GSN Updates: “Bible,” “Chefs” Get Premiere, “Pyramid” Seeks Audience Soon?
GSN has announced new information for their two newest endeavors into original programming, The American Bible Challenge and Beat the Chefs. Both shows will premiere Thursday, August 23rd. GSN plans on scheduling new episodes in a two-hour primetime block. Bible will air at 8 PM ET and Chefs will immediately follow it at 9 PM ET. According the press release, both of these are categorized as the ever popular “Shiny Floor Game,” meaning that they’re self-described as “contemporary studio based game shows.”
We already knew most everything about The American Bible Challenge. Teams of people who feel they have a grasp of knowledge on that piece of literature play to compete against other teams. The twist is that the money they play for isn’t pocketed, but rather goes to a charitable organization of their choice. Jeff Foxworthy is still the host in place. A host has also been set for the also hour-long Beat the Chefs - American Idol 2004 11th place contestant Matt Rogers. Although this sounds more “reality” than “shiny floor game” to me, the premise here is that amateur, everyday chefs will pit their recipes against similar ones created by professional chefs. A panel – yet to be announced – of experts will judge each creation and if the “regular” person does better, he/she will be the winner of some prize money. I’m cautiously optimistic about this one. It could potentially have enough crossover appeal that someone out of GSN’s hardcore fan base could tune in and enjoy it. Of the two, I’m wagering this will perform better than Bible.
Plus, we’ve got some information that nearly cements a pickup for GSN’s newest word game incarnation, The Pyramid. The website that offered tickets to the pilot for The Pyramid in June now has a message up that “tickets will become available in July.” Combine this with the recent re-sending of casting notices and I’d make another wager that we’ll hear more about the Mike Richards-hosted game very shortly.
So what do you think? Do you plan on tuning in for any of these? And if so, is it must-see for you or “I’ll DVR it and watch it on a rainy day?”