HGTV Greenlights New Extreme Tabletop and Special Event Design Competition Series “Table Wars”





HGTV Greenlights New Extreme Tabletop and Special Event Design Competition Series “Table Wars” with Lead Judge Martha Stewart
The series is slated to premiere in November 2021.
[via press release from HGTV]
HGTV GREENLIGHTS NEW EXTREME TABLETOP AND SPECIAL EVENT DESIGN COMPETITION SERIES ‘TABLE WARS’ WITH LEAD JUDGE MARTHA STEWART

Judging Panel Also Stars Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and Designer Chris Hessney

New York [August 3, 2021] The country’s best tabletop and event designers will brandish their butter knives in HGTV’s newly greenlighted competition series Table Wars. The six episode series will feature the show-stopping, large-scale creations of eight expert event designers whose breathtaking work will be judged by the Emmy(R) Award-winning television personality and The New York Times bestselling author Martha Stewart; actress, design enthusiast and Emmy(R) Award winner, Tamera Mowry-Housley; and luxury event planner and designer, Chris Hessney. In each episode, the competitors must deliver the ultimate themed party environment, including stunning tablescapes, lighting and displays in order to impress the judges and avoid elimination. The finalist who delivers the most over-the-top event space will win the Table Wars title and a $50,000 cash prize. The series is slated to premiere in November 2021.

“Table Wars has the best ingredients for a captivating, edge-of-your-seat competition series,” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “The competitors are among the best in the business, so the drama, imagination and personal stakes are at an all-time high. And the results are pure eye candy!”

For show updates, fans can visit HGTV.com and follow @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Table Wars is produced by Leftfield Pictures and Xpedition Media.

ABOUT HGTV

HGTV delivers families with relatable stories, superstar real estate and renovation experts and amazing home transformations that inspire a passionate audience. For anyone seeking entertaining and aspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV is the place to be. HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to 80 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of 9.9 million people each month; a social footprint of 27 million; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers; and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOME(TM) consumer products line. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and TikTok. HGTV is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories, whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.



The Bachelorette 8/9 on ABC





The Bachelorette: SEASON FINALE – 1710 (8/9)
“1710” – It’s the conclusion of Katie Thurston’s turbulent journey on “The Bachelorette.” Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams join a studio audience as they watch the final moments unravel. Defeated and on the bathroom floor after a devastating breakup, can Katie pick herself back up and continue with the two remaining men she is also falling in love with? Later in “After the Final Rose,” Kaitlyn and Tayshia are joined onstage by Katie and her final three as they try to make sense of what happened in New Mexico, including a tense confrontation with Greg about his sudden departure. Did Katie leave with the love she was looking for, or did she go home alone? The season finale of “The Bachelorette” airs MONDAY, AUG. 9 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

The two men who will vie for Katie’s heart are the following:
• Blake, 30, a wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
• Justin, 26, an investment sales consultant from Baltimore, Md.



Holey Moley 3D in 2D 8/12 (Season Finale) on ABC





Holey Moley 3D in 2D: SEASON FINALE – These Boots Are Made For Putting (8/12)
“These Boots Are Made For Putting” – “Holey Moley 3D in 2D” returns with a brand-new episode filled with the same ridiculous fun THURSDAY, AUG. 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) Despite a slip, competitors give it their all on the Agony of Defeat, while The Parcade’s pinball flippers claim their latest pair. Later, contestants test their balance on Turfing USA and in round two, “Holey Moley”’s very own Rob Riggle officiates Course Marshall Colin’s wedding on the Holey Matrimony green. ‘Tis the season for more mini-golf as this week’s two finalists meet on Ho Ho Hole. After impressive putts, only one competitor will claim victory, receive the iconic “Holey Moley” plaid jacket and golden putter and return to the course for a chance to putt for $250,000 in the season finale. Episodes can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.



Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, Plus Longtime Host Ryan Seacrest Set To Return





America’s Favorite Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, Plus Longtime Host Ryan Seacrest Set To Return to ‘American Idol’ for Season Five on ABC and Historic 20th Season Overall
Live Virtual Audition Tour ‘Idol Across America’ Returns to All 50 States Beginning Friday, Aug. 6

The iconic star-maker competition series “American Idol” welcomes back music industry legends, judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and veteran host Ryan Seacrest to help discover America’s next singing sensation for a fifth season on ABC, while celebrating the franchise’s historic 20th season overall, when it returns spring 2022. Last season, ABC’s “American Idol” ranked as the No. 1 series in its two-hour time period for the second year in a row among Adults 18-49. In addition, “American Idol” finished among the Top 5 unscripted series last season with Total Viewers (No. 4).

