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Now that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? approaches its final episode to my surprise I find myself sad – even though I never enjoyed the show
On reading last week that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has ended its final run, I was amazed to find myself caring. To my surprise, it made me sad. I didn't know I gave a damn about that show – I certainly never particularly enjoyed it – but it turns out I'd been quietly assuming that it would continue and, unbeknownst to my conscious brain, deriving comfort from that assumption. Suddenly it was gone and I missed it, like an old pot plant that you only remember is there when it dies.
Mind you, I'm glad I didn't watch it more – on the dozen or so occasions I caught an episode, I mildly regretted the time spent. It wasn't very entertaining, just moreish – the televisual equivalent of Twiglets. »
- David Mitchell
Death in Paradise continued its Tuesday ratings dominance by topping the night outside of soaps, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One crime drama rose by nearly 100,000 viewers from last week to 6.64 million (28.8%) at 9pm.
On BBC Two, The Great Interior Design Challenge semi-final was seen by 1.92m (8.8%) at 7pm, followed by Children's Emergency Rescue with 1.66m (7.4%) at 8pm. Inside the Animal Mind gathered 1.40m (6.1%) at 9pm, while House of Fools dipped to 665k (3.6%) at 10pm.
ITV's Celebrity Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? quizzed 2.98m (13.2%) at 8pm (140k/0.6% on +1). New series Births, Deaths & Marriages interested 2.25m (9.7%) at 9pm (258k/1.6%).
On Channel 4, Location, Location, Location brought in 2.00m (8.9%) at 8pm (203k/0.9%), followed by The Taste with 732k (3.2%) at 9pm. Secrets of the Pickpockets intrigued 983k (5.9%) at 10pm (124k/1.4%).
Channel 5's Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun was seen by 1.02m (4.5%) at 8pm. Meanwhile, documentary She's 78, He's 39: Age Gap Love fascinated »
"I killed a boa constrictor in Panama and ate that."
This is a phrase not often heard at Kate Mantilini, a swanky restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. But then, it's not every day that this entertainment industry hangout plays host to a former Navy Seal who's building a new career in reality television.
"I ate the most termites in South Africa," Joel Lambert tells Zap2it (for the record, he's eating a chopped salad with steak). "Termites are actually really tasty, but pull the heads off first. They'll stop wiggling. I ate a lot of grasshoppers in Arizona."
As you might guess from the opening quote, Lambert isn't taking over as host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" or joining the cast of "Big Brother." He's the chief competitor in Discovery Channel's "Lone Target," airing Thursdays.
Each week, Lambert is dropped into a different spot, with a maximum »
Rich Sirop has been officially announced as executive producer of NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution’s The Meredith Vieira Show, which has been cleared in 90% of the country for a national broadcast syndication launch this fall. Sirop, who had been quietly working on the show since July, previously was the executive producer/showrunner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire from 2010-13 and spent a total of 11 years on the syndicated game show that was hosted by Vieira. “Having worked together in daytime TV for over a decade, Meredith and Rich have tremendous chemistry and a wonderful, creative working relationship which will be essential for the success of the show,” said Nbcudtd’s Evp Valerie Schaer. The Meredith Vieira Show will originate from 30 Rockefeller Center. Sirop comes from a game show background, having also worked on the network version of Millionaire, CBS’ Million Dollar Password, Gsn’s Chain Reaction and VH »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Vieira’s topical syndie talker from NBCUnivesal Domestic TV Distribution set to bow in the fall.
Sirop served as exec producer of the syndicated “Millioniare,” which Vieira hosted, from 2010-2013. The show is cleared to launch on stations covering more than 90% of U.S. TV households.
“Meredith connects with an audience like no other. What you see is what you get — a real person who is honest, smart, transparent and caring,” said Sirop. “This new show is the perfect platform to showcase all of these attributes.”
- Cynthia Littleton
New kids' series adapted from books based on Henry "The Fonz" Winkler's schooldays, and featuring the man himself as a cool teacher. Hank (newcomer Nick James) is so mischievous that even his younger sister has disowned him. Although the 12-year-old doesn't let his dyslexia hold him back, a written task from Miss Adolf proves a headache. Will an interactive – rather than a literary – take on his trip to Niagara Falls be enough to please his iron-fisted teacher? Family fun with a talented young cast. Hannah J Davies
Football: Liverpool v Everton
7pm, BT Sport 1
Both of these teams have had brighter than expected campaigns thus far and both are in the running for a Champions League spot. »
- Hannah J Davies, David Stubbs, John Robinson, Bim Adewunmi, Ben Arnold, Hannah Verdier, Gwilym Mumford
With eight months to go before its launch, Meredith Vieira’s eponymous syndicated daytime talkshow has already been sold in over 90% of the country.
Vieira is stepping into a saturated market, which includes her alma mater, “The View,” where big stars have struggled to find their footing. To wit, her “Today” show predecessor, Katie Couric, met similar early success before debuting her now-cancelled talkshow.
But Vieira tries not to dwell on the odds.
“I’d be stuck if I focused on that because I know, having done daytime, how hard it can be,” she says. “That pressure is out there to perform and I’m aware of it. All you can do is do your best. I’m not trying to be a copy of anything else. I’m just going to be me.”
That includes focusing on brightening people’s days with inspirational stories, upbeat celebrity interviews, games with the live audience, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
This story first appeared in the Jan. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The Meredith Vieira Show will be the biggest launch in TV syndication this fall and, arguably, is the jewel of the Natpe convention's marketplace. Anchored on NBC stations, it will shoot in New York City and air live on most days from a set that looks like Vieira's home, complete with family photos. Vieira, 60, will draw on experiences in news (Today, 60 Minutes), talk (The View) and hosting game shows (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire). "I'm not trying to beat people over the head
- Alex Ben Block
Burnette has been tapped senior veep of development and is tasked with managing the reality shingle’s development slate on the Gotham side. Burnette previously served as veep of current series and development at Magilla Entertainment. His unscripted credits include “Undercover Boss,” “Wife Swap,” “What Not to Wear” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
Regan has been upped to a senior v.p. role at Zodiak from his previous position of vice prez of development and current. Shows in Regan’s stable at Zodiak NY include Esquire’s “Risky Listing” and truTV’s “Hardcore Pawn” and “Lizard Lick Towing.”
“Both Neil and Brent are experienced producers and fantastic developers – they have a keen eye for talent, deep relationships in the community and over two decades of production experience combined, »
- AJ Marechal
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