The Hub Announces “Game of Life”, “Scrabble Showdown”, “Family Game Night”; Picks Up “Fifth Grader”
The Hub, Hasbro’s cable channel devoted to games for kids and the entire family, had big success with their first original game show Family Game Night. †They are following it up with two new game shows just announced today. †The Hub officially announced the new original series Scrabble Showdown and The Game of Life. †Also The Hub has picked up the rights to the very popular Fox family game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?. †Dates of debut are to be announced.
The Game of Life brings the iconic board game to television. †The entire family plays the game, getting a chance to spin the giant spinner before boarding their car and taking a journey through the larger-than-life virtual world from The Game of Life. †Frank Nicotero, the host of the former syndicated game show Street Smarts, hosts the show. †I’ve heard nothing but great things about the show from several sources so this is going to be the one to look out for.
The Hub has also announced a new series, Scrabble Showdown, based on the popular board game. †Families will work together to win a variety of word games for points and prizes. †The show is hosted by Justin Willman, host of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. †I know we get a lot of very nostalgic fans around here who yearn for old shows to come back, so to stop any sort of misconception or momentary breakdown: this is not a revival of the old version.
Two other shows are coming to The Hub. First, the network has given a second season to their popular show Family Game Night, which is one of the channel’s big success stories. †That series is hosted by Todd Newton. †Finally, The Hub has picked up the rights to†the former Fox game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?. †This is The Hub’s first off-network game show pickup, something usually done by fellow game show provider GSN. †The Hub has picked up 309 half-hour episodes of the Jeff Foxworthy game show.
That last one is a big shock. †I would have figured GSN would have been trying to get that one any way they could to boost their lineup of modern HD game shows. †But there we are. †Any thoughts on all of this?