Monday, July 23, 2012

"News In A Flash!": Quick Game Show Updates (Part 3)

In this week’s article, I am going to spotlight some of the most recent game show headlines in 200 characters or less, similar to Twitter. From Let's Ask America looking for a dog as the show's mascot to DirecTV and Viacom settling their differences, I'm sure that you will enjoy reading some of the latest game show news updates. Enjoy! 

Octagon Entertainment Productions are among the production staff for a new U.S. game show called Obsessed, based on a Thailand series. It sounds like a two-player version of The $64,000 Question. 

Alan Thicke is re-entering the game show business as he teams up with Canada’s 11 Television productions. The format involves family members sticking together or turning on each other to win the game.

A student’s “psychological” game show idea gets picked up by Warner Brothers. Sean O’Riordian, a U.K. television school student, won $5,000 after entering his pilot into the New York TV Festival.

Last week, Nickelodeon picked up episodes of the Canadian kids game show Splatalot to air weeknights at 7:30. I can’t shake the feeling that Nick should have created their own version of Wipeout.  

SyFy renews Total Blackout for a second season. The network ordered 16 more episodes of the Jaleel White-hosted show, which averaged 1.2 million viewers per episode last season.

Last Saturday night, Are You Normal America? briefly returned to OWN before being pulled once more due to bad ratings. The fourth episode of the struggling series pulled only 122,000 viewers.

On August 20, The Price Is Right will tape its 40th Anniversary Special episode. The audience for the special taping will be filled with former TPIR contestants, whether they have won or not.

ITV1 has ordered a pilot of an updated version of the classic game show Catch Phrase with host Stephen Mulhern. The original format will stay the same, but with new 3D graphics and a new end game.

DirecTV and Viacom have resolved their 10-day contract dispute. All Viacom channels including MTV, Nickelodeon, and BET have been restored to over 20 million DirecTV customers’ cable packages.

BuzzerBlog has posted exclusive footage of the CBS pilot to The $1,000,000 Pyramid from 2009 in their most recent article concerning the history of past Pyramid revival attempts.

Let’s Ask America is not only looking for contestants, but also searching for a canine mascot. Go to show's homepage for more information on how your dog could be the face of the show. 

Beginning on July 28 at 1:00pm, GSN will once air reruns of the 2002 NBC game show Dog Eat Dog. GSN acquired this show previously in 2005 during the early years of "GSN".

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