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Scoopergate: CBS Responds
Network Issues Boilerplate Statement Amidst Social Media Outcry
From Deadline

CBS has released a statement following outrage by fans over inappropriate behavior and racist comments by some cast members in Season 20.

"Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives. At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone," CBS said in a statement. "The producers have addressed two such incidents that were seen recently on the 24/7 online feed. In both cases, those involved have been warned about their inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, as well as future consequences. These events will not be part of any future Big Brother broadcast on CBS."

The most recent incident occurred Monday night on the show's 24/7 feed when cast members Rachel Swindler and Angela Rummans used the term "ghetto" when comparing their tans, sparking swift backlash by fans on Twitter.

Fans previously accused cast member JC Mounduix of sexual harassment for inappropriately touching contestants, with some calling for Mounduix's ouster from the show.

This is not the first time the series has dealt with controversial issues. In 2013, some cast members in season 15 made racist and homophobic remarks during their time on the show. And in Season 2, CBS ejected Justin Sebik from the show after he held a knife to the throat of a female housemate.

Deadline
The Wrap
Reality TV World

posted 7/5/18

Days of Our (Extra) Lives
HQ Introduces Streaks
From Engadget

Anyone who's played the frustratingly-addictive HQ Trivia is familiar with the crushing disappointment that follows a wrong answer, especially when you were only a question or two away from the jackpot.

So in a bid to stop players rage quitting the app forever, the live trivia game show is launching Streaks, a feature that rewards players for taking part in consecutive games. Its premise is simple. Play HQ Trivia for five days in a row and you'll get an extra life for the next game you play, which grants you immunity to one wrong answer. It's not yet clear yet exactly how these bonus lives will be given out, but the feature is rolling out today -- just in time to secure an extra life for the weekend's bigger jackpot games.

Engadget

posted 7/5/18

TUESDAY: America's Got Repeats
NBC Wins on Holiday Second-Runs
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on a pre-holiday Tuesday with repeats of "America's Got Talent" (6.240 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "World of Dance" (3.926 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

CBS (5.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then took home the silver with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.727 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Bull" (4.968 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.994 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was ABC (1.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its mix of "The Middle" (2.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), another "The Middle" (2.120 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Black-ish" (1.596 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), another "Black-ish" (1.379 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "The Last Defense" (1.820 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.478 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) also opted for repeats of "Beat Shazam" (1.518 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Love Connection" (1.439 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.292 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with the special "Strokes of Genius" (0.292 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/5/18

BBC Three Makes Up
Beeb Greenlights "Glow Up" Formats
From Deadline

A make-up competition format leads the line-up of BBC Three's latest entertainment slate.

The youth-skewing broadcaster has ordered Glow Up (w/t) from Warner Bros-backed Wall to Wall.

The commissions come after the channel, which moved online two years ago, received a £10M (USM) budget boost to bolster its move into factual entertainment, formats and entertainment.

Glow Up is an eight-part competition to look for the next big make-up star of tomorrow. It aims to tap into the huge online passion for extreme make-up transformations and will see a cast of hopefuls live and work together as they attempt to prove their potential to industry professionals from the worlds of fashion and film. With regular eliminations, the challenges will test their skills under pressure and give them the opportunity to unleash their creative vision.

Glow Up is exec produced by Melissa Brown and was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The Commissioning Editor is Emily Smith.

Deadline

posted 7/5/18

La Voz Finds Another Coach
Alejandra Guzman Joins Telemundo Version for 2019
From Broadway World

Telemundo announced today that Latin rock star, Alejandra Guzmán, joins as Coach of the highly-anticipated singing competitionLa Voz, the Spanish-language version of the hit NBC show The Voice, coming for the first time to U.S. Hispanic television in 2019.

The Mexican music idol will join the already announced Coach Luis Fonsi and two other coaches that will be announced soon. "It is a great honor to be a Coach of this prestigious singing competition that will allow us to witness the discovery of La Voz, the best voice of the first season on U.S. Hispanic television," said Alejandra Guzman. "I'm ready to Win!"

Alejandra Guzmán is one of the most talented, energetic and daring singers with a successful artistic career of more than 30 years. With over 20 million albums sold throughout her career, the Mexican singer-songwriter, actress and musician also known as "La Reina Del Rock Latino" (The Queen of Latin Rock), has a raspy voice and her energy and delivery on stage is unparalleled. Alejandra has been awarded with the most important recognitions from the music industry including a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Rock Vocal Album for the album "Soy. In addition she has obtained gold records for the success of "Indeleble" and her single "Volverte Amar," a #1 hit in Mexico and the most successful song on the Billboard charts for which she also won an ASCAP award for co-writing the song. Her historic 'Versus World Tour' with Gloria Trevi, was sold out in Mexico, Canada, South America and over 40 cities across the United States.

Auditions for the first season of La Voz continue for those over 18 in New York (July 7); Chicago (July 14), San Antonio (July 21) and Miami (July 28). For more details and information on how to register, you can visit www.lavozcasting.com.

Broadway World

posted 7/5/18

Meet the Season 7 Taskmaster Hopefuls
Catch It on UKTV September
From Broadway World

The double BAFTA nominated and Broadcast Award winning comedy game show is set to return for its seventh series with 10 brand new episodes this September. Greg Davies, the almighty Taskmaster, once again makes himself comfy on his majestic throne, painstakingly polished by his sidekick and assistant Little Alex Horne, as he welcomes a new host of brazen contenders for the latest series of the international hit show.

Setting perplexing challenges, the Task Tzar will preside over the inspired genius, or utter ineptitude of a new host of comics, each scrapping for his fleeting and often fickle respect, praise, and points.

