Double Dare Taps Liza Koshy as Host, Brings Back Marc Summers in New Role. Double Dare without Marc Summers? Perish the thought! Nickelodeon officially announced the host for the new Double Dare, Liza Koshy, and while it's not Summers, he's certainly involved in the festivities. Actress and digital creator Koshy takes over the host duties when the series returns Monday, June 25 at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon. "This is a dream that I have been dreaming to live! From watching Double Dare to hosting it!? I am ready for a summer of slime and nose picking," Koshy said. Summers, the original host, will give color commentary on the challenges. He'll lend his knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode. "I can't think of many shows like Double Dare that have the ability to bond people together--those who grew up watching the original series can now pass along their love for this game show to today's kids. It's an honor to be a part of this reboot," Summers said in a statement. For those not familiar with the slime-fest, Double Dare features two teams competing to win prizes by answering trivia questions and competing in physical challenges. The winning team then goes on to legendary obstacle course, including the human hamster wheel, the classic giant mouth and the Double Dare nose. The series debuted more than 30 years ago on October 6, 1986. It ran until 1993. There were other versions too, including Family Double Dare and a Double Dare 2000. Double Dare is just the latest revival from Nickelodeon. They network already aired Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie and is at work on Rocko's Modern Life and Invader Zim projects. Legends of the Hidden Temple, another classic 1990s Nickelodeon game show, was also brought back, but as a scripted TV movie. (Eonline)

American Idol Winner Revealed: Find Out Who Won ABC's First Season. And your next American Idol winner is... Maddie Poppe, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett were all left waiting (and waiting) for Ryan Seacrest to announce who was the winner of ABC's first season of American Idol on Monday night, after performing three songs each on Sunday night. By the end of the ABC hit's finale, Maddie was crowned the winner, with Caleb coming in second place after Gabby was eliminated earlier in the night. But the biggest reveal of the night wasn't the season 16 winner. No, no, no. It was Caleb and Maddie announcing they are a couple in real-life just before performing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" together and the show gifting them a trip to Hawaii. So really, they are BOTH winners. Maddie impressed with her three performances during part one of the finale, especially her show-closing rendition of "Landslide." And early on in the competition, it was clear judge Katy Perry was a huge fan. Like the 15 seasons that aired on Fox, the two-hour finale featured a bunch of performances, with Nick Jonas, BeBe Rexha, Darius Rucker, Patti LaBelle and even Kermit the Frog taking the Idol stage. Plus, all the judges got in on the action: Luke Bryan debuted his new single "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset," before also performing a duet with Gabby, and Lionel Richie opened the show. Katy Perry, when she wasn't busy proposing to the new Bachelorette Becca Kufrin or freaking out over Caleb and Maddie's romance, took the stage to perform with Catie Turner, delivering an acoustic version of "Part of Me" that we already want to download. American Idol will return for a second season on ABC. (Eonline)

Dancing With the Stars: Athletes Finale: And the Winner Is... Let's be honest, we all saw this coming. Dancing With the Stars: Athletes' shortened four-week run came to an end on Monday night, with three celebrity athletes left in the running: Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding and Josh Norman. And by the end of the ABC reality hit's finale, we finally saw the athlete we all predicted would win the whole thing as soon as the cast was announced hoist the mirrorball trophy in the air: Adam Rippon! The beloved Olympic figure skater and his professional partner Jenna Johnson beat Tonya and Sasha Farber, and Josh and Sharna Burgess, to take home the big win. This was Jenna's first season as a pro after being promoted from the troupe, and what a DWTS debut it was for her! Here's a quick rundown of the night's dances: Tonya and Sasha's first performance was a Viennese waltz to "The Time of My Life," with an emotional Tonya saying after their performance, "This has truly been the best time of my life." Awww! 26 out of 30. Next up was a foxtrot from Josh and Sharna, which scored a 27 out of 30 from the judges after the football star saved Sharna from slipping on her dress. "The beast has been tamed by the beauty," judge Bruno Tonioli said. "You even saved the day when she slipped. I like that, like a real prince. Dashing, debonair, self-assured. You've come so far. It's a shame this season is so short." Agreed! Closing out the first round of performances were "Wonder Twins" Adam and Jenna, landing a perfect 30 out of 30 and a standing ovation for the jazz routine that Carrie Ann Inaba said could easily be on Broadway. "It's been above and beyond everything I thought it would be," DWTS super-fan Adam said after their performance. "And I owe that a lot to Jenna, and everything that she's kind of brought into my life during this crazy time." It's clear these who have become BFFs and it's adorable. For their second performances, the celebrities and their partners got to have some freestyle fun. Tonya came down from a platform for "I Will Survive," the perfect song to end Tonya's experience on the show. And the performance was so good that Carrie Ann ran over to hug her, saying it was one of the "most fun" freestyles she's ever seen. "The amazing change in people's hearts is what is keeping me going," Tonya said of the public's support. "I never thought I would ever feel this alive again. And America pulling for me has definitely changed my heart one more time." Their freestyle landed a perfect score, her first and only one during her experience. For their final performance ever, Sharna asked Josh to "unleash the beast" for their freestyle. Of course, that meant he began the routine with a football (shirtless, of course!) and delivered a super-energetic dance set to Thirty Seconds to Mars' "Walk on Water," that ended with him being rained on. "You're wet and some people are very, very hot," Bruno said. They also landed their first and only perfect score of the season. For his final performance on the show, Adam and Jenna delivered a freestyle unlike anything we've ever seen on DWTS, including the frontrunner rocking a bowl-cut wig. "This freestyle is different. It's quirky, it's fun, and I think it totally embodies me as a person," he said. "And I want to share that with America. I am ready for that mirror ball trophy." However, Carrie Ann was a little disappointed by the performance, saying she felt it was "missing something." The performance earned 28 out of 30 points from the judges. Still, Adam, 28, and Jenna were able to take home the win in this shortened season. DWTS will return this fall on Mondays, with Dancing With the Stars: Juniors set to air on Sundays on ABC. (Eonline)

