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The whatstrending.com Opening Toss-Up story.
We told you that American Idol may come back. Well....
ABC is bringing back "American Idol." The network, along with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, will revive television's most successful and recognized music competition series for the 2017-2018 season, bringing back the fan-favorite and making more dreams come true. A host and judges will be announced at a later time.
"American Idol"'s profound effect on the music industry is far-reaching and continually growing, launching the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others. "American Idol" contestants have sold more than 60 million albums, resulting in more than 80 Platinum records and 95 Gold records. Its participants have generated more than 450 Billboard No. 1 hits and sold more than 260 million digital downloads.
"American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol/ Instagram: @AmericanIdol Twitter: @AmericanIdol YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/americanidol Brand Website: americanidol.com
It's another aggressive move for ABC's alternative department. Topped by Rob Mills, the outfit has been snatching up projects — a boy band competition, the new Gong Show and several other nostalgic game show revivals among them. But most new efforts have been focused on the summer. Idol is expected to join such venerable reality properties as Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor franchise in ABC's regular season.
The network spent years looking for its own answer to Idol, especially after NBC found singing competition success in The Voice. But both big swing efforts, Rising Star and Duets, fell flat with viewers.
Idol's value as a TV property cannot be understated. At its height, the competition averaged 31 million weekly viewers (for each of two telecasts!) on Fox. Idol ranked No. 1 in adults 18-49 for seven consecutive seasons, its season premieres regularly out-rating the Oscars as the biggest entertainment telecasts of the year. Even at its humbled end, when years of steep ratings deterioration prompted its cancellation, it was a ratings powerhouse. The final season of averaged a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers viewers once Nielsen's live-plus-seven day ratings were tallied.
Those dependable numbers, without the skyrocketing price tag of talent like host Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez in Idol's later Fox years, are why ABC was eager to come on board. The network may be the home to some of TV's highest-rated entertainment properties, such as Modern Family and Grey's Anatomy, but its hits are aging. And its lack of most sports programming, including any NFL thanks to corporate cable sibling ESPN, has left it at No. 4 across the broadcast networks for the past year.
As for talent, it is not out of the question that some previous on-camera personalities could return. Seacrest, who just took a Disney gig as Kelly Ripa's new full-time Live! co-host, seemingly has a full plate. But the former host has been vocal about his affection for the show, and famously ended the 2016 Fox finale with a cryptic "goodbye for now."
As of Monday, Seacrest had joked about the potential of an Idol return during his new daytime show, though sources tell The Hollywood Reporter there have been no active talks just yet.
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia Group, said, ”ABC’s passion and enthusiasm make them a perfect home for American Idol. We are excited to be partnering with them to discover the next generation of talented artists. It’s an irresistible combination that means now is the ideal time to welcome back one of the most successful shows in the history of contemporary television.” CORE Media Group CEO Peter Hurwitz added, “All of the intense speculation surrounding the comeback of American Idol demonstrates just how popular and powerful this brand remains. ABC shares our belief in the enduring value of Idol and will provide us with the perfect new home to showcase the gold standard of singing competition shows.”
Idol will continue to be produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE's 19 Entertainment. The only executive producers named at this time are FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin.
With Kelly Clarkson on board as judge, She'll also be on NBC for the Voice's 14 season. The Latter also has Idol favorite, Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson join the rotating chairs. Will Idol have the success Fox once had? We'll soon see.
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Have to go to the gas station near the Sonic down the street across from the church to get another one. After this, network upfronts. What are they getting this time? That's on the way, but first.....
Here's something inspirational from a Amazing Race alum.
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(watching Mister Rogers Marathon on Twitch)
Oh wait.....is the camera on red......oh yeah, we're back. A little later on, why Colbert and Trump finally got together.
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Before we do that, the big 4 had some upfronts this year. Let's start with the Alphabet network.
ABC continues its commitment to distinctive storytelling with the announcement of its 2017-18 slate of programming. Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in New York City. "I'm very proud of this year's slate of series at ABC. We've focused on some of the universal themes that unite us - exciting stories, relevant dramas, and of course, lots of laughs. Our goal is to focus on the unique points of view of our show creators, but make shows that have broad appeal," said Dungey.
