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Kelly's Got Talent
"Voice" Coach to Judge Live Shows as Simon Cowell Recuperates
From TV Line

With Simon Cowell on medical leave, America's Got Talent is injecting some temporary new blood into its judging panel.

Cowell's former American Idol discovery, Kelly Clarkson, is set to fill his seat alongside fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara during this week's inaugural live shows.

In a tongue-in-cheek statement, the Kelly Clarkson Show host (and recent Daytime Emmy winner) said, "My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won't be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday's live shows for AGT. But no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson �� You're welcome in advance!"

Cowell broke his back on Saturday while testing his new electric bike in the courtyard of his Malibu, Calif. home. He was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent a five-hour surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"Some good advice, if you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time," Cowell tweeted late Sunday, before adding, "Thank you to everyone for your kind messages. And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met."" .

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posted 8/10/2020

WEEKEND: Big Brother, Bigger Number
CBS, Golf Knock ABC Reruns to Second
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.607 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its primetime portion of the "PGA Championship" (5.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (4.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Big Brother 22" (3.109 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

ABC (3.600 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) had to settle for second with its repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.364 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.378 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Press Your Luck" (3.122 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Match Game" (2.535 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

Next up was NBC (1.732 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with encores of "Cannonball" (1.754 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "The Titan Games" (1.299 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "America's Got Talent: 15th Anniversary Special" (1.937 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.688 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up its own repeat mix of "Last Man Standing" (0.864 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15), "Duncanville" (0.488 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15), "The Simpsons" (0.672 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (0.564 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (0.711 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Family Guy" (0.831 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, week two of "Fridge Wars" (0.396 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.253 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.324 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- The Sims: Spark'd (SF/TBS): 205k/0.06


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posted 8/10/2020

DWade Enters "The Cube"
NBA Legend to Host, Produce American Version for WarnerMedia
From The Futon Critic

WarnerMedia is bringing the adrenaline-fueled, award-winning British game show reboot of The Cube stateside with a series order, executive produced and hosted by NBA legend Dwyane Wade.

The show features pairs of contestants who must demonstrate skill, nerve and determination by braving The Cube, where they attempt seemingly simple physical tasks within the nerve-wracking confines of a glass box in the hope of winning a major cash prize. Working against the clock, each pair has nine lives to complete seven games, each worth an increasing amount of money, as they move closer to the jackpot. The ten-episode, 60-minute series is slated to premiere next year.

"The Cube is a massively popular national treasure in the U.K. Honestly, I can't believe it hasn't been snapped up here in the U.S. before now," said Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. "It is a visually stunning, but super simple game that everyone can play and almost no one can win. Stepping into The Cube takes focus, determination and calm under pressure, and I can't think of anyone who demonstrates those qualities more than Dwyane Wade. Dwyane is a legend who sets the standard on and off the court, and now Americans will have the once in a lifetime chance to compete with him by their side."

"I'm excited to join my WarnerMedia family in bringing this exciting and entertaining game show to the U.S.," said Dwyane Wade. "As a former athlete, I enjoy competition and I appreciate the skill set needed to compete in high-tension and fast-paced environments. As executive producer and host, I'm looking forward to teaming up with contestants to embark on a quest that is both physical and mental, as well as adding my own flavor to the show that will make this a fun family viewing event."

Building upon the existing U.K. fan-favorite format, the game show will include new twists and turns to keep the contestants on their feet and allow Dwyane to show his own skills. The updated series will introduce a "helping-hand" component, a call-to-action for our sports phenom host to enter The Cube and lend his athletic prowess and compete on behalf of the contestant. Additionally, the series will have an elevated feel, launching with the latest augmented GFX and camera technology.

"We are hugely proud of The Cube - it is a game show like no other. With Dwyane at the helm this series promises to be high-octane and jaw-dropping," said Layla Smith, Objective Media Group CEO. "It's very exciting to be bringing it to the WarnerMedia family, and we know viewers are going to be on the edge of their seats watching it." .

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posted 8/7/2020

"Pyramid" Returns to the Studio
Sony Eyes August Start Date for New Season Production
From Deadline

ABC gameshow The $100,000 Pyramid is returning to the studio in the last week of August.

