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31Jan2013
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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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11Jan2013
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Chad Mosher
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Breaking News, Host, Millionaire
UPDATE: Meredith Vieira to Leave “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” After 11 Seasons Thumbnail

UPDATE: Meredith Vieira to Leave “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” After 11 Seasons

UPDATE: 2:10 PM ET - Extended comment from Meredith Vieira has been received.

After hosting the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for eleven years, Meredith Vieira will be leaving the game show. The AP bulletin from which the news was received cites a source claiming that Vieira will be freeing up more time to work on other projects, such as more NBC News ventures and a dedicated YouTube channel focusing on life stories. She told Brian Stelter, reporter for The New York Times, “I am about to embark on a new adventure with NBC and I have a digital venture which will be announced shortly. This just seemed like the right time to make the move.” Vieira has already taped all of season 11, with production wrapping in November. Click here to read an update on this story, including a comment from the Disney/ABC Television Group, the distributor of the program, and to let us know how you feel about this news.

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24Dec2012
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Chad Mosher
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Announcements, Breaking News, Video
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In Remembrance: Jack Klugman in Game Shows

We have some sad news to report this Christmas Eve evening: Jack Klugman, star of the silver screen, the small screen and the stage, died today in Los Angeles at the age of 90. With a career launch in the 1950s with high notoriety lasting well into the 1980s, Klugman was one of the most notorious "everyman" characters on television and in film. Klugman's first large role came in 1957, as one of the jurors in the Henry Fonda film classic 12 Angry Men. In 1964, he won his first Emmy Award for his role in the CBS legal drama The Defenders. The next year, Klugman replaced Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison, the sloppy roommate in the Broadway production of The Odd Couple. Five years later, he was reunited with the Neil Simon concept when he was cast in ABC's adaption of the play as a television series. Alongside the equally talented Tony Randall as Felix Unger, the show ran for five seasons, carving a legacy in television history. Click here to read more about Klugman's career, his contributions to game shows on- and off-screen and to see some videos of him playing game shows, both real and as part of The Odd Couple.

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22Nov2012
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Chad Mosher
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Breaking News, The Price is Right
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Former “Price” Model Awarded Additional Millions, Executive Producer Mike Richards Comments

Yesterday, we told you about the result of the Brandi Cochran (then known on-air as Brandi Sherwood) lawsuit brought forth in response to staff at The Price Is Right allegedly mistreating her at the workplace during her pregnancy and subsequently terminated her following the aftermath of the event. The jury in the case awarded Cochran, who was a model from 2002 to 2009, $775,000 in damages. However, they were not through. TMZ announced yesterday that the jury also awarded her an additional $7,763,440 in punitive damages, making the total damages awarded for Cochran over $8.5 million. Click here to read more about the extra damages awarded, along with how the show responds, including a personal message from executive producer Mike Richards.

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20Aug2012
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Chad Mosher
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Breaking News, Video
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In Remembrance: Phyllis Diller in Game Shows

Phyllis Diller, one of America's pioneering comediennes on stage and screen, died in her home today at the age of 95. Known in her routines for her remarkable laugh and her ability to make fun of herself, her home life and her ominous husband simply known as "Fang," Diller had been a staple in entertainment media since the early 1950s. Her stand-up comedy act was what made her most notable, but she was featured on many, many television programs throughout her career. Even though her humor could command an audience's attention, she never found herself in many successful starring roles, instead finding much accomplishment infusing her comedy as a guest star, sidekick or panelist. That's just the sort of thing that worked on traditional game shows and Diller was a fixture in that genre for many, many years. Click here to read about her experiences in game shows and to view many video moments.

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24Jul2012
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Chad Mosher
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Announcements, Breaking News, Uncategorized, Video
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In Remembrance: Sherman Hemsley in Game Shows

This afternoon, it was announced that famed television actor Sherman Hemsley had died in his home in El Paso, Texas at the age of 74. He was famous for his role as George Jefferson on the groundbreaking sitcom All in the Family from 1973 to 1975, leaving that series to spin off from that program into its own series The Jeffersons. That show, following the groundbreaking trail its parent series blazed, lasted an impressive 11 seasons on CBS, ending its run in 1985. Hemsley found more success the next year, starring as a deacon on the series Amen lasting another five seasons. Hemsley's easy-going nature and ability to entertain so simply made him a natural fit for a game show panelist. Click here to read about his game show appearances and watch a video of one of them.