Record breaking stand-up James Acaster (Netflix's Repertoire), comedy writer and actress Jessica Knappett (E4's Drifters), actress and stand-up Kerry Godliman (Channel 4's Derek), internationally acclaimed comedian Phil Wang (BBC Two's Live At The Apollo, Dave's Unspun with Matt Forde), and renowned Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert (BBC Two's The Apprentice: You're Fired) are the new line-up battling for a chance to win the most prestigious title in showbiz, and possibly the world, and be crowned a TASKMASTER Champion.

Series seven is the second installment of a four series commission marking Taskmaster's growing success for UKTV. Following the two-part special, Taskmaster: Champion of CHAMPIONS in 2017, series six launched with its biggest overnight to date of over 700K and quickly consolidated to over 1.1 million viewers. TASKMASTER remains the biggest show on UKTV Play with over 7 million views.

Broadway World
British Comedy Guide

posted 7/5/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Pointless Summer"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Pointless" is taking a summer break (Metro)
  • Chris Lambton, wife Peyton having #2 (Reality TV World)
  • Katharine McPhee loses a series, gets a ring (Reality TV World)
  • Yvette Nicole Brown doesn't want Chris Hardwick's job... but she will be doing it at Comic-Con (TV Line)
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Colin Mochrie (Erie Reader)

posted 7/5/18

More on "Lego Masters"
Endemol Shine Format to Hit Australia
From Kidscreen

Construction competition series LEGO Masters has landed its first international deals.

Endemol Shine Australia has been commissioned to produce a version of the format for Nine, while Endemol Shine Germany will produce a version for RTL.

Originally created by UK prodco Tuesday's Child, the series lets contestants of all ages put their design and construction skills to the test in an effort to be named LEGO Masters. Commissioned by Channel 4, the series first aired last summer and a second season is set to bow later this year. Casting for the upcoming localized versions is currently underway in both Australia and Germany. LEGO Masters is set to launch with RTL in Germany later this year and on Nine and 9Now in Australia in 2019.

Content producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group acquired the global format and finished tape rights for LEGO Masters in April. Endemol Shine Group exclusively delivers the format across all platforms outside of the UK, and also has the rights to produce localized versions of the series internationally.

Kidscreen

posted 7/3/18

MONDAY: Fresh Cut Roses
ABC Beats Back Reruns
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with fresh installments from "The Bachelorette" (5.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "The Proposal" (3.456 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

The silver then went to NBC (3.218 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with the Sunday-bound "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.176 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (3.240 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Next up was FOX (2.276 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.268 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "9-1-1" (2.286 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.699 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Man with a Plan" (3.908 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) alongside originals from "Salvation" (3.080 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Elementary" (3.918 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.308 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.114 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.056 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.196 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/3/18

WEEKEND: No New Games, No Problem!
CBS, ABC Reruns Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) held off the demo competition on Sunday despite an all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.099 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.567 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "0,000 Pyramid" (3.668 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.256 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

CBS (4.510 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Big Brother 20" (4.886 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), the season finale of "Instinct" (4.456 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and an encore of "Salvation" (1.846 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

Next up was NBC (3.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (3.795 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), a repeat "America's Got Talent" (3.843 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a new "Shades of Blue" (3.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "One Strange Rock" (1.011 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15), "The Simpsons" (1.347 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (1.330 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.639 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and another "Bob's Burgers" (1.597 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) rounded out the night on FOX (1.322 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).
On cable Sunday...
- Food Network Star (Food):1.301m
- Iron Chef America (Food): 680k
On cable Friday...
- Double Dare (Nick):1.296m
- Battlebots (Discovery): 926k
- America Says (GSN): 321k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/3/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Virginia Is For Lovers"

  • "The Bachelorette" turns into a 2-hour commercial for the Old Dominion (The Wrap)
  • JC Mounduix has been a REALLY BAD BOY (TV Line - Warning: Graphic Language)
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS is putting the premiere of TKO after "Big Brother" July 11, showing us how much faith they have in this series (The Futon Critic)
  • Grant Denyer opens up about his drug use (New Zealand Herald)
  • LIST ABUSE: stuff you should know (or probably do) about "The Price Is Right" (Simplemost)

posted 7/3/18

BBC Plays Catch
Paddy McGuinness to Host "Catchpoint"
From Telly Mix

BBC One has signed Paddy McGuinness to present brand new Saturday night gameshow 'Catchpoint', which requires both brains and balls.

The format, co-produced by ITV Studios labels Possessed and 12 Yard, has a simple premise: don't drop the ball.

At the back of the studio is the 'Catch Zone', where ten large screens display possible answers to a quiz question. Above all ten screens are trapdoors, containing balls of various sizes. Contestants have to run to their preferred answer and hit a button to release the ball, which they must catch. However, only the door above the correct answer will open, sending its ball plummeting to the ground. If they're standing in the right place, catching it should be easy - but get it wrong and they'll have to rely on quick reflexes not to let the ball drop.

A variety of rounds will lead up to an exciting finale, when a cash prize will be up for grabs.

"I'm thrilled to be hosting Catchpoint," said Paddy. "It's always exciting being part of a new show, especially one that involves so many fun elements.

"I can't wait to get started! Now where did I put those cricket gloves?"

The Beeb has ordered a series of six half-hour episodes of Catchpoint, set to begin later this year..

Telly Mix
C21 Media

posted 7/2/18


Rochester Democrat-Chronicle

MATT CAPPOTELLI: 1979-2018
WWE Wrestler Won "Tough Enough III"
From Deadline

Former WWE and reality TV star Matt Cappotelli has died after a year-long battle with recurring cancer. He was 38 years old.

Cappotelli starred on the third season of WWE's Tough Enough reality show, produced by the WWE with MTV, where participants trained for a shot at a WWE contract.

Cappotelli and John Hennigan (known professionally as Johnny Nitro) were the winners of the competition.

Cappotelli went on to wrestle in the development league for the WWE, winning the Ohio Valley Wrestling championship as his top achievement.

But Cappotelli had his pro wrestling career cut short after he was first diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery.