The Michael Strahan-hosted series shoots in New York and it is thought that it is one of the first major non-scripted entertainment shows to return to the studio in New York, where Strahan films Good Morning America.

It comes after The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon moved back into 30 Rock a couple of weeks ago with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert planning to return to the studio next week.

The show, which is based on the Bob Stewart-created 1973 format, is a word-association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winner's circle and take home $100,000.

Heading into its fifth season on ABC, the series was originally set to start production in June but was hit by the COVID-19 production shutdown. It is produced by Strahan's SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and exec produced by Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Morini and Vin Rubino.

The series will be shot with all of the usual health and safety protocols with crews and contestants having their temperatures tested, with PPE equipment and social distancing measures. While the show usually shoots with a studio audience, as you can imagine, there won't be any in the studio this time around.

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posted 8/7/2020

THURSDAY: Truth Be Told
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.787 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) remained the demo champ on Thursday with its trio of "Holey Moley" (2.951 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Don't" (2.447 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.962 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

CBS (2.940 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) then was the most-watched network with its all-repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "The Unicorn" (2.825 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Mom" (3.013 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), another "Mom" (2.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Bull" (2.458 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its second run mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.485 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.877 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.120 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.605 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) served up the primetime portion of "MLB on FOX" (1.605 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, a new "Killer Camp" (0.465 million viewers, #T13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.465 million viewers, #T13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Thursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.237m/0.19

- Cannonball (USA): 570k/0.16

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posted 8/6/2020

"All-Round Champion" Returns for Second Round
BYUTV Renews Competition Series
From the Futon Critic

BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and free streaming, today announced at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that "All-Round Champion" season two will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT.

The inspirational unscripted series, co-produced by BYUtv and marblemedia, assembles ten of North America's most decorated young winter athletes to compete in the ultimate winter sports competition. The catch? They won't be competing in their own sports; they'll be competing in each other's. Scored on skill, sportsmanship and improvement, the athlete with the most points at the end will be crowned the All-Round Champion.

Two-time Olympian and two-time world champion hurdler Perdita Felicien returns to host the series, which also features internationally renowned guest mentors, including Olympic gold and silver medalist Derek Parra in speed skating, Olympic gold and silver medalist Jennifer Heil in freestyle skiing, two-time Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Lawes in curling, Olympic gold medalist Jamie Salé in figure skating, Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott in cross-country skiing, Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace in skeleton, Olympic silver medalist Max Parrot in snowboarding, Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin in luge, world champion Sarah Hendrickson in ski jumping, two-time North American champion Gordon McArthur in ice climbing and three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey in dog mushing.

"The first season of 'All-Round Champion,' featuring summer sports, was one of our bright stars this past spring," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "As one of our top-rated shows in linear, since the season one finale in May it's found even more viewers on digital as families binge the entire season on the free BYUtv streaming app. Not only are these talented, young athletes the future of their individual sports, but they are also role models of sportsmanship and respect for their competitors."

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posted 8/6/2020

"I'm a Celebrity" Heads Home
New Season to Shoot in the UK
From Deadline

ITV is moving its celebrity reality show I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! from Australia to the UK after staging the show in its usual New South Wales home proved too challenging amid coronavirus.

Ant and Dec will host Season 20 as usual, but it will be set in the ruins of a countryside castle, rather than the tropical jungle of Australia. Celebrities will undergo all the usual grueling challenges and one will be named King or Queen of the Castle.

Richard Cowles, director of entertainment at ITV Studios, said: "We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and despite us looking at many different contingencies, it became apparent that it just wasn't possible for us to travel and make the show there.

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posted 8/7/2020

More on "Rolling In It"
Catch It on ITV
From the Newsletter

Stephen Mulhern knows a thing or two about gameshows. Over the course of his TV career, he's hosted a lot of them, including Magic Numbers, Catchphrase, Big Star's Little Star and Pick Me. His In for a Penny segment on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway proved so popular, it became a series in its own right and saw Stephen roaming the streets of Britain, challenging members of the public to take part in a series of silly (but sometimes unexpectedly tricky) tasks.