“Luke, Katy, Lionel and Ryan are music and industry icons that have become synonymous with ‘Idol’ on ABC,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “Their star power is unmatched, and their support is a gift to our contestants that have deeply benefited from their wisdom over the past four seasons—and they’re ready to do it again. As we begin a momentous season, I think it’s safe to say this dream team has officially cemented their legacy on ‘Idol.’”

“’American Idol’ is still the original music show that genuinely creates superstars and continues to evolve to allow true artists to succeed in this unique business,” said executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick. “The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”

“We are thrilled that Katy, Lionel, Luke and Ryan will be back to help discover our next American Idol,” said executive producer Eli Holzman, CEO of Industrial Media. “This dream team has selected and guided some of the most talented ‘Idol’ contestants in the history of the series, and we can’t wait to see who they’ll find next.”

Season five auditions will kick off Friday, Aug. 6, with the return of “Idol Across America,” the live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar, taking place across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. For the second year in a row, “Idol Across America” offers hopefuls the opportunity to showcase their talents face-to-face with an “American Idol” producer, from anywhere in America, across any official audition date for a chance to proceed to the judge audition round of the competition. Last season’s first-ever “Idol Across America” virtual auditions successfully kicked off many hopeful’s “American Idol” journeys, including ABC’s season-four winner, Chayce Beckham.

“Idol Across America” auditions will be held as follows (subject to change):

• Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina (Aug. 6)
• Connecticut, New Jersey, New York (Aug. 8)
• Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas (Aug. 11)
• Florida, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia (Aug. 13)
• Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi (Aug. 16)
• Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee (Aug. 18)
• Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada (Aug. 21)
• Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming (Aug. 23)
• Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin (Aug. 25)
• Open Call: Nationwide (Aug. 27)
• Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah (Aug. 31)
• Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont (Sept. 2)
• Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. (Sept. 8)
• Open Call: The South (Sept. 10)
• Open Call: East Coast (Sept. 13)
• Open Call: West Coast (Sept. 16)
• Open Call: Nationwide (Sept. 21)

For information on how to sign up for “Idol Across America” and a chance to virtually audition in front of an “American Idol” producer, please visit www.americanidol.com/auditions. More details on specific dates, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions are available on the website. Contestants must be at least 15 years old to audition and may do so on any “Idol Across America” date regardless of your location.

“American Idol” is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Megan Wolflick, also serving as showrunner, and Fremantle’s Jennifer Mullin with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.

About ABC Entertainment
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” the longest-running medical drama in primetime television; riveting dramas “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things,” “Station 19” and fall’s groundbreaking No. 1 new series, “Big Sky”; trailblazing comedy favorites “black-ish,” “The Conners,” “The Goldbergs” and “Home Economics”; the popular Summer Fun & Games programming block, including “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Holey Moley,” “Match Game,” “Press Your Luck” and “To Tell the Truth”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank”; “The Bachelor” franchise; long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; as well as two critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award-winning “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” specials. The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and the “American Music Awards.”

ABC programming can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.

About Fremantle
Fremantle is one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. From “The Mosquito Coast” to “Got Talent,” “We Are Who We Are” to “Family Feud,” “American Gods” to “Idol” and “My Brilliant Friend” to “Enslaved” – we are behind the world’s most-loved and most-watched shows.

We have an outstanding international network of production teams, companies and labels in over 30 countries – our Fremantle family includes UFA (Germany), Wildside (Italy), Abot Hameiri (Israel), Miso Film (Denmark, Sweden and Norway), Blue Circle (Netherlands), Original Productions (USA) and Easy Tiger (Australia) to name a few.

We produce in excess of 12,000 hours of original programming, roll out more than 70 formats and air 400 programmes a year worldwide. We also distribute over 30,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories.

We are also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, with more than 426 million fans across 1,500 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms – and are the creator of Facebook’s most viewed video of all time, The Sacred Riana. We are part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann.

