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?