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TV Review: ‘Crowd Rules’

TV Review: ‘Crowd Rules’
The particulars of “Crowd Rules” – an especially cheap gameshow, which is kind of amusing amid all the high-stakes finance on CNBC – are less interesting than the idea, and the business-news channel branching out to accommodate such an exercise. Produced by Michael Davies – who tried, and failed, with CBS’ similarly themed “The Job” – the show offers tips to small businesses, with a trio of companies vying for a chintzy $50,000 prize. Diminished expectations might be the best thing the program has going for it, though if forced to commit, it’s at best a “hold” recommendation.

The series derives its title from the fact the studio audience (less a “crowd,” really, than a few dozen people with too much time on their hands) determines who survives from round to round and ultimately claims the money. Along the way, the participants get a chance to plead their case, while a rotating “business expert” examines and appraises their operations.
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CBS gets help from 'Big Brother' in Thurs. win

CBS gets help from 'Big Brother' in Thurs. win
CBS was on top again Thursday with the antics of Big Brother 5 and repeats of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace. The WB Network, meanwhile, saw a weak turnout for the 9 p.m. debut of reality/quiz show series Studio 7, which drew fewer than 2 million viewers, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. CBS easily won the night, with the 9 p.m. CSI rerun standing tall as the most-watched show with 13.1 million viewers and 4.5 rating/13 share in the adults 18-40 demographic. WB's Studio 7 averaged 1.9 million viewers and basic cable-sized 2 share in adults 18-49 in the same time slot.

Kiernan books 'Studio' time for WB

Kiernan books 'Studio' time for WB
NY1 News anchor Pat Kiernan has been tapped to host the WB Network reality/quiz show Studio 7. The series from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire exec producer Michael Davies, scheduled for Thursdays at 9 p.m. in the fall, will get an early premiere July 22. If the eight-week summer run, which will include encore airings Sundays at 9 p.m., is successful, Studio 7 will continue in the Thursday berth this fall as scheduled.

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