Ten years later, the tumor returned, and he had a second surgery in June 2017 that partially removed the recurring tumor.

In December 2017, doctors determined that the remaining tumor was inoperable, as it was located close to his brain stem.

His wife, Lindsey Cappotelli. announced his passing in a Facebook group dedicated to him.

"Hey Team Capp…I've been struggling with what to say and how to say this, and I'll probably end up rambling, but here goes," she wrote. "Today my love-my strong, sweet, beautiful love-took his last breath at 3:30 a.m. and went Home to be with Jesus…exactly one year after his brain surgery," she wrote. "You think you can be prepared for this when you know it's coming, but you just can't. The only person whose comfort I want right now is the one who can't give it to me. I miss him so much. I know where he is now is so much better, but it doesn't change how much I miss him."

Deadline
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
The Wrap

posted 7/2/18

More on "Paid Off with Michael Torpey"
Catch It on TruTV July 10!
From Metro US

Over 44 million people are shackled with .4 trillion worth of student debt, so it's safe to say that we are looking at a full blown crisis in our country. With schools setting their tuition at unobtainable price tags, the average student is forced to take out either private or federal loans to front the bill. This debt sticks with them long after they earn their degrees and, in most cases, forces them into careers that may have not been their first choices simply to keep the collectors at bay. Consider it a "college industrial complex."

Like many of us, actor Michael Torpey thinks someone should do something about this, and he is taking up this mantle with his new game show "Paid Off with Michael Torpey" on truTV.

The series — premiering on July 10th — follows similar parameters as tried and true standards like "Jeopardy" or "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," but instead gives contestants chances to win money or even eradicate their student debt in full by answering trivia questions.

According to Torpey, even though the show is helping the people who are lucky enough to compete the chance to alleviate their debt, the main goal is to draw attention to this huge problem plaguing the majority of people in our country.

"We're giving away money to people who really need it," explains Michael Torpey, "but I only shot 16 episodes. Even if i live to be a million years old, we can't get to everybody. Putting a face on this issue is the more important part of this show.".

Metro US

posted 7/2/18

A REAL Ninja Warrior
Discovery Launches "Ultimate Ninja Challenge" August 5
From The Futon Critic

In the brutal cold of the unforgiving Pacific Northwest wilderness, nine modern-day warriors take on a relentless, 24-day survival challenge based on the ancient laws of the Ninja. In Discovery's all-new series ULTIMATE NINJA CHALLENGE, eight grueling missions created by Jinichi Kawakami, the last known Ninja, will push each warrior's body, mind, and spirit to their breaking points. Those who complete the entire survival challenge will receive a final lesson from the master himself in Iga City, Japan, the legendary home of the Ninja - and prove that they can endure the Ultimate Ninja Challenge. The all-new series premieres Sunday, August 5 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

Following in the footsteps of the ancient order, nine individuals each living their own interpretation of the life of a "warrior" will use their unique skills to attempt to survive challenges based on the sacred Kuji principles of the Ninja. These male and female warriors range from martial arts experts, a world-class survivalist, a UFC fighter, a veteran fireman and former military who all want to prove to themselves that they can endure any hardship when they take on the Ultimate Ninja Challenge.

With limited food and water, the warriors endure harsh conditions and challenges that include trekking through a frigid swamp, surviving overnight on an icy glacier, crossing a raging river, escaping imprisonment, and more, all while enduring sleep deprivation and debilitating hunger. Failure to complete any mission will force them to leave the challenge, and only those with the strongest stamina and willpower will make it to Japan for the final challenge. This is not conventional survival - this is the Ultimate Ninja Challenge.

ULTIMATE NINJA CHALLENGE was created by Charlie Foley and developed by Charlie Foley and Vaibhav Bhatt. The series is produced for Discovery Channel by Renegade 83 in association with the Original Content Group. For Renegade 83, David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe, Stephen Rankin and David Burris are executive producers. For Original Content Group, Charlie Foley and Vaibhav Bhatt are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Joseph Boyle and Michael Gara serve as executive producers and Jessica Mollo is associate producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/2/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "LA-Bron"

  • LeBron James is moving closer to his "Wall", signing for 4 years with the Lakers (The Wrap)
  • Asia O'Hara got PETA'ed (TV Line)
  • GOING GLOBAL: A producer gets an Emmy, and Lego Masters is heading to Australia (Deadline)
  • Carrie Underwood finally takes her 3-year-old to work with her (Reality TV World)
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: If something doesn't work, change it (Cinema Blend)
  • CASTING COUCH: "Family Feud" heads to Western Massachusetts (WesternMassNews.com), and Telemundo greenlights "La Voz" (Broadway World)
  • Lynne Spiegel Spillman, Survivor's longtime casting producer, needs some casting of her own (Inside Survivor)
  • How did Grant Denyer win a Logie? (News.com.au)
  • Match Game: apparently the most American game show that ever (BLANKED) (Decider)

posted 7/2/18

THURSDAY: Big Brother Continues
CBS Wins on Premiere Part 2
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.860 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.914 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), another "The Big Bang Theory" (6.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), night two of "Big Brother 20" (5.091 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "SWAT" (3.409 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

FOX (2.569 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.376 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.762 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was NBC (3.753 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its lineup of "Little Big Shots" (6.027 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Marlon" (2.959 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), another "Marlon" (2.447 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.530 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up week two of "The Gong Show" (3.149 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Match Game" (3.642 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Take Two" (3.078 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.761 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Black Lightning" (0.572 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.666 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.398m
- Double Dare (Nick): 1.193m
- Ex on the Beach (SF/MTV): 840k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (SF/VH1): 838k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 342k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/29/18

WEDNESDAY: Big Brother Begins
CBS Wins Demo on Two-Hour Premiere
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.417 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) got a boost on Wednesday thanks to the two-hour launch of "Big Brother 20" (5.287 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a new "Code Black" (5.677 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).
Big Brother's 20th season is going to have a game-changing twist and feature new innovative and interactive house decor. CBS has announced the upcoming edition of Big Brother this summer will have a high-tech, Silicon-Valley theme complete with interactive elements. The season's two-night, three-hour premiere "will give unprecedented power and punishments" to the 16 houseguests, according to the network.
Big Brother's executive producer Allison Grodner has revealed additional details about the reality franchise's milestone 20th season -- including surprises involving the cast, and what its big twist entails.

