Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Afternoon News For July 8, 2014

Today's article will take a look at some of the headlining game show news from the past couple of days including:
- Jonathan Maher Makes Australian Daytime Game Show History
- HISTORY's Pawnography Debut
- ITV Game Shows Searching For Contestants
- American Gladiators Making Another Comeback

Jonathan Maher Becomes Biggest “Million Dollar Minute” Money Winner
After losing the half-million dollar bonus round twice, it looks like the third time was a charm for Million Dollar Minute champion Jonathan Maher. The lawyer from Melbourne became the show’s and Australian afternoon television’s biggest money winner upon answering all five questions correctly during today’s end game and cashing out with a grand (to say the least) total of $510,500. Maher made headlines last week after he decided risk the $200,000 stopping point prize and continued to play in lieu of flying to Europe with a pre-booked ticket to join his wife on their vacation. Luckily, the dilemma worked out in his favor and I believe his wife will be more than pleased of his choice with staying on the show for a few more days. His plans for the money include paying off his mortgage. 

It’s amazing to see how many people are bold enough to risk losing hundreds of thousands of dollars to play on to win the million-dollar prize and to see how many incredible moments have occurred on the series including Pierre Sutcliffe’s $500,000+ victory and Lisa Paton’s amazing, yet unlucky, run toward the big bucks. I will admit, I didn’t think Million Dollar Minute would last for more than a season because I couldn’t see contestants risk losing that much money for a slim chance to shoot the works and win it all and the fact that million-dollar game shows are at a decline. It’s moments like this that makes me glad I was proven wrong. It’s great television and I’m glad he won the money. Check out the exciting moment on News.com.au

"Pawnography" Premiers Thursday on HISTORY
The new History Channel game show, Pawnography, is set to embark on its maiden virtual journey this Thursday, July 10 at 10:00pm ET. Host Christopher Titus will pit everyday people against (in)famous pawn shop owners Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Chumlee Russell. The contenders will be engaged in a three trivia rounds for a chance for the contestants to win cash and rare, valuable items from the world famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. From the looks of it, this show seems to be an interesting combination of Pawn Stars and Win Ben Stein's Money with possibly a hint of It's Worth What?. Stay tuned!

ITV Casting Calls
The U.K. network is posting casting calls for several of their current and future programming including dating shows, competition shows, reality shows, game shows and other entertainment programs. Because this is The Blog Is Right, naturally, I’m going to list the game shows currently accepting contestant applications below. If you’re interested in click on the show title(s), apply for one, or more, get to it and good luck!

Producer: Hungry Bear Media
Host: Vernon Kay
Casting Period: July-August 2014
Closing Date: August 4, 2014

Producer: STV Productions
Host: Stephen Mulhern
Casting Period: August-October 2014
Closing Date: October 3, 2014

Producer: Over The Top Productions
Host: Bradley Walsh
Closing Date: July 31, 2014

Producer: Znak & Jones
Casting Period: June-July 2014
Closing Date: July 14, 2014

Producer: ITV Studios
Host: Bradley Walsh

Producer: Objective Productions
Host: Philip Scoffield
Casting Period: July 28-August 24, 2014
Closing Date: August 15, 2014 at 6:00pm GMT

Producer: 12 Yard Productions
Closing Date: July 10, 2014

"American Gladiators" Revival In The Works
After NBC overall failed to popularized American Gladiators with its 2008 revival, despite how well-produced it was, American Ninja Warrior executive producer Arthur Smith is planning to revive the series once more. This time around, the show will more resemble today’s popularity of MMA and The Hunger Games rather than the tried and true “professional” wrestling motif. According to Smith, the new(er) American Gladiators is "a little darker, more intense, more serious. It's a little less red, white and blue. And there's no spandex. Spandex has left the building.” 

Smith has always been a big fan of the show and is not concerned that the NBC revival did not last long. What his team is planning is something that’s going to be "much bigger [and] different from the original, and much different from the NBC show.” Like Smith, I am also of fan of adrenaline-pumping series when it was on syndication and NBC. Needless to say, I’m  looking forward to the second incarnation of American Gladiators when it eventually premieres. On a quick end note, I can envision ABC picking this show up to add to its summer schedule to pair alongside Wipeout. Just a thought.

Sources: News.com.au, ITV, TV Guide, Yahoo 7 TV

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