Ranking No. 1 for the 2016-17 season in Nielsen's non-sports Adult 18-49 averages (tie), ABC claimed a network-leading 9 of the Top 20 entertainment series on broadcast TV, delivering 5 of the Top 10: "Grey's Anatomy" (3.3 rating) - No. 4, "The Bachelor" (3.1 rating) - No. 5, "Designated Survivor" (2.9 rating) and "Modern Family" (2.9 rating) tie at No. 7, "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.6 rating) - No. 10, "Scandal" (2.4 rating) - No. 13, while "The Goldbergs" (2.1 rating), "DWTS" (2.1 rating) and "black-ish" (2.1 rating) tie at No. 19. In addition, the Network delivered 6 of the Top 10 comedies for the season and 3 of the Top 5 dramas. ABC once again dominated among advertiser-coveted upscale viewers with 9 of the season's Top 15 highest-rated broadcast entertainment series among Adults 18-49 in Homes earning $100k+ Annual Income.
Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Please note that shows picked up but not listed on the schedule below - the least of which will include "American Idol" - will debut later in the 2017-18 season.
ABC's fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific).
8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars"
10:00 p.m. "The Good Doctor"
8:00 p.m. "The Middle"
8:30 p.m. "Fresh Off the Boat" (new time period)
9:00 p.m. "black-ish" (new day and time period)
9:30 p.m. "The Mayor"
10:00 p.m."The Gospel of Kevin"
8:00 p.m. "The Goldbergs"
8:30 p.m. "Speechless"
9:00 p.m. "Modern Family"
9:30 p.m. "American Housewife" (new day and time period)
10:00 p.m. "Designated Survivor"
8:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
9:00 p.m. "Scandal"
10:00 p.m. "How to Get Away with Murder"
8:00 p.m. "Once Upon a Time" (new day and time period)
9:00 p.m. "Marvel's Inhumans"
10:00 p.m. "20/20"
8:00 p.m. "Saturday Night Football"
7:00 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00 p.m. "To Tell the Truth"
9:00 p.m. "Shark Tank" (new day and time period)
10:00 p.m. "Ten Days in the Valley"
In addition, they'll get.....
THE BACHELOR WINTER GAMES
America's favorite participants from past seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," from arch rivals to villains, will take competitive dating to a chilling new level. In an ode to the Winter Olympic Games and slated to premiere in February 2018, "The Bachelor Winter Games" will reunite the all-stars at a luxurious winter resort, where they will go head-to-head in winter-themed athletic challenges including the toughest sport of all, love.
"The Bachelor Winter Games" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton to executive produce.
DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIOR
A fresh new take on an established favorite, "Dancing with the Stars Junior" will pair celebrity kids and kids of celebrities with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, to be announced at a later date. Slated to debut in Spring 2018, "Dancing with the Stars Junior" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions
Returning games include... THE BACHELOR (Season 22)
ABC's "The Bachelor," a pop-culture sensation, will celebrate its 22nd season with more fireworks, surprises and drama than ever. Just as Nick ended his journey to find love with a proposal, the series has encouraged millions of viewers for over two decades to find their own fairytale romances while the original hit primetime romance reality series continues to offer unpredictable, sexy, emotional, over-the-top fun. The relaxed format rules guarantee more "OMG," jaw-dropping moments. Bachelor Nation has made this romantic rollercoaster ride one of television's top social-media and water-cooler shows, as one lucky man and 30 lucky women have the unique opportunity to find true love.
Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers.
Like and Follow: Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBachelor Twitter: https://twitter.com/BachelorABC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bachelorabc/ Hashtag: #TheBachelor
THE BACHELORETTE (Season 14)
The season 14 pick up of "The Bachelorette" comes in advance of the 13th season premiere, on MONDAY, MAY 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), where fan favorite Rachel Lindsay will continue her journey to find her happy ending. Editors' note: "The Bachelorette" will return to its regular time slot on Monday, May 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT).
Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelorette" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBachelorette/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BacheloretteABC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bacheloretteabc/ Hashtag: #TheBachelorette
DANCING WITH THE STARS (Season 25)
"Dancing with the Stars," which enters its landmark 25th season this fall, is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts. "Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Phil Heyes directs.
Like and Follow: Facebook: www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars Twitter: https://twitter.com/DancingABC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dancingabc/ Hashtag: #DWTS
SHARK TANK (Season 9)
"Shark Tank," the critically-acclaimed and multi-Emmy award-winning reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America and recently amassed an amazing $100M in deals in the Tank, will feature a blockbuster lineup of Guest Sharks when the business-themed show returns for its ninth season. The Guest Sharks are serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Richard Branson, Spanx owner Sara Blakely, Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel, iconic Smartwater and Vitaminwater brand-builder Rohan Oza, and legendary baseball player and businessman Alex Rodriguez. They will appear individually alongside four other Sharks in various episodes during the 2017-2018 season.
