Friday, January 25, 2013
The family that trades together
Saw a promo for the show a little while ago. Looks like a knockoff of Pawn Stars...family bickering, that sort of thing. The old guy fills the Old Man role, natch. I like Pawn Stars but this GSN project just seems like run-of-the-mill reality fodder. Not terrible, necessarily, though of course this board will abominate it. And I can't see GSN's audience going for this show, either.
One guy's opinion, much different from my own...
Hearing these constant high ratings for the constant reality shows like Gold Rush makes me think people will be shocked when Family Trade does really well for GSN. They've tried reality in the past but not these stand-alone style shows which are popular. Wait for it. Be shocked.
Well, Alex, I will be surprised if the show succeeds on GSN. "Shocked" might be too strong a word, but I'm not expecting real good numbers.
UPDATE: GSN postpones the debut of Family Trade from March 5 to March 12. As I remark on the GSN board, last time a debut got pushed back was...Improv-a-Ganza. We know how that worked out. Some panicked execs saw the first ep and ordered a lot of re-editing?
Maybe the higher-ups are remembering reality experiments gone bad. GSN's non-traditional efforts haven't always flopped, but there have been some pretty ugly crashes.