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Me: Thank you Stephanie Panisello and it's time for the blog that can restore a dull knife to sharp...yeouch! It's Game show Live! As live as it gets, as live as it happens and as live whenever you feel like it.
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The whatstrending.com Opening Toss-Up story.
The 1970's was a fine time for sporting events, but one in particular is this.....
In an ode to ABC's "Wide World of Sports," 100 TV stars from 14 different network and cable companies will take their athleticism to a new level as they compete - to feel "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" - in the revival of "Battle of the Network Stars," based on the '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, premiering on THURSDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. The new "Battle of the Network Stars" will be a nostalgic throwback to the original series, where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics while featuring an array of fan favorites from numerous TV series like "Modern Family," "Pretty Little Liars," "Scandal," "Melrose Place," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "The Goldbergs," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Incredible Hulk," "The West Wing," "Dallas," "CHiPs," "Law & Order" and many more.
The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years. The 10-episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show's sporting events like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course and Dunk Tank - all from the site of the original series, the beautiful campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
For this new version, fielding of the teams will be based on the TV characters people love from over the years to the current day - cops vs. TV sitcoms, White House vs. lawyers, TV moms & dads vs. TV kids, etc. In this way, viewers will get to see everyone's favorites from over the years, even if they spanned different networks at the time.
Here are the 20 teams (100 stars), blue and red, competing against each other in separate episodes with athletic contests of physical grace and stamina (* = returning to "Battle of the Network Stars"):
· TV Sitcoms (Bronson Pinchot, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, AJ Michalka, Tracey Gold) vs. TV Kids (Joey Lawrence, Corbin Bleu, Nolan Gould, *Lisa Whelchel, *Kim Fields)
· Primetime Soaps (Ian Ziering, Josh Henderson, Gabrielle Carteris, *Donna Mills, Mischa Barton) vs. ABC Stars (*Olivia d'Abo, *Shari Belafonte, Michael Fishman, Jason Hervey, Anson Williams)
· Variety (Joanna Krupa, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, Gilles Marini, Jack Osbourne) vs. TV Sex Symbols (Keegan Allen, Traci Bingham, Rosa Blasi, Brant Daugherty, Galen Gering)
· Cops (Erik Estrada, *Larry Wilcox, Kelly Hu, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, *Lorenzo Lamas) vs. TV Sitcoms (*Todd Bridges, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Dave Foley, Willie Garson, Jenna von Oy)
· White House (Cornelius Smith Jr., Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, LaMonica Garrett, Mary McCormack) vs. Lawyers (Elisabeth Rohm, Corbin Bernsen, Matt McGorry, Romi Dias, Catherine Bell)
· TV Moms & Dads (Chad Lowe, *Greg Evigan, *Ted McGinley, Lesley Fera, Jackee Harry) vs. TV Kids (*Jimmie Walker, *Mackenzie Phillips, Jonathan Lipnicki, Krista Marie Yu, Jeremy Miller)
· Famous TV Families (Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Beverley Mitchell, *Willie Aames, *Charlene Tilton) vs. Doctors (Thomas Calabro, Taye Diggs, Rachelle Lefevre, *Deidre Hall, Benjamin Hollingsworth)
· Troublemakers (Vivica A. Fox, Paul Johansson, John Barrowman, Julie Benz, Catherine Bach) vs. TV Lifeguards (David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, *Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin)
· ABC Stars (*Ted Lange, Troy Gentile, *Jill Whelan, Denise Richards, Joely Fisher) vs. Variety (Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Houghton, Cameron Mathison, Kelly Osbourne)
· Cops (Marisol Nichols, Roma Maffia, *Adrian Zmed, Fred Dryer, Ryan Paevey) vs. Sci-Fi Fantasy (*Lou Ferrigno, Vinnie Jones, Charisma Carpenter, Kevin Sorbo, Jill Wagner)
The hosts for "Battle of the Network Stars" are Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) and Joe Tessitore (@Joe_Tess) of ESPN; Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) and Cari Champion (@CariChampion) of ESPN will be the sideline reporters; plus Super Bowl 50 winner DeMarcus Ware (@DeMarcusWare) and MMA fighter/Olympian Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) will be the team captains.