So, it's easy to see why he's been entrusted with ITV's new gameshow Rolling in It, as he's definitely a safe pair of hands. But even this genre veteran has been surprised by the series. That's because Rolling in It finds members of the public teaming up with celebrities, and while you might expect the virtual strangers to be almost painfully polite with each other, apparently that hasn't always been the case.

He says: "It's really weird when you see a relationship of a celebrity with a contestant – they don't know each other, have only met that morning and they argue like they are family."

Perhaps it's the pressure that's causing the bickering as there's a big cash prize at stake.

Rolling in It is a game of chance, where three teams – each made up of a player and their celebrity partner – roll coins down a moving conveyor belt towards slots which are labelled with large cash sums to win. But there are also 'Bankrupt' slots which mean the player loses everything.

As the game progresses, the prizes get bigger, but so do the potential losses. And by the end, the roll of one final coin could decide whether a member of the public goes home 'rolling in it' or not.

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posted 8/7/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back in the Cube"

  • Philip Schofield returns to "The Cube" to a rousing applause (Entertainment Daily)

  • Is Jenny Ryan heading to the jungle... of England... in "I'm a Celebrity"? (Brinkwire)

  • Rachael Ray safe after fire engulfs her home (Deadline)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Sing On! Germany (Techquila)

  • Sasha Velour's Quibi doc renewed (Deadline)

posted 8/10/2020

Paul Telegdy Out at NBC
Entertainment Chief Out Amidst Company Restructuring
From the Wrap

Paul Telegdy is out as NBC Entertainment chairman amid an investigation into multiple accusations of workplace misbehavior. His exit comes as part of a larger reorganization under Mark Lazarus, NBCUniversal's chairman of television and streaming.

The new structure involves three new business units: Direct to Consumer, Entertainment Programming and Entertainment Business.

Peacock chief Matt Strauss will be in charge of the Direct-to-Consumer unit, while continuing to lead Peacock, which will maintain its own separate team within the division. International Networks, run by Ken Bettsteller, and Fandango, run by Paul Yanover, will report to Strauss. Francis Berwick will head up the Entertainment Business unit, which will be in charge of programming strategy and content spend across all of NBCU's networks. Berwick most recently ran NBCU's lifestyle networks. The Entertainment Programming unit have oversight of all original programming on the broadcast and cable networks; NBCU is currently searching for an executive to run this division.

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posted 8/6/2020

WEDNESDAY: Big Return
CBS Smashes Middle of the Week with Big Brother, Tough as Nails
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.673 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled in front on Wednesday thanks to a new "Tough as Nails" (3.692 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and the two-hour launch of "Big Brother 22" (3.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

FOX (1.538 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was the silver draw among adults 18-49 with repeats of "MasterChef" (1.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a second "MasterChef" (1.517 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.136 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its trio of "Chicago Med" (2.970 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (3.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (3.415 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a new "United We Fall" (3.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) followed by repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.046 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "The Conners" (1.772 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "American Housewife" (1.492 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.263 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.612 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with a new "The 100" (0.505 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and the debut of "Coroner" (0.719 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 908k/0.30

- Forged in Fire (History): 889k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games: Behind the Games (Food): 778k/0.28
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 267k/0.06
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 258k/0.05

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posted 8/6/2020

I Can See Your Voice Returns to the Studio
Ken Jeong-Hosted Fox Series Begins Production under COVID Guidelines
From DEadline

Fox's I Can See Your Voice, the mystery singing game show based on a Korean format, has resumed production. It is Fox's first major non-scripted series to resume after filming was hit by the COVID-19 production shutdown in March.

The show, which is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment, had filmed one episode before the shutdown.

The broadcaster is employing all health and safety protocols with the LA shoot including social distancing and PPE equipment. Contestants on the show will stand six feet apart and wear a face covering when they are not on camera.

Fox is working closely with local and state officials, including the Health Department, as well as the unions on protocols to make sure that the production environment is as safe as possible.

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posted 8/6/2020

Hey Remember the American Song Contest?
Eurovision Offshoot Eyes Holiday 2021 Premiere
From Deadline

The long-gestating American Song Contest series is getting close to fruition and is now targeting a debut during the holiday season 2021. There is no network yet.