Allison told Entertainment Weekly's radio show, Morning Live, that Season 20 will actually stick with its cast of 16 newbie houseguests and include no veteran players competing for the 0,000 grand prize when it premieres June 27 at 8PM ET/PT. When asked whether any returning houseguests might secretly show up to compete, Allison replied, "No, there will be not."

"I can confirm there will not be. It's different," Allison said. "We always try to mix it up and keep it fresh and this year, as you've already seen, there are 16 brand new houseguests that will be playing this game."

However, fans can still expect to see former Big Brother houseguests throughout Season 20 in a different role or capacity. "Now it is the 20th season," Allison noted to EW. "It's our 20th anniversary of Big Brother so there will be nods to our history and our past houseguests from the get-go. You will see that in the show and throughout the summer."

CBS previously announced the new season will include a "BB App Store" twist that will be unveiled during the Sunday, July 1 episode at 8PM ET/PT.

The twist will allow viewers to get their favorite houseguests trending on social media, resulting in power apps or punishments that could crash their game. So is the "App Store" twist similar to "America's Choice," where viewers could vote for a particular houseguest to receive an advantage? "It is sort of a spin on that. It's a big different though," Allison explained, adding that viewers will be able to go online and complete a survey about the houseguests.
A new episode airs tonight.
Elsewhere, FOX (3.626 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for the silver with originals from "MasterChef" (3.722 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.531 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was NBC (2.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.200 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "World of Dance" (2.770 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus a new "Reverie" (1.796 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.420 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.979 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), another "The Goldbergs" (2.414 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.424 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "American Housewife" (1.986 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Shark Tank" (2.357 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise opted for repeats of "Supergirl" (1.192 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "The Originals" (0.844 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.398m
- Double Dare (Nick): 1.259m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.069m
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (VH1): 673k
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (VH1): 662k
- America Says (GSN): 368k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 201k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 156k

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posted 6/29/18

Australia's Pointless Friends
Andrew Rochford, Mark Humphries to Host Australian Version
From Mediaweek

Network Ten has commissioned an Australian version of the quiz show Pointless.

Premiering on TEN and WIN Network soon, Pointless will be co-hosted by Dr Andrew Rochford and comedian and writer Mark Humphries and sees three teams of two contestants each compete for a jackpot by finding the most obscure answers they can across a variety of topics.

The show marks the return of Rochford to TEN, while Humphries joins TEN after recently farewelling the SBS show The Feed. The aim of Pointless is to score as few points as possible. The contestants with the highest scores after each round are eliminated.

Dr Andrew Rochford said; "I'm very lucky to be forming a team with a talent like Mark and genuinely excited to be back at TEN but I'm even more excited about the fact my dressing room has a couch and Mark's doesn't."

Mark Humphries said; "Who said Twitter is a waste of time! After an extensive social media campaign (two tweets) TEN had no choice but to give me the dream role as host of Pointless."

Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: "We are delighted to commission such a successful and entertaining game show as Pointless. This is fantastic entertainment for the whole family, as contestants try to find the most pointless answers. "And we are absolutely thrilled to have Andrew and Mark co-host the show. They are smart, funny, and engaging and will make a brilliant duo."

Produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Network Ten, Pointless has been a standout success since its launch in the UK in 2009. It has been adapted internationally for broadcasters in 11 other territories including Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy and Poland.

MEdiaweek

posted 6/28/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Side Hustle"

  • Liza Koshy to stream her "On Demand" show on YouTube (Tubefilter)
  • Mel B FINALLY getting the girls back together (Reality TV World)
  • Gwen Stefani opens in Vegas with Blake in the audience (Reality TV World)
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Game Changers" (Los Angeles Times)
  • PBS names Betty White "First Lady of Television" August 21 (Broadway World)
  • Scott Rogowsky is big on the Internet this year, says... (Time)
  • Fox orders Gordon Ramsay back to "Hell and Back" (Broadway World), plus "Hell's Kitchen" returns September 28 (Deadline)
  • Mark Burnett promoted at MGM (Deadline)
  • Guy Fieri jumps the Shark.... Week (The Futon Critic)

posted 6/27/18

TUESDAY: Guess Who Won... No Really
NBC. NBC Wins.
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.463 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) claimed the top spot on Tuesday with its duo of "America's Got Talent" (11.094 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "World of Dance" (6.201 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

FOX (1.936 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.240 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.631 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.818 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Bull" (4.652 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.124 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.200 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (2.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4), another "The Middle" (2.390 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Black-ish" (1.858 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "Black-ish" (1.796 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a new "The Last Defense" (2.128 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.648 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "The 100" (0.729 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.688 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).
On cable...
- Double Dare (Nick): 1.366m
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.048m
- Chopped (Food): 863k
- Face Off (Syfy): 555k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars Reunion (MTV): 445k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/27/18

Wild'n Out: Season 11
Catch It on MTV July 12
From The Futon Critic

MTV's "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" returns for SEASON 11 on Thursday, July 12 with two back-to-back episodes beginning at 11PM ET/PT, followed by new episodes Thursday and Friday nights at 11PM ET/PT. This season's star-studded roster includes Rick Ross, TIP & Hustle Gang, Vic Mensa, KeKe Palmer, Winnie Harlow, Matt Barnes, Trick Daddy, Amara La Negra, Rich The Kid, Tyga, Justine Skye, Cordell Broadus, and many more.

