By: THR Staff
'Game of Thrones' and 'The People v O.J. Simpson' lead the nominees as 'Mr. Robot' and 'The Americans' break through.
The Television Academy announce nominees for the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday morning, again at the forgiving hour of 8:30 PT — not 5:30 a.m., like so many years past. Black-ish star Anthony Anderson and once-and-future Gilmore Girls actress Lauren Graham have the honors of naming this year's nominees from the Academy's North Hollywood headquarters — and in addition to a repeat of HBO's Game of Thrones earning the most nominations, 23 total, FX's The Americans finally broke through. And, in its first year of eligibility, USA breakout Mr. Robot made a strong showing. In the increasingly competitive race for limited series, FX's The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story led by a wide margin — 22 nominations, only behind Game of Thrones for the most this year.
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By: Erik Pedersen
What secrets lie in the hearts of parents and their children? Spike knows — and it’s about to share them. As Deadline tipped in May, the Viacom-owned network has made an 11-episode series order for That Awkward Game Show. Hosted by comic and TV personality Jeff Dye (MTV’s Money From Strangers), it pits parental units against their kids for a cash prize.
Here’s how Spike describes the awkward family game show from A. Smith & Co. Productions, which will debut in the fall: “As if having ‘the talk’ with your children wasn’t bad enough, imagine having to explain to your kid the details of the night they were conceived, or revealing to your parent that you secretly married the boyfriend they’ve never approved of. All of the skeletons are about to come out of the closet on That Awkward Game Show.”
Each episode will feature three teams of two — each composed of one parent and one adult child — trying to figure out which embarrassing factoid is related to their teammate. Contestants will have to identify uncomfortable, often outrageous, previously unknown truths about their loved ones to advance throughout the game.
Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Christmas Rini and Peter Herschko are the executive producers.
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FYI Premieres New Docu-Series TEENAGE NEWLYWEDS Today
FYI's new docuseries, TEENAGE NEWLYWEDS follows three young couples as they take a leap of love and transition from teen sweethearts to husband and wife. The series captures their weddings and all the ups and downs of juggling family, school, career, finances and first homes, while still navigating life as a teenager. Eight hour-long episodes begin premiering tonight, Tuesday, May 31 at 10 pm ET/PT."FYI continues to create unique and entertaining content that spotlights the many faces of American marriage," said Gena McCarthy, Senior Vice President of Programming and Development for FYI. "Teenage Newlyweds' joins 'Married at First Sight,' 'Arranged' and 'Seven Year Switch' as one of our latest relationship franchises that shares alternative paths to finding love."In "Teenage Newlyweds," viewers follow three couples as they learn how to build a life and future together, all while still growing up. Halie and George, both members of the Mormon Church, met while he was a missionary and were engaged after only a few short months of dating. Brenda and Travis were set-up on a blind date while attending college and sparks flew immediately, despite clashing beliefs and values. Small-town high school sweethearts, Emma and Joey have vastly different career aspirations, but are determined to make their marriage work. Universal life stages are explored across the series as viewers watch the three couples work through issues most American couples today tackle when they are older and wiser."Teenage Newlyweds" is produced for FYI by A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Christmas Rini, and Elise Duran are executive producers for A. Smith & Co. Productions. Gena McCarthy and James Bolosh serve as executive producers for FYI.About FYI For your inspiration, for your imagination or for your innovation, FYI(TM) embraces an adventurous, personalized and non-prescriptive approach to peoples' taste, space, look, story and more. FYI covers a range of stories and experiences that reflect how people actually live their lives today, not defined by just one passion or interest. FYI is a division of A+E Networks, a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation. The FYI website is located at fyi.tv. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/fyi and Facebook atfacebook.com/fyi.
Written by: Daniel Holloway
NBC is introducing two new digital series that will take viewers behind the scenes on unscripted obstacle-course competition series “American Ninja Warrior.” The new series, “Crashing the Course” and “24/B4,” are set to premiere Tuesday on the NBC app, NBC.com, and the “American Ninja Warrior” YouTube channel.
