Game Show Network has greenlit traveling game show The Line from High Noon Entertainment. Jeff Davis (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and Candace Bailey (Attack Of The Show) will host the series which first heads to Nashville to shoot five episodes beginning Saturday.
The Line invites hundreds of people to line up each day for a chance to win cash and prizes by answering a series of trivia questions. The goal is to get to the “Trivia Vault” at the front of the line, where each contestant can attempt to win a jackpot by answering eight true/false questions, but many will have an opportunity to play and win while waiting in the line itself. Those who make it to the front of the line will see the jackpot grow with each contestant who fails to answer his or her eight questions.
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GSN has greenlit original series Idiot Test, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib, it announced today at its upfront in New York. GSN ordered 40 episodes of the series, which is scheduled to debut later this year. It also re-upped hit series The Chase and set premiere dates for returning The American Bible Challenge and new original series It Takes A Church as it unveiled its 2014 development slate. The network ordered 13 episodes of Chase for Season 3, which is slated to air this year. Hosted by Brooke Burns, with Mark Labbett, The Chase has been seen by more than 15 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013, GSN says. The network also announced that the third season of its highest-rated original series of all time, American Bible Challenge, will premiere May 22 at 8 PM with two back-to-back original episodes. It will continue with new episodes Thursdays at 8 PM. The upcoming original series It Takes A Church will premiere on Thursday, June 5 at 9 PM following original episodes of American Bible Challenge. GSN also revealed an integration deal with ChristianMingle, the largest online community for Christian singles for the new series. Click over for a complete description of GSN’s slate: Read More »
GSN has ordered eight one-hour episodes of new original series It Takes A Church. Hosted by singer-songwriter Natalie Grant, each episode features members of a Christian congregation playing matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their match. At the end of the competition, the unattached parishioner will decide which suitor to put his or her faith in. The congregant who brought the chosen suitor will win a donation for his/her church. It Takes A Church is scheduled to debut in mid-2014. Authentic Entertainment is producing for GSN, with Tom Rogan and Lauren Lexton serving as executive producers along with Richard Hall (The Amazing Race) of Great Blue Productions. Sean Kelly is consulting producer. GSN has seen huge ratings success with another religious-themed competition show, the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted The American Bible Challenge, its highest-rated original series ever. It returns for Season 3 in 2014.
GSN has ordered eight episodes of one-hour original series Skin Wars, a competition show which aims to find the most talented and versatile body painter in the country. It will premiere in 2014. During the competition, contestants are put through a series of wild artistic challenges, which may include camouflage, graffiti, multiple model installations, corporate ad campaigns, and animal art. Each week one competitor will be eliminated until one winner is the last artist standing. Skin Wars is executive produced by Michael Levitt and Jill Goularte. Producer is Robin Barcus Slonina, body painter, artist and owner of Skin City Body Painting in Las Vegas.
GSN has ordered 40 episodes of the new, original half-hour game show in which two female contestants, with the help of a celebrity panel, try to figure out what men really think about dating, marriage, working, etc. Mind Of A Man is set to premiere on GSN in late 2013. Questions on the show have all been previously asked and answered by a survey of 100 men. Over three rounds, the contestants will try to determine the correct answers with the help of the celebrities who will offer their opinions about what men are really thinking. The successful contestant could walk away with the grand prize. Mind Of A Man is produced by Never Nominated Productions Inc. with 51 Minds Entertainment’s Mark Cronin serving as exec producer.
Not a huge surprise for GSN‘s highest-rated original series ever. Jeff Foxworthy also is returning as host and Kirk Franklin as musical co-host of the one-hour game show in which contestants compete on their knowledge of the Bible. GSN has ordered 9 episodes for Season 3 of The American Bible Challenge, which is slated to air in 2014.
