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Here’s the setup: Contestants, backed by a studio band, will be asked to sing along with the studio audience as lyrics are projected on a large screen. Then, suddenly, the band will stop playing, the words will disappear, and the contestant will be forced to continue singing.

After each correct response, players must decide to “stay and play” or “take the money and run.” If they can recite the lyrics from nine songs correctly, they’ll be presented with a No. 1 hit and a missing lyric. If they can recall that final lyric, they’ll win $1 million.

Mr. Brady previously hosted ABC’s improvisational series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (1998-2006) and won two Daytime Emmys as host of “The Wayne Brady Show.”

Royals boost NBC

NBC claimed last week’s top four shows as the broadcast networks shared another hot-weather round of mostly reruns and reality fare, and tepid ratings, Associated Press reports.

The Peacock had the week’s most-watched show, “America’s Got Talent.” “Dateline NBC,” which featured Matt Lauer’s interview with Prince William and Prince Harry, was seen by 12.2 million viewers and grabbed second place — making it the most-watched edition of “Dateline” in more than two years.

But it wasn’t enough to give NBC the week’s ratings crown. That honor went to CBS, which had a weekly prime-time average of 7.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. NBC was second with 6.3 million viewers, while Fox averaged 5.5 million viewers. Following were ABC with 4 million, the CW with 1.9 million, My Network TV with 880,000 and ION with 660,000 viewers.

For the week of June 18 through June 24, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: 1) “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 12.5 million; 2) “Dateline NBC” (Monday), NBC, 12.2 million; 3) “Deal or No Deal” (Monday), NBC, 12 million; 4) “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC, 9.4 million; and 5) “NCIS,” CBS, 9.3 million.

Web watch

If you missed last night’s edition of CNN’s “Larry King Live” — featuring former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr with Yoko Ono (widow of John Lennon) and Olivia Harrison (widow of George Harrison) — you can read an account of the groundbreaking interview at

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.