Each episode puts the red & black teams, comprised of returning and new cast members, against each other in some of the most hilarious, entertaining and outrageous games seen on television. Nick Cannon will lead his red team against a celebrity-guest led black team as the two teams try to best each other in ridiculous comic throw downs. These games escalate with each act, all gearing up toward the "Wildstyle battle" to decide who takes home the coveted WNO battle belt.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/27/18

Fear Factor Finds Celebrity
Catch It on MTV July 17
From The Futon Critic

MTV's "Fear Factor" returns with celebrity episodes on Tuesday, July 17th at 10PM ET with a two-hour premiere.

Hosted by Ludacris, the series will include ten, one-hour celebrity episodes filled with new stunts inspired by urban legends, popular scary movies and viral videos from today's cultural zeitgeist. The celebrity contestants will confront their fears, be pushed beyond their comfort zones and take action against some of their biggest stressors.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/27/18

Food Network Gets Ultimate Summer Cook-Off
Catch It on Food Network August 5
From The Futon Critic

Six talented chefs enter the summer house to square off in the new primetime culinary series, Ultimate Summer Cook-Off, premiering Sunday, August 5th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Whether it's a chef with a restaurant right on the beach, a seafood master, or a chef from Hawaii, each competitor has their own connection to the summer season and their culinary reputations at stake. Host Eddie Jackson challenges the chefs over four episodes, as each competitor must take on two rounds of summer culinary heats that test their skill and creativity. The chef who wins the first challenge in each episode will receive a key advantage during round two, gaining access to a special cooler with high-end ingredients that no other competitor can use, before presenting their creations to a panel of expert judges. Southern and Hungry's Damaris Phillips and Let's Eat's Jamika Pessoa are joined by a roster of special guest judges each week, including Comfort Food Tour's Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey, BBQ blogger Susie Bulloch, Comfort Nation's Lazarus Lynch, Genius Kitchen's Courtney Rada and pitmaster Cameron Treu, to determine which chef exemplifies what summer is all about with their dishes and earns the ,000 grand prize.

"Summer is synonymous with spending time with family and friends, while gathering around the grill to dig in to some finger-licking BBQ," said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "Eddie Jackson is the perfect host to challenge these six chefs in taking their culinary bona fides and placing them on the line, while creating summer dishes that are fun and exhilarating for a chance at walking away with ,000."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/27/18

Another Round with "The Contender"
Epix to Air Reboot
From Deadline

Friday will be fight night on Epix later this summer. The Mark Burnett-produced revival of boxing competition series The Contender will answer the bell at 10 PM August 24, the premium cabler said today.

Burnett is producing the 12-episode series along with his longtime executive producer Eric Van Wagenen. MGM Television and Paramount Television are producing the show hosted by former champion Andre "Son of God" Ward — who retired last year with an undefeated record.

The logline: The Contender will feature 16 fighters pushing their limits in grueling elimination-style fights and testing their grit and determination to achieve their boxing dreams. The fighters will be overseen by legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach and renowned Philadelphia trainer Naazim Richardson.

Deadline

posted 6/27/18

The Four Heads to Kazakhstan
Armoza Format to Head to Peru As Well
From World Screen

Armoza Formats has licensed the prime-time singing competition The Four for a local treatment in Kazakhstan. Starting in September, a 12-episode season will air on Khabar TV.

In addition, Peru's Latina is now airing a second live season of The Four, following the success of the first season. A second season is also on air in the U.S.

Alan Azhibayev, CEO of Khabar Agency, said: "We are pleased to announce that a breakthrough show in the music industry world is now available for Kazakhstan viewers on Khabar channel. The audience of Khabar is always looking forward to music project for discovering new talent. We are sure The Four is exactly the show our viewers will like and it will spotlight brand new stars in Kazakhstan music."

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, added: "As The Four continues to expand its global reach, we are happy to be working with Khabar TV to bring our entertaining prime time singing competition to Kazakhstan. The format continues to show its strength with emotional and dramatic seasons and we are looking forward to seeing what this adaptation will bring."

World Screen
Realscreen

posted 6/27/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Really, 50?"

  • 50 Cent learns the hard way... Do not. Press. Send (The Wrap)
  • Disney/Fox merger wins regulatory approval (The Wrap)
  • MasterChef... in wine form (Broadway World)
  • Choosy moms choose Neil Patrick Harris (Marketing Dive)

posted 6/27/18

Back to Paradise
Catch "Bachelor in Paradise" on ABC August
From TV Line

ABC on Tuesday announced 17 of the contestants competing for love — you know, assuming they're there for the right reasons!!! — in Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise.

The network described this first round of contestants as "fan favorites" from various seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, but we've grouped them together in case your memory is a little fuzzy:
From Nick's season of The Bachelor: Angela Amezcua and Astrid Loch
From Arie's season of The Bachelor: Annaliese Puccini, Bibiana Julian, Chelsea Roy, Kendall Long, Krystal Nielson, Nysha Norris and Tia Booth
From Becca's season of The Bachelorette: David Ravitz, Joe Amabile, John Graham, Jordan Kimball and Nick Spetsas
From Rachel's season of The Bachelorette: Eric Bigger and Kenny Layne
From The Bachelor Winter Games: Kevin Wendt
Additionally, Wells Adams will serve as a bartender alongside Bachelor Japan and Bachelor Winter Games alumna Yuki Kimura.
Following Bachelor in Paradise's Season 5 premiere on Tuesday, Aug. 7 (8/7c), new episodes will air on Mondays and Tuesdays at that same time.

TV Line
The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 6/27/18


Nickelodeon

MONDAY: On Your Mark.... Get Set... GO!
A Nickelodeon Classic Returns Tonight
From TV Line

Nickelodeon's fans from the '80s are all grown up, but the kid-centric network hasn't forgotten about them. The network, know for its youth-friendly game shows of the 1980s and '90s, is bringing back one of its classic hits: Double Dare.

