Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Millionaire goes back to the future

As most of you know, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is taking a large gamble this season. The format is reverting almost entirely to the original syndie layout from the old Meredith days, circa 2002. And after a couple seasons of trying to find the ever-elusive next Steve Harvey, the producers have settled on Chris Harrison to lead the show back to ratings relevance.

The new eps start September 14, and I'll be watching to see how all the retrofitting works. My preseason attitude - as opposed to preseason football - is