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23Jul2013
2013 “Trivia Champions of North America” Schedule Announced Thumbnail

2013 “Trivia Champions of North America” Schedule Announced

We're starting to ramp up coverage of the 2013 "Trivia Championships of North America.  There's no form of the genre we love more than quiz shows and we couldn't be happier to be involved.  Trivia competitors and fans from all over the globe will be coming to the Tropicana in Las Vegas from August 9th through the 11th for a weekend of fun and competition.  Today TCONA revealed the schedule of events for the weekend.  Beyond your basic trivia events, this is giving you a golden opportunity to audition for two very high-profile big-money quiz shows.  I'll be there and I hope to see many of you there also.  Click here to learn more.

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06May2013
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Mike Richards Launches “The Randumb Show” Podcast

I wanted to give you a quick heads up about something new to listen to this morning during your Monday work commute.  Several producers let us, practically, get away with murder.  Mike Richards is one of those.  Mike is the executive producer of both The Price is Right and Let's Make A Deal as well as the former host of GSN's short-lived The Pyramid.  Late last week Mike launched the new podcast The Randumb Show.  The show provides, "inside knowledge on TV, pop culture, and game shows." Each week Mike is joined by Beth Triffon. It's a very entertaining show and a great way to kill an hour so hopefully you'll listen.  This week Mike and Beth, along with several guests, discuss the Price game "Pay the Rent," Iron Man 3, and, finally, I'm on it for a bit hopefully saying nothing too incriminating.  Click here to listen and subscribe.

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25Apr2013
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Donate to 24 Hour Game Show Marathon and BuzzerBlog Will Match Your Contributions

We love when we can both play game shows and find a way to give back to the community.  It's why we're very proud to announce a matching-donation program in conjunction with our friends at the upcoming second annual 24 Hour Game Show Marathon, which you can learn about by clicking here.  You can click here to visit the donation page.  In the comments section you need to either enter the phrase "I'm Buzzing In for Cancer and Autism!", or mention "BuzzerBlog" somewhere inside it. BuzzerBlog will match donations that our readers contribute. We want to donate hundreds more to the American Cancer Society, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Help us out. Click here to learn more and donate.

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17Apr2013
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“24-Hour Game Show Marathon” Schedule

Last week, we announced the full list of games we will be playing for the Second Annual 24-Hour Game Show Marathon. We're going to span the decades and cross the pond to bring you some favorites from last year and new shows this time around. Also, we have some special guests stopping by that you don't want to miss. The goal this year is to raise at least $5,000 for the American Cancer Society and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. Click here to watch the video and view our schedule.

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05Apr2013
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“24-Hour Game Show Marathon” Full Game Announcement

The Second Annual 24-Hour Game Show Marathon is approaching quickly. The event will begin at noon on Saturday, May 18th from Baltimore, Maryland. Cory Anotado, Christian Carrion and I will be hosting and playing 24 different game shows, in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. The goal this year is $5,000. We've announced a few games already that we are playing this year. Now, it's time to round out the list. Click here to see the remaining shows and learn how you can get involved.

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Monty Hall and Bob Stewart to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at 2013 Daytime Emmys Thumbnail

Monty Hall and Bob Stewart to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at 2013 Daytime Emmys

Great news for classic game show fans this afternoon, as two of the greats will be honored at the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards this summer. Legendary game show host and producer Monty Hall and all-time great producer Bob Stewart will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2013 ceremony. These two men are giants in their field and greatly deserve the honor.
Bob Stewart passed away in May of last year and is one of the most renowned creators and producers in television, game shows or otherwise. Stewart worked with Goodson-Todman Productions for many years, creating the original The Price Is Right concept for them in 1956, followed by the panel game To Tell the Truth and the timeless word-association game Password in 1961, which spawned multiple variations throughout the 1970s, 1980s and a recent revival in 2008.Click here to read more about Bob Stewart, Monty Hall and the honors that will be bestowed upon them.