For more information, visit www.fremantle.com, or follow us @FremantleHQ and visit our LinkedIn and Facebook pages.

About Industrial Media & 19 Entertainment
Industrial Media is an independent production group launched with the acquisition of The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) by the reorganized companies of CORE Media Group. Through its work with well-established industry leaders, including ownership interests and partnerships in Sharp Entertainment, IPC, B17 Entertainment, 19 Entertainment, This Machine, This Radicle Act, and Trilogy Films, the Company creates and produces multi-platform programming of various genres for audiences worldwide. Industrial Media companies currently produces more than 60 series across 30 networks. Key programs include the global hit “American Idol” co-produced by 19 Entertainment for ABC, Sharp Entertainment’s “90 Day Fiancé” franchise for TLC; IPC’s Emmy®-winning hit documentary series “Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath” for A&E, “Indian Matchmaking” and “Night Stalker” for Netflix and “Selena+Chef” for HBO Max; and B17 Entertainment’s “History of Swear Words for Netflix and “Chasing the Cure” for TNT/TBS. Additionally, Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings has launched the music careers of platinum artists including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, Lauren Alaina; and more recently, “American Idol” winner Laine Hardy along with prior contestants such as Gabby Barrett, Laci Kaye Booth, Francisco Martin, and Julia Gargano. Industrial Media is backed by the private equity firm Crestview Partners, BlackRock Asset Management, and the United Talent Agency. For more details, visit www.industrial-media.com.

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Press Your Luck 8/18 on ABC





Press Your Luck: Whammageddon! (8/18)
“Whammageddon!” – Host Elizabeth Banks is back to help contestants try to win those BIG BUCKS on “Press Your Luck,” WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The stakes have never been higher as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. Banks is joined by contestants Keyla Ragland (hometown: Severn, California), Dulce Gomez (hometown: Newport Beach, California), and Craig Kuykendall (hometown: Redondo Beach, California). (TV-PG, L) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.



The $100,000 Pyramid 8/18 on ABC





The $100,000 Pyramid: Ginger Zee vs Dascha Polanco and Dorinda Medley vs Sonja Morgan (8/18)
“Ginger Zee vs Dascha Polanco and Dorinda Medley vs Sonja Morgan”– In an all-new “The $100,000 Pyramid,” Ginger Zee (ABC’s “Good Morning America”) faces off against actress Dascha Polanco followed by Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan (“The Real Housewives of New York City”) on WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.



The Celebrity Dating Game 8/16 on ABC





The Celebrity Dating Game: Joey Lawrence and Marcus Scribner (8/16)
“Joey Lawrence and Marcus Scribner” – “Blossom” and “Brotherly Love” star Joey Lawrence enjoys good music and dancing on the first date. Joey asks the contestants what their ideal first date entails while Michael Bolton performs a hilarious version of “How Can We Be Lovers.” Meanwhile, “black-ish” actor Marcus Scribner challenges contestants to pretend they are on a reality television show and act out a confessional about how the date is going so far. Michael Bolton sings “Time, Love and Tenderness” to help the women identify Marcus on the season finale of “The Celebrity Dating Game,” airing MONDAY, AUG. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.



The Chase 8/22 on ABC





The Chase: Let’s See If It’s Wrong Or Really Wrong (8/22)
“Let’s See If It’s Wrong Or Really Wrong” – James Holzhauer returns as this week’s Chaser as three new contestants face off against him in this race against the clock quiz show. Do three new players beat the chaser – or get caught – on “The Chase,” SUNDAY, AUG. 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.



The Hustler 8/19 on ABC





The Hustler: You’re Overcompensating! (8/19)
“You’re Overcompensating!” – Five new competitors join host Craig Ferguson in this mind-bending and enigmatic game show where Larry David, magic and Katy Perry are clues to discovering The Hustler on THURSDAY, AUG. 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.



To Tell the Truth 8/22 on ABC





To Tell the Truth: 622 (Caroline Rhea, Deon Cole and Adam Pally) (8/22)
“622 (Caroline Rhea, Deon Cole and Adam Pally)” – Caroline Rhea, Deon Cole and Adam Pally make up the celebrity panel on “To Tell the Truth,” airing SUNDAY, AUG. 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) Take a deep dive into this week’s episode with a nutty group that includes a peanut artist, a blues musician, a bug baker, an aquanaut and a breakup coach. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.