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What's On Tonight: Pelham 123, In Plain Sight, Hammertime, True Blood

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 14th 2009 4:00PM
  • The Big SleepAt 7, ABC has a new Jimmy Kimmel Live, followed by the Lakers/Magic game.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Million Dollar Password.
  • The CW has the original version of The Taking of Pelham 123 at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, followed by new episodes of Next Food Network Star and Chopped.
  • Also at 8: TCM has To Have and Have Not, then The Big Sleep.
  • At 9, USA has a new Law and Order: CI, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • HBO has the season premiere of True Blood at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, followed by a new Expedition Africa.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9, followed by the series premiere of Hammertime (followed by another new episode).
  • Retro Television Network has two episodes of the 50s Mike Hammer show at 9, followed by The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • There's a new HGTV's $250,000 Challenge on HGTV at 10.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Squidbillies.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Password, Ice Road Truckers, Breaking Bad

by Bob Sassone, posted May 31st 2009 4:07PM
  • Law and Order: CIAt 8, CBS has the season premiere of Million Dollar Password.
  • NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, followed by a new In Plain Sight.
  • History Channel has the season premiere of Ice Road Truckers, then the series premiere of Expedition Africa.
  • MTV has the 2009 MTV Movie Awards at 9.
  • Lifetime has the miniseries Maneater at 9.
  • Also at 9: GSN has a new High Stakes Poker.
  • At 10, AMC has the season finale of Breaking Bad.
  • HGTV has HGTV's $250,000 Challenge at 10.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has the season finale of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then a new Squidbillies.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Will you watch the Game Show Awards?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 17th 2009 1:16PM
GSNIf you go by all of the various stories in the media, it would seem that TV viewers just aren't into award shows anymore. The ratings are often down year to year, and if people are tuning in it seems to be more for the fashions, the red carpet, and maybe to see a particular category/performance by someone on the show.

So it's interesting that there are so many new genre award shows popping up. TV Land has had their own awards (The TV Land Awards) for a number of years now (the latest airs next week with Neil Patrick Harris hosting), and Bravo has The A-List Awards, whatever they are (it aired earlier this week). Now GSN is getting into the game (no pun intended) with The Game Show Awards, a show dedicated to giving awards to game shows, game show hosts, even game show sponsors!

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Regis renews Disney deal through 2011... but no more side projects?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 6th 2008 5:02PM
ReegisHe's the Guiness World Record holder for the most time spent in front of a television camera, and now he plans to defend that title for at least three more years. I'm speaking, of course, of Emmy-winning TV host, Regis Philbin.

Regis Philbin renewed his contract with Disney through 2011, assuring that he will be sitting beside Kelly Ripa on Live with Regis & Kelly till he's 80-years-old.

Make that 80-years-young because even though Regis comes on as a curmudgeon, nobody would call him a grouchy old man. In fact, he's still a hoot to watch in the morning as he goes on about the tabloid headlines, the parties and openings he attended with Joy, and the status of the New York Yankees and Notre Dame football.

Frankly speaking, I'm glad that he's chosen to remain active. To me, ever since the day Johnny Carson retired from The Tonight Show, that show has never been the same. The Jay Leno years just don't compare. Johnny retired too soon.

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending July 6

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2008 8:45AM

America's Got Talent judges

Here are the weekly TV ratings, by number of viewers.

NBC must be really happy that it's summer. With their reality shows and reality competitions, it's the only way they can get the top spot in the ratings. ABC's Wipeout continues to be strong, though I Survived A Japanese Game Show must be losing a lot of viewers. I'm really surprised that repeats of shows like Criminal Minds, 60 Minutes, and all of the CSIs continue to do so well in the summer.

1. America's Got Talent (NBC)
2. Wipeout (ABC)

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Big changes coming to The Price is Right?

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 8th 2008 11:19AM
TPiRDrew Carey and company recently wrapped up shooting Season 36 of The Price is Right -- Drew had pizzas delivered to the studio from his favorite place in Cleveland -- but when the crew comes back to tape Season 37 in a few weeks, they're going to be faced with a number of changes.

The first change is that Roger Dobkowitz, who's been the producer of the show since it started its run, won't be there. According to Golden-Road.net, a TPiR message board, Fremantle Media let Dobkowitz go after Season 36 wrapped up; a replacement has yet to be named.

But there may be other changes afoot, namely with the look and format of the show, whose ratings declined 15% in the first season after Bob Barker's retirement. Rumors are swirling that the changes will include new pricing games and a video wall, all the way up to a rumor -- published on a TVGuide.com fan blog but later pulled -- that the show will be completely overhauled to make it look more like Fremantle's money-making machine, American Idol (or their new money-making machine, Million Dollar Password).

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What's On Tonight: Password, Hannah Montana, Iron Chef America

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 6th 2008 4:04PM
  • In Plain SightAt 7:45, Showtime2 has David Duchovny in The TV Set.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Million Dollar Password.
  • Disney has a new Hannah Montana at 8, then a new Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Theatre at 9.
  • There's a new Law and Order: CI on USA at 9, followed by a new In Plain Sight.
  • TLC has a new Singing Office at 9.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Iron Chef America at 9, then a new Next Food Network Star.
  • HBO has The Simpsons Movie at 9.
  • Also at 9: Nickelodeon has a new Nick News Special.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • Spike has a new episode of Factory at 10.
  • At 11:30, Showtime has a new I Can't Believe I'm Still Single.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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CBS wants more Million Dollar Password

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 25th 2008 4:38PM
Regis Philbin and Neil Patrick HarrisCBS has ordered six more episodes of Million Dollar Password. This is probably because the show, hosted by Regis Philbin, has become extremely popular. Over four broadcasts, Million Dollar Password placed first in ratings in its time period. It also placed first among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. The show is averaging 9.46 million viewers. Looks like CBS has the right idea with ordering up some more.