The new "Double Dare" reboot will feature one very familiar face -- the show's OG host, Marc Summers -- but Summers' new gig has a different job title. Nickelodeon is bringing back the hugely successful game show this summer, and sources close to production tell us Summers was a quick hire. We're told he'll hold an Executive Producer title and will also have a role on camera. However, our sources say he won't be the show's host. "Double Dare" first ran on Nickelodeon from 1986-1993 with Summers and then returned again in 2000 as "Double Dare 2000." The new "Double Dare" will feature two teams facing off in obstacle courses and answering various trivia questions for cash and prizes -- just like the original version. We're told some of the OG obstacles will be back in action. The official announcement regarding Summers rejoining the show is expected this week. (TMZ)

Sanjaya Malakar Makes a Surprise Appearance During American Idol's Finale -- With Crying Girl in Tow! So that's where he's been all this time! During American Idol season 16's live two-hour finale on Monday night, longtime fans were hit with a major blast from the past: Sanjaya Malakar! Jimmy Kiimmel came out with a time capsule that was buried in Ryan Seacrest's zucchini garden filed with relics from American Idol's 15-season fun on Fox, including Steven Tyler's many scarves, the only purchased copy of From Justin to Kelly, Sanjaya's infamous hair...and Sanjaya himself. But the biggest surprise of all was the fact that he had shaved off all of his hair. So long, faux-hawk! And guess who was in the audience? The Crying Girl, all grown-up! You remember her as the 13-year-old girl named Ashley Ferl who became a viral sensation when she could not stop crying during Sanjaya's Top 11 performance during his season in 2006. She became the face of the Fanjayas aka the fans of Sanjaya. "She's been waiting 12 years just to feel something again!" Kimmel said of the still-pig-tailed Ashley. During the season 16 finale, Kimmel noted that Clay Aiken was also supposed to be in the time capsule, which led to a super-dark reveal from Sanjaya. "I've been in there a long time, Jimmy," he said. "I ate him!" Sanjaya last released music in 2011, and he was spotted singing in a NYC subway station back in 2013. So clearly, he spent some time out of the time capsule! During season six, Sanjaya, now 28, became a standout contestant thanks to his hair and the campaign by Vote For the Worst to keep him on the show, with Howard Stern also serving as a vocal supporter. Jordin Sparks ultimately won. After a little digging, we found Sanjaya on Instagram, though he hasn't posted a photo since July 2017 when he last shared a selfie with his pet goat. (Eonline)

Millie Bobby Brown Is Starting Stranger Things Rumors...About Kim Kardashian?! It's next to impossible to get scoop from the Stranger Things cast about what's going to happen in season three, but it is possible to get them to create fake casting news and spill the beans on each other. In the video, Stranger Things stars Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp play a game of "most likely to... " about each other. Find out who is most likely to pull a prank on set, most likely to steal the best candy and more, including who's most likely to be late. "He has been, like, about 3 hour late once because he went to the wrong location," Brown spilled. The actress even goes into detail about all the pranks the two have pulled together, including one time where they pranked their teachers with... toilet paper! It almost looks like Brown's about to spill some scoop at the end, but always the professional she caught herself. And in the video, where E! News does its best to get some details about the new season from Brown, the Emmy nominee starts a rumor of her own -- about Kim Kardashian! "Noah, would you love to see Kim Kardashian in Stranger Things?" Brown asked her costar. "Wait, she's going to be in Stranger Things?" a confused Schnapp asked. "Yeah, she is. She's going to play 10," Brown deadpans. (Eonline)

