Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Brooke Burns To Host GSN's "The Chase"

Well, it looks like the stage is set for GSN’s The Chase as former Dog Eat Dog host and You Deserve It co-host Brooke Burns will be the host of the upcoming GSN series “The Chase”. The network announced in April that Mark Labbett, U.K. quiz show superstar and one of the four Chasers for ITV’s The Chase, will be “the Chaser” hunting down the contestants in the upcoming GSN U.K. import series. Burns will also be the host of another GSN dating series call What Have You Been All My Life. According to Deadline, NBC Sports sportscaster Dan Patrick was the leading candidate for the hosting job before negotiations fell through at the last minute. No news on the show’s official premiere airdate, but I will make sure to keep you informed.

The Chase is one of the multiple new shows GSN is planning to add to the network’s lineup of original programming. The roster includes It Takes A Church, a dating show where a church goes on a mission to find love for one lucky, single member of their church without them knowing about the plan and Mind of A Man, a game of ESP where female contestants attempt to predict what men really think about dating, marriage, working and more for up to $15,000. I’m very surprised by two observations concerning the U.S. adaptation of The Chase: Brooke Burns as host and not choosing a Jeopardy “super-champion” as a Chaser. As good of a job as Burns did on Dog Eat Dog, I don’t see her as a strong trivia-game show host, like Davina McCall or Bradley Walsh, especially for a show as intense as The Chase. I’m also surprised that the show didn’t opt to choose Ken Jennings or Brad Rutter as the Chasers. They both have great personalities for the show and have proven to be formidable opponents in the shows they have competed on. Ben Stein would have been a great option as well, considering that he was the resident genius on perhaps Comedy Central’s most–successful game show Win Ben Stein’s Money. I don't know about you, but I’m still looking forward to the eight episodes to come in the first season of The Chase on GSN. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out an episode of ITV’s The Chase in the clip below.

Sources: Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter

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