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The Jeopardy Award nominees

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 29th 2008 10:01AM
TV Squad AwardsLast week, you had a chance to nominate shows for The Jeopardy Award. This award rewards the primetime game show requiring the most skill. Because of the fact that we are only looking for shows that air in primetime, a lot of game shows requiring skills are out of the running. So is the case for Cash Cab, which received a lot of nominations, Crosswords and Jeopardy.

After the jump you will find the nominees, listed in alphabetical order, for The Jeopardy Award, along with a poll for the Reader's Choice Award. Both winners will be announced next week.

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The Jeopardy Award: Call for considerations

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 22nd 2008 3:20PM
TV Squad AwardsGame shows have been an important part of television since the late 1930s. In 1938, the BBC aired Spelling Bee, a show that is believed to be the world's first game show. In July 1941, CBS Television Quiz made history by becoming the first television game show to broadcast regularly. Since then, U.S. viewers were treated with all sorts of game shows such as To Tell the Truth, Beat the Clock, Concentration, Name that Tune, The Price is Right, Jeopardy, etc.

Jeopardy!, which premiered in 1964, is one of the most successful and popular game show in U.S. TV history. Its challenging questions and format helped make it a household name. This is why we named our "Primetime game show requiring the most skill" category after it.

In this category, we include 2007-2008 season game shows that air/aired in primetime (Jeopardy! is out of the running since it doesn't air in that block) and that are not reality-type game shows such as Survivor and Big Brother. Shows that come to mind are Duel, 1 vs 100, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and the primetime edition of The Price Is Right. Personally, I don't think Deal or No Deal or The Moment of Truth qualify since they don't require much skill.

Which shows do you think should be nominated for The Jeopardy Award? List your suggestions below!

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Jingles reality show coming to CBS - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 14th 2008 1:58PM
Mark BurnettWell, here's something about reality TV that didn't make me gag. Survivor mega-producer Mark Burnett has a new unscripted project, greenlighted by CBS, called Jingles. It's a competition show in which contestants have to create tunes for products, commercial jingles. No mud wrestling, no unlocking keys to puzzle pieces the size of boulders, no eating slugs wrapped in wild boar bacon. This time it's all about catchy melodies, clever hooks and lyrics that incorporate product info whether the products an erectile dysfunction pill or a new luxury car.

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Colin Mochrie to host Canadian version of 5th Grader

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 16th 2007 11:05AM

Colin Mochrie and the cast of Are You Smarther Than a Canadian 5th GraderWho knew that the American version of Whose Line is it Anyway? would produce so many game show hosts. We have Drew Carey on Power of 10 and Price is Right, Wayne Brady on Don't Forget the Lyrics, and now Improv veteran and bald Adonis, Colin Mochrie, will be hosting a Canadian version of an American game show.

Colin will be hosting Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader, which will premiere on Canada's Global network on October 25th. The show will duplicate the format of America's Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, which airs on FOX and is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

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What's On Tonight: Out of Jimmy's Head, Monk, Real Time With Bill Maher

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 14th 2007 4:04PM
  • Paula DeenAt 7, Cartoon Network has a new episode of their first live-action show, Out of Jimmy's Head (repeated at 8:30).
  • 8, FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader, then the premiere of Nashville.
  • PBS has a new NOW at 8, followed by new episodes of Washington Week, Bill Moyers Journal, and Expose America.
  • The CW has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Animal Planet has a new Meerkat Manor at 8:30.
  • At 9, USA has the season finale of Monk, then the season finale of Psych.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Doctor Who at 9, then new episodes of Flash Gordon and Painkiller Jane.
  • Food Network has a new Paula's Party at 9
  • There's a new Survivorman at 9 on Discovery.
  • Also at 9: VH-1 has a new Best Week Ever.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher, with guests Drew Carey, Carl Bernstein, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What if Sam Kinison had hosted a game show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 11th 2007 10:02AM
KinisonThere's a funny post by Ken Levine over at his blog. He talks about how it seems that the goal of standup comics now is to host a game show. Think about it. Howie Mandel, Bob Saget, Jeff Foxworthy, Drew Carey. They've all gone from having sitcoms and dramas and doing standup to hosting network game shows like Deal Or No Deal and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. Ken wants sitcoms to make a big comeback, so the talents of comics can truly be showcased and not put into that game show personality machine that either makes them annoying or (even worse) lame and bland.

But what if Sam Kinison had hosted a game show? After the jump, Ken's very NSFW scene from a Kinison-hosted show.

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending June 24

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 27th 2007 8:02AM

America's Got TalentHere are the weekly TV ratings, by number of viewers.

