Monday, March 26, 2012

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It: Game Show News Updates (Part 9)

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 500th episode of a popular CBS daytime game show to new GSN reality shows, 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! 

A contestant trying to win big on Let's Make a Deal.
Courtesy of CBS.
Big Money “Super Deal” Returns to Let’s Make a Deal
CBS’s revival of Let’s Make a Deal will be celebrating 500 episodes of the daytime game show starting this week on Monday. Needless to say, the show will feature even bigger cash rewards and prize packages in honor of the special occasion. Speaking of bigger cash rewards, Let’s Make a Deal will be reintroducing the “Super Deal” for the next two weeks. Any avid fan of the Monty Hall version of the show will tell you that the Super Deal gave a contestant who won the Big Deal of The Day a chance to add $20,000 in cash to what they have won in the Big Deal or lose their Big Deal for a $1,000 or a “mystery cash” prize (ranging between $1,000-$9,000). On a quick side note, the Super Deal lasted for only a year during the 1975-1976 syndicated version of Monty Hall’s version. On the CBS version, the Super Deal will operate in the same manner. Should they decide to play the Super Deal, the contestant who picks the Big Deal will have the option of choosing one of three envelopes, ruby, sapphire, or emerald. If they choose one of the two envelopes which contain $1,000 or $2,000, they will forfeit what they have won in the Big Deal and only win the cash instead. However, if the contestant chooses the envelope that contains $50,000 in cash, they will win the big bucks in addition to the Big Deal. Over $500,000 will be at stake during the next two weeks and each Super Deal winner could win over $70,000 in cash and prizes. Check out Let’s Make a Deal for the next two weeks starting tomorrow as Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, and Tiffany Coyne do their best to help contestants win lots of cash and big prizes!

The Price Is Right Honors Country Music Awards and Parent and Teen Drivers
Let’s Make A Deal isn’t the only daytime game show taping special episodes. The Price Is Right will be airing a special tribute to the Academy of Country Music Awards and a “Parent and Teen Driver Special”. The special “Salute to the Academy of Country Music Awards” will air on Thursday, March 29 and will feature award-winning country music stars, such as the duo singing group Montgomery Gentry, helping contestants to win cash and amazing prizes. This Price Is Right special will lead up to the Country Music Awards, which will be airing on Sunday, April 1. The day following the Country Music Awards, The Price Is Right will be taping a special episode featuring teenagers 15 to 18 years old playing alongside their parents for prizes including a brand new car. This will be the first time in the show’s history where teens have a chance to play on the show. You won’t want to miss this episode! No word on when this episode will air, but the show will tape this episode on April 2 at 12:00pm in Los Angeles. Click here for more information on how you can get tickets to this show.

GSN Creating New Game Shows and “Real-Life Game” Shows
Since the premiere of GSN’s version of The Newlywed Game in 2009, the network has not fared well in creating successful original programming that has lasted for more than a season. GSN is getting back in the game of creating new original game shows and reality shows. On a quick side note, GSN has yet to create a reality show that hasn’t resulted in cancellation after one season. New game shows in development include The American Bible Challenge, The $100,000 Pyramid, and Beat The Chefs. The new line-up of reality shows, or “real-life game shows” according to GSN, include Pure Gold, The Family Trade, and War of the Rose Sisters. You can read more about each show by clicking here. Although a lot of these shows seem like they would fare better on other networks, I like what GSN is doing with the creation of these new shows in terms of attracting multiple audiences (viewers who watch TLC, TBN, A&E, etc.), instead of focusing on one particular demographic, as they have done with the transformation from Game Show Network to GSN in 2004.

Figure It Out's revamped logo.
Courtesy of  Nickelodeon.
Aside from GSN, there are a number of networks that are debuting game shows of their own this year including MTV, TruTV, and Nickelodeon. Listed below are the brand new game shows, when they will air, the network they will be airing on, the hosts of the show, and a brief summary about each show.   

Are You Normal America?
Network: OWN
Hosts: Producer Barry Poznick and Kim Coles
Summary: A multiple-choice trivia show where a team of two contestants have to play together to guess how the general consensus responded to survey questions such as “Is it okay to spy on your neighbors?”.The grand prize in this show is $100,000 in cash.
Premiere Date: Summer 2012

The Bank of Popular Opinion
Network: Unknown
Host: Frank Nicotero
Summary: This show is also based on popular opinion polls. According to the executive producer, the concept was inspired by polls seen on pop culture sites and in women’s magazines.
Premiere Date: Unknown

Karaoke Cab
Network: Unknown
Host: Unknown
Summary: This show is similar to Cash Cab, except the contestants have to sing inside the cab (A sample of the can be seen in the new season of “”.
Premiere Date: Unknown

Figure It Out
Network: Nickelodeon
Host: Jeff Stuphen  
Summary: This revival of the classic 90’s Nickelodeon game show pits two kid contestants against a panel of four celebrities. The goal of the game is for the panel to guess what the contestant’s hidden, special talent is in three rounds. The contestants can win up to three prizes, including a vacation package.
Premiere Date: Mid-2012 (Taping begins April 2012)

Totally Clueless
Network: MTV
Host: Unknown
Summary: A hidden camera game show where people win cash by figuring out that they are on television.
Premiere Date: Unknown

Total Blackout
Network: SyFy
Host: Jaleel White
Summary: A game show where contestants must feel various objects and correctly guess what they are…………in complete darkness.
Premiere Date: Wednesday, April 25 at 10pm

Killer Karaoke
Network: TruTV
Host: Steve-O
Summary: A singing game show where contestants have to sing various songs to the best of their knowledge while being distracted by multiple outside events such as going through a cactus maze and having two large, sweaty men bounce themselves off you. The top prize in this show is $10,000 in cash.
Premiere Date: Unknown

Oh Sit!
Network: CW
Host: Unknown
Summary: Twenty contestants compete in an extreme version of “Musical Chairs” by running through an obstacle course.
Premiere Date: Unknown

Keep your eyes peeled for these new shows!

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