The Sharks are billionaire Mark Cuban; "Queen of QVC" Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary.
Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of "Shark Tank," which is based on the Japanese "Dragons' Den" format, created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Like and Follow: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SharkTank Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABCSharkTank Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharktankabc/ Hashtag: #SharkTank
TO TELL THE TRUTH (Season 3)
Season 3 of "To Tell the Truth" returns this fall with more fun and laughs. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the hit series is a funny re-imagination of the beloved game show of the same name. The all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring a new celebrity panel for each episode. Anderson's mother, fondly known as "Mama Doris," is also part of the fun, returning as a commentator and bringing their playful dynamic to the stage.
In each round, the celebrity panel is presented with three participants who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the others are not. The panel of celebrities have a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth.
"To Tell the Truth" is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Jennifer Mullin, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll, Alycia Rossiter and Anthony Anderson are executive producers. Like and Follow: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToTellTheTruthABC/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TellTruthABC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/totellthetruthtv/ Hashtag: #ToTellTheTruth
As far as the Peacock network is concerned, NBC has announced a new season lineup that builds upon its remarkable stability while adding a rich variety of new series. The new schedule, which will add five first-year dramas and three new comedies over the course of the 2017-18 season, is anchored by a new powerhouse Thursday lineup that includes the return of one of the most successful comedies in TV history, "Will & Grace," the highly anticipated second season of the cultural phenomenon "This Is Us" and Dick Wolf's explosive new true crime event series "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders."
NBC is poised to win the traditional September-to-May season in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and most other key demographics. This is the third time in four years that NBC has won the coveted 18-49 demo and the first time in five years any network has finished #1 even without a boost from the Super Bowl or an in-season Olympics. NBC is also well positioned to win the full 52-week September-to-September season in 18-49 for a fourth year in a row.
NBC currently leads the season in averages that include all programs, as well as rankings that include entertainment programs only (no sports).
NBC's lineup during the successful 2016-17 season has included primetime's #1 and #2 broadcast series in 18-49, Sunday and Thursday NFL football; television's #1 first-year series and #1 broadcast drama, "This Is Us"; regular Monday and Tuesday wins keyed by "The Voice"; time-period improvements from four series that aired in new timeslots this season; and timeslot wins in 18-49 or total viewers for each of the "Chicago" dramas.
"We have very promising new series that will join one of our strongest returning lineups to date," said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. "We're proud of our roster of distinctive dramas that includes original concepts such as 'The Blacklist' or 'Blindspot,' not to mention the enduring legacy of Dick Wolf, who will also bring a new true crime series to the network next fall. 'This Is Us' has quickly become a defining moment for the NBC brand, and we look forward to launching bold new series such as 'The Brave,' 'Rise,' 'Reverie' and 'Good Girls.' Our comedy profile, too, is starting to hit its stride, and we're thrilled to welcome new comedies with sought-after producers such as Mindy Kaling, Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers."
Rounding out NBC's robust schedule are alternative series that include "The Awesome Show," from executive producers Chris Hardwick ("The Wall"), Mark Burnett ("The Voice") and Silicon Valley's Singularity University, that will showcase the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future; "Ellen's Game of Games," starring the one and only Ellen DeGeneres and featuring super-sized versions of some of the most beloved games from her daytime talk show; "Genius Junior," hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, celebrates the smartest kids in America with mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more; and "The Handmade Project," from executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, a lighthearted competition celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us.
"With the #1 ratings of 'The Voice' plus consistent Sunday leadership of 'Little Big Shots' along with television's top-rated primetime game show 'The Wall,' NBC remains #1 in alternative programs for a fourth straight season," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We look forward to finishing out the broadcast year with the perennial #1 summer series 'America's Got Talent,' last summer's top new broadcast series 'Better Late Than Never' and 'American Ninja Warrior,' which delivered its most-watched season ever. And the alternative momentum continues next year with a slate of inventive new projects from some of the most desirable names in the industry - Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Hardwick and Mark Burnett."
Returning shows for the 2017-18 schedule include "The Blacklist," "Blindspot," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D.," "Dateline NBC," "The Good Place," "Great News," "Law & Order: SVU," "Little Big Shots," "Shades of Blue," "Superstore," "Taken," "This Is Us," "Timeless," "The Voice" and "The Wall."