Weekly series “Crashing the Course” will explore how each obstacle is designed, constructed and tested, leading up to the moment when the first “American Ninja Warrior” competitor takes the course. Alex Weber of MTV’s “Greatest Party Story Ever” will host the series
Series “24/B4” will highlight one competitor each week. The series will explore the competitor’s personal life as well as his or her preparation for the show 24 hours the course run.
“We are really excited about the two digital series we’ve created for the upcoming season which allows fans to engage and share what we believe to be truly insightful elements of the “American Ninja Warrior” experience,” said Rob Hayes, executive vice president, digital, NBC Entertainment. “This show has some of the most passionate fans in the world and we love providing them with as much content as possible on our digital and social platforms.”
Both shows are produced by NBC Digital Entertainment in partnership with “American Ninja Warrior” producer A. Smith & Co.
“Over the course of seven seasons we’ve captured countless hours of really interesting content that never makes it to air on ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ and we wanted to share that content with our audiences,” said Kent Weed of A. Smith & Co., executive producer of “Crashing the Course” and “24/B4.” “These new shows will give an exclusive look into what’s going on behind the scenes, providing viewers with an insiders’ look at all the work that goes into the course construction and testing, while also profiling top Ninjas as they prepare to conquer the course and punch their ticket to the Las Vegas finals.”
Read more here: http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/nbc-launches-american-ninja-warrior-digital-series-exclusive-1201785644/
‘Team Ninja Warrior’ Renewed for Season 2 at Esquire Network (EXCLUSIVE)
The upcoming season will consist of 16 episodes, which will include a five-part special event, “Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition,” featuring top college competitors going head-to-head against rival universities.
The first spinoff of the “American Ninja Warrior” franchise, “Team Ninja Warrior” ranks as Esquire’s most-watched original series of all time. The series features teams made up of past competitors from the flagship series.
“Our success last season made clear that viewers love watching these amazing competitors battle against each other on the course, and as we move into season two, we will continue to raise the bar on the competition as teams are even more driven to conquer not only the course, but each other,” said Matt Hanna, Esquire’s executive vice president of development and production. “Now with the introduction of our college edition episodes, we are bringing some of the most infamous college rivalries to life as only Esquire Network can as these schools go head-to-head for the ultimate Ninja bragging rights.”
The “Ninja Warrior” franchise has been part of Esquire Network’s DNA since the cabler’s launch. “American Ninja Warrior” is based on Japan’s hit TV show “Sasuke,” and the former NBCUniversal cabler G4 originally aired cut-down episodes of the show, calling it “Ninja Warrior,” followed up by “Ninja Fest” in 2006 where a number of Americans were chosen compete on the Japanese “Sasuke” course. In 2009, G4 launched “American Ninja Warrior” sending 10 finalists to “Sasuke,” and in 2012, NBC came on board to co-produce with G4 — and eventually Esquire — and air alternated premiere episodes. Today, the series is a full co-production between NBC and Esquire with the cable net airing new episodes the night after the debut on the broadcast net.
This week, “American Ninja Warrior’s” eighth season premieres June 1 on NBC with the Esquire encore on June 2.
The “Team” renewal comes the same day NBC launched a digital series for the flagship “American Ninja Warrior,” first reported by Variety.
“Team Ninja Warrior” is hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila. The new season will have an “amped-up version of the world’s most intense obstacle course,” and again will feature teams of three people — two men and one woman. A. Smith & Co. Productions founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed exec produce with Brian Richardson.
By: Lynn Leahey
Cynopsis: Do the elements of a successful summer series different from what makes a regular season series work?
Arthur Smith: All successful series must carry the same key ingredients — regardless of season. The three “must haves” for success are: casting, format, and execution. If those three things are in place and firing on all cylinders, then the show is in position to do well. Of course, there are a number of other factors for success including marketing and scheduling but those are the 3 keys for producers. There are certain programs that feel just “right” for summer, and American Ninja Warrior is one of them.