The episode airdates will be announced at a later time.
Don't pack your knives just yet, because after this, CBS gets Candy Crush....but with reality stars. That's on the way, but first....
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Welcome back to Game Show Live! Later on in the show, we look at new action figures....with real hair. I'm not kidding.
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Before that, CBS invites reality stars to play Candy Crush. Here's the line up for the upcoming show:
"Survivor" Castaways Competing on CANDY CRUSH - Kelley Wentworth (Survivor: San Juan Del Sur and Survivor Cambodia)
- Joe Anglim (Survivor: Worlds Apart and Survivor: Cambodia)
- Woo Hwang (Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Cambodia)
- Jeremy Collins (Survivor: San Juan Del Sur and winner of Survivor: Cambodia)
"Big Brother" Houseguests Competing on CANDY CRUSH
- Paul Abrahamian (Big Brother 18)
- Da'Vonne Rogers (Big Brother 17 and 18)
- Frankie Grande (Big Brother 16) - Caleb Reynolds (Big Brother 16)
It'll all take place on premiere day which is July 9th.
Don't leave us alone for this next story....
The adage goes, misery loves company and HISTORY is putting that to the test in a brand-new twist of its hit nonfiction survival series ALONE, premiering Thursday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT. In season four, seven teams of two will be separated and dropped miles apart with two ultimate goals: navigate the brutal, unforgiving terrain of Vancouver Island in an attempt to locate their isolated partner and, once reunited, survive as long as they can. For these seven pairs of family members will having a partner help or hurt their chances of going the distance?
"'Alone' continues to captivate viewers with its raw, authentic storytelling and now, after three seasons, we're adding a new level of complexity to the show," said Zachary Behr, Senior Executive Producer, HISTORY. "At its core the show remains the same as our survivalists endure the challenges of being isolated in some of the most unstable terrain imaginable. However, this season, pairs are initially separated from one another and must navigate an impenetrable forest in an effort to find each other. Once reunited, they'll have to communicate, compromise and work together with their teammate if they want to endure the longest."
Now for this Toy Story.....
ABC is ready to dive back into The Toy Box.
The reality competition series, hosted by Eric Stonestreet, has been renewed for a second season.
ABC announced the pickup late Thursday, noting that production on the new episodes is already underway.
The Toy Box sees amateur toy inventors compete to have their idea made. However, they first must get the approval from a team of kid judges (after first being approved by several adult judges). The series is produced in partnership with toy giant Mattel, which will make and distribute the winning toy from season one (liquid 3-D art) at Toys R Us stores nationwide following the season finale.
The series was co-developed with Hudsun Media and Electus, with the latter handling international distribution. Its unclear when the series, which ran for an eight-episode first season, will return.
The Toy Box joins a growing stable of unscripted hits at the network, which is getting to revive reality behemoth American Idol in 2018. ABC's alternative lineup also includes game shows such as To Tell the Truth, Celebrity Family Feud, $100,000 Pyramid and the recently premiered Steve Harvey's Funderdome.
The network also boasts several long-running unscripted franchises, including Dancing With the Stars, which will spin off a kid-centered version next season, and The Bachelor, which is currently engulfed in scandal.
Next week, ABC will unveil two more alternative entries with the singing competition Boy Band a reboot of Battle of the Network Stars.
Richard Osman gets the house key to this....
The BBC has commissioned Richard Osman’s House of Games, which will air later this year on BBC Two.
The much-loved Richard Osman is best know for co-hosting popular quiz series Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong. However, the presenter will now begin a new venture solo as he fronts his own celebrity teatime quiz on BBC Two.
The new show will see celebrities battle one another in the ultimate test of quiz knowledge. The program will be made up of a succession of fast-paced rounds as the famous faces compete in knowledge-based games.
Each show will culminate with an intense quick-fire round, which will not only decide the daily winner but will build up to the eventual week’s champion each Friday.
Of course, Richard will be on hand to cross-examine the opposing celebs as they showcase their quizzing talents.
“The show is going to be great fun,” Richard said.
“Lots of great rounds, lots of competitive celebs, lots of surprises, and, most importantly, so much to play along with at home.”
Richard Hague, Head of Entertainment at Remarkable Television, added: “Richard Osman’s House of Games is a unique collection of innovative, clever play-along trivia rounds.