"NBC's primetime schedule once again looks strong and affiliate friendly. We appreciate the consideration given to the late news lead-ins and look forward to another successful season," said Ralph Oakley, President and CEO of Quincy Media, Inc. and Chairperson of the NBC Affiliates Board.
NBC FALL 2017-18 SCHEDULE (New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)
8-10 P.M. - The Voice
10-11 P.M. - THE BRAVE
8-9 P.M. - The Voice
9-9:30 P.M. - Superstore
9:30-10 P.M. - The Good Place
10-11 P.M. - Chicago Fire
8-9 P.M. - The Blacklist
9-10 P.M. - Law & Order: SVU
10-11 P.M. - Chicago P.D.
8-8:30 P.M. - WILL & GRACE
8:30-9 P.M. - Great News
9-10 P.M. - This Is Us
10-11 P.M. - LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS
8-9 P.M. - Blindspot
9-10 P.M. - Taken
10-11 P.M - Dateline NBC
8-10 P.M. - Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
10-11 P.M. - Saturday Night Live (encores)
7-8:20 P.M. - Football Night in America
8:20-11 P.M. - NBC Sunday Night Football
New game show include...
"ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES": The one and only Ellen DeGeneres returns to primetime to host an exciting new game show that's one big party! Featuring super-sized versions of some of the most beloved games from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," as well as new ones, contestants will be pulled from the studio audience to maneuver massive obstacles while answering trivia questions, all under the pressure of Ellen's mischievous and hilarious antics. With DeGeneres' witty and comedic sensibility plus fun-filled games, each episode is sure to entertain the entire family and deliver lots of laughs. One lucky contestant will get the chance to win the grand prize, but everyone will have a blast! Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman and David A. Hurwitz executive produce. Russell Norman directs. "Ellen's Game of Games" is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted in association with A Very Good Production and Telepictures.
Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/ellens-game-of-games Facebook: Facebook.com/GameOfGames Twitter: @NBCGameOfGames Hashtag: #GameofGames
"GENIUS JUNIOR": No stranger to young geniuses, Neil Patrick Harris hosts an exciting new game show that celebrates the smartest kids in America. These talented "genius juniors" will team up to take on mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more. Through escalating rounds, they will be tested in each area of the brain, culminating in an ultimate challenge to be crowned the smartest and brightest. The winning team will take home a life-changing prize - setting the stage for a big, bright future ahead. Neil Patrick Harris, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Phil Parsons and Ed Egan executive produce. "Genius Junior" is produced by Shed Media in association with Prediction Productions.
Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/genius-jr Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCGeniusJunior Twitter: @NBCGeniusJunior Hashtag: #GeniusJunior
"THE HANDMADE PROJECT": From executive producer and host Amy Poehler and co-host Nick Offerman comes a lighthearted competition celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us. Each week, eight amateur makers will take on a series of projects they must complete in their own unique way. As the competition escalates, the amateurs will be challenged to master progressively difficult skills, culminating in a final craft-off between the most creative and tenacious contestants. Shot in a serene outdoor setting, this friendly competition will focus on the character and camaraderie of DIY culture - and through it all, Poehler and Offerman will provide encouragement, guidance and plenty of laughs. Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Nicolle Yaron, Nick Offerman, Dave Becky and Anthony Dominici executive produce. "The Handmade Project" is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions. Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/the-handmade-project Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCHandmadeProject Twitter: @NBCHandmade Hashtag: #HandmadeProject
The tiffany network had this.....
- The Amazing Race - Renewed
- Big Brother - New season to air this summer
- Hunted - Fate to be determined - Survivor - Renewed 2 more cycles
So did The CW with this.....
- Penn & Teller: Fool Us - New season to air this summer - Whose Line Is It Anyway? - New season to air this summer
But the Fox network had some with.....
FOX's full 2017-2018 programming slate is: - Dramas: 9-1-1, EMPIRE, THE EXORCIST, THE GIFTED, GOTHAM, LETHAL WEAPON, LUCIFER, THE ORVILLE, THE RESIDENT, STAR, THE X-FILES;
- Comedies: BOB'S BURGERS, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, FAMILY GUY, GHOSTED, LA TO VEGAS, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH; THE MICK, NEW GIRL, THE SIMPSONS;
- Live Events: A CHRISTMAS STORY, RENT;
- Unscripted: AMERICAN GRIT, BEAT SHAZAM, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, HELL'S KITCHEN, LOVE CONNECTION, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, SUPERHUMAN.
Additional schedule information and specials to be announced.