Double Dare originally aired from 1986 – 1993 (and had a quick revival in 2000 that lasted less than a year). The show pitted two groups of contestants against each other in a trivia battle where one team could dare the other team to answer the proposed question or make them participate in slimy physical challenges. The winner of that round would move on to the obstacle course, a grab-bag of eight wacky and slime-filled challenges that the contestants had to complete in 60 seconds.
So how did it fare?
- Double Dare - 8p (P/Nick): 1.843m
- Double Dare - 8:30p (Nick): 1.563m
- Wedding Cake Championship (P/Food): 1.143m
- America Says (GSN): 342k
On broadcast, ABC (5.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) took home top honors on Monday with fresh installments of "The Bachelorette" (5.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "The Proposal" (3.655 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

NBC (3.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.280 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.355 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (3.845 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.543 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Man with a Plan" (3.843 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by the return of "Salvation" (3.341 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a new "Elementary" (4.003 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.289 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a repeat "9-1-1" (1.789 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, the return of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.326 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.111 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.074 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

TV Line
Bustle
Screen Rant
Bustle
Inquisitr
Pucks & Rec
Bustle
Cinema Blend
Showbuzz Daily
BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Decider
The Futon Critic

posted 6/26/18

SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending June 17
From TV Newscheck

The session ending June 17 was a nasty week for most of syndication thanks to widespread preemptions for coverage of the 2018 World Cup and U.S. Open golf championship.

For example, Dr. Phil, which aired repeats on all five days, slipped 10% to a 2.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. However, that was more than enough to capture the talk show crown for the 93rd week in a row and improve 4% from last year.

On the positive side, Judge Judy, despite being in reruns for part of the frame, was the No. 1 show of any type for the 17th straight week. Even though the program pulled back 6%, Judy was still 5% ahead of last year at a syndication best 6.6.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; indicates a new season-high rating; indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.
GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 +2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 6/26/18

WEEKEND: ABC's Games Are Winners. Again
Game Shows Go 1-2-3
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday with its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.379 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.459 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "0,000 Pyramid" (5.555 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

NBC (3.643 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "Dateline NBC" (3.462 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), an encore of "America's Got Talent" (3.986 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Shades of Blue" (3.138 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.891 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (7.435 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a new "Instinct" (5.570 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a repeats of "SWAT" (3.289 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.268 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "One Strange Rock" (0.904 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), "The Simpsons" (1.256 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (1.147 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Family Guy" (1.295 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a new "Ghosted" (1.114 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) rounded out the night on FOX (1.103 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).
On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.332m
- Iron Chef America (Food): 741k
On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 920k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/26/18

Return to Paradise, Plus "Castaways"
Catch It on ABC August 7
From the Futon Critic

Summer lovin' is sure to happen fast as the hit series "Bachelor in Paradise" returns for season five TUESDAY, AUG. 7 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Breakout fan favorites from "The Bachelor" franchise are back and ready for a second (or third) chance at finding love. They may have left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" brokenhearted, but now they have the opportunity to travel to a romantic paradise in hopes of turning a potential summer fling into the real thing. Cast to be announced at a later date.

Fans will follow former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new relationships while living together in a secluded and dreamy paradise in Mexico. As they have some fun in the sun, America will witness whether they fall in love or are reintroduced to heartbreak. This season will be sure to feature shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in "Bachelor" history. Which romantic hopefuls will follow in the footsteps of Jade and Tanner or Carly and Evan? And for anyone wondering where Paradise could lead them, newly engaged Ashley and Jared have proven that anything is possible when it comes to true love.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Bachelor in Paradise" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods and Elan Gale are the executive producers. "Bachelor in Paradise" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 stereo surround sound.
"Castaways" is a revolutionary series testing the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances as each individual learns there are other castaways out there but are unaware of how many, their locations or when they will be rescued. This visually stunning, new reality series follows 12 diverse individuals as they're dropped alone throughout various islets in Indonesia and challenged to survive among washed-up luggage, scattered resources and abandoned structures.

"Castaways" premieres TUESDAY, AUG. 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. The only way to leave the remote islands is to persevere long enough to be rescued or to quit. As dramatic situations unfold on an expanse of islands in the South Pacific, the series flashes back to the real lives of each participant in documentary fashion, demonstrating haunting parallels to the lives they left behind.
"Castaways" is produced by Nomad Entertainment which specializes in unscripted television and documentary features. Emmy(R)-nominated producer, Grant Kahler serves as showrunner. Kahler's credits include serving as creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel's "Alaska: The Last Frontier" and History's "Madhouse," as well as serving as executive producer of the hit competition series "Alone" and "The Selection" for History.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World
Reality TV World
TV Line

posted 6/26/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Paradise Lost"

  • Taylor Nolan, Derek Peth call off engagement (Reality TV World)
  • Jesse Palmer says every episode of "The Proposal" will end with a proposal. Monday's episode... "Hold my beer." (Reality TV World)
  • Bob Barker to play with donkeys (KABC Los Angeles)
  • "Double Dare" heading to Comic-Con (Deadline)
  • CASTING COUCH: Millionaire heads to Kansas City (WDAF Kansas City)

  • Marcus Samuelsson answers the tough questions... like why the Chopped Kitchen only has one ice cream maker (The Daily Meal)
  • When they go low, Claudia Jordan goes... lower? (TMZ)
  • Terry Crews won't be in "Expendables 4". He goes to Washington to explain why (Yahoo!)

posted 6/26/18

Can You Beat the Internet?
Vice Teams with ITV
From Deadline

Vice Studios is continuing to pick up commissions from third-party broadcasters – this time securing a gameshow from British network UKTV.

The Discovery and BBC Studios-backed broadcaster has ordered Beat The Internet with John Robins for its male-skewing Dave channel. It also marks Vice's first studio gameshow, coming after Channel 5 documentary series Britain's Cocaine Epidemic and BBC2 doc The Satanic Verses.