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06Jul2012
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Chad Mosher
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Breaking News, FOX, Schedule Change, Take Me Out
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Fox Takes “Take Me Out” Back to Thursdays

Just as quickly as things change in the TV business, they can just as quickly go back to the way it was. We accurately reported yesterday that after slumping ratings, the George Lopez-hosted dating show Take Me Out was being moved to Saturday nights from its original Thursday night spot by Fox. After a surprising bump this week, the network is giving it a second chance and putting it back in its original time slot.  The episodes of Mobbed that were to take its place will now air starting on Saturday, July 14th. This, of course, is always possible to change so keep with BuzzerBlog for the latest in knee-jerk network moves.

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03Jul2012
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Chad Mosher
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Breaking News, Video
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In Remembrance: Andy Griffith’s “What’s My Line?” Appearances

As you may have heard, television icon Andy Griffith passed away this morning at the age of 86. Through his long career, he did not have much a large presence in game shows but he did have a few highly entertaining appearances on one of my favorite game shows of all time, ​What's My Line?​, as the program's weekly Mystery Guest. We present to you three of these appearances: two during a time when he was mainly performing in New York stage plays and one in the midst of ​The Andy Griffith Show​'s popularity. Click here to view clips of Andy Griffith's classic game show appearances.

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28Jun2012
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Chad Mosher
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Breaking News, CBS, The Price is Right
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New Director in for “Price Is Right”‘s 41st Season This Fall

The director's chair at The Price Is Right has seemed more like a revolving door in the past couple of years. Bart Eskander left the program in 2009, with Rich DiPirro calling the shots for two years afterward. Michael Dimich took the role in June 2011, but lasted less than a year with Glenn Koch taking the reins for the remainder of the show's 40th season. Click here to see who will be taking the director's chair this season.

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27Jun2012
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Chad Mosher
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Announcements, Breaking News, Jeopardy
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Alex Trebek Back Home From Hospital, Records Message For Fans

On Wednesday, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was released from the hospital following a minor heart attack. The program's official website posted an audio update from Trebek, the first words from the host since being admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. Click here to read what Trebek has to say.

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24Jun2012
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Alex Trebek Hospitalized; Expected to Return for July’s “Jeopardy!” Recordings

I'll preface this by saying everything is as OK as it can be right now, but Alex Trebek's representatives are reporting that the long time Jeopardy! host was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center yesterday as the result of a minor heart attack.  Trebek's representatives said he is, "in good spirits and is undergoing further testing."  He is expected to fully recover and return to the Jeopardy! set for the 29th season's recordings starting in July.  Jeopardy! won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show last night.  We all wish Alex a speedy recovery.

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03Jun2012
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Breaking: Richard Dawson Passes Away

We'll have more to this story soon, but Family Feud host and game show legend Richard Dawson has passed away at the age of 79.  Literally everyone knows Richard as the host of Family Feud, and few can forget how important he was to Match Game.  Our thoughts are with his friends and family.  More information is constantly coming in, so we'll update the story as the morning progresses with more information.  Keep checking in.  Be sure to let us know your favorite Richard Dawson moments.  Click here to continue reading the latest updates.

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04May2012
Report: “Pyramid” and “The Price is Right” Creator Bob Stewart Passes Away at 91 Thumbnail

Report: “Pyramid” and “The Price is Right” Creator Bob Stewart Passes Away at 91

We'll add more to this growing story as time goes on and as more people inform us of the situation, but popular game show announcer Randy West has announced that the monumentally influential producer Bob Stewart has passed away at the age of 91.  If you like game shows, then you like Mr. Stewart's work.  He created immensely successful shows such as The Price is Right, To Tell The Truth, Password, Pyramid, and countless others.  We'll be updating this story as the day progresses so stay tuned.  Click here to discuss and keep up to date with the latest.

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18Apr2012
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Report: Dick Clark Passes Away at 82

CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION AND TRIBUTES. KEEP REFRESHING.We're very sad to report the iconic television host and producer Dick Clark; famous for American Bandstand, The $25,000 Pyramid, and ABC's annual New Year's Rockin' Eve; has passed away at the age of 82.  Stay tuned for more information as it comes in. We're updating constantly so keep refreshing.  Click here for the latest and to tell us what Dick Clark meant to you.

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12Mar2011
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UK Millionaire Returns in 2011/The Cube Goes German

As mentioned on this site back in January. It was reported the civllian show of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? has been dropped after low ratings with their previous series. While the live celebrity special at Christmas securing above average ratings. More evidence came from The Sun newspaper earlier this week reporting that ITV have comissioned six live specials to be shown throughout 2011, featuring war heroes and celebrities playing for charity. Rather than having the specials airing over six weeks, the major commerical network will be broadcasting them throughout the year with each show to be based on a theme. Although the six themes have yet to be fully confirmed, TV insiders have confirmed the first one will be a Mothers Day specia

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