Day: March 11, 2015

FOX announces summer debut of game show Boom!, hosted by Tom Papa, plus return of Jeff Foxworthy’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

FOX has announced its summer programming plans for 2015, which include the return of one game show and debut of another, both of which are hosted by stand-up comedians. Tom Papa will host the new primetime game show, Boom!, that’s based on an Israeli format — it’s a quiz show in which teams of three players defuse “ticking slime-bombs” by cutting the wires that correspond to the correct answers. It’s an hourlong show and will air at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, Thursday nights starting June 25, 2015. Jeff Foxworthy, meanwhile, is back as host of Are You Smarter Than a...

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RIP Jenna McMahon, performer and co-creator of The Facts of Life, Mama’s Family, It’s A Living

Jenna McMahon began her show-business career as one-half of a comedy duo that performed on all of the big talk shows of the 1960s and 1970s, but it was what she and her comedy partner Dick Clair did behind the scenes that made a more lasting impact, as their sketches and screenplays resulted in not one but two hit sitcoms of the 1980s, The Facts of Life and Mama’s Family. McMahon, who also won three Emmy Awards as a writer for The Carol Burnett Show, died March 2 of heart failure at a hospital in Monterey, Calif., her daughter,...

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