Monday, November 21, 2016

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #99

This week's update article will take a look at the some of the latest US and international game show news from the past week in 200 characters or less. Highlights include a monumental win on Millionaire last week, a new game show debuting on NBC Sports Network, pending premieres of two of ABC’s hit summer game shows, The Wall receiving an early preview date and some of the latest game show ratings.

What Happened Last Week
During Tuesday’s episode of Whiz Kids week, Sojas Wagle became the latest (and perhaps youngest) contestant to win $250,000 on Millionaire

Tuesday’s fifth season premiere of TruTV’s Billy On The Street averaged 254,000 total viewers and a 0.12 A18-49 rating. The show ranked 114th in the Top 150 Tuesday original cable telecasts.

The series premiere of GSN’s Window Warriors averaged 208,000 total viewers and a 0.04 A18-49 rating Tuesday night. 

Former Eggheads panelist CJ de Mooi may seek legal action after Dutch authorities withdrew the European Arrest Warrant that was incorrectly issued against him in May on charges including murder. 

Contestants Will and Camilla split a sizable £30,000 jackpot on Thursday’s edition of The Chase after defeating Chaser Paul Sinha in a nail-biter of a Final Chase. 

NBCSN’s new game show, Shotgun, made its television debut Saturday night. Six contestants must answer questions while being driven in a NASCAR car for $25,000. The episode re-airs December 11 on NBC. 

What's Going On This Week
This week’s Celebrity Name Game guest stars include Dave Foley, Vivica A. Fox, Melissa Peterman, Tommy Davidson and David Alan Grier.

Let’s Make A Deal and The Price Is Right will be airing Thanksgiving specials on Wednesday during CBS Daytime. Check your local listings for air times. 

During Millionaire’s first-ever Instant Millionaire Week, the show surprises unsuspecting fans at their doorstep with the good news that they will be playing for up to $1 million. 

Michael Borecki, Sharath Narayan and Alec Fischthal are the three remaining finalists in the Jeopardy 2016 Teen Tournament. A $100,000 winner will be named after Tuesday’s game.

Tickets are now on sale for The Price Is Right Live at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, TN. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 and tickets range from $29-$49. 

What's Going On In The Future

NBC’s latest million-dollar game show, The Wallis scheduled to air its special preview episodes December 19 and January 2, 2017 at 10:00pm ET. The Wall officially debuts January 3 at 8:00pm ET.

Two of ABC’s hit summer game shows will be returning for second seasons this winter. To Tell The Truth returns January 1, 2017 and Match Game returns January 4, 2017.

BBC is searching for contestants to compete on a new quiz show where spotting the weak players on your team could win you big money. Email for more information.

BBC Four’s Hive Minds will be wrapping up its second series on Thursday, December 1.

Sources: BBC, Belfast Live, BroadwayWorld, City of Johnson City, Deadline Hollywood,,, NBC Sports, ShowBuzz Daily, YouTube

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