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05Jan2014
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“@midnight” Returns January 6

Comedy Central’s popular panel show @midnight returns with new episodes starting Monday, January 6. Host Chris Hardwick of the Nerdist podcast presents the day’s most hilarious, unusual, intriguing and disturbing social media stories to a panel of comedians that mock and make fun of them, all for the hope for winning those elusive game show points. The winner becomes the funniest person on the Internet. The initial test run of the program, which completed in November, became a ratings success and gave the show a full season pickup of 40 weeks. Click here to watch clips from the show.

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06Oct2013
Sneak Peek of TBS’s “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host” Thumbnail

Sneak Peek of TBS’s “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host”

Coming Tuesday, October 22nd at 10:30PM ET is the new TBS quiz show Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host.  Hosted by D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black, one contestant will try to guess which of the two hosts's statements are lies and which are the truth for the chance to win tens of thousands of dollars.  It looks pretty funny and both hosts are great comedians so I hope you check it out.  TBS has posted a preview of the show.  Check it out.  What do you think?  Click here to let us know.

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12Aug2013
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“Family Game Night” Returns on August 18th With New Games

The popular Hub game show Family Game Night, hosted by Emmy Award winning Todd Newton, returns for an all new season this Sunday, August 18th.  The game invites families to play giant versions of various Hasbro properties for a chance to win cash, prizes, and maybe a brand new car.  In addition to the current rotating set of games including Battleship, Connect 4 Basketball, Simon Flash, Sorry!, Operation, and Bop It! Boptagon, four new games are being added to the rotation.  The new lineup adds the games Jenga, Barrel of Monkeys, Monopoly Remix, and Yahtzee.  Want to see a preview of what to expect?  Click here to take a look at some pictures and a promo of the new episodes.  How do the games look to you?

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31Jul2013
Author
Alex Davis
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Cable
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TeenNick Announces Game Show Week on “The ’90s Are All That”

This is slightly new news to me but TeenNick still has their block of 90s shows called "The '90s Are All That."  For the most part they've stuck with their sitcoms and cartoons from that decade, it seems.  People around here may want to look for the channel and tune in soon, though.  Starting Monday, August 5th, the network has announced a special 90s game show week.  Some of your favorite Nickelodeon game shows will be on nightly for four nights.  August 5th sees the return of Family Double Dare.  August 6th is Global Guts.  August 7th is Figure It Out, and August 8th is the return of fan-favorite Legends of the Hidden Temple.  Be sure to hunt down the channel and check it out.

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23May2013
Author
Alex Davis
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Cable, New Show
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ABC Orders Word Game “Spell-Mageddon”

Cable networks across the board are seeing the value of game shows: they're cheap and tend to do well.  ABC Family is getting back into our genre with the pick-up of Spell-Mageddon.  The Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed the story earlier today.  The series has been described as Wipeout meets a spelling bee.  Contestants are challenged to spell increasingly difficult words while coping with equally difficult and hilarious distractions.  If you've checked out Los Angeles-based Craigslist contestant calls recently, odds are, you've seen something about this.  The series will debut Wednesday, July 24th, at 9:00PM ET.  Does it sound like something you'd watch?  Click here to let us know.

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15May2013
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Alex Davis
Category
Cable, New Show
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TNT Developing “Monopoly” Reality Show

After years of essentially doing only kids unscripted game shows, Hasbro is finally breaking into the adult market.  At today's Turner upfront announcements, TNT announced the development of the new reality game show Monopoly.  Based on the iconic toy and game, this version will see eight two-person teams play a real-life game of Monopoly against each other, attempting to amass the most property and wealth that they can.  It takes strategy, skill, and luck, but the eventual winners will receive a huge cash prize.  The series features executive producers Stephen J. Davis, Kevin Belinkoff, Dan Cutforth, and Jane Lipsitz and comes from The Magic Elves and Hasbro Studios.  Click here to learn more about the show and the previous version of Monopoly from the 1990s.

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14May2013
Author
Alex Davis
Category
Cable, New Show
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CNBC Debuts “Crowd Rules” with Pat Kiernan Tonight at 9:00PM ET

Tonight, CNBC, in its new "CNBC Prime" block, will debut its first game show.  The network brings you Crowd Rules tonight and every Tuesday at 9:00PM ET.  Hosted by news anchor and TV personality Pat Kiernan (World Series of Pop CultureStudio 7Grand Slam) with a panel lead by entrepreneur Kendra Scott, each episode sees three small businesses fight for $50,000.  They'll make their case why they deserve it to the panel, but the studio audience ultimately decides who gets the money.  Who will the 97 members of the audience side with?  Click here to learn more and to watch an extended preview.

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23Apr2013
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Alex Davis
Category
Cable, Host
D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black Named Hosts of TBS’s “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host” Thumbnail

D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black Named Hosts of TBS’s “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host”

TBS's upcoming unscripted series Trust Me, I'm A Game Show Host has found its titular hosts.  Comedians D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black have come aboard the Mark Burnett-produced game which will debut later in 2013.  In each episode Hughley and Black will present single contestants with strange facts.  One is telling the truth and one is lying.  It's up to the contestant to decide who is making things up.  ABC previously shot a pilot for the show in 2010 with hosts Bill Engvall and Mo Rocca.  This was rejected.  You can read our lukewarm thoughts on the series by clicking here.  What do you think of the hosts?  Click here to let us know.

