By: TV Week Staff
MTV is rolling out a one-hour block of comedy-focused programming. The cable network announced plans to premiere the new shows “The Almost Impossible Game Show” and “Acting Out” back-to-back on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10 p.m.
MTV’s announcement describes “The Almost Impossible Game Show” as “an absurd comedy game show that’s so hard to beat, contestants are given 40 lives … and probably still won’t win! Brought to you by the producers of ‘Wipe Out,’ ‘The Almost Impossible Game Show’ is based on the popular UK series of the same name.”
“Acting Out,” hosted by comedian Lil Rel Howery, is described as “an outrageous comedy series in which the most irreverent, established and up-and-coming comedians of today will perform their best stand-up routines and have it simultaneously acted out. We’ll see hilarious reenactments of the best bits, bringing new life to your favorite moments from stand-up.”
“The Almost Impossible Game Show” is produced by Endemol Shine North America in association with Left Hook Media. Matt Odgers and Scott Teti are executive producers for Left Hook Media, with Georgie Hurford-Jones and Rob Smith executive producing for Endemol Shine North America.
“Acting Out” is produced by A Smith & Co. Productions (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “American Ninja Warrior”). Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton and Page Hurwitz are executive producers.
Read More: http://www.tvweek.com/tvbizwire/2016/09/mtv-unveils-comedy-hour/
Written by: Kate Stanhope
American Ninja Warrior isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
Hours ahead of the season finale, the reality competition series has been renewed at NBC for a sixth season at the network and ninth season overall, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The renewal is no surprise given American Ninja Warrior's impressive ratings. The show is averaging a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and also ranks among the top 10 primetime series on broadcast in the demo. This season, the fifth on NBC and eighth overall, also currently ranks as the show's most-watched ever in total viewers. (Submissions for the show also reached a series-high last spring of 70,000, according to NBC.)
American Ninja Warrior also is coming off its first Emmy nomination for best reality competition program, for which the winner will be announced at Sunday's awards ceremony.
Original episodes first bow on NBC, with encores airing on the NBCUniversal-owned Esquire Network. G4 was the original home of American Ninja Warrior beginning in 2009; the show moved to sister network NBC in 2012. G4 then became Esquire Network in 2015.
"The increased popularity of American Ninja Warrior on air, as well as its growing social and cultural impact, is a testament to the athletes who push themselves beyond their limits,” NBC Entertainment alternative and reality group president Paul Telegdy said Monday in a statement. “We couldn’t be more proud to see this show reach new heights and watch the effect it has on those who compete and strive to be their best.”
American Ninja Warrior is based on Sasuke, from the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, which is now in its 31st season in Japan. The American version follows competitors as they tackle a series of obstacles courses in city finals around the country. Those that complete the course then move onto the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a four-stage course modeled after Japan's famed Mt. Midoriyama course and compete for a $1 million grand prize.
Matt Iseman hosts along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila and co-host Kristine Leahy of Fox Sports. American Ninja Warrior hails from A. Smith & Co. Productions, with founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed executive producing along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm.
“We are in constant awe of the extraordinary athletes on American Ninja Warrior who make the show as exhilarating to watch as it is to produce,” said E! and Esquire Network president Adam Stotsky. "It is incredibly exciting how the series has evolved from an unconventional Japanese game show with a cult following to the global hit phenomenon that it is today in partnership with NBC — and we are looking forward to many more seasons to come.”
American Ninja Warrior has been proven to be an important part of NBC's summer lineup. While other broadcast networks like CBS and ABC have struggled with originals scripted series during the summer months, NBC has found success with reality fare such as Running Wild With Bear Grylls, America's Got Talent and the soft-scripted Better Late Than Never.
American Ninja Warrior also has spawned a spinoff on Esquire: Team Ninja Warrior. The forthcoming second season of the offshoot, picked up in May, will expand to 16 episodes and feature five special college edition episodes where rival universities go head-to-head.
American Ninja Warrior's season finale airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Read more here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/american-ninja-warrior-renewed-nbc-927856
by Nellie Andreeva
Fox has ordered two more installments — Numbers 17 and 18 — of Gordon Ramsay’s unscripted stalwart Hell’s Kitchen, in which aspiring restaurateurs are put through an intense culinary academy — and Ramsay’s wrath — to prove they have the endurance and skill to compete and win a grand prize.
Auditions for the next season of the cooking show start Monday, Sept. 12 in Los Angeles, followed by casting calls in New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.
Read More: http://deadline.com/2016/09/hells-kitchen-renewed-seasons-17-18-1201816219/
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.