The format will see comedian Robins pit members of the public against each other in a quest to predict how search engines respond to a series of questions – from images to wordplay.

It was created by Dan Louw and is exec produced by Vice Studios' Creative Director Yonni Usiskin and series edited by Keith Cotton. It was ordered by UKTV's Senior Commissioning Editor Iain Coyle, Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and Genre General Manager, Comedy and Entertainment Steve North. All3Media International will sell the format and finished series globally.

Deadline
C21 Media
Chortle
British Comedy Guide

posted 6/25/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "BET on These Guys"

  • Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled to present at BET Awards (The Futon Critic)
  • Anthony Bourdain had nothing in his system at the time of his death (Reality TV World)
  • Cat Deeley has a new kitten (People)
  • Meghan Trainor detail wedding plans with Spy Kid (Reality TV World)

posted 6/25/18

You're Welcome
Dolph Lundgren to Host "Take The Tower" for ITV
From SeenIt

Hollywood action hero Dolph Lundgren is to present Take The Tower, a new ITV4 show which draws inspiration from classic Hollywood action movies to create a challenge show like no other.

The actor, who starred in Rocky, Universal Soldier and The Expendables blockbusters as well as upcoming films Aquaman and Creed 2, will challenge some of the toughest members of the public to a combination of physical challenges and quiz questions.

Contestants who manage to make their way to the top of the 'tower' will whisk their mates off on holiday.

This adrenaline packed series will tap into classic movie tropes, requiring toughness, brains and stamina. It's high stakes with cash prizes up for grabs and the fear of one of the team being 'toppled off the tower'.

SeenIt
Geek Tyrant

posted 6/22/18

THURSDAY: Gonged?
Night Belongs to CBS and... Fox?!
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.398 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) inched past the competition despite an all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.707 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Young Sheldon" (5.678 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "Mom" (4.652 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Life in Pieces" (3.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "SWAT" (3.323 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Sharing the demo crown was FOX (2.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.185 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a second hour of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.591 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its mix of "Little Big Shots" (5.515 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Marlon" (2.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Marlon" (2.381 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.464 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.337 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up its new lineup of "The Gong Show" (3.138 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Match Game" (3.454 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Take Two" (3.420 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.761 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "Black Lightning" (0.629 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) on The CW (0.695 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.
On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.087m
- Ex on the Beach (SF/MTV): 862k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 632k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 411k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Paramount): 281k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/22/18

WEDNESDAY: Simmer Down
Fox Wins Demo, CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.523 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) retained the top demo spot on Wednesday with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.575 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.472 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

CBS (4.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network with repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.276 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "SEAL Team" (3.720 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a new "Code Black" (5.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was ABC (2.389 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.097 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "The Goldbergs" (2.459 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Modern Family" (2.272 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "American Housewife" (2.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Shark Tank" (2.217 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) opted for encores of "World of Dance" (2.854 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), another "World of Dance" (2.541 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a new "Reverie" (1.754 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (0.638 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a new "The Originals" (0.751 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.694 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).
On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 862k
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (SP/VH1): 714k
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (VH1): 709k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 226k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 218k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/22/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "#metoo"

  • ABC pulls The Proposal episode.... someone's been a bad boy. (TV Line)
  • Howie Mandel thinks his Golden Buzzer will win (Toronto Sun)
  • LIST ABUSE: Biggest game show scandals... we have them... (TV Overmind)
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Liza Koshy (Tubefilter)... and a few more (Hollywood Life)... and maybe let's bring back "Remote Control" (Decider)

posted 6/22/18

Joe Lycett Takes His Time
The BBC Lines Up Quirky New Quiz
From Deadline

The British love a slice of quirky and eccentric Saturday night television and it seems the BBC's latest primetime gameshow will deliver just that. The British public broadcaster has ordered The Time It Takes from Hat Trick Productions, the company behind long-running panel format Have I Got News For You and Matt LeBlanc comedy Episodes.

The Time It Takes, which has been handed an eight-part run starting later this year on BBC One, will be fronted by rising comedian Joe Lycett, who has appeared on shows such as UKTV's Taskmaster and recently scored a consumer affairs comedy, Got Your Back, from Channel 4.

The show will see members of the public race to answer as many questions as possible within a specific time limit. However, instead of it being a pre-determined amount of time, the limits will be set with a difference. For instance, viewers could choose to answer questions in the time that it takes for Tower Bridge to come all the way down or to solve a Rubik's cube underwater or unwrap an entire family pack of toffees. Other silly challenges include figuring out whether it would take longer to pack an air bed back into a box, or fill a welly with custard using a turkey baster.

The winners of the quirky quiz will receive a dream holiday, while the losers will only take home a tea towel. It is the latest wacky gameshow commissioned by the BBC, which recently handed Last Week Tonight with John Oliver producer Avalon a commission for The Button, a gameshow set in the homes of the general public.

Lycett said, "Never before has so much relied on someone knowing how long a kettle takes to boil. The Time It Takes is one of the most brilliantly daft shows I've ever been involved in – and that's saying something."

Hat Trick, run by Jimmy Mulville, is also behind Noel Edmonds-fronted daytime gameshow Cheap, Cheap, Cheap and the CW's Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Mulville said, "The Time It Takes is a brilliant format which is brought to life by the hugely talented Joe Lycett. It's both exciting and funny – just what you want at tea-time on Saturdays."

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posted 6/21/18

Thursday Lightning Round
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  • Phil Keoghan to release "Le Ride" on VOD June 25 (Broadway World)
  • Nick Viall says that the "Bachelor" vetting process needs to be fixed. In other news, water is wet, the sky is blue, and it's business as usual in the woods (Reality TV World)
  • Lucy Kennedy is not now, nor has she ever been, interested in taking over "Blind Date" (The Independent)
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Trish Kinane (Deadline)

posted 6/21/18

HQ Plays Double Dare
Catch It on Sunday!
From People

HQ-ties and '90s kids, this news is for you. Double Dare's Marc Summers will co-host Sunday's HQ Trivia game alongside Scott Rogowsky — and Nickelodeon is promising a potential live sliming on the app, too.

