance captain on the BBC's The Greatest Dancer.

The pair join Game of Thrones' Masie Williams, Spider Man's Andrew Garfield, Chewing Gum's Michaela Coel and pop stars Geri Horner, Jade Thirlwall in the guest judge chair. They will work alongside Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr in the eight-part series.

Deadline

posted 7/17/19

Primetime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
Race, ANW, Nailed It, Drag Race, Top Chef, Voice Up for Reality Show of the Year
From The Wrap

The 71st Emmy nominations are out, and yes, the final seasons for "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" are present and accounted for.

Ken Jeong and D'Arcy Carden had the honors this morning, rattling off the nominees on TV and via a livestream. In their favorite category, Outstanding Comedy Series, Carden's "The Good Place" will go up against "Barry," "Fleabag," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Russian Doll," "Schitt's Creek," and of course, "Veep."

HBO earned the most total nominations with 137, reclaiming its (iron) throne. Netflix, which had the most nods last year, was second with 117 this time around.

The nominations of note...

Competition Program
- "The Amazing Race," CBS
- "American Ninja Warrior," NBC
- "Nailed It!," Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race," VH1
- "Top Chef," Bravo
- "The Voice," NBC

Host for Reality or Competition Program
- James Corden ("The World's Best", CBS)
- Ellen DeGeneres ("Ellen's Game of Games", NBC)
- Marie Kondo ("Tidying Up with Marie Kondo", Netflix)
- Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman ("Making It", NBC)
- RuPaul ("RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1)

Directing for Reality Program
- "The Amazing Race", CBS
- "American Ninja Warrior", NBC
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1
- "Shark Tank", ABC

Production Design for Variety, Reality, or Competition Series
- "At Home with Amy Sedaris", truTV
- "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver", HBO
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "The Voice", NBC

Casting for Reality Program
- "Born This Way", A&E
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1
- "Shark Tank", ABC
- "The Voice", NBC

Choreography for Variety or Reality Program
- "So You Think You Can Dance", Fox (2)
- "World of Dance", NBC (3)

Cinematography for Reality Program
- "Deadliest Catch", Discovery
- "Life Below Zero", NatGeo
- "Survivor", CBS

Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program
- "Dancing with the Stars", ABC
- "Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce", Netflix
- "The Masked Singer", Fox
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1
- "Saturday Night Live", NBC

Picture Editing for Structured Reality or Competition Program
- "The Amazing Race", CBS
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars", VH1

Original Interactive Program
- "First Man VR", Universal Pictures
- "HQ Trivia x Warner Bros.: A Live and Interactive Animation First", HQ Trivia
- "NASA's InSight Mars Landing", NASA TV
- "Traveling While Black", Oculus
- "You vs. Wild", Netflix

Other nominations...
- Anthony Anderson (Lead Actor in Comedy Series, "Black-ish")
- Jane Lynch (Guest Actress in Comedy Series, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
- "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" (Unstructured Reality Program, VH1)


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posted 7/17/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Mario Lopez Is No Longer Extra"

  • Mario Lopez joins "Access Hollywood" (Deadline)

  • Mike Fleiss experiences the most shocking cross-examination divorce hearing EVER (The Wrap)

  • Wells Adams engages into a modern family (Reality TV World)

  • John Cena has a new challenge... babysitting (Broadway World).

  • James Holzhauer's winning strategy? One word... Analytics. (UConn Today)... How is it helping him in the WSOP? (PopCulture)

  • "Family Food Fight" host Ayesha Curry given the business on Twitter for doing the Milly Rock for "Holey Moley" golf pro, and fan nation is having none of it. In other news, there's a thing called the Milly Rock (Hollywood Life)

posted 7/17/19

Evelyn Warfel, John Quinn to Run CBS/Fremantle Duo
Warfel Takes "Price", Quinn to Run "LMAD" from Mike Richards
From Deadline

There's a change at the helm of Fremantle-produced game shows The Price Is Right and Let's Make A Deal.

Evelyn Warfel has been elevated to Executive Producer/Showrunner of The Price Is Right, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the history of the series, and John Quinn serving as the new Executive Producer/Showrunner on Let's Make A Deal. They replace Mike Richards, who exited both shows earlier this year after signing a multi-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.

"We are fortunate to have such creative and dedicated talent at the company," said Jennifer Mullin, CEO, Fremantle. "When looking to fill these roles, we didn't need to go far. Evelyn and John have been longtime valued members of our team and I can't wait to see how they will flourish in their new roles."

Warfel has been with Fremantle for the past 10 years, most recently serving as The Price Is Right's Co-Executive Producer. During her tenure, the series has won three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show, along with a total of seven nominations. Warfel has an extensive game show background having produced more than a dozen titles within this genre of entertainment, including previously serving as a Supervising Producer on Fremantle's Let's Make A Deal.

Additionally, Adam Sandler has been named The Price Is Right's new Co-Executive Producer, taking over for Warfel. Sandler has spent the past 25 years with the series, serving as the show's Director for the past six, and in numerous producing roles prior to then. Having won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Game Show, Sandler will continue on in this role, in addition to now serving as the show's Co-EP.