Following is the FOX fall 2017 primetime schedule, as well as social media information for and synopses of the new series:
FOX FALL 2017 SCHEDULE (All Times ET/PT)
8:00-9:00 PM LUCIFER
9:00-10:00 PM THE GIFTED (new)
8:00-9:00 PM LETHAL WEAPON
9:00-9:30 PM THE MICK
9:30-10:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
8:00-9:00 PM EMPIRE
9:00-10:00 PM STAR
8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM
9:00-10:00 PM THE ORVILLE (new)
8:00-9:00 PM HELL'S KITCHEN
9:00-10:00 PM THE EXORCIST
7:00-10:30 PM FOX SPORTS SATURDAY: FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL
7:00-7:30 PM NFL ON FOX
7:30-8:00 PM THE OT / BOB'S BURGERS
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM GHOSTED (new)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY 9:30-10:00 PM THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
We'll get back to more of the upfronts in just a bit, But I just heard that our Game Show Live! senior movie correspondent Ryan Budds has stepped down from his job on the show, because.....he moved out of Dimmsdale and will be living in Maple Heights where I work. Not only that, he will focus more on his trivia company which is still running. And it still does. So for the sake and benefit and out of respect, we decided to change our bi-weekly segment to......
The Get-up. Everything geeky....with a Game Show Live! touch. Now from the old Wilton-North building in Grimsborough, here is our chief geek correspondent, Chris Killian.
Thank you Chris, now on with more news.
And now, based on a Tru story.....
In case you haven't noticed, Turner's truTV is on a bit of a tear. The network enters the 2017-18 Upfront season with unmatched momentum, real ratings success, and a distinct brand identity centered around creator-driven comedic programming. With year-over-year growth in prime among both adults 18-34 (+5%) and adults 18-49 (+2%), and a median age of 36 that makes it the 8th youngest primetime network in the industry, truTV is bucking trends across the media landscape, and breaking through with a growing portfolio of fan-centric franchises. Building on that solid position, the network today announced additions to its programming slate, including new seasons of well-established existing series, all-new series launching this year, and select pilots and projects in development. First up, truTV announced the greenlight of Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks, a new series launching later this year that will provide a refreshing new take on traditional stand-up comedy. This new series joins four others debuting on truTV over the next year, including At Home with Amy Sedaris from the comedy icon, the comedic anthology series Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters, the scripted comedy I'm Sorry from Andrea Savage, and the recently-announced live call-in talk show The Chris Gethard Show.
In addition to these new series, truTV also announced today new season orders for existing originals Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, and Jon Glaser Loves Gear, along with additional episode orders for Hack My Life, Comedy Knockout, and You Can Do Better. These renewals join current series Adam Ruins Everything, which debuts its second season this summer, Those Who Can't, which returns for its third season this fall, and You Can Do Better to round out the network's current slate of original programming debuting new episodes this year.
truTV also has a portfolio of projects currently in development, announcing today four new projects, including two scripted series - the Untitled Liza Treyger Project (wt) and Untitled Austin Martinez Comedy (wt) - as well as End Times Girls Club (wt) from Rose Schlossberg, Paid Off with Michael Torpey (wt), and False Advertising (wt) from The Kloons.
"Three years ago, when we announced our plan to totally reinvent truTV as a comedy network, people thought we were nuts and it would never work - but at least they were nice about it," said Chris Linn, president of truTV. "Now, when we look at the quality and diversity in our programming slate and the talent we're bringing to our network - not to mention the strong momentum and high engagement we're building among our fans - we are incredibly proud of the work that's been done and how far we've come in a short time. Not only have we completely changed the programming slate, but truTV has evolved into a distinct brand that appeals not only to a higher level of talent, but also to more premium audiences and advertisers."
truTV underwent an extensive and well-documented rebrand that began in October 2014, and within the past year has solidified its position as the home for unique, creator-driven projects across a variety of scripted and unscripted formats. In late 2016, the network unveiled a new tag line - Funny because it's tru - which cemented its comedic identity and showcased the network's deep portfolio of talent and formats. In addition to consistent ratings growth in both prime and total day among adults 18-34 and adults 18-49, the network is delivering audiences that are younger (median age of 36) and more affluent than at any point in its history. The network's engagement with its fan base is also at an all-time high, delivering more than 3 billion social impressions in 2016, and recording its best month ever with more than 94 million total video views across its social and digital platforms in January 2017 alone.
truTV was also the first network to announce its commitment to more content and in Q4 2016, it drastically reduced its commercial load across its prime premiere schedule. The result was not only a surge in networks across the landscape adopting this new practice, but also a significant increase in recall of advertisers' messages and a meaningful sales lift that increased actual dollars spent by consumers. truTV remains committed to this initiative and in 2018 will substantially increase its limited-commercial load inventory to 15% across its total prime schedule.