American Song Contest was announced in May 2019 when Nordic Entertainment Group-backed Brain Academy struck a deal with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for the format rights.

The American Song Contest project had been developed by Brain Academy's Anders Lenhoff and Peter Settman alongside Christer Björkman and Ola Melzig, who have worked on over 20 Eurovision Song Contests between them. They are now joined by Ben Silverman of Propagate Content.

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posted 8/6/2020

Lindsay Vonn Plays with Her Dog
Amazon Greenlights "The Pack"
From Deadline

Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn and her dog, Lucy, are set as the co-hosts of "The Pack," a new Amazon competition series about the special bond between man (and woman) and man's (and woman's!) best friend, the streaming giant announced Thursday during a virtual CTAM panel.

The new unscripted show "features twelve teams of dogs and their humans on an epic adventure across multiple continents," per Amazon. "The Pack" was filmed earlier this year and will launch on Amazon Prime Video later in 2020.

Here's Amazon's description for how the competition will work:

"At stake is a life-changing monetary prize for the winning duo ($500,000) and the animal charity of their choice ($250,000). Additionally, 'The Pack' donated $250,000 during filming to multiple charities and animal rescue organizations in each country, helping to pay it forward to dogs and those who love them around the world. To win the monetary prize for themselves and their charity, the teams will have to depend on their understanding of one another's strengths and weaknesses and prove to have the strongest bond in the pack. In each locale, the human and dog duos will face fun and exciting challenges, designed in concert with a team of accredited veterinarians and certified dog experts that also accompany the group on their exciting journey, making sure it is a positive experience for everyone."

"The Pack" is produced by Amazon Studios and Renegade 83, an Entertainment One company. Jay Bienstock with Jay Renfroe and David Garfinkle of Renegade 83 serve as executive producers..

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posted 8/6/2020

Love Island 2: August 24
Season 2 Begins Production... in Las Vegas
From The Futon Critic

CBS announced today the second season of LOVE ISLAND will kick off with a two-hour premiere Monday, August 24 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Following the premiere, episodes will air nightly* (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), including a two-hour episode each Saturday (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), featuring the best moments of the week, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage. The season will be available to stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access.

Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will return with an all-new cast of Islanders for the U.S. version of the international reality sensation that will shoot its second season in Las Vegas sequestered in a "bubble" at Caesars Entertainment's boutique hotel, The Cromwell. The cast will be announced closer to premiere.

LOVE ISLAND is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company. As the health and safety of everyone involved in LOVE ISLAND is the highest priority, ITV will follow specific health and safety protocols for COVID-19. All Las Vegas staff and crew working on the production and all cast participating will be within quarantined "bubbles" where they will undergo isolation before production begins and be tested prior to beginning work, and the cast will be tested prior to their participation. They will also all be regularly tested throughout the season, as well as screened daily for symptoms. Crew and staff will be required to wear PPE and work in pods to enhance social distancing. Stringent and ongoing cleaning and disinfecting protocols in filming and production areas will be in place. In addition, COVID-19 compliance officers will be on staff to monitor and enforce all health and safety COVID-19 protocols.

Season 1 aired last summer with contestants on an island in Fiji, and filming was set to begin in May on Season 2, but an international location was scrapped this time around due to coronavirus concerns. (CBS renewed the series for Season 2 last August.)

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posted 8/5/2020

TUESDAY: It's Our Anniversary
NBC Wins Night on "AGT" Retrospective
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.355 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was once again the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to the "America's Got Talent: 15th Anniversary Special" (6.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and a new "World of Dance" (3.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

CBS (3.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a distant second with its mix of "NCIS" (4.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3), "FBI" (4.055 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) and the special "John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero" (2.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was ABC (1.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with repeats of "Modern Family" (2.235 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), another "Modern Family" (1.719 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), "Black-ish" (1.405 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Mixed-ish" (1.386 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) plus a new "What Would You Do?" (2.117 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.084 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Prodigal Son" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.623 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its duo of "DC's Stargirl" (0.841 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.406 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 833k/0.23

- Chopped Sweets (SP/Food): 636k/0.20
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 399k/0.13
- Hot Ones: The Game Show (TBS): 126k/0.06

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posted 8/5/2020

The Netflix Teamup No One Saw Coming!
Alums of "Love Is Blind", "The Circle" Feature on New Series
From Entertainment Weekly

A virtual dating game show is here, featuring two of your Netflix reality favorites: The Circle's Joey Sasso and Love Is Blind's Diamond Jack. In the trailer below, Sasso explains the premise (while going through multiple wardrobe changes).