Jeffrey Tambor's unapologetic when it comes to lobbying for more work on "Arrested Development" ... sexual misconduct allegations be damned. We got Jeffrey out Monday in NYC, and wanted to know if he's up for being on 'AD' for season 6? ICYMI ... Jeffrey showed up to the season 5 premiere last week alongside the 'Arrested' cast, which stands by him despite allegations he sexually harassed his assistant and a "Transparent" costar. Amazon fired him from "Transparent" in February, though he says he quit and denied the allegations. 'Arrested' creator Mitch Hurwitz reportedly said last week he stuck with Tambor for season 5 because the Netflix show had already been filmed when allegations first surfaced. That aside, Hurwitz said he wasn't gonna cut Tambor based purely on allegations. For his part, Tambor told us the vibe on set is great ... so, if they're game, so is he. (TMZ)

Bollywood Star Salman Khan, Banijay Asia Team on TV, Web Content. The partnership will create scripted and non-scripted shows. Banijay Asia has formed an alliance with Bollywood star Salman Khan's production company SK TV to produce content for television and digital platforms. The companies did not give any further details about what kind of shows are planned for production, only saying that the partnership would produce "scripted and non-scripted content" across genres for the Indian and South East Asian markets. As one of India's most bankable stars, Khan has also been the long-running host of the Indian version of Big Brother, produced by Endemol India, which airs on Viacom18's Colors channel. "This country is home to various talented people who don't get a fair chance to prove themselves, and we at SK TV not only aim to produce engaging content with our partners like Banijay Group, but also provide a fair platform to these young and budding individuals," Khan said. The recently launched Banijay Asia is the result of an equal partnership between Banijay Group and Deepak Dhar, the former head of Endemol India, who acts as the company's founder and CEO. Internationally, Banijay is known for such shows as Versailles, Temptation Island, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Wife Swap and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, among others. (Hollywood Reporter)

"Failure Is Mandatory": Dave Annable Shares Pain of Being Recast on CBS' 'The Code'. The actor learned of his series pickup -- and firing -- while he was at Disneyland. In yet the latest example of the highs and lows in the television industry, actor Dave Annable shared the rollercoaster adventure that came with finding out his pilot, CBS' The Code, was being picked up to series -- only without him attached. "To only see this as my loss is limiting and self-centered. It's so much bigger than me," Annable wrote in a lengthy Instagram post in which he addressed being fired from the series. "After receiving the call that the show was being picked up and I was being replaced (while I was at Disneyland with my family, ugh) I went to the perspective of the student. What is the lesson here?" The actor, whose credits have included Brothers & Sisters and Paramount Network's upcoming Kevin Costner show Yellowstone, went on to get philosophical about the experience while acknowledging he refused to get angry about the experience. "I've never been fired before and certainly not publicly. ... Learning to deal with failure is one of the most important lessons you'll deal with in your life. Guess what? Failure is mandatory. It's growth. It'll never stop. It's where all the good shit happens that makes you a better person when you are open to seeing the right perspective." The Code explores the military's brightest minds as they take on the country's toughest challenges -- inside the courtroom and out -- where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator -- and a Marine. Annable was poised to be the male lead, Capt. John "Sid" Sidney, a driven prosecutor and active-duty Marine. Annable and Mira Sorvino, who played Col. Eisa Turnbull, a high-ranking officer with children serving overseas, were both let go from The Code when CBS picked it up to series. Recastings have become increasingly common in the Peak TV era. Broadcast networks not only compete with one another to cast the 70-odd comedies and dramas in the same three-month window but also with cable, premium and streaming services as part of an arms race for talent both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. "I have a wife and daughter that I have an opportunity to lead by example on how to deal with obstacles and adversity when life throws you a jab that lands right on your face," Annable continued in the comments section of his post. "I took one on the chin yesterday but this morning I'm gonna stand tall and hold my head up high because that is what I'm CHOOSING to do. I'm not gonna tell my family what to do, I'm gonna show them. On to the next. Watch my friends crush it on The Code on CBS. Thank you." Annable's post is reminiscent of a November 2012 blog post from You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk in which he bared his soul over NBC's decision to cancel Dane Cook series Next Caller Please before it premiered -- and after it was picked up to series and the showrunner moved to New York to launch the comedy. "You will talk them [the cast] through the tears and confusion -- attempt to ameliorate the soon-to-be full-blown PTSD taking root already in them, all the while pre-knowing yours will go untreated and indeed sneak up on you weeks later... Everything has stopped. This is the moment after the 10.0 earthquake. Suddenly, nothing is the same," he wrote of the experience. The Code cast includes Anna Wood and Phillipa Soo. From CBS Television Studios, Craig Sweeny and Craig Turk penned the story and Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman -- who recently exited the studio for a deal at Lionsgate TV -- exec produce the drama, which will premiere midseason. (Hollywood Reporter)


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