Thursday, August 21, 2014

Evening News Updates For August 21, 2014

This evening's article will cover two of the bigger game show news headlines that caught my eye earlier today including the following updates:
- “The Chase” and “It Takes A Church” Renewed For 2015
- “Sports Jeopardy!” To Air September 24 On Crackle
Check it out!

“The Chase” and “It Takes A Church” Renewed For 2015
The former is no surprise considering the show’s growing popularity throughout the past couple of seasons in the States. However, the latter news is huge for the network, in terms of its attempts of creating a solid reality show. The Chase has been renewed for a fourth season on the network and It Takes A Church  has been renewed for a second season, making it the first GSN original reality show to last for more than one season. Twenty episodes have been ordered for upcoming season of The Chase, hosted by Brooke Burns with resident Chaser Mark Labbett, and eight episodes have been ordered for the second season of It Takes A Church, hosted by Natalie Grant.

Since last August’s season debut, The Chase has seen double-digit growth among total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Meanwhile, the religious reality dating show’s ratings have increased among women 18-34 and women 18-49 compared to GSN’s average ratings in the time slot in which the show’s first-run episodes aired.

Nothing more to say here except this is great news for two great shows. Stay tuned for the new seasons of The Chase and It Takes A Church in 2015. 

“Sports Jeopardy!” To Air September 24 in Crackle
The sports-themed spinoff of the popular “answer-question” game show will hit the internet airwaves in a little more than a month from today. Sports Jeopardy! premieres Wednesday, September 24 on Crackle with host NBC Sports sportscaster Dan Patrick. Crackle, a Sony-owned digital online network, has ordered 52 half-hour episodes with new shows airing every Wednesday. The internet game show will include interactive components, such as the mobile app of the same name that allows viewers to follow and play along with the show. Over the summer, more than 30,000 people registered online to audition for the show. 

The gameplay is the same as on the original version with the exceptions of no returning champions and the contestants play for points, similar to Rock & Roll Jeopardy! The first, second and third place winners of each show receives the respective cash prizes of $5,000; $2,000 and $1,000. The season concludes with a two-game “Championship Match” with the season’s three highest scoring winners competing for a $50,000 grand prize. Check out Deadspin’s article of the new series if you want to take a look at a few pictures of the Sports Jeopardy! set. Also, Howie Schwab, from ESPN’s Stump The Schwab, will serve as the show’s consultant and researcher. 

Will the new show become a hit, like Sports Challenge, or an afterthought, like Baseball IQ? We’ll find out soon enough. 

Sources: Crackle, Deadspin, The Hollywood Reporter

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