What can be tricky about summer programming is that the holidays can be really disruptive to building and maintaining momentum. You have Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, so you have to keep those in mind so you can navigate a plan around those holidays and adjust accordingly. In addition, summer travel by millions of Americans during the summer can make it more challenging to maintain audiences. The advantage that American Ninja Warrior has, is that it has great “accessibility,” as viewers can drop in on the show at any point and feel satisfied. The show rewards the long-time viewer, as well as the viewer who likes their shows in bite-sized chunks. Although there is a continuing arc, each show and for that matter, each “run” stands on its own.
Cynopsis: What changes are in store for the new season?
Smith: Coming off of our biggest season yet where history was made with two finishers and one winner at Mount Mydoriyama, this off season was our busiest and unlike anything we have experienced so far. Our research and development was taken to a whole new level. We’re debuting 28 new obstacles this year. We raised the iconic Warped Wall six inches higher to increase the difficulty. Every location is new this year and we’re filming the show in four new cities: Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia. We’re going to be showing more new faces, too – submissions are up way up from last year. We had over 70,000 applicants – by far the most ever.
Cynopsis: How do you explain the rise of female competitors? What impact has “Mighty Kacy” had on the show and its audience?
Smith: Without question the “Kacy effect” has been huge. Her accomplishments have created a ton of attention. But very quickly on the heels of Kacy, we also saw amazing performances from Megan Martin, and Jessi Graff, and Michell Warnky, to name a few. This group of women have created such wonderful positive momentum for the last few years and it is not surprising to see the rise of female competitors. Every year the numbers go up for woman competitors but the biggest increase was this off season as we had 40 per cent more woman applying this year than last year!
TNT’s premiere of The Dunk King, a four-part series set to crown the best amateur dunker from around the globe, reached 10.9 million total viewers. The show, in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions, delivered an average of 2.1 million total viewers for Tuesday night’s finale. Viewership grew 19% from the debut episode through the final round.
Additionally, The Dunk King delivered the most-viewed program of the night – based on total viewership and all key demos – across cable television in its telecast window each of the four nights. The Dunk King also generated a 36% increase among total viewers, a 68% in Men 18-34 and a 59% in People 18-34 when compared with the network’s average viewership in each of the respective telecast windows.
Porter Maberry, standing 5’5” and hailing from Grand Rapids, Mich., soared past the other 32 competitors to earn the title of “Dunk King” and a $100,000 prize. His final round dunk had him leap over 7’2” Shaquille O’Neal – TNT NBA analyst and one of the show’s judges – to seal the victory.
The program’s finalists also featured top dunkers including Kenny Dobbs, Jordan Kilganon, Guy Dupuy and Haneef Munir to collectively showcase some of their best aerial displays. Throughout the show’s four episodes, contestants jumped over motorcycles, leapt over cars, and even dunked over a man on fire in pursuit of the title of “Dunk King.”
Hosted by Terrence J and Kenny Smith, with judges including NBA on TNT analysts Charles Barkley, O’Neal and Brent Barry, each of the four premiere episodes aired immediately following TNT’s Inside the NBA post-game show during the 2016 NBA Western Conference Finals.
Written by: Manori Ravindran
FYI is walking down the aisle with a new docuseries.
Teenage Newlyweds follows three couples graduating from young sweethearts into husband and wife. The A. Smith & Co.-produced series documents the wedding and the early days of married life as the couples navigate careers, finances and mortgages while still working through their teenage years.
The couples include Halie and George, members of the Mormon Church who got engaged after a few months of dating; Brenda and Travis, who got together in college despite “clashing beliefs and values”; and small-town high-school partners Emma and Joey, who have different career aspirations.
