ESL and DreamHack are teaming up for ESL Pro Tour, linking a circuit of over twenty Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments and leagues that will feature an aggregate prize pool of over $5 million for 2020 from competitions on five different continents, making it the world’s largest and most lucrative circuit in Counter-Strike’s 20-year history. The slate will now combine multiple previously unconnected ESL and DreamHack tournaments into one narrative that builds toward two grand championships each year. Tournaments in the ESL Pro Tour will be organized into Challenger and Masters levels. The Challenger level will include DreamHack Open, the Mountain Dew League and ESL’s National Championships. Meanwhile, the Masters category will be anchored by arena tournaments with $250,000 or more in prize money and will include ESL One powered by Intel, Intel Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters and the ESL CS:GO Pro League.
Songland was renewed by NBC. The songwriting competition is averaging a 1.1 rating among A18-49 and 5.1 million total viewers in Live+7 Nielsens so far this season, and has produced six songs that hit a #1 ranking on the iTunes music chart.
Animal Planet debuted Give a Dog a Home Live! on Tuesday with Puppy Bowl’s Dan Schachner serving as host. The show has been billed as cable’s first live weekly animal adoption series and will air live at 12p on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each day, audiences will visit shelters and centers around the U.S. to meet […]
ESPN kicked off its 2019 NFL game coverage with a Monday Night Football doubleheader that produced dynamic results and a large audience, while also serving as a forum for a warning about a potential carriage dispute between parent Walt Disney Co. and AT&T’s distribution vehicles. On the field, New Orleans Saints kicker Will Lutz capped […]
Fred McLeod, the long-time Cleveland Cavaliers announcer died Monday night of a heart attack. A Cleveland-area native, McLeod, 67, was about to enter his 14th consecutive year with FOX Sports Ohio, as the NBA team’s play-by-play man. He had also called Cavs’ games during the 1979-80 season. He is survived by his wife, Beth, a […]
HBO renewed comedy The Righteous Gemstones for a second season. The series, which debuted on August 18, stars Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green and centers on a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work.