1. America's Got Talent (NBC)
2. Dateline - Mon (NBC)
3. Deal Or No Deal - Mon (NBC)
4. Law and Order: SVU (NBC)
5. NCIS (CBS)
6. CSI (CBS)
7. Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? (FOX)
8. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
9. So You Think You Can Dance - Weds (FOX)
10. CSI: Miami (CBS)
11. So You Think You Can Dance - Thurs (FOX)
12. 60 Minutes (CBS)
13. Shark (CBS)
14. AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (CBS)
15. Cold Case (CBS)
16. Hell's Kitchen (FOX)
17. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
18. Age of Love (NBC)
19. CBS Saturday Movie (CBS)
20. 48 Hours Mystery - Tues (CBS)

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What's On Tonight: Pirate Master, NBA finals, Studio 60

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 14th 2007 5:00PM
  • Bobby FlayAt 8, ABC has a new Fast Cars and Superstars, followed by the NBA finals.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8, then a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • CBS has a new Pirate Master at 8.
  • TCM has Mr. Lucky at 8, then The Adventures of Robin Hood.
  • At 9, TLC has a new American Chopper.
  • USA has a new Starter Wife at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Showbiz Show with David Spade.
  • Also at 10: Spike has a new Ultimate Fighter.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Seven things I learned from the 2006-07 television season

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 8th 2007 12:01PM

Heroes, the surprise hit of the 2006-07 seasonWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

With the 2006-07 season now just a fading memory in our short attention-span universe, it's a good time to sit back and reflect on what came to pass. The beginning of it was full of excitement and promise. The end of the season was pretty much the same as others before it: some good (and not-so-good) stuff survived, the bad stuff didn't, and stuff that we thought was good went down in flames fairly quickly. There were some surprises in the freshmen class and some resurgences in older fare. In the meanwhile, American Idol remained the show killer.

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Are gameshows lowering the bar on purpose? - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted May 20th 2007 2:01PM

Pat SajakWith the popularity of shows like Deal or No Deal and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader it has become clear that the days of Ken Jennings are over. It is no longer necessary to be educated to be on a gameshow. All you need is a personality or at least the appearance of one.

Time was, ratings for a gameshow spiked considerably whenever someone got on a winning streak. Now all producers have to do is manufacture a load of tension and viewers become glued to the set, even when the tension stems from whether or not they should open a briefcase.

Now, I am the first to admit that I love seeing idiots blow their big chance on a gameshow. One of the best parts of Beat the Geeks was being able to laugh out loud when a contestant missed an easy question, but some of these contestants are so stupid that I can't see how they even made it on the show in the first place.

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What's On Tonight: Ugly Betty, Smallville, ER, October Road

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 19th 2007 5:01PM
  • SupernaturalAt 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and October Road.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8.
  • NBC has a new My Name Is Earl at 8.
  • There's a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8 on FOX.
  • The CW has new episodes of Smallville and Supernatural.
  • At 9, NBC has a new 30 Rock, then new episodes of Scrubs and ER.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 9.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has the Food Network Awards, followed by a new Ace of Cakes.
  • At 10, CBS has a new Shark.
  • Showtime has a new Penn & Teller's Bullshit, then a new This American Life.
  • At 10:30, G4 has a new episode of Ninja Warrior.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: The Office, Scrubs, October Road, The Masters

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 5th 2007 5:03PM
  • David SpadeAt 8, NBC has new, supersized episodes of The Office and 30 Rock, then new episodes of Scrubs and Andy Barker, P.I.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8, then new episodes of CSI and Shark.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8.
  • TBS has four good Friends repeats starting at 8.
  • USA has the first round of the Masters golf tournament at 8.
  • At 9, TLC has a new American Chopper.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new October Road.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has the special The World According To Whoopi.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Showbiz Show with David Spade.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Andy Barker, October Road, Showbiz Show, Fired

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 29th 2007 5:01PM
  • SharkAt 8, CBS has a new Survivor, followed by new episodes of CSI and Shark.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8.
  • TBS has one of the great Friends episodes at 8, "The One With All The Thanksgivings."
  • At 8:30, Showtime has the documentary Fired! (I read the book, it's quite good.)
  • At 9:30, NBC has a new Andy Barker, P.I.
  • At 10, ABC has a new October Road.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10, then a new Ace of Cakes.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Showbiz Show with David Spade.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Survivor, Scrubs, Nashville Star

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2007 5:04PM
  • 30 RockAt 8, CBS has a new Survivor.
  • FOX has a new American Idol at 8, followed by yet another new episode of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
  • TCM has Rock Hudson and Doris Day in Lover Come Back. It's on at 8.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Scrubs, then a new 30 Rock.
  • At 10, USA has a new Nashville Star.
  • Spike has a new Pros vs. Joes at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Sarah Silverman Program, while Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The Five: Ways to make Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? watchable

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 1st 2007 12:02PM
are you smarter than a 5th grader?I missed the premiere of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Tuesday night as I had better things to do, like brush my dog's teeth. But curiosity got the best of me Wednesday night and I figured I'd check this show out. Whoa. What a big pile of poo.

I don't think I need to go over everything that's wrong with this show, but as I'm watching it I started to come up with ideas that could make this one kick ass game show and make it feel a lot more like school when I was a kid.

1) If the contestant fails the game, he/she has to sit in the corner of the "classroom". For three episodes. Throw in a dunce cap for good measure.

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