Sunday, January 15, 2012

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It: Game Show News Updates (Part 8)

In this week's article, I'm going to once again spotlight some of the headlines that has peaked my interest this month concerning game show news. From the upcoming game show based on "Musical Chairs" to celebrities helping contestants win on The Price Is Right, I'm sure you are going to enjoy reading about what has happened or what's in store for the future in the world game shows. Enjoy!

The Price Is Right's First Celebrity Week Quick Recap
The Price is Right kicked off the first week of 2012 with the show's first ever Celebrity Charity Week. During this week, Snoop Dogg, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Daughtry, Heidi Klum, and Jenny McCarthy played along with the contestants to help them win prizes in Pricing Games and to win money for the celebrities’ charities. Every time a contestant wins cash or prizes from playing a Pricing Game, the value of the prizes would be matched and turned into cash for the celebrities to give to their respective charities. The celebrities were also given a chance to win even more money by taking a spin on the Big Wheel and whatever they landed on was multiplied by 100 and turned into cash, meaning up to $10,000 extra in cash could be won in the spin. During the course of the week, over $235,000 in cash was given away to 5 different charities. Check out the summaries for each show on Game Show Kingdom and the full episodes of each show (1/2-1/6) on, including Stephanie’s almost record-breaking $100,000+ win. You can also check out some of the highlights from TPIR's first Celebrity Week in the clips below!

CW Orders New "Musical Chairs" Game Show
CW has ordered ten episodes of a new fast-paced, high-stakes game show called Oh Sit! Oh Sit! takes the classic party game of “Musical Chairs” to a whole new level. In this show, 20 contestants race head-to-head through five obstacle course elimination rounds as they are each competing to claim a chair while a live band is playing. At the end of the show, one contestant will reign supreme as the ultimate champion of Musical Chairs. From the look at CW’s press release of the show, this show is essentially Wipeout! combined with Musical Chairs. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this show plays out. Oh Sit! is created and produced by Phil Gurin (the executive producer of  The Singing Bee and The Weakest Link), Richard Joel, and Deena Dill. No news has been released regarding the show’s host, grand prize, or debut date, but I will be sure to keep you informed with the show’s latest updates.

U.K. Hit Game Show Secret Fortune Returns For Third Season
The popular BBC game show Secret Fortune has been renewed for a third season. Twelve fifty-minute episodes will be run this season. According to Secret Fortune’s executive producer Phil Morrow, this show was able to attract more than 3.5 million viewers against ITV’s The X Factor. The U.S. has recently run a pilot of the show for CBS with Donny Osmond as the host. "CBS were very pleased with the pilot, now we're waiting for them to find a slot in their schedule. The show has the potential to be an absolutely huge hit in America and I think other countries will start to realize its potential", said Morrow. If you have never seen this show before, check out an episode of Secret Fortune below, and you’ll find out why this show will be returning for a third season.

MLB Network Set To Air New Game Show Baseball IQ
The MLB Network is set to debut their first ever game show, Baseball IQ, in a couple of weeks. The network's own Matt Vasgersian will be the host of the new series that pits two contestants against each other on each episode in a 30-minute baseball trivia quiz competition. The questions will cover all aspects of baseball, from the MVPs to World Series champions, down to the current players and managers. A total of 32 contestants will be competing in a bracket-style tournament throughout the entire 31-episode season. The contestants competing in this tournament include participants from all 30 MLB teams, the MLB Hall of Fame staff, and the staff. You can check out the rules of the show on the MLB network website. The winner of each episode will win $5,000 for their charity and the winner of the tournament will win $25,000 for their charity, while the runner up receives $15,000. Check out the series premiere of Baseball IQ on January 24 at 9:00 and 9:30p.m. on the MLB Network.

CMT Now Casting For Contestants on The Singing Bee
CMT is bringing back The Singing Bee for a fifth season and is now searching for new contestants for the new season. The contestant auditions end on February 18, 2012. Auditions are currently being held in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, and Dallas. The Singing Bee is a game show where the contestants have to finish the lyrics to some of the most popular songs of today by singing them karaoke style. The player who fares the best could win up to $10,000 in cash and The Singing Bee trophy. NBC originally ran the series in 2007 with Joey Fatone as the host, until it was cancelled after one season. In 2009, CMT revived the series with Melissa Peterman as the host. There is no news concerning the season premiere date of The Singing Bee, but I will make sure to keep you informed. Click here to check out more information on how to audition for The Singing Bee.

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