The series – which has received an 8 x 60-minute order – will premiere on May 31 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
“FYI continues to create unique and entertaining content that spotlights the many faces of American marriage,” said Gena McCarthy, senior VP of programming and development for FYI, in a statement. “Teenage Newlyweds joins Married at First Sight, Arranged and The Seven Year Switch as one of our latest relationship franchises that shares alternative paths to finding love.”
Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Christmas Rini, and Elise Duran are executive producers for A. Smith & Co. Productions. Gena McCarthy and James Bolosh are exec producing for FYI.
Read more: http://realscreen.com/2016/05/02/fyi-walks-down-the-aisle-with-teenage-newlyweds/#ixzz47cmUDsXy
The 15th season of HELL’S KITCHEN came to an exciting end as host and Head Chef Gordon Ramsay announced Ariel Malone the winner during tonight’s season finale on FOX. Malone, 27, a country club chef from Hackensack, NJ, earned herself a Head Chef position at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas, a total prize value of $250,000.“I’m living proof that hard work and believing in yourself can make dreams come true” said Malone. “Winning HELL’S KITCHEN is an unbelievable honor and I’m happy that I get to make a living doing what I love. With this opportunity, I’m excited to create a better life for my present and future family.”“Throughout the competition, Ariel demonstrated that she was both a leader and a true powerhouse in the kitchen,” said Ramsay. “She exemplified impressive culinary skills, and proved to be creative, ambitious and quick on her feet no matter what was thrown her way. I am thrilled to see her joining the team at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas.”In one of the most dramatic seasons to date, Malone proved to be a consistent leader during dinner services. Her strong attention to detail and determined spirit earned her a spot in the finale, during which she went head-to-head with Kristin Barone, a line cook from Chicago. For the final challenge, both skillful contestants created their own menus, and lead a team of their past competitors through the most important dinner service of their lives. Although both contestants executed outstanding dinner services, in the end, it was Malone who was victorious. Her menu items included:Appetizers:· Charred Octopus with Manchego Croquettes, Radish, Red Onion Salad, Chorizo Aioli and Tomato Jam· Red Romaine Salad with Candied Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Picked Herbs, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Grilled Asparagus, Wild Mushrooms, Basil and White Balsamic Vinaigrette· Savory Cheese Cake with Wild Mushrooms Frisée, Truffle Soy Vinaigrette, Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Pickled Radishes· Maine Lobster with White and Green Asparagus, Poached Crones, Roasted Romanesco and Lemon VinaigretteEntrees:· Grilled Hanger Steak with Garlic, Rosemary, Roasted Cipollini Onions, Fingerling Potatoes and Red Wine Sauce· Herb Garden Chicken with Carrot Purée, English Peas, Mint and Chicken Jus· Pan-Seared Sea Bass with Bacon-Braised Beet Greens, Roasted Red Beets, Shaved Fennel and Beet Salad and Tabasco Lemon Vinaigrette· Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Potato Caramelized Onion Gratin, Roasted Apples, Black Pepper and Coriander GlazeDesserts:· Espresso Panna Cotta with Lemon Zest, Micro Mint and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream· Pistachio Sponge Cake with Currant Rum Caramel and Rum Raisin Ice CreamHELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers. “Like” HELL’S KITCHEN on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hellskitchen and follow the series on Twitter at @hellskitchenfox and Gordon Ramsay at @GordonRamsay. Join the discussion using #hellskitchen.About ITV EntertainmentITV Entertainment is a major producer of cable and broadcast programming for the US and international markets. Current series include FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” A&E’s “The First 48” and E!’s “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills,” as well as upcoming spinoff “EJ and the City” (working title). ITV Entertainment is part of the ITV America group.About A. Smith & Co. ProductionsA. