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Fall 2011 Game Show Season Debut Dates

We’ve got some cool features on The Hub’s Family Game Night and Scrabble Showdown coming soon.  However, when discussing some things with readers on Twitter this morning, I got a lot of questions regarding when your favorite game shows would be debuting.  The usual debut month is September, and with that quickly approaching I thought having a run down of the new debut dates and what to expect would be smart.

*Family Game Night debuts its second season on September 2nd.  You can read our preview of the second season here.

*The Hub’s other two game shows, Scrabble Showdown and The Game of Life, will be showcased in a special preview on September 3rd.  We’ll have a feature on Scrabble Showdown soon.  We’ve been told nothing but great things about it so I’d be on the lookout for that.  Before the inevitable questions get asked: no, it’s not the 80′s version.

*Who Wants to be a Millionaire begins its 10th syndicated season earlier than most: September 5th.  New this season are “Double Your Money” days, prizes to questions occasionally, and Club Millionaire.  You can click here to read about all the new features we showcased first.

*Family Feud sees its newest season, the second with popular host Steve Harvey, on September 12th.  The only change is moving to Atlanta to accomodate host Steve Harvey.  When you raise the ratings as much as he did, you do whatever makes the host happiest.  We’ve got some features and exclusive set pictures coming soon.

*The other two syndicated shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, debut September 19th.  Not changes have been announced for either of these.

*The Price is Right and Let’s Make A Deal both start their new seasons on September 19th as well.  Both CBS daytime game shows are getting updated sets, upgrades in money, and specifically Deal will be getting some big new games like “Go For a Spin” and “Strike A Match”, which you can see below.


Did we miss anything?  Let us know.  What are you most looking forward to?  I’m definitely looking forward to Feud and Millionaire.

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24 responses to "Fall 2011 Game Show Season Debut Dates"

  • Lee Hubbard says:

    I take it that the Family Feud set will remain the same?

    • The Banker's Nephew says:

      As far as I can tell, it’s the same. The only real difference is where the car is, but I could be wrong about where it was last season.

  • Chris says:

    Im just happy local CBS is finally after almost a decade here locally giving us Millionaire back (at NOON mind you)… nice to see with all the new talk shows this year we moving the entire total of gameshows in the market to 1.5 hrs/day (syndicated)

    1hr for Wheel/Jeopardy (6/6:30 CBS)
    30m for Millionaire (noon CBS)

  • This season looks interesting. I am excited about Scrabble Showdown and I can’t wait to see the article.

    Already mentioned about go for a spin in the previous post, but strike a match sounds like a interesting game. Sort of a cross between Classic Concentration and Stirke it Rich 86 (I am referring to the title).

    Cant wait to see these both in action.

    • Daniel B. says:

      Alternately, “Strike A Match” could be based on the Winner’s Board from “Sale Of The Century”, which is owned by Fremantle.

  • Friar Simon says:

    Don’t forget Series I of “QI” which starts September 9th!!!

  • The Banker's Nephew says:

    If you’re only talking about US game shows, then okay, but if you’re including UK game shows, then The Million Pound Drop is on September 2nd, Red or Black premiers on the 3rd, and The Chase comes back on the 5th.

  • Matt Galvin says:

    Don’t forget GSN,Million dollar Password and others.

  • ????? says:

    GSN doesn’t have new episodes of anything on the pipeline other than the Dog show thing in September and new episodes of Newlywed and Baggage. No word on Lingo, 1 v. 100, or Catch 21 getting anothet season. No new acquisitions either(although they might pick up the 2009-10 season of Feud or Minute to Win It assuming NBC is done with the latter after this Summer). WOF has a couple of new categories from what I hear. TPIR is increasing it’s Punch a Bunch amount to where $100 is the smallest amount, and $2500 will appear in a few holes. Apparently the Second CHance slips may have been retired.

    • Jay says:

      If the Second Chance slips are gone, that would be disappointing. It’s my favorite TPIR game, and that’s always been a great part of it. Granted, they don’t show up often. But, still, I think they are a great part of the game.

    • Scott says:

      Please, no. The last thing I want to see is Minute to Win It being picked up by yet another network. It’s already being aired on at least three networks here in Canada and I can tell you I’m getting tired of seeing it. Many teams this summer are walking away with $1,000 because they can’t make it up to Level 5 to bank the $50,000. In addition, the theme music is annoying and the episodes are still being dragged out through tons of commercials (albeit not as much drama as NBC tried to inject into the show last year).

  • Greg says:

    “Go For a Spin” looks like “Door #4″ from the 1984 version.

  • John says:

    Family Feud, Fatone needs to announce the familes’ names and say how many days they has like

    “It’s time to play Family Feud!”

    “Returning for their Xth day for a total of $___. It’s the ________!”

    For new families

    “Introducing the _________ Family! Ready for action!”

    “Playing against the ____________! And now here’s the star of our show, Steve Harvey!”

    Steve: Thank you, Joey Fatone!

    Steve also needs to talk with the familes and introduces their families names before he can start the game! He also needs to say “(FAMILY NAME), you’ve won X games. Win X more for a total of five, and you will win….

    Audience: WHAT!?

    Steve: Joey?

    Joey: A NEW CAR!!!

  • Andrew says:

    Family Feud needs to bring back the Tornament of Champions. Price is Right needs to mondernize more of its pricing games (especially Lucky Seven) with LCD monitors and LED displays. No more eggcrate displays and incondecent lighting of the old scoreboards.

    • BG says:

      I disagree. I don’t mind the mix of eggcrates with LCD displays. It keeps a bit of old-school charm going. The Lucky Seven slides aren’t something that necessarily need to be replaced, esp. with something as radical as a LCD display.

  • ????? says:

    I don’t know if Fatone is still announcing for the upcoming season, and apparently he wasn’t in-studio like Burton was.

  • Wayoshi says:

    It’s not officially in a press release, but taping reports say that the 1/2 car gimmick from one April week in S28 of Wheel is returning permanently.

  • James says:

    Any idea how many of each show was taped? Last year, Pictureka got 65 and FGN got 26. This year, a report shows Scrabble Showdown got 30, and so I assume Game of Life got 30 as well? Can anyone confirm?

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