Candy Crush comes to TV as sum­mer time filler

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - MICHAEL STOREY The TV Col­umn ap­pears Sun­day, Tues­day and Thurs­day. Email: mstorey@arkansason­line.com

Have you ever played the com­puter/mo­bile game Candy Crush? I’ve avoided the temp­ta­tion de­spite about a mil­lion ir­ri­tat­ing “in­vi­ta­tions” from friends on Face­book.

For the record, I’m an An­gry Birds devo­tee when I want to waste time. Some­thing about fling­ing birds and smash­ing things ap­peals to me.

Candy Crush is hugely pop­u­lar and prob­a­bly kills about a bil­lion work hours by those who sneak in games while at the of­fice. There are an es­ti­mated 50 mil­lion monthly users.

The ob­ject is to con­nect three or more sim­i­lar pieces of candy hor­i­zon­tally or ver­ti­cally to re­move them from the board. It gets more dif­fi­cult as the lev­els in­crease.

Now, there’s a TV ver­sion of the game in the never-end­ing quest to pro­vide men­tal pablum to frit­ter away the sum­mer hours un­til real pro­gram­ming re­turns in the fall.

Candy Crush de­buts at 8 p.m. to­day on CBS with Mario Lopez as host. The live-ac­tion game show will fea­ture a gi­ant wall where teams of two match can­dies in com­bi­na­tions of three or more to win points, de­feat ob­sta­cles and progress through the lev­els.

In ad­di­tion, it will take plenty of phys­i­cal agility to scale the large, in­ter­ac­tive boards to win the game, be crowned cham­pi­ons and take home the prizes.

As ex­tra in­cen­tive to tune in, fan fa­vorites from Sur­vivor and Big Brother are set to ex­tend their 15 min­utes of re­al­ity fame by join­ing forces as con­tes­tants on the first episode.

They are for­mer cast­aways Kel­ley Went­worth (Sur­vivor: San Juan Del Sur, Sur­vivor Cam­bo­dia) and Joe Anglim (Sur­vivor: Worlds Apart, Sur­vivor: Cam­bo­dia), and Big Brother 16 house­guests Caleb Reynolds (also a dou­ble Sur­vivor cast­away) and Frankie Grande (Ariana’s brother) along with Big Brother 18 alumni Paul Abra­hamian (the bearded one) and Da’Vonne Rogers (the sassy one).

If you want to com­pletely and to­tally waste your evening, Candy Crush fol­lows a new episode of Big Brother at 7 p.m.

■ The De­fi­ant Ones, 8 p.m. to­day, HBO. Here’s some­thing dif­fer­ent. The four-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries tells the sto­ries of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre and their “un­likely part­ner­ship and roles they played in a se­ries of events that trans­formed con­tem­po­rary cul­ture.”

The se­ries comes from di­rec­tor Allen Hughes (Men­ace II So­ci­ety) and takes place “in record­ing stu­dios, in hum­ble homes and mas­sive man­sions, in crim­i­nal courts and in the high­est cor­ri­dors of cor­po­rate power.”

Iovine, the son of a Brook­lyn long­shore­man, is a record and film pro­ducer best known as the co-founder of In­ter­scope Records and chair­man of In­ter­scope Gef­fen A&M.

Dr. Dre (real name An­dre Romelle Young) is a rap­per, record pro­ducer and en­tre­pre­neur who was the co-owner of Death Row Records.

To­gether, the duo founded Beats Elec­tron­ics, a com­pany that pro­duces au­dio prod­ucts and op­er­ated a mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice. The com­pany was bought by Ap­ple for $3 bil­lion in May 2014.

The doc­u­men­tary fea­tures a num­ber of fa­mil­iar artists and mu­sic in­dus­try names, in­clud­ing Bono, David Gef­fen, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Ste­fani, Jon Lan­dau, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Spring­steen and will.i.am.

The se­ries also fea­tures footage from a num­ber of record­ing and com­pos­ing ses­sions with Eazy-E, J.J. Fad, Ste­vie Nicks, N.W.A., Petty, Spring­steen and U2, among oth­ers.

■ Penn & Teller: Fool Us, 8 p.m., Mon­day, The CW. It’s Sea­son 4 for the magic com­pe­ti­tion de­signed to fool ma­gi­cian/comics Penn Jil­lette and the ex­ceed­ingly tac­i­turn (usu­ally mum) Teller (birth name Ray­mond Teller). Alyson Han­ni­gan (How I Met Your Mother) re­turns as host. ■ Will, 9 p.m., Mon­day, TNT. The Will in the ti­tle is Wil­liam Shake­speare and the drama deals with his (fic­tional) life in his early 20s. There will be 10 episodes with new­comer Lau­rie David­son star­ring as the young play­wright.

TNT la­bels the se­ries “provoca­tive” and says it will be “a con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of Shake­speare’s life, played to a modern sound­track that ex­poses all his reck­less­ness, lust­ful temp­ta­tions and bril­liance.”

Uh-oh. English ma­jors have been warned.

Re­minder: Make your plans. Game of Thrones storms back in one short week. The first half of Sea­son 7 kicks off at 8 p.m. July 16 on HBO. Win­ter is here. I mean, win­ter has been com­ing for such a long time, but now it’s ac­tu­ally here and things are about to get re­ally, re­ally nasty.

Candy Crush de­buts at 8 p.m. to­day on CBS. The first episode fea­tures Big Brother 16 fa­vorite Caleb Reynolds tak­ing on Sur­vivor grads.

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