Monday, January 11, 2016

Current Renewal Status of Syndicated Game Shows

According to Broadcasting & Cable, several distribution companies are in the market of renewing the contracts of several syndicated series including Warner Bros.’ with The Ellen DeGeneres Show through 2020 on NBC-owned stations, CBS Television Distribution holding on to Hot Bench, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, through the 2017-2018 season and NBCUniversal expected to renew Steve Harvey. In the world of game shows, veteran game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have been renewed through the 2017-2018 season by CTD, Debmar-Mercury is currently in the market to secure renewals for Family Feud, even though  Steve Harvey’s contract has been renewed through 2021 to host the now-popular game show, and Tribune is expected to renew the sophomore show Celebrity Name Game. Tribune’s decision is partly based on the company searching for ways to replace its downward-trending controversial daytime talk shows, Maury, Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos.

While all four of the aforementioned gamers are more than likely returning for additional seasons, it looks like the clock has nearly struck midnight for Disney-ABC’s Millionaire as the show’s contracts will expire at the end of next season and there has been no news thus far of a contract renewal of the big money trivia game show, currently hosted by The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison. Overall, the status for each syndie game show is no major surprise with the slight exception of the lack of a confirmed renewal of Feud. But I wouldn't be concerned about that. After all, ABC just officially ordered more episodes of the celebrity edition and Feud has topped Wheel and Jeopardy!'s ratings more frequently in the past few months, including the most recent syndication ratings.

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