Tuesday, October 8, 2013

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #39

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's not too often that I post my Quick News Update articles back-to-back, but here goes nothing. Tonight's article is dedicated to keep you updated with the latest in game show news in 200 characters or less, from a popular CBS game show giving a lucky contestant a second chance to win up to $500,000 playing Plinko to Family Feud "mistakenly" throwing its hat into the political social media arena. All ratings for syndicated game shows are from the week of September 29. Enjoy!

Cedric The Entertainer will be stopping by the set of Steve Harvey to play a mash-up game of Millionaire: Family Style on Wednesday’s show. Check your local listings.

For the rest of this week, The Price Is Right will be giving away $20,000 to contestants who first who win their pricing game first on each show this week, courtesy of Publisher’s Clearing House.

The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal will be bringing back “Big Money Week” next week from October 14-18 on CBS. Over $2 million in cash and prizes will be at stake during the weeklong event.

A brand new trading game will be introduced on Let’s Make a Deal called “Big Shot”. The game is similar to “Go For A Spin”, but contestants could choose to win between $2,500 and $30,000.

To mark the occasion, The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal announcers George Gray and Jonathan Mangum will be involved in a live video chat on CBS.com this Monday starting at 5:00pm EST.

ITV’s The Chase and Bradley Walsh have been nominated for National Television Awards for Best Daytime Show and Entertainment Presenter, respectively. The polls are now open for viewers to vote.

The Bet on Your Baby format, created by 5x5 Media and Electus, has been sold in 22 countries including China, Brazil and Italy. Ironically, there is no word on whether the show will return on ABC.

Viacom International Media Networks has begun production for a pilot called The Almost Impossible Gameshow. The format features players competing in a series of deceivingly simple stunts for cash.

Two Cents: Earlier last week, the official Family Feud Twitter account claimed it was “hacked” into after deleting an anti-conservative tweet that was posted on the show’s page.

Throughout the remainder of this month, GSN gamers can play games to redeem Oodles for monetary donations toward The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Wheel of Fortune once again leads the syndie game show pack with a 6.6 rating, up 3% from last week. Long-time runner-up Jeopardy! increased by 3% to a 6.0.

While the top-tier gamers improved, the “middle-class” syndicated game shows saw a decrease in their ratings. Family Feud lost 2% and dropped to a 4.5 and Millionaire lost 5% and slid down to a 2.1.

After airing in syndication for more than two years, courtesy of NBC Universal, the rebroadcasted series of Baggage exited the syndication market.

Source: National TV Awards Website, TV By The Numbers, The Futon Critic, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine, Market Wired, Broadcasting & Cable

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