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05Feb2013
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Chad Mosher
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Announcements, CBS, Guest, The Price is Right
Stars Announced for the 2013 Celebrity Week on “The Price Is Right” Thumbnail

Stars Announced for the 2013 Celebrity Week on “The Price Is Right”

TV Guide announced today the list of participants in The Price Is Right's second Celebrity Week, where famous faces in the media play for their favorite charity. This year's week will run from Monday, February 18th to Friday, February 22nd. Last year's program, for the most part, was a very entertaining affair. (Where else are you going to see Snoop Dogg yell out to a group of people "who here got birds?" to price a bag of bird seed?) This year should be no different. Celebrities play with civilian partners on every pricing game, with the value of the prizes the civilians win matched in cash to be given to the celebrity's chosen charitable organization. Click here to see the list of stars and the charities that they will be playing for.

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31Jan2013
UPDATED FEB. 4: “Minute to Win It” Being Revived for GSN Thumbnail

UPDATED FEB. 4: “Minute to Win It” Being Revived for GSN

UPDATE, February 4th: GSN formally announced this via a press release today. Additional information to note is that the program's top prize has been lowered to $100,000. Shine America, the new name for one of the show's original production companies, will be producing this version as well with Vin Rubino as executive producer. The show begins taping next month and will premiere later in the year.

We've been sitting on this one for a couple of days, but we finally have confirmation and can share this exclusive story. GSN is beginning to cast contestants for a revival/continuation of the popular stunt series Minute To Win It. The word we are hearing is that they have ordered 40 hour-long episodes of the program.The casting notice advertises that the program will be played with teams of two competing for a "huge" cash prize, continuing with the format of teams playing that was adopted later in the program's network run. As of right now, it is unknown if Guy Fieri will continue with his role as host of the program, but it is unlikely. Contestants over 21 in the Southern California area interested in playing should send an email to minutetowinit.casting@gmail.com. Click here to read more about the revival of Minute To Win It.

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29Jan2013
“The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal” Renewed Through 2013-14 by CBS Thumbnail

“The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal” Renewed Through 2013-14 by CBS

Great news for Daytime Television came out today, as CBS announced via press release that their entire Daytime lineup has been renewed for the 2013-14 season, including the only game shows in Daytime, The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal. The Price Is Right will be entering its 42nd season of the Drew Carey game show and Wayne Brady's Let's Make a Deal will be jumping into year five. Both programs come from the production of FremantleMedia and both shows are produced by Mike Richards. According to CBS, The Price Is Right remains the number one viewed show in daytime with over 4.7 million viewers on average. Let's Make a Deal is averaging over 2.7 million viewers and both shows continue to see growth in the audience from half hour to half hour. We will have more recent ratings information tomorrow for these shows in our Ratings Report. Congratulations to the teams at both shows on making it another year!

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29Jan2013
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Chad Mosher
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Announcements, Jeopardy, Promotion
2013 “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament to Kick Off This Wednesday Thumbnail

2013 “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament to Kick Off This Wednesday

One of the earliest-established tournaments on Jeopardy! will be making its return this Wednesday. Starting on January 30th and concluding on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the 28th iteration of the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament will show off some of the brightest teenagers in the United States. Every contestant qualified via the Online Test and passed an in-person audition. The tournament follows standard Jeopardy! procedure: Five quarterfinalists advance to the next round along with the four highest-scoring non-winners as Wild Card entrants. The winning semifinalists advance to a two-day "total point" finals situation. Click here to read more about the tournament structure, the prizing for contestants and to see a list of all contestants competing.

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26Jan2013
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Chad Mosher
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Announcements, CBS, The Price is Right
“The Price Is Right” To Record First Ever Kids Special This March Thumbnail

“The Price Is Right” To Record First Ever Kids Special This March

For the second time in The Price Is Right's history, a special episode is being taped where minors will be allowed to play. On Camera Audiences, the official ticket handler for Price, has put out a notice that the first-ever Kids Special will be taping on the afternoon of March 25th. Children between the ages of 8 and 14 will be allowed to attend with their parent/legal guardian and be selected as a possible contestant team to "come on down" and play to win cash and prizes. Each parent may bring up to two children, so if two parents come together, up to four children may attend. Click here to read more about this special, to see how the Australian version of the show handled it and to tell us what you think about the concept.