Basically, Diamond needs a date — and she needs it now. Faraway Bae premieres Sunday, Aug. 9 on a new social media app called TVCO. Sasso will act as Diamond's friend throughout the process as she goes on six dates with six contestants over the course of one week. It's a total dating marathon.

TVCO is an app billed as an "interactive social destination for television content." With the app, Faraway Bae viewers will be able to ask the host questions live — and even have the power to select dates!

"As everyone knows, I'm all in favor of unconventional dating experiences and I have seen firsthand that they can work," Diamond said in a statement. "I can't wait for Joey and the live audience to help me find my soulmate."

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posted 8/5/2020

More Misery!
TBS Renews "Misery Index"
From Deadline

WarnerMedia continues to build on the strength of truTV's flagship franchise Impractical Jokers. The company has ordered a third season of TBS' The Misery Index and 10 additional episodes of truTV's remotely shot Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party. Additionally, truTV's first feature length film Impractical Jokers: The Movie will make its streaming premiere on HBO Max on September 1.

"The Impractical Jokers franchise continues to deliver each and every time," said Brett Weitz, General Manager of TNT, TBS and truTV. "The plan is continue to grow their business from an incredibly solid foundation and deliver to a passionate fanbase that's second to none."

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posted 8/5/2020

DWTS Offers First Look of Tyra
Things Are Changing... and Not
From TV Line

ABC is pulling the ballroom curtain back on its Tyra Banks-ized revamp of Dancing With the Stars, releasing the first promo for the creatively overhauled Season 29.

However, the new 15-second spot appears to suggest that the show's mass exodus will not extend beyond ousted hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. In addition to offering a first look at enthusiastic new host Banks, the promo — which can be viewed below — includes veteran judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

The trio's involvement in Season 29 has yet to be officially confirmed by ABC, although Inaba recently hinted that their return was, for all intents and purposes, a fait accompli.

"I just want everybody to know… the plan that we're coming back," Inaba said last month. "They're going to make the official announcement in a few weeks. They're just going to keep letting us know all the details. I don't want people to worry. It seems like everything is OK."

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posted 8/5/2020

WEEKEND: "Taskmaster" Arrives
CW Launches US Run of UK Episodes
From Channel Guide

The stateside tour of British game show Taskmaster turned out to be exceedingly short. The CW has pulled the series from its Sunday schedule after just a single episode, which drew a very small audience on Aug. 2. Reruns of Supernatural will fill the 9 p.m. Sunday slot for the next few weeks.

Taskmaster, which has run 10 seasons over five years in the U.K., stars comedian Greg Davies, who as Taskmaster assigns simple comedic and bizarre tasks to a group of five regular contestants, usually comics. Series creator Alex Horne acts as Davies' assistant on camera. The show regularly tops 1 million viewers in the U.K. and won a BAFTA Award for best comedy entertainment program two days before its U.S. debut. Its premiere on The CW, however, drew only 212,000 same day viewers, the smallest audience for a first-run episode of any show on the network in 11 months. (An installment of extreme-sports docuseries Peaking in September 2019 brought in 190,000 people.) Its lead-in, Canadian food competition Fridge Wars, brought in 400,000 viewers with its premiere.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the show may migrate to the network's free streaming platform, CW Seed. It won't return to the on-air schedule.