TV veteran Kelly Goode has been named VP Original Programming for ABC Family, where she will be responsible for all existing scripted series including drama and comedy as the network launches a dedicated Current team amid a ramp-up in programming. She will head the unit and report to Kate Juergens, ABC Family’s EVP Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer. Goode will also focus on the relationships with production teams and facilitate the communication between different productions and all ABC Family departments. Jennifer Gerstenblatt, Director Programming; Kelly Garrett and Danielle De Jesus, Managers Programming; and Julie Katchen, Coordinator Programming; will report directly to Goode. “We are most fortunate to have Kelly join our team”, Juergens said. “Her insights, expertise and ability to foster great relationships will help guide our current slate of hit originals into their next stage of growth and continue to shepherd our successful programming strategy.” ABC Family launched five new series this summer along with four returning hit series including hits Pretty Little Liars and newcomers Twisted and The Fosters. To date it is the No. 1 cable network in primetime in the women 18-34 demo and No. 2 among female millennials. Goode arrives from GSN, where she was an in-house executive producer. She had been head of programming at the network before stepping down in September 2011. During her tenure she developed Baggage and The American Bible Challenge, two of the … Read More »
Based on the UK show, The Chase is not set to premiere until August 6, but today GSN said it has ordered another eight episodes for Season 2 to air later this year. Production begins next month. The network announced an eight-episode first-season order for the quiz competition in May during the upfronts. The one-hour show, in which three contestants battle against an all-knowing opponent named The Beast, is produced by ITV Studios America. Brooke Burns is host. “The high stakes of this ‘all or nothing,’ ‘David vs. Goliath’ battle of the brains result in riveting television,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP Programming and Development at GSN. “While there is great gameplay in The Chase, it is also wildly entertaining to watch the always engaging Brooke Burns spar with trivia savant Mark Labbett aka The Beast”. Bob Boden, Martin Scott and Michael Kelpie are executive producers.
The GSN original series The Chase is a one-hour quiz show show adapted from the British original that pits a team of four contestants against a resident genius — in this case Mark Labbett, one of the original “Chasers” in the UK version. The network has set the premiere date for August 6 at 9 PM. Brooke Burns will host the series, from ITV Studios America and executive producer Bob Boden. Its lead-in will be the Apolo Anton Ohno-hosted Minute To Win It.
EXCLUSIVE: Brooke Burns has inked a deal to host GSN‘s The Chase, the network’s new rapid-fire quiz show adapted from the British original that pits a team of four contestants against a resident genius. NBC Sports’ Dan Patrick had been up for the hosting gig before negotiations fell through at the last minute, sources tell Deadline. Burns is also attached as host to GSN’s dating show Where Have You Been All My Life, announced as part of GSN’s development slate at last month’s upfront. Filming on The Chase, an ITV Studios America production, is set to begin within a few weeks.
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GSN enjoyed a robust year of growth in 2012 anchored by hits Family Feud and faith-based show The American Bible Challenge. Season to date, GSN is up 31% among adults 25-54. Today at its New York upfront the network announced an eight-episode order for new quiz show The Chase, based on the UK show of the same name, and a June 25 premiere date for the Apolo Anton Ohno-hosted Minute To Win It. GSN also unveiled six new series in development including a Utah-set dance competition show and family-oriented and dating game shows:
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Decorated Olympic athlete/TV personality/Dancing With The Stars champion Apolo Anton Ohno will be the host of GSN’s version of Minute To Win It. The cable network is producing 40 original episodes of the the reality game show, which originated on NBC with host Guy Fieri. It is slated to premiere in summer 2013. Read More »
GSN announced today that it has put in a 40-show order for the game show Minute To Win It. The new one-hours are produced by Shine America, based on the format owned by Shine’s sister company Friday TV. “Minute To Win It has become a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to be bringing it to GSN’s avid fan base. With original games and some timeless classics, our goal is to make this new season a family favorite,” said Eden Gaha, President of Shine America in a statement today. GSN picked up off-network rights to the competitive game with household items last July. The latest order marks the first time the series has been developed by a U.S. cable network.
