Monday, June 23, 2014

Afternoon News Updates For June 23, 2014

Today's early afternoon updates will recap some of the more prominent game show news headlines from this past weekend including Let's Make A Deal and host Steve Harvey winning their first Daytime Emmy in their respective categories, ITV possibly reviving Name That Tune and Wipeout returning to ABC for its primetime summer schedule.

"Let’s Make A Deal", "Jeopardy!" and Steve Harvey Among Weekend Emmy Winners
History was made this weekend as Let’s Make A Deal  and Family Feud host Steve Harvey took home their first Emmy Award. Let’s Make A Deal won the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy for “Outstanding Original Song” for Wayne Brady and Cat Gray’s improvised song “30,000 Reasons To Love Me”. Not only is this the series first-ever Emmy win, it’s also the first game show to win an Emmy Award in the category. 

Speaking of firsts, Steve Harvey won his first Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Game Show” for his incredible, series-saving hosting duties on Family Feud. I know I’ve said this time and time again through my Twitter feed, and I’ll say it again: Steve Harvey winning an Emmy in the category is long overdue. At the very least, he should won a Daytime Emmy two years back when the show achieved a 4.0 household rating compared to the dissatisfying 1.5 rating the show had at the end of the season prior to Harvey’s 2010-2011 debut. Additionally, Harvey’s talk show, Steve Harvey, won a Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Talk Show: Informative”. To say that it was a good night for Steve Harvey would be an understatement. The only thing that would top it off would be if Feud won for “Outstanding Game Show”. Unfortunately, that would not be the case this year.

Winning for a 31st time in the series’ 30-year existence in syndication, Jeopardy! has once again won a Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Game Show”. This is the show’s third win in four years in the category. After watching the incredible events unfold this season including championship runs by Julia Collins and Arthur Chu and the million-dollar Battle of The Decades tournament, this news is not completely surprising. Although, it would have been great if either first-time nominees The American Bible Challenge or The Chase won the Daytime Emmy considering the two shows helped GSN have its best ratings year ever in 2013. 

Congratulations to Steve Harvey and the cast and crew of Let’s Make A Deal, Jeopardy! and Steve Harvey! On a quick end note, you can check out a full replay of last night's live stream of the Red Carpet coverage and awards ceremony at

OLD NEWS: ITV Orders 60-Minute Pilot of Name That Tune Revival
ITV has green-lit a 60-minute non-TX pilot of a revival of the classic musical game show Name That Tune. The series pilot, produced by Glenn Coomber (Strictly Come Dancing and The Jump) was ordered by director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell and commissioning editor Claire Zolkwer. The pilot marks the first commission for ex-Zodiak executive Natalka Znak’s currently-unnamed new indie. Znak formed the new indie with former Talpa Simon Jones in February and partnered with Jones to option the right to Name That Tune in the U.K. and U.S. upon striking a deal with FremantleMedia. 

For those of you readers who aren’t familiar with the show, Name That Tune pits two contestants against each other and tests their musical knowledge through a variety of challenges. The series originally debuted in the U.S. on NBC Radio in 1952, thanks to creators and producers Harry and Roberta Salter, and didn’t hit the U.K. television airwaves until 1956 on Granada Television. Since then, the show has been revived three times with Tom O’ Connor and Lionel Blair hosting the first version from 1976-1988, Jools Holland hosting the two-series second version from 1997-1998 and Vernon Kay hosting a special edition of the show in 2007 for Vernon Kay’s Gameshow Marathon. 

Hopefully, this revival of Name That Tune will be as successful as Catch Phrase is now, currently airing on ITV, and not suffer a short run like The All New Blockbusters did on Challenge TV. 

REPLAY: "Wipeout" Seventh Season Premiere
ABC's hit summer game show, Wipeout, returned to primetime last night with more hits, more obstacles and even messier wipeouts. John Henson and John Anderson also returned as the show's resident commentators along with field reporter Jill Wagner. This season's special themed episodes include last night's two-hour family edition, next week's "Hotties vs. Nerds 4.0", a chance to win a date with Jill Wagner and a first-ever season-long tournament, where the "Ultimate Wipeout Champion" will be named at the end of the season. The first episode of the season is available on and No news yet on how the show performed in the ratings. I will make sure to post that information in this article as well on the site's Facebook page. UPDATE: Last night's season premiere of Wipeout averaged 3.52 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating among Adults 18-49. The show placed second in total viewers in its 7pm time slot, losing to an encore airing of 60 Minutes, and placed fifth overall out 14 shows; albeit, most were repeats.

Sources: Broadcast,, Hollywood Reporter, TV By The Numbers

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