"Some shows are format driven and others are host driven. HQ is both, and Scott Rogowsky definitely holds it down for all hosts out there," Summers, 66, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "The game is fun, and because of his amazing personality and quick wit, sometimes I don't even care if I answer questions correctly! Scott is a superstar and I am honored to share the stage this Sunday, and give away lots of money and a huge Double Dare prize!"

Adds Rogowsky, 33: "As a bona fide 90s kid raised by TV, Marc Summers was nothing short of a deity in my pre-teen eyes — a god of wisdom and slime. I never could have imagined growing up to become a game show host myself, let alone getting this opportunity to share the screen with my childhood hero on Sunday night's big money edition of HQ. I'm ready to take the physical challenge."

Sunday's cash prize will be a whopping ,000, and one lucky player will win a Double Dare VIP experience, complete with a trip to L.A. for a taping of Nickelodeon's rebooted kids game show. The original Double Dare aired from 1986-93, hosted by Summers. The network revived the series this summer with 40 new episodes executive-produced by him.

People

posted 6/20/18

More on "Making It"
Catch It on NBC July 31
From the Futon Critic

Eight Makers will vie for the title of "Master Maker" and a 0,000 grand prize on NBC's "Making It," which premieres Tuesday, July 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The six-episode crafting series, hosted and executive produced by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, will feature judges Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's trend expert, and Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York.

Every episode of "Making It" will revolve around a central theme that draws inspiration from hugely popular nationwide trends in crafting and DIY, which the whole family can enjoy. Each episode of the competition will consist of two projects, cleverly designed by Poehler and Offerman, that test the Makers' ability to think outside of the box in unpredictable ways.

Believing there is no better way to express yourself than by making things by hand, the challenges are also designed to bring out skilled insights and takeaway, touching personal stories and lots of laughs.

First, the "faster-craft" round will be a timed challenge that will test their ability to not only work quickly but imaginatively as well. Next, the Makers will move to the "master craft collection," a one-of-a-kind themed challenge in which the competitors will need to use their expertise and get inventive in order to assemble a winning craft that fits the theme of that week. In the end, only one will emerge victorious and be named "Master Maker."

Simon Doonan, who is Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York, has worked in fashion for more than 35 years, winning many awards for his groundbreaking window displays, including the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Award.

Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's trend expert, is in constant pursuit of new and unique finds on Etsy's global marketplace. She is responsible for keeping her finger on the pulse of the hottest trends in the market and what new products are bubbling up.

"Making It" is executive produced by Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Nicolle Yaron, Nick Offerman, Dave Becky and Anthony Dominici. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.

The Futon Critic
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posted 6/20/18

On the Road Again
"The Great Food Truck Race" Returns to Food July 26
From the Futon Critic

The Great Food Truck Race takes a culinary road battle through the Wild West this summer, with seven teams of food truck hopefuls competing to win a ,000 grand prize.

Hosted by Tyler Florence, the trip hits hot spots in the Southwest to test the competitors' cooking chops, selling skills and business savvy. Each week, the teams hit a new city for fierce food challenges, and the least successful truck heads home - until the one team left standing is awarded ,000.

The Great Food Truck Race kicks off Thursday, July 26th at 9pm ET/PT and the winning truck will be named in the season finale on Thursday, August 30th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. "Every summer, our viewers look forward to hitting the highway for a scenic road trip with a brand-new roster of food trucks," said Courtney White, Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV.

"These teams bring their food and business A-game to the race, but only one will cross the finish line ,000 closer to achieving their dreams."

This season's competitors are: Buns N' Thighs - Chicago, Illinois (Marla Nones, Victoria Elena Nones, Ian M. Sherwin); Chops' Shop - Pearland, Texas (Sonia Buckelew, Bryan Soliz, Sandra Soliz); Heroes on a Half Shell - Frederick, Maryland (Clinton Sheron, Danni Sheron, Donna Sheron); Just Wing It - New York, New York (Steven Crowley, Kevin Pettice, Sharon Shvarzman); Mobile Moo Shu - Detroit, Michigan (Michelle Gautier, Chelsea Smith, Marley Vanderbrook); New England Grill - Newport, Rhode Island (Kevin Des Chenes, Christine Hurley, Ed Gallagher) and Sassy Soul - Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington D.C. (Lauren Carson, Paris Henry, Parris Jewel).

The Futon Critic

posted 6/20/18

TUESDAY: Got Talent 1, Shazam 2
NBC Wins and It Isn't Even Close
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.876 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (11.652 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "World of Dance" (6.323 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

A distant second then went to FOX (2.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (2.282 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.858 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.858 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its trio of "NCIS" (5.712 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (4.887 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a new "48 Hours: NCIS" (3.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.432 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.082 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "The Middle" (2.565 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Black-ish" (1.933 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), another "Black-ish" (2.018 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a new "The Last Defense" (2.496 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.763 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and a new "The 100" (0.897 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).
On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.166m
- Chopped (Food): 1.030m
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (SF/MTV): 534k
- Face Off (Syfy): 506k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/20/18

MONDAY: ABC's Winning "Proposal"
Debuts Power Alphabet
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held off the competition on Monday with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.669 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) alongside the launch of "The Proposal" (3.848 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with the relocated "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.203 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.227 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and repeats of "Mom" (4.402 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Man with a Plan" (3.835 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.270 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) plus a new "Elementary" (4.571 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.650 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.128 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and an encore "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.173 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, the season finale of "Supergirl" (1.785 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.959 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.898 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.357 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).
On cable...
- Best Baker in America (SF/Food): 1.426m
- American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (SF/USA): 761k
- America Says (P/GSN): 294k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/20/18

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