Musician and producer Kirk Franklin will join GSN‘s The American Bible Challenge as musical co-host for the second season of the network’s breakout studio-based game, in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Franklin, along with musical director Kris Pooley, will lead a choir that will be featured on the show. Season 2 of American Bible Challenge, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and produced by RelativityREAL, will premiere March 21. “The show is a fresh and fun approach to celebrating the Word of God, and being able to provide an element of praise, worship and honor is both exciting and humbling,” Franklin said. The series premiere last season delivered 1.7 million viewers, a record for GSN.
GSN said today that the second season of The American Bible Challenge will return on March 21. Also coming in March, the network said, is the new reality series Family Trade which debuts on March 5 with two original back-to-back episodes at 8PM and 8:30 PM. (UPDATE, Feb.1: GSN said today that Family Trade is now going to debut on March 12) The first season of American Bible Show delivered GSN its highest viewership in 17 years with the show’s August 23 debut. The Jeff Foxworthy hosted faith-based game show is the network’s top original series ever. The network ordered nine one-hour episodes of season two. Family Trade is about the quirky barter system employed by G-Stone Motors, a GMC and Ford dealership in Middlebury, Vermont. GSN has ordered eight episodes of the series from Lionsgate and Eli Frankel’s studio-based Rogue Atlas Prods.
Jeff Foxworthy is coming back to test your knowledge of the Good Book. GSN announced today that it has ordered a second season of The American Bible Challenge. The order is for nine episodes of the one-hour game show. New episodes will air in 2013. American Bible Show delivered GSN its highest viewership in 17 years with the show’s August 23 debut. The show is now the network’s top original series ever. RelativityREAL’s Tom Forman, Embassy Row’s Michael Davies are executive producers with J.P. Williams and Jennifer Novak. Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of the multi-faith media coalition Odyssey Networks are consulting producers. Foxworthy also serves as a producer.
EXCLUSIVE: Sources tell me Executive Director of Original Programming and Development Daysun Perkins was let go from GSN last week. The exit occurred just days after he asked the court to dismiss a sexual discrimination suit he’d filed in March against CBS Television Distribution, where he had been the Director of Development from 2003-2008, after he and CBS came to a confidential settlement on the matter. Perkins had been at GSN since May 2010. Before that, he spent just over a year as VP Development at Eyeworks USA, producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and Spike’s Bar Rescue among others.
GSN (formerly Game Show Network) has picked up Family Trade, a new original unscripted series about the quirky barter system employed by G-Stone Motors, a GMC and Ford dealership in Middlebury, Vermont. GSN has ordered eight episodes of the series, from Lionsgate and Eli Frankel’s studio-based Rogue State Prods., for a 2013 premiere.
The docu series, which echos such hit cable reality franchises as Pawn Stars and Storage Wars, is part of GSN’s strategy to broaden from studio-based game shows into other programming genres under new programming chief Amy Introcaso-Davis. “With Family Trade, GSN launches a new category of original series that we call Real-Life Games—shows that take place in real settings and feature real-life risk,” she said. “We’re taking the cameras out of the studio to celebrate how people become winners in everyday real-life situations.”
At G-Stone Motors, founder Gardner Stone will trade you a beautiful new car or truck for anything you’ve got that he thinks he can sell—pigs, a hot air balloon, coffins, maple syrup, dolls, a shoe collection. But Stone’s son Todd and daughter Darcy, who work with him in the business, usually have very different ideas about what makes a good trade, and they have the unenviable task of re-selling whatever their father has bought. Each 30-minute episode will feature the outrageous, hotly contested barter stories at G-Stone Motors—with a simmering stew of family drama cooking alongside.
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Santa Monica, CA – July 17, 2012 – GSN announced it has acquired off-network rights to 68 one-hour episodes of the hit game show MINUTE TO WIN IT from NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution. Hosted by All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri (“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”), the game features competitors participating in a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking, games that can lead to a $1 million prize. MINUTE TO WIN IT will air in four-hour blocks on Tuesday nights from 7 pm to 11 pm (ET) on GSN beginning on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 pm (ET).
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