“In the very capable hands of Richard, each game is a proper test of knowledge – and with a returning cast of celebrity contestants building warmth and camaraderie throughout the week, this entertaining new format is the ultimate feel good quiz for BBC Two.”
In Idol News, Longtime “American Idol” musical director Rickey Minor will return to the show when it premieres on ABC in spring 2018, Variety has confirmed through multiple sources. The bandleader had held the MD title for several seasons of “Idol” during its 15-year tenure at Fox — from 2005 to 2010 and again from 2014 to its “final” season in 2015 — taking a break in between to head up music for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (2010 to 2014) after Kevin Eubanks’ departure.
A veteran music producer, who had worked extensively with Whitney Houston, Minor is also a seasoned bass player who has accompanied or directed a number of high-profile music tours, including performers like Beyonce Alicia Keys, and Christina Aguilera. Minor has also been nominated for an Emmy Award on four occasions for his work as a musical director.
At the April premiere of the Clive Davis documentary “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Variety asked Minor if he would welcome a return to “Idol,” to which he demurred: “I’m always hopeful… to make music. I had a great time on that show. I’m happy to do it, or I’m happy to move on.”
Katy Perry has signed on to judge the new iteration of “Idol.“ Her panelmates have yet to be determined, however, though the show has discussed a number of well-known music artists including Lionel Richie. A host has not been locked down either, but it’s believed that Ryan Seacrest, who MC’d all 15 seasons of “Idol,” also will return.
Chop on This....
Sixteen of the most talented grilling professionals are heading outdoors to get ready for a showdown in the return of Chopped Grill Masters, premiering Tuesday, August 1st at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, and featuring a rotating panel of Chopped judges and special guests, each episode features four Grill Masters competing over three rounds - appetizer, entrée and dessert - as they showcase their exceptional skills, with only charcoal and propane grills, and a smoker at their disposal. The goal, to create unique dishes utilizing the mystery basket of ingredients to impress the judges, while also battling the outdoor elements. The winner from each heat of the five-part tournament earns a spot in the grand finale, where they will compete for the grand prize of $50,000 and a Napa Valley dream vacation.
"Professional chefs competing to create unique and decadent dishes in a finite amount of time, using mystery ingredients is difficult enough," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Chopped Grill Masters takes this challenge to a whole new level, placing the competitors outdoors with only the use of grills and a smoker, and world-class judges watching their every move, setting up a competition like no other."
Find out more about the Chopped Grill Masters tournament at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped, where you will uncover photo and video highlights. Join in on all the fun at #Chopped.
Ready for some eye contact? Solve this Classic Concentration puzzle from 1987.
Figure it out in your head after this Google Play Music interlude from Amy Wilcox. With the summer solstice underway, don't you wish everything was in slow motion?
Hope you stared long enough to give you the solultion: Will plus the Letter E+Willie
Nail plus sun+Nelson
A: Willie Nelson. Nice going.
On to the last story of the day: Dollar General is trying to get into the business its rival Family Dollar is having with a show where if you can spend $20 in products, you could win $20,000....
Holy Dollar Tree Batfink, get ready for.....
The Lightning Rant. 90 seconds to talk about why GSN and Buzzr leases classics starting from.................
If GSN and buzzr got to lease as many episodes of classics as possible, let's say they're good money makers, right? Well....wrong. When Buzzr teased the whole library on opening night, they were lying under their teeth. They had to lease some 1973 MG shows and B&W selections.......but GSN on the other hand had MG from 1979 and the synidie run while PYL did the late run. The latter of which on Buzzr has the early years and on to 1984. Look, the reason why both networks lease a lot is because they're trying....and by trying, I mean to digitize every single classic known to mankind. We were overjoyed when The $25,000 Pyramid went back to the early days, but that was all we got for now. Can GSN add in Pyramid shows we haven't seen in a long time? What about Buzzr? I know the first shows of $ale syndication is okay, but where's the rest? Only time will soon tell.
That's it for this week. Today's consolation prize is a supply of Wrestlelicous dolls. Available wherever bargain bin stores are sold. I got Emo Leigh and Kickstart Katie as of last week.
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