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GSN Mixes Classics With Modern Hits for Christmas & New Year’s Marathons

UPDATE: As asked by some of you, as has been recent holiday tradition over the last couple of years, GSN will indeed be also airing select episodes of What’s My Line? and I’ve Got a Secret, starting December 17th. The beloved programs from the 1950s and 1960s will air weeknights at 2AM and 2:30AM ET. The duration is not yet known, but if previous patterns are followed, expect it to be for no more than two weeks.

We’ve previously discussed what GSN has in store for its viewers for the upcoming Thanksgiving marathons next week on the network. They are already preparing for the even-bigger portion of the holiday season, announcing five days’ worth of marathons highlighting seven different programs for Christmas week and New Year’s Eve and Day. The festivities will begin on Sunday, December 23rd. Beginning at 3PM ET and running all the way until midnight, all nine episodes of the first season of The American Bible Challenge will air in order. Of course, this is a gigantic ratings winner for GSN so any excuse they can find to bring it back out is expected and frankly, smart.

Monday, December 24th will see an even longer marathon, as the network airs 10 hours of Minute to Win It. Guy Fieri’s stunt show will be seen from 8AM all the way to 6PM. The biggest surprise is probably the show they’ve chosen for the Christmas Day marathon. Even though it has been relegated to pre-10AM slots for many, many months now, GSN will air Match Game for nine hours, signing on at 8AM and going all the way to 5PM. This will likely please many fans who don’t think the classic programs get a lot of play or respect on the current lineup. (The original Match Game will actually have premiered that week, fifty years ago. A neat little nod by the network in their planning.)

Another set of programs getting some respect are The Pyramid programs, both classic and modern. Appropriately, New Year’s Eve (Monday, December 31st) will be very heavy with the word game classic. Eleven hours of The $25,000 Pyramid and The $100,000 Pyramid will be on the schedule from 8AM to 7PM. That’s 22 episodes hosted by the true master of New Year’s ceremonies, Dick Clark, who passed away earlier this year. After the classic marathon will be five hours of GSN’s The Pyramid, going all the way until midnight. Closing out marathon season on New Year’s Day is ten hours of Deal or No Deal, airing from 8AM to 6PM on Tuesday, January 1st.

The feelings were mixed about GSN’s choices for Thanksgiving lineups, but the choices for the other holiday marathons are fairly interesting and should please many different people. What do you think about their selections for Christmas and New Year’s?

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29 responses to "GSN Mixes Classics With Modern Hits for Christmas & New Year’s Marathons"

  • Dan says:

    Very good for the NYE they decide to pur Classic Pyramid with the late mater and New Years Rockin Eve master Dick Clark, it’s not only a great way to end the year, but a great way to celebrate Richard’s life, too bad VH1 won’t do AB (but that’s another story).

  • John says:

    Not bad…looking forward to the Match Game block for sure.

  • GSNFan says:

    Marathon thoughts….

    12/23 American Bible Challenge: Great

    12/24 Minute to Win It: Eh, maybe they should test how the numbers for the Thanksgiving (11/22 2-6pm) marathon should go first. Because it’s not a runaway hit for the network.

    12/25 Match Game: Very Good.

    12/31 $25,000/$100,000 Pyramid: I can’t complain. But there’s a lot of Clark’s Pyramid on the schedule as is and it does well.

    12/31 The Pyramid: Expected at some point on either Christmas or New Years. I also thought Newlywed Game might pick up a marathon

    1/1 Deal or No Deal: Why???? It’s not a horrible idea at all. It’s a game show, it does decent at 4pm. Surprised this isn’t 5th Grader

    Sorta good and really surprised to see no Feud marathon here.

  • K.C. says:

    Meh. I’ll be in and out. Good that they’re using the classics, but I’d like some variety. I see these every day.

    • Scott says:

      That’s the problem. As Wayne said, there’s nothing special in this marathon. All of these shows are on the regular 7-day schedule as it is.

      We need more variety. Why couldn’t GSN acquire a new game show that has never been aired on the network, for a special 1-day marathon? Or re-acquire a game show that the network hasn’t shown in years for a special 1-day marathon, like Russian Roulette, or That’s the Question, or Grand Slam, etc.

      If you’re going to air a marathon, at least air a marathon of game shows that aren’t already on the schedule every day of the week. Otherwise, there’s no point tuning into it.

      • GSNFan says:

        Well, it would be a little odd to take that method if you’re any network. If a show doesn’t do well, then they’ll take it off the schedule and not air a marathon of it (with the exception of DWTS).

        But, if a network has a show that will push great ratings, then they will consider a marathon

        • Scott says:

          But that rule doesn’t apply to GSN, especially after bringing back Improv for a 2-hour marathon every Friday night, despite the low initial ratings.

  • Brad says:

    Might anyone have word that they’re showing What’s My Line? and I’ve Got a Secret during Christmas again?

    • Chad Mosher says:

      Not yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. I look forward to that every year as well.

    • GSNFan says:

      I would say there’s a 95% chance of no. Considering Baggage is in the hour now, slim chance.

      But I am in support of Black & White. It makes people happy

    • John says:

      I think there is a place for the classic black and white shows: What’s My Line?, I’ve Got a Secret, Password etc even late night around 1am or 2am every night. Isnt that what DVR’s are for?

    • Chad Mosher says:

      And I now have an answer. As has been recent tradition over the last couple of years, GSN will indeed be also airing select episodes of What’s My Line? and I’ve Got a Secret, starting December 17th. The beloved programs from the 1950s and 1960s will air weeknights at 2AM and 2:30AM ET. The duration is not yet known, but if previous patterns are followed, expect it to be for no more than two weeks.

  • Wayne says:

    Glad for MG & Pyramid marathons, will be checking in on those, but this announcement is the same problem as before–they already show enough of these, really no point in this at all.

    At least they are putting Dick Clark on for the New Year!

  • Paco says:

    Family Feud has a marathon everynight

  • DENo1MatchGameFan says:

    Let’s hope that the network airs something rather than 1974 or 1975 for “Match Game” anyway, and your right Paco – this is the network of Steve Harvey these days! The man who started hosting the “Feud” (Richard Dawson) rarely gets respect on there!

  • GSNFan says:

    The Black & White coming back is good, and wow! As far as we know it replaces an hour of Harvey Feud

  • Jay Temple says:

    Tangentially related to the Pyramid marathons: The pdf’s available currently stop on 12/23. The final four weekdays in that interval have the four-day week of 12/29/86-1/2/87 in one of the morning slots. Perhaps the Christmas eps are part of the NYE marathon.

  • rich cerasale says:

    hoping 2013 gsn reacquires the re-run rights to what’s my line and i’ve got a sercet and put them on at 3am weekdays

  • Digifan23 says:

    I just saw the first GSN promo for the Match Game Christmas day Marthon and one of the episdoes will be a rare Black & White episdoe

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