Veteran game show producer Quinn has been with Fremantle for the past six years, originally joining as an Executive Producer on Celebrity Name Game, which saw two Daytime Emmy wins for host Craig Ferguson, along with a nomination in the Outstanding Game Show category. He also served as an Executive Producer on Match Game, and is currently both an Executive Producer and Showrunner on the return of the classic game show, Press Your Luck, on ABC. Quinn will be joined by longtime Let's Make A Deal Co-EP's, Chris Ahearn and Graham Shaw, along with Jennifer Langheld who recently was tapped as Co-EP.

Both The Price Is Right and Let's Make A Deal will premiere their 48th and 11th seasons respectively this fall on CBS.

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posted 7/16/19

WEEKEND: Game Shows Rule
ABC Wins Sunday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.450 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.716 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) followed by originals from "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (5.008 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.102 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (4.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.233 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Instinct" (3.581 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "The Good Fight" (3.076 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Next up was NBC (2.307 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (2.766 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bring the Funny" (2.259 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "New Amsterdam" (1.437 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.011 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.902 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), another "Last Man Standing" (1.052 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.126 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.103 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.143 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.741 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.512 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and a repeat "The 100" (0.252 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.382 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.103m
- SUnday Best (BET): 593k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 341k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 310k

NBC (2.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) claimed the demo honors on Friday thanks to an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) a new "Dateline NBC" (3.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

ABC (2.560 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) then was a close second with a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.301 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a repeat "20/20" (2.689 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was CBS (2.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with an original "Love Island" (2.096 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (2.752 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (3.771 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up second runs of "First Responders Live" (1.736 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "MasterChef" (1.248 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) likewise opted for repeats of "The Outpost" (0.543 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), "The Big Stage" (0.399 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and another "The Big Stage" (0.375 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10). .

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 817k

NBC (1.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #1) was the network to beat on Saturday with its telecast of the feature "Furious 7" (1.941 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

Second place then went to CBS (1.435 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) with an encore of "Love Island" (0.885 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.1, #8) followed by a new "Million Dollar Mile" (0.978 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #7) and a repeat "48 Hours" (2.441 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Next up was FOX (1.924 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and its primetime portion of "FOX Sports Saturday Presents Major League Baseball" (1.924 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, ABC (1.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) closed out the night with its all-repeat lineup of "Shark Tank" (2.010 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "The Good Doctor" (1.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "The Rookie" (1.684 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

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posted 7/16/19

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posted 7/16/19

"Masked Singer" Heads Down Under
Judges Include Jackie O, Lindsay Lohan
From Yahoo!

A diverse cocktail of talent has been announced as the judging panel for a brand new reality series, and one prolific radio star is making her silver screen comeback. Jackie O has been announced as one of the panellists on upcoming singing game show, the appropriately titled, The Masked Singer.

Jackie O is returning to her roots with the gig, as she famously got her TV start judging Popstars in 2000 and then went on to host iconic early noughties reality shows, most famously Big Brother. The Kiss FM host might be better known for radio these days, but she's far from the most surprising personality in the fray.

Joining the Aussie personality will be none other than everyone's favorite former child star, Lindsay Lohan. The Mean Girls actress is fresh off the cancellation of her own reality show Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club, which tracked the opening of her Mykonos club, earlier this year, and confirmed the new project over the weekend.

"Look out Australia, I'm coming!" she told Confidential.

The full panel comprises of Lindsay, Jackie O, Dave Hughes and Dannii Minogue.

Dannii is of course a veteran of the judging game, judging on the X Factor UK and the show's Australian counterpart, as well as on Australia's Got Talent, and Hughes has a number of TV gigs under his belt.

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posted 7/15/19

THURSDAY: Game Show Battle Royale
CBS Takes Totals Thanks to "Big Brother"; Tied with Fox's "MasterChef"/"Spin the Wheel" for Demo
From The Futon Critic

CBS (3.165 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its original lineup of "Love Island" (2.613 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (3.989 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Elementary" (2.893 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

FOX (2.842 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors thanks to fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.040 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Spin the Wheel" (2.644 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.869 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "Holey Moley" (3.946 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Family Food Fight" (2.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Reef Break" (2.260 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.822 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the return of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.647 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) bookended by repeats of "The Wall" (3.411 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.408 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "iZombie" (0.594 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and the season premiere of "The Outpost" (0.611 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.168m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 827k
- Double Dare (Nick): 758k


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posted 7/15/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Circle of Life"

  • Jamie & Corinne Foxx take a break from Shazam to attend "The Lion King" premiere (Business Times)

  • Billy Eichner on Timon (Exclaim)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Awake: The Million Dollar Game (Showbiz Cheat Sheet)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC opts for reruns of "The Wall" for the time being, putting the new season off until 2020 (Broadway World).

  • If you're a fan of Alton Brown, mark your calendar for August 25, and the return of "Good Eats" (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/15/19

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