Below is a complete rundown of truTV's latest programming moves.
Returning truTV Series and Premiere Dates:
Comedy Knockout - 16 Episodes - Season Two Mid-Season Premiere on Thursday, May 18 at 11pm ET/PT
Comedy Knockout pits comedians against each other in a series of fast-paced challenges. In each episode, host Damien Lemon (Guy Code) sends three comics into a battle of high stakes comedic gameplay. The comedians throw roast-like, rapid-fire jabs at their opponents, and each show ends with one comedian crowned champion, one eliminated, and one forced to face the crowd to apologize for going down in shameful defeat. 16 new half-hour episodes of the series, which is produced by Embassy Row and 3 Arts Entertainment, will return to truTV with the series' season two mid-season premiere on Thursday, May 18 at 11pm ET/PT. Michael Davies, Amanda McPhillips, Julia Cassidy, Mo Mandel, Tim Fornara, Josh Lieberman, and Greg Walter serve as executive producers with the series concept by Mo Mandel.
New truTV Pilots & Projects in Development:
Paid Off with Michael Torpey (wt) - Presentation Tape Student loan debt is out of control and Michael Torpey has the foolish idea he can do something about it. Paid Off with Michael Torpey is a comedic quiz show that will challenge contestants to prove they really earned their college degrees and have their student loan debt completely paid off. The series is co-created by Torpey (Orange is the New Black) and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who will also produce. Torpey, Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers.
Just like Degeneration X said, are you ready....for the Return of the Generation Game?
After the news that The Great British Bake Off would be arriving on Channel 4 without hosts Mel and Sue, you'd be forgiven for wondering when you'd get your next fix of the presenting pair. But if you thought that fix would come in the form of the BBC's reboot of iconic gameshow The Generation Game, then you'd be mistaken – for now, at least.
Following a report in The Sun claiming that the duo had been lined up to present the revamped show, a spokesperson for the BBC has since clarified the news as "speculation".
"This is speculation and we have nothing further to add," said a statement. So, there you have it: Mel and Sue aren't swapping the GBBO tent for the iconic conveyor belt just yet.
While neither Mel nor Sue are officially replacing the likes of Brucie and Jim Davidson, Sue Perkins has elsewhere been confirmed as a replacement for Graham Norton. It was announced last month that Sue would be taking over the reins for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards (or, the BAFTA TV awards as you probably know it).
Let's face the facts......and face this....
Comedy Central announced last year that it was bringing back early-'00s game show Your Face or Mine. Jimmy Carr is back for the updated version, along with new co-host Katherine Ryan.
Your Face or Mine originally ran on E4 between 2002 and 2003 and was hosted by Jimmy and June Sarpong. Katherine joins him this time around for a more comedic version of the show, which will also have a Tinder-style twist.
The original version of Your Face or Mine had contestants choosing who was the most attractive out of a group of random people, celebrities and eventually themselves, in the hope of winning money.
The show was commissioned for two new series by Comedy Central UK, with the first being filmed in early 2017.
An American version of the show aired on MTV in the early 2000s hosted by Dan Levy.
Speaking about the new series launch, Jimmy said: "I'm delighted to be bringing back Your Face or Mine to Comedy Central. "In an age when people are forever judging individuals on how they look, placing attractiveness on a pedestal above intelligence, and forcing others to fit societal norms of beauty, why not make them do all of those things, to their loved ones, on national television and for money?"
Now we must face......an Idiotest!
Think about that after a Google Play music interlude, because we're continuing the class of 2007 with......The Plain White T's and this classic.
So, how did you do? Well, the word "Wednesdays" is misspelled, so None would be the correct answer. If it was spelled correctly, all 12 would've been right. That's why Wednesdays on Game Show Live! are the best days, don't it?
We got a quick announcement from our Lip Sync Idiotesters, Kristin & Danny. Guys?
I want you to look at this photo if you will.....
This is an iconic WWII photo of a couple kissing. But does one person on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire knows that Day & date of it? Play along as we get into.......
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That's it for this week. Today's consolation prize is a set of fidget spinners. It'll make your head spin......and make your body fidget all at the same time.
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