Friday, August 16, 2013

The Scuttlebutt On GSN Part Trois: GSN Orders New Quiz Show and Video On Demand Service

GSN has been on a hot streak lately with The American Bible Challenge, the return of Minute To Win It and the acquisition of the hit U.K. game show The Chase. The network hopes to increase its success by ordering a new trivia game show, Mind of a Man, and a Video On Demand service for GSN provided by Vubiquity. 

GSN Orders New Trivia Show "Mind of a Man"
GSN has picked up 40 episodes of Mind of a Man from Never Nominated Productions. The new trivia series has two female contestants, with the help of a celebrity panel, compete in three rounds to figure out the answers to survey questions given to a group to 100 men. The series, produced by Mark Cronin (Extreme Dodgeball and Cram), will premiere later this year. No news on who the host will be or who will appear on the celebrity panel, but I will make sure to provide you with the information as soon as I can.

This is a little bit of a toss-up in terms of how well this series will do on GSN. Recently, we have seen how to produce a good opinion-based game show (Let's Ask America) and what not to do when creating this type of program (Are You Normal, America?). Nevertheless, on paper, Mind of a Man sounds like an interesting watch to find out if women really know what men are thinking. I wonder if the producers will decide to swap the gender positions in one show to make the series a little more interesting. We'll see what happens.

GSN Launches Video On Demand Service With Vubiquity
Yesterday, the network partnered with Vubiquity, the largest global provider of multiplatform video services, to deliver GSN's Video On Demand offering. Aptly titled "GSN On Demand", the VOD service will feature some of the same shows aired on the network such as NBC's Minute To Win It and original programs like The American Bible Challenge. According to Dale Hopkins, Executive Vice President of Distribution for GSN, "GSN enjoys an audience that is highly engaged--a recent Magid survey showed that our average viewer spends 11 hours a week watching the network [...] Working with Vubiquity allows us to extend our brand promise so fans can watch at any time, on any device."

I'm very surprised that GSN has not executed this VOD program sooner. Although the network has enabled viewers to watch past episodes of a few of their original shows on its website, this will definitely attract more viewers to GSN with the ability to watch some of your favorite game shows from almost any device.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, PR Newswire

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