Morning Buzz for May 13, 2011
I hope everyone is having a good Friday the 13th so far. Hopefully no one’s been stabbed by Jason Vorhees…yet. Here are some early morning updates.
*I’m not trying to beat a dead horse, but it does need repeating. GSN’s ratings are regularly published on the blog Son of the Bronx. We’ve discussed the disappointing ratings for their new shows Love Triangle and Improv-A-Ganza already. I think some positive mention needs to be made of Catch 21 and 1 VS 100. The shows air daily at 5:00PM ET with no alert from the network. If you don’t read here or don’t regularly check the schedule, you had no clue. Catch 21 regularly gets better ratings than just about everything, except The Newlywed Game, that GSN heavily promotes. 1 VS 100 is at least tied but often beats it, and again with no promotion.
It would be a massive, massive bonehead decision not to renew these two (or at least Catch 21) while all the other shows are tanking. It would really seem like a no-brainer. Given the ratings history I can’t imagine a block of Catch 21, 1 VS 100, and Lingo doing poorly. I don’t think anyone is asking for the moon. Just to put some resources on shows that are actually attracting viewers. Catch 21 has new episodes and you’d never know it. People apparently want to see it. Just saying. Again, click here for a massive list of GSN ratings.
*Interested in seeing live versions of The Price is Right and Let’s Make A Deal? The live casino versions are still going strong all around North America and many shows are going through the next few weeks. The Price is Right is actually in Canada this weekend and for the next few weekends, as well as in Las Vegas with Emmy nominated host Todd Newton. Click here to visit Ticketmaster and get in. If you’re in Canada, this is a great way to take part in a classic game show. Let’s Make A Deal is also live at The Palace Theater in Atlantic City. It’s hosted by Alan Thicke. We’ve got some friends involved with the show, so click here to get tickets and support them.
*I’m a long time musician and VH1′s Save the Music program is something very important to me. Seeing programs like this taken out of schools isn’t good, so I’m glad to see TrivWorks, the New York City based live trivia team, and the Bell House presenting a special “Night of Pop Culture Trivia” to support the cause. It’s taking place at The Bell House in New York City on Tuesday, June 14th and it will be hosted by Grand Slam and World Series of Pop Culture‘s Pat Kiernan. Tickets are just $20, it’s for a great cause, and it’ll be a lot of fun. Click here to learn more.
*Channel 4 in the United Kingdom has picked up the quiz show Quiz Trippers. The show follows five pub quiz enthusiasts who spend a week traveling Britain, taking part in pub quizzes and trying to earn money. They’ll be given basic food and water but can spend their winnings on whatever they choose. This is actually a pretty interesting concept for a show so I’ll be looking for this one when it airs this summer.
*Today is a very, very big episode of Deal or No Deal for Channel 4. @OfficialBanker has been teasing it, and apparently something never done before will happen, on Friday the 13th of all days. He’ll be live tweeting the game and is asking others to do so also with the hashtag #dealornodeal. We’ll have a look at what happened later today, so be on the lookout.
Source : C21 Media