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23Jan2013
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Chad Mosher
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Announcements, Cable, New Show
TBS Orders Six Episodes of Bam Margera’s New Stunt/Trivia “Bad Ass Game Show” Thumbnail

TBS Orders Six Episodes of Bam Margera’s New Stunt/Trivia “Bad Ass Game Show”

Of all the networks to have game show news come from this month, I did not think TBS would be the one to talk about most often. Today, TBS announced that Bam Margera, skateboarder and Jackass luminary, will be starring in a new stunt/trivia hybrid game show starting in 2014 on their network called Bam's Bad Ass Game Show. The show will feature multiple contestants duking it out in a variety of extreme challenges, like answering questions above disgusting water and attempting hand/eye coordination stunts after - or even while - being shot out of a cannon. Some of Margera's friends that have been featured on other programs with him are likely to turn up here as well. Contestants drop out each round until the last one standing wins $10,000. The show was piloted in fall 2012 and has gotten the go-ahead now. Click here to read more about TBS's newest out-of-the-box game show idea.

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18Jan2013
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Chad Mosher
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Announcements, Millionaire, Video
Crystal Ball Lifeline Returns to “Millionaire” For Another Week Starting Monday Thumbnail

Crystal Ball Lifeline Returns to “Millionaire” For Another Week Starting Monday

A new lifeline introduced to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire this season will be will be making a reappearance starting this Monday. Crystal Ball, an aide for contestants that first appeared during Halloween Week 2012, is coming back for another special week. In addition to Ask the Audience and two Jump the Questions, Crystal Ball gives contestants a sneak peek during one question in round one. If a contestant chooses to use it, the Crystal Ball is activated and the player will see how much that question is worth. The intention is to give contestants insight on what might be a more difficult question on whether to try to go for it to obtain the large prize behind it or to feel safe jumping over it if the value is smaller. Proponents of the lifeline say it's a welcome addition to help give contestants as much support as possible while detractors feel that it much too much focus on the lower round and takes away from the ultimate goal of making it into the Classic Millionaire level. Click here to watch a preview video for the upcoming week and to tell us what you think of the Crystal Ball lifeline.

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11Jan2013
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“24 Hour Game Show Marathon” Returning for Second Run

Do you remember last year's 24 Hour Game Show Marathon?  Original BuzzerBlogger Cory Anotado, PinPoint host Bob Hagh, and Chris Carrion stayed up for 24 hours straight hosting favorites from America and the United Kingdom on the radio and online for charity.  They raised $1,200 last year for the American Cancer Society in 2012, and they're doing it again this year.  The trio will brave another 24 hours locked in the booth as they raise money for both the American Cancer Society and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. Click here to learn about games being played, how to get involved, and to watch a preview for the marathon.

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11Jan2013
Author
Chad Mosher
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Announcements, Cable, New Show
TBS Picks Up Game Show “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host” For Ten Episodes Thumbnail

TBS Picks Up Game Show “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host” For Ten Episodes

This one certainly came out of left field. This afternoon, TBS announced that they have picked up the comedic game show Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host from Mark Burnett and his collaborators for ten episodes to start airing late in the year. The premise of the show, according to the press release, is that two hosts are each trying to deceive a contestant by giving a right answer and a wrong answer to a posed question. In order to make it to the farthest point in the game, the contestant must always side with the host that is correct. You may recall that Trust Me has been in the developmental cycles for years, with ABC ordering a pilot for the series way back in 2010, nominating Mo Rocca and Bill Engvall as hosts. Click here to read more about the show and its history, plus TBS's recent trends of trying out games.

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