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Ex-Wives Club Premieres Tonight

April 9, 2014

Reality TV How do you mend a broken heart? By getting angry, getting even and getting over it! Real people who have undergone traumatic divorces learn how to move on with their lives, on “Ex-Wives Club,” an empowering new reality series premierin g MONDAY, MAY 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The show is hosted by three women who know all about breaking up — famed “exes” Angie Everhart, Shar Jackson and Marla Maples. The hour-long, five-episode series, filmed in Palm Springs and on location across the country, will feature one man and one woman each week,…

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B-I-N-G-O, And Bingo Is Their Game-O

April 9, 2014

Melanie Sims – Associated Press They slink off to smoke-filled rooms every week to engage in activities deemed illegal in Tennessee, Hawaii and Utah. Some of them spend a chunk of their rent money at the door. Others go home a couple gr and richer. They are bingo players, and not all of them look like the blue-haired ladies of yore. Bingo buff Tierney Relf of Indianapolis has ‘locs, as a matter of fact. And at 24, it’s likely the die-hard players with whom she shares space at the local Knights of Columbus hall have bingo caddies older than she….

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Online Bump Helps Resurrect Ratings-Challenged Series

April 9, 2014

Ben Grossman – Broadcasting & Cable A second run of National Bingo Night is in the cards for ABC. And what is increasingly a sign of the state of the television business, it was the show’s online strength, as opposed to its Nielsen numb ers, that has ABC bringing back the interactive game show for a five-night run in December. ” It is fair to say this show was saved by the fact that, while its ratings numbers weren’t as impressive, that was totally contradicted by everything else we saw online,” says ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson. As of now,…

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‘Bingo’ Card Filling Up As Format Catches On

April 9, 2014

Steve Brennan – Hollywood Reporter Britain’s public health minister, Dawn Primarolo, should expect some roses, champagne and a thank-you note from L.A.-based reality TV producer Andrew Glassman. Britain’s new ban on public smoking is likel y to prove a lucrative windfall for Glassman, whose bingo-based ABC game show “National Bingo Night” is being eyed by British broadcasters. It’s predicted that Britain’s “no smoking” signs will drive many smoking bingo players from the big public halls to the privacy of their homes — and of course to Glassman’s TV and interactive version of the game. At least that’s Glassman’s theory. The…

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Ex-Wives Club Premieres Tonight

April 9, 2014

Hollywood Reporter Something on the magnitude of the U.K.’s call-in TV scandal isn’t likely to happen in the U.S., given the extensive reworking of laws following the quiz show scandals of the 1950s. But there still might be fallout in the U.S. TV industry: Reality TV producers looking to develop call-in formats for domestic and foreign markets might be facing a tough sale in Europe. ” After the quiz show scandals, the rules and regulations (in the U.S.) are so stringent that it would seem illogical that it would happen here, although nothing’s impossible,” said Bill Carroll, a veteran TV…

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GSN to have a ball with ‘Bingo’

April 9, 2014

Nellie Andreeva – Hollywood Reporter GSN is launching “Bingo America,” a new 40-episode half-hour interactive game show series to be hosted by Patrick Duffy. ” Bingo,” which hails from Andrew Glassman, the creator/executive producer of ABC’s “National Bingo Night,” will debut March 31 and air weeknights at 7, with repeats on the weekends at 4:30 p.m. ” Bingo” incorporates elements of a quiz show into the bingo gameplay, with contestants asked to answer trivia questions to “earn” letters when the bingo balls come out. The show will award cash prizes to the on-air players as well as to viewers. Viewers…

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