A few weeks ago, Joel talked about the appeal of Password. Perhaps, it's the celebrities they secured to come play: Neil Patrick Harris, Rachel Ray, Betty White, Tony Hawk and Rosie O'Donnell. But I think it's the power of the Regis. Everything that man touches turns to gold. Remember the craze that accompanied Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? I can't hear that theme music and envision the dramatic lights even now as I write this.

Million Dollar Password airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on CBS. Are you hooked enough to watch six more episodes?

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What's On Tonight: Password, When We Left Earth, In Plain Sight

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2008 4:04PM
  • Venture BrothersAt 7, NBC has the U.S. Olympic Trials, followed by a new Dateline.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Million Dollar Password.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece.
  • Discovery has the finale of When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions at 9.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9, followed by two new episodes of The Two Coreys.
  • There's a new Ice Road Truckers on History Channel at 9.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 9, then a new Rate My Space.
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, followed by a new In Plain Sight.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • Also at 10: Food Network has a new Next Food Network Star at 9, then a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • E! has a new Denise Richards: It's Complicated, then a new Living Lohan.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Venture Brothers, followed by a new Metalocalypse.
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has a new Assy McGee.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending June 15

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 17th 2008 4:42PM

So You Think You Can Dance

Here are the weekly TV ratings, by number of viewers.

Summer is a funny time for TV ratings. You're not quite sure what's going to be in the mix, just that's it's going to be a mix of new shows and repeats. This isn't a big surprise, but it which repeats that make the list. CBS seems to be dominating the summer, with repeats of CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Two and a Half Men, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Rules of Engagement, and 60 Minutes taking up many spots in the top 20. The top show with new episodes is also a CBS show, Million Dollar Password.

1. NBA Finals - Game 5 (ABC)
2. NBA Finals - Game 3 (ABC)
3. NBA Finals - Game 4 (ABC)

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending June 8

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2008 8:06AM

Reege

Here are the weekly TV ratings, by number of viewers.

While ABC is probably happy with the NBA Finals games (predictably) grabbing the top slots, CBS has to be happy with the way two of their new shows fared. Million Dollar Password was number 6 this week (number three last week) and the debut of Swingtown hit number 12. Actually, CBS has to be happy in general, as they grabbed 13 of the top 20 shows, though I'm kinda surprised that 60 Minutes continues to do so well in the off season, considering the episodes are all repeat segments.

1. NBA Finals - Game 1 (ABC)
2. NBA Finals - Game 2 (ABC)

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What's On Tonight: Password, Army Wives, Venture Brothers

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2008 4:02PM
  • Ice Road TruckersAt 8, CBS has a new Million Dollar Password.
  • ABC has the second Celtics/Lakers NBA Finals Game at 8.
  • TCM has 20 Million Miles To Earth at 8, then First Men in the Moon.
  • At 9, NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline.
  • Lifetime has the season premiere of Army Wives at 9.
  • USA has the season premiere of Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • The season premiere of Ice Road Truckers airs on History Channel at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Iron Chef America at 9, followed by a new Next Food Network Star.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 9.
  • Spike has the movie Backwoods at 9.
  • At 10, E! has a new Denise Richards: It's Complicated, then a new Living Lohan.
  • Showtime has a new This American Life at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Venture Brothers, followed by new episodes of Metalocalypse, Squidbillies, and Assy McGee.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Tough times for Ed McMahon

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 4th 2008 10:24AM
edIt's no secret that the country is in severe financial straits, especially people who are caught in the real estate merry-go-round where they find themselves unable to pay their monthly mortgage. Amazingly, someone as seemingly well-heeled and secure as Ed McMahon is one of those people struggling. Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show is on the verge of losing his Beverly Hills home through foreclosure.

Published reports claim that Ed McMahon's home on Mulholland Drive, part of the gated hilltop development called The Summit, has been on the market for sale since 2006. Unfortunately, moving real estate in a depressed market is very tough. Complicating matters for McMahon is the neighborhood, in particular, one neighbor: Britney Spears.

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What's On Tonight: Password, The Tudors, In Plain Sight

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 1st 2008 4:01PM
  • Venture Bros.At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then the series premiere of Million Dollar Password.
  • G4 has the season premiere of Code Monkeys at 7, followed by the movie The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
  • At 8, Food Network has a new Challenge, followed by new episodes of Iron Chef America and The Next Food Network Star.
  • MTV has the 2008 MTV Movie Awards at 8.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has the season finale of The Tudors, then a new This American Life.
  • At 10, USA has the series premiere of In Plain Sight.
  • There's a new Denise Richards: It's Complicated at 10, then a new Living Lohan. Both are on E!
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has the season premiere of The Venture Brothers, followed by new episodes Metalocalypse, Squidbillies, and Assy McGee.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Million Dollar Password -- An early look

by Joel Keller, posted May 30th 2008 3:22PM
Million Dollar Password
Here's the thing about game show revivals: you have to satisfy people on two levels. For fans of the old show, you have to make the gameplay of the new show familiar enough to keep them happy and coming back. And, in order to attract new fans, you have to modernize and add touches that will suck in viewers and help build drama. That's one of the reasons why most new game shows have Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-style darkened sets with swirling lights, and depend on ominous music and tight camera angles to create drama.

Million Dollar Password, premiering Sunday at 8 PM ET, has all of that. They even nabbed Millionaire's original American host, Regis Philbin, to give it that extra bit of primetime oomph. But does it work? Well... sorta. Fans of the Allen Ludden / Tom Kennedy / Bert Convy incarnations might be dissatisfied with what they've done to their old favorite, but even an objective observer can see that the gameplay has some flaws that are going to need to be worked out for the show to succeed.

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