Wink Martindale Hosts GSN’s “Instant Recall” Starting March 4th
Veteran game show legend Wink Martindale has been tapped to host GSN’s newest hidden camera game show Instant Recall. According to Wink (who publicly said he is hosting and posted this image) the show will debut March 4th, and we’re reaching out to GSN for official confirmation as well. But when the host of the show tells you when it’s debuting, you tend to listen. This is Wink’s first game show hosting gig since Debt on the Lifetime Network from 1996 to 1998.
As a tagline given says, Instant Recall tests your patience, and then tests your memory. Contestants are put through strange and out-of-the-ordinary situations under the surveillance of a hidden camera. After this, the actual game begins when the contestant is asked to remember certain events from what they just went through. The more they remember, the more cash they win. If the contestant plays well he or she can win a few thousand dollars and and possibly a prize.
Instant Recall is GSN’s third new original show this year. The first two were Carnie Wilson: Unstapled and a very similar hidden camera game show Hidden Agenda which got trampled in the ratings. The show debuted to 202,000 viewers, so you have to think they are a bit nervous about premiering a very similar show so soon. It’s much cheaper to do these types of shows without renting studio space and a large crew, so we may be seeing more of these down the line.