Chad Mosher
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GSN Announces Reality Series “Family Trade” Comes to Tuesdays in March

I have a feeling that this won’t be met with a bunch of excitement from our core readership, but it’s our duty to report on game show-related news. GSN, the now-sometimes-known-as-Game Show Network, has announced the premiere date for their newest original series, Family Trade. The reality series, documenting Gardner Stone and his family-owned Vermont automobile dealership G-Stone Motors, premieres Tuesday, March 5th at 8PM ET. The dealership is known for bartering for items, and the show will depict the kinds of deals the family make. This is GSN’s third original “reality-documentary” (as opposed to “reality competition”) show, after Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned and Carnie Wilson: Unstapled. When GSN announced that they were picking up the show for a full series in August, I wrote an editorial piece expressing why I did not think this would work for the network and I still stand by my thoughts. We’ll see if it works out. Decide for yourself – or don’t – this March.

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9 responses to "GSN Announces Reality Series “Family Trade” Comes to Tuesdays in March"

  • James E.Parten says:

    From the sound of it, it seems that this program would be more at home on another network–say, TruTV or Discovery. It is not a particularly good fit for GSN,and will probably tank big-time in the ratings.

    I have a suspicious–not confirmable, of course–that GSN is merely “burning off” a property that they bought last year when they thought they could go with “reality” shows. Since then, the network has seen the success of “American Bible Challenge” and of reruns of Steve Harvey’s incarnation of “Family Feud”. They’ve also seen decent, if unspectacular, returns for reruns of “Minute to Win It”. They have seen that real game shows will draw the audience in a way that “reality” shows (of whatever stripe) will not. Yet, they bought this property, and they are stuck with it–in much the same way that ABC was stuck with “Million Dollar Mind Game”(a show that was too intelligent for American TV audiences.)

    It just goes to show you that network executives can misjudge their target audiences. We can only hope that they will learn from their mistakes, and once they have run this program, will never purchase like programming again.

    • Scott says:

      The only difference is that Million Dollar Mind Game got disrespectfully shoved to a Sunday afternoon time slot, whereas GSN is actually giving Family Trade a primetime position on Tuesday nights.

      Family Trade sounds like a show to compete against A&E’s Barter Kings, which I’m also not too big a fan of, because it involves tricking people into trading their valuable items for something less valuable.

      Not sure how many episodes were ordered for this soon-to-be-a-ratings-disaster GSN series, but it may end up following a fate similar to Beat the Chefs, getting pulled off the schedule after just 1 or 2 weeks, with the remaining eps burned off in a 1-day marathon several months later.

      It’s like talking to a brick wall. No matter how many times you tell GSN that you don’t want reality series, they don’t listen, and waste time and money producing them anyways. It’s like GSN’s mentality is, “If we produce enough reality series, then eventually people will have to tune in and watch.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

  • Ben says:

    Does this mean the marathons of Minute to Win It will be going away?

    • GSNFan says:

      It’s basically everywhere else on the schedule so no big loss (could actually expect M2WI from 9-11pm Tuesdays remaining)

  • john says:

    Hope it goes away quickly. Wont be watching it

  • glenn says:

    Lets see the last 2 reality documentary shows they had led to…Ending Chuck Woolery’s marriage so badly that the final episode was pulled for a week and then reworked into an apology and essential retraction. and then Carnie Wilson suing and leaving the network. I dunno who approved this…this likely was not picked up by TLC/HGTV and the other usual suspects for this kind of show and someone thought, “Why not” I suspect that question will be answered with extreme prejudice in a short time.

    At least it doesn’t involve any GSN personalities so any backlash that threatened other shows like the first two did…The silver lining…this will disappear as fast as it shows up…and hopefully whoever’s idea it was will get canned.

    Geez it sounds so bad you can’t even try to barter it off to scripps to late night carry Lets Ask America to fill in the many markets where it doesn’t air? Wowee that’s a stinker.

  • GSNFan says:

    Gotta say, the smart part is the double-run slots on Tuesday nights with the back to back half-hour episodes. The 7pm hour lead in will be Harvey Feud most likely, then the rest of the night Minute to Win It.

    This’ll probably be the last reality show in the next year or two. I don’t expect ‘Crowning Glory’, ‘Pure Gold’ or ‘War of the Rose Sisters’ to air anytime soon.

    But it’s GSN. You never know.

  • Anthony says:

    The point is Family Trade is not a game show. Both Unstapled and Naturally Stoned were flopped along with Instant Recall.

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