Monday, September 21, 2015

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #71

This week's update will review some of the latest game show news headlines from the past week in 200 characters or less including updates featured on the TBIR Facebook page. This series of quick updates include the ratings for TLC's Labor Games official first night out last Tuesday, the second season of Sports Jeopardy! kicking off next week, Mastermind returning to New Zealand after a 30+ year hiatus and a contestant winning a staggering six-figure sum during the Millionaire's 14th season premiere week.

The Spanish variety show, Sabado Gigante, ended last Saturday on Univision. First airing in 1962, it has been named "the longest-running variety show in television history" by Guinness World Records.

The “official” double-header series premiere of TLC’s Labor Games averaged 389,000 (8:00pm) and 377,000 (8:30pm) total viewers.

Tony Hightower became the first contestant to win $250,000 on Thursday’s show on the new season of Millionaire and is currently the season’s highest winner. Hightower was Ken Jennings' "+1" in 2014.

Speaking of big winners on Millionaire, Chris Cho, the 14th season’s first contestant, left his game with $50,000 to his credit.

Robert Ennis, longtime technical director of Wheel of Fortune, has been promoted to director of the seasoned syndicated game show. 

This week’s Celebrity Name Game guest stars include Tom Arnold, David Arquette, Billy Bush, Sheryl Underwood and Terrell Owens.

As the first season ended with Justin Shibilski winning $50,000, the second season of Sports Jeopardy! premieres Wednesday, September 23 on Crackle (

ITV2’s thrilling and suspenseful game show Release The Hounds returns Wednesday, September 30 10:00pm BST with new episodes.

Broke A$$ Game Show returns for its second season Thursday, October 8 at 10:30pm on MTV. David Magidoff and Derek Gaines return as the comedic game show’s hosts. 

SAME TIME, DIFFERENT PLACE: The new season of Billy On The Street premieres on TruTV in less than a month on Thursday, October 8 at 10:30pm ET.

Check out’s newest additions to its site including the new Jeopardy! store, J! Buzz News and the new online game, J!6, which features extra clues written for every category on Jeopardy!.

On Wednesday, Radio Times published an article on its site unveiling some of the “Secrets of The Chase including how many shows are filmed a day and how The Chasers select the offers during the game.

Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo will host a new BBC game show called Can’t Touch This. The show has players run an obstacle course while literally touching prizes to win them. Sue Perkins will commentate.

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand has sold the Mastermind quiz format to TVNZ. The series will air on the TVNZ-owned channel TV One in 2016. TV One journalist Perter Williams will host the show.

Sources: Digital Spy,, Radio Times, Real Screen, ShowBuzzDaily, The Hollywood Reporter, TV By The Numbers, USA Today

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