ABC (2.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) led the demo race on Sunday thanks to a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.751 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and the primetime portion of "NBA Special: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets" (2.126 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

CBS (3.724 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) took home the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Tough as Nails" (2.301 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Next up was NBC (1.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with encores of "Cannonball" (2.127 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "The Titan Games" (1.630 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "America's Got Talent" (1.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.920 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Duncanville" (0.465 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15), "The Simpsons" (0.872 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "Bless the Harts" (0.564 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (0.762 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "Family Guy" (0.896 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.328 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with the premieres of "Fridge Wars" (0.432 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Taskmaster" (0.224 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

Meanwhile, the premiere of Univision's ¿Quién Es la Máscara? (The Masked Singer) raked in an average of 1.4 million viewers in its 2 1/2-hour debut Sunday. The premiere tied for second overall for the night among the Big 4 networks and the CW in the adults 18-49 demographic, which peaked in the 9 p.m. hour with a 0.4 rating.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.197m/0.30

- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 839k/0.21

On cable Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 529k/0.11

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posted 8/5/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Less Entertaining"

  • E! cancels "E! News" (TV Line)

  • NBC makes Drew Drechsel vanish next season on ANW (TV Line)

  • Jeff Foxworthy puts up an estate sale (WSB-TV Atlanta)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: the "Friends" reunite on "The Chase" (Daily Star)

posted 8/4/2020

The Most Shocking "Bachelorette" Twist EVER
Clare Crawley Reportedly Replaced Midseason
From ET Canada

"The Bachelorette" is getting an unprecedented shakeup. The ABC reality show has cast a new lead for season 16, roughly two weeks into filming. Clare Crawley, who was announced as the Bachelorette in early March (before production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic), has been replaced with Tayshia Adams, ET reports.

As ET previously reported, Crawley's journey will "still be a part of" this season of the show. Fans will have to tune in to watch what happens with Crawley and the contestants, but ET has learned that the 39-year-old did fall for one of her men, which is why her time with the show came to an end.

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posted 8/4/2020

Dodge This
David Dobrik to Host "Dodgeball Thunderdome" August 19
From Dexerto

David Dobrik is one of YouTube's biggest stars, best known for his hilarious, fast-paced vlogs — but now, he's taking his talents to reality television with a brand-new competition show centered around the classic schoolyard game of dodgeball.

Yep, you read that right; David Dobrik will soon become a television game show host for none other than the Discovery Channel, where he will pit groups of players against each other in an extreme version of dodgeball. The show, titled "Dodgeball: Thunderdome," will throw down on a 13.8-acre arena, and its competitors will include both professional athletes and contestants who may not be so sports-savvy.

The first episode of Dodgeball: Thunderdome (hearkening back to the Mad Max title of Hollywood fame) will air on Wednesday, August 19 at 9 PM. Although Dobrik is a YouTuber first and foremost, fans will have to catch the action on TV via the Discovery Channel.

Dexerto

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/2020

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for the Week Ending July 26
From TV Newscheck

Courtroom titans Judge Judy and Hot Bench ate everyone's lunch in daytime and ranked as the big daypart's two highest rated shows for the seventh week in a row, as syndication entered the dog days of summer in the session ending July 26.

In access, the big game shows headed south. Family Feud fell 2% to a 5.7, although that tied daytime dynamo Judge Judy for the overall syndication lead. Wheel of Fortune faded 4% to a 4.8, while Jeopardy slid 6% to a 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) 4.8 -4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7** -6%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/4/2020

MONDAY: Wrath of the Titans
NBC, CBS Split
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.005 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) maintained the demo crown on Monday thanks to a new "The Titan Games" (3.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and a rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" (2.650 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2).

CBS (3.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a close second with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.716 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "All Rise" (2.725 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Bull" (3.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.022 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with second runs of "9-1-1" (2.178 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (1.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.724 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a new "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (1.724 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.941 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.926 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.900 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.917 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/4/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Rallying Cry"

  • Ellen DeGeneres gets a vote of confidence from Kevin Hart (TV Line) .... and Katy Perry (The Wrap) ... AND Portia de Rossi. (The Wrap)

  • Courtney Hope no longer bold, beautiful (TV Line)

  • Philip Schofield lobbies for "Strictly"... and a male partner (The Sports Mole)

  • VIDEO WALL: Netflix hams it up (CBR)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Mizanin (Sportskeeda)

posted 8/4/2020

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