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated, and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 3,000 hours of award-winning programming - with budgets totaling over one billion dollars across more than 45 broadcast and cable networks. Current productions include HELL’S KITCHEN, “American Ninja Warrior,” “Spartan Race,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Unsung,” “Inside the Label,” “Acting Out,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Team Ninja Warrior,” “Container Homes,” and “The Dunk King.” Past hits include "Kitchen Nightmares," "Wizard Wars," "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura," "UFC Countdown," "Joe RoganQuestions Everything," "Paradise Hotel," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," "The Swan," "Trading Spaces," "Pros vs. Joes," "Skating with Celebrities," and many others. For more information, visit www.asmithco.com.About BLT Steak Las VegasLocated in Bally’s Las Vegas, BLT Steak is an interpretation of the American Steakhouse with traditional fare and a bistro ambiance. BLT Steak infuses a trendy, contemporary energy into the center-Strip action at Bally’s. Located steps away from Victor Drai’s Indigo Lounge and Drai’s After Hours, the restaurant stays open late so partiers can have a late-night bite after clubbing or indulge in the award-winning Sterling Brunch on the weekends.A curving bar and lounge greets guests as they enter the main dining room. The 9,300 square foot space is splashed with rich woods and a backdrop of warm neutral tones accented with polished stainless steel, amber and tangerine. A fireplace serves as the centerpiece of the dining room and evokes an aura of relaxed but contemporary elegance.Indulge in BLT Steak classics, including its renowned Popovers – airy, warm Gruyère-laced puffs of dough – along with Tuna Tartare, Chopped Vegetable Salad and special-selected Steaks. Enjoy more than 500 wines with Old World selections from the regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux, Piedmont, Tuscany, Riojo and many others.About ESquared HospitalityESquared Hospitality is an international restaurant and hospitality group. Built on a commitment to “Exceeding Expectations” with extraordinary food and excellent customer service, ESquared Hospitality has grown into a diversified group of restaurant concepts, from the flagship BLT Steak New York, which opened in 2004 to more than 20 restaurants on two continents. ESquared Hospitality properties include the BLT restaurants, comprised of BLT Steak in New York, NY (2004), Washington, DC (2006), San Juan, PR (2006), White Plains, NY (2007), Scottsdale, AZ (2008), Atlanta, GA (2009), Miami, FL (2009), Hong Kong (2009), Charlotte, NC (2009), Waikiki, HI (2009), Seoul, South Korea (2014), Roppongi, Tokyo (2014), Las Vegas, NV (2014), Ginza, Tokyo (2015), and Aruba (2015); BLT Burger in Hong Kong (2009); BLT Prime in New York, NY (2005) and at the Trump National Doral Miami, FL (2014). ESquared Hospitality also operates two Italian concepts: Casa Nonna in New York, NY (2011), which became the official pizza vendor of Madison Square Garden (2013) and Radio City Music Hall (2015), and The Florentine in Chicago, IL (2010); as well as Horchata De Nueva York (2014); The Wayfarer (2014); and vegan fast-casual concept by CHLOE. (2015) in New York, NY. In September 2015, acclaimed Chef David Burke joined E2 Hospitality as a culinary partner, working on current E2 properties and developing new concepts to debut in 2016. For more information, visit ESquared Hospitality online at www.E2Hospitality.com, Facebook.com/ESquaredHospitality, Twitter @ESqHospitality or Instagram @ESquaredHospitality.
MTV Brings Music Back With ‘Unplugged’ Reboot, Mark Burnett Reality Series, More
Written by: Nellie Andreeva
MTV, which is in a search of a ratings turnaround and clear identity after a rough couple of years, is pumping up the volume of original programming. At today’s upfront, MTV is announcing greenlights for 14 new series and specials, along with a slew of projects in development.
NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS
An outrageous comedy series in which the most irreverent established and up-and-coming comedians of today have their best stand-up routines acted out. We’ll see hilarious reenactments of the best bits, bringing new life to your favorite moments from stand up history. Produced by A Smith & Co. Productions (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “American Ninja Warrior”).
See the full press release here: http://deadline.com/2016/04/mtv-music-unplugged-reboot-mark-burnett-reality-competition-scooter-braun-live-1201741365/