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18Apr2013
Author
Alex Davis
Category
Cable, Host, New Show
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Disney Channel Revives “Win, Lose, or Draw”

A classic drawing game is coming back.  TV Guide reports that Disney Channel is bringing back the 80s game Win, Lose, or Draw for a new season.  Justin Willman, who fronted The Hub's Scrabble Showdown, will oversee this revival.  Each episode will see a team of two kid contestants and one Disney star test their drawing skills.  TV Guide says this time, "the players' drawing board will utilize motion control, interactive multi-touch screen displays and graphic technology."  Disney Channel previously aired a kids version of the show, Teen Win, Lose, or Draw in the early 1990s.  The format first aired in 1987, hosted by Bert Convy.  Vicki Lawrence fronted a daytime NBC version for two years.  Scott St. John will executive produce.  Production begins in July.

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05Apr2013
Author
Alex Davis
Category
Cable, Host, New Show
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Syfy Orders Japanese Format “Exit”

Syfy has had some pretty good success in the game show market.  They're planning to continue that with their newest greenlight, the Japanese format Exit.  Hosted by Curt Doussett, each episode sees four teams of two face off in physical and mental challenges all while trapped in diabolical rooms.  Losing teams will leave the game in inventive, scary, and horror-movie themed ways.  The final surviving team wins $10,000.  Think of it as a mix of brainteasers and puzzles, some elements of Syfy's Total Blackout, and the style and attitude of Saw.  Exit will debut June 4th at 10:00PM ET on Syfy.  Click here to see a quick pitch film for the show and to let us know if you're looking forward to it.

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13Mar2013
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Alex Davis
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Cable, Casting
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ABC Family Casting for “Dancing Fools”; Debuts May 29th

ABC Family is stepping back into the unscripted genre.  The network has begun casting for its new dancing show Dancing Fools.  The show, hosted by The Singing Bee and Bet On Your Baby host Melissa Peterman, sees contestants from outrageous and memorable dances caught on camera go on the air and perform for a chance at $10,000.  The series will debut Wednesday, May 29th, at 9:00PM ET.  With the show's debut quickly approaching, they are looking for duos, trios, and teams who are not professionals to dance for the chance at five figures.  Click here to learn how to be a part of the show.

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Updates While We Were Away

Apologies for the slow few days.  We've been away and incredibly busy.  Luckily there hasn't been a lot going on.  We do have a few small updates you may be interested in, though.  What you may also be interested in is we'll be on the set of Wheel of Fortune next week so watch out for some cool features then.  Until that time, though, here's what we missed while away. We've got updates on The Price is Right, Robot Combat League, America's Got Talent, CBS's upcoming import of The Great British Bake Off, ITV's Tipping Point, and UK Millionaire. Click here for the full story on each.

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Ratings: “Robot Combat League” Debuts to 1.38 Million Thumbnail

Ratings: “Robot Combat League” Debuts to 1.38 Million

Good news for fans of ass-kicking robots.  Syfy's Robot Combat League started strong out of the gate.  The robot boxing game scored 1.38 million viewers total.  This was a drop of just 25% from its lead-in of Face Off.  It also got a two-year-unscripted high viewership of 748,000 in the target demographic.  No Syfy series has debuted that high in over two years.  Robot Combat League retained 68% of its target demographic rating. Syndicated game shows didn't have such a great report for the second week of Sweeps.  Only two shows managed to stay even or grow. Click here to read the report about all the shows and their ratings.

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26Feb2013
Review: “Robot Combat League” Lives Up to the Hype, But Takes Too Long to Get There Thumbnail

Review: “Robot Combat League” Lives Up to the Hype, But Takes Too Long to Get There

Our most anticipated game show of the year so far has been, without question, Syfy's Robot Combat League.  From the day it was announced, our interest was piqued.  It's gigantic robots kicking the hell out of each other.  How could you not be somewhat interested?  However, yes, while the idea sounds interesting there was concern about how it would look on television.  TV budgets aren't mammoth, especially cable budgets.  Could Syfy pull off a game of robot boxing without it seeming dumb, corny, or uninteresting.  The debut episode has been posted on Hulu (among other places) to preview before next week's debut.  We're relieved to say Robot Combat League more than lives up to its hype, but it takes a bit too long to get there. Click here to read our very favorable, excited review and to watch the first full fight of the Robot Combat League.

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25Feb2013
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Reelz Channel to Launch “Race to the Scene” Spring 2013

We try to keep on the ball but, occasionally, a story slips through the cracks.  I have no idea how this one stayed completely hidden despite being announced in June, though.  Reelz Channel has announced they are launching their first game show, Race to the Scene, this Spring.  Race to the Scene sees pairs of teams compete in challenged ripped directly from some of your favorite movies.  You may be taking a bike ride from E.T. or performing high-octane stunts from Terminator 2.  Anything is open game for contestants.  Interestingly action hero Dolph Lundgren will host the series. The series is created and executive produced by Justin Hochberg, Charlie Ebersol and Reelz. Click here to read our thoughts about what we've watched from the show and to see Dolph discuss it.

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