News Bits for 10/11/12: Howie’s “Elephant” Name, “Pyramid”‘s Final Weeks, “Newlywed”‘s New Season
News is pretty slow today as far as huge, gigantic stories go. But we do have a few bits of information we can pass along and provide as one:
• We’ve discussed Howie Mandel’s newest NBC game show project White Elephant around these parts previously. It’s essentially a game where you’re trying to end up with the best “gifts” of them all, based on the traditional gag Christmas game. We’ve heard from potential contestants for this show that it is currently renamed Take It All, giving a pretty big hint to how the game will be reworked to fit a more game show-esque vibe. Reader Josh passed along that the four days’ worth of taping start in less than two weeks, where they describe the game as having a “huge warehouse” with prizes, but contestants will have to “guess” and “strategize” to get the better one. I try to reserve judgment before seeing the show in action, but I agree with the idea that NBC could be better served just throwing a special series of Deal or No Deal back on.
• The final two weeks of The Pyramid are quickly approaching and we have scheduling information. This week finishes out with Samantha Harris and Melissa Peterman. Next week starts with one extra new episode from that week, then four episodes of Dot Marie Jones and Oscar Nunez. The final week, starting October 22, is one to look out for… in some ways good, in some ways bad. Monday will see an extra new episode with Kate Flannery and Jim O’Heir. Tuesday through Thursday is the bad. The infamous week with Nick and Aida Turturro will air. Five episodes were taped, but at least two were such trainwrecks that the copies of them are likely buried behind Game Show Network headquarters right now. I’m sure the ones that do air won’t be lacking in the “WTH?” factor either. That Friday, the last of the 40 episodes to be aired, will be a treat as one of the three pilot episodes will be airing. Chandra Wilson and Yvette Nicole Brown will be on the same episode, one of the ones that got GSN to go through with a season pickup. That will be fun to watch and to play “spot the differences.”
• And lastly, The Newlywed Game premieres its sixth season on GSN (tying Chuck Woolery’s Lingo for most seasons produced for a GSN original) two weeks from tonight. Four episodes in a block will be replacing the successful American Bible Challenge/The Pyramid Thursday night setup. What is interesting, according to the data we were provided, is that only the first episode of the four will be a new episode. The other three that follow are currently listed as “repeats.” Things are always subject to change, but as of now, only the 8PM showing is a first-run edition. (Update: Things did change and for now, the first week will feature all-new episodes.)
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