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:
GSN Greenlights Original Series ‘Idiot Test’, Re-Ups ‘The Chase’, Sets Season 3 Premiere Date For ‘American Bible Challenge’, Unveils 2014 Slate
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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Wesley Snipes Comeback Effort Kicks Off With ‘Gallowwalkers’
In advance of the former action star’s impending release from federal prison, Wesley Snipes is trying to get back into the game with the announcement that Gallowwalkers, the long-in-development action/sci-fi/horror film directed by Andrew Goth, will be shown to international buyers at the 2013 Berlin film market. Gallowwalkers features Snipes in the role of Aman, a cursed gunslinger whose victims return from the dead to torment him. The film, which began production in 2006, will have its market premiere February 8. Gallowwalkers also stars Riley Smith, Tanit Phoenix and Patrick Bergin. It is executive produced and produced by Jack Bowyer (Dark Hearts, Private Peaceful) and produced by Courtney Lauren Penn (Dark Hearts), and Brandon Burrows (Darks Hearts) of Boundless Pictures. VMI International is handling sales at Berlin. - Ross Lincoln
ITV Orders 300 More Episodes of ‘The Chase’
The UK’s ITV has renewed popular daytime game show The Chase with what is believed to be the network’s biggest order ever — more than 300 episodes over 2 seasons. The ITV Studios-produced show, which this week was named Broadcast magazine’s Best Daytime Programme, airs daily at 5 PM and has boosted the time-slot average by 1.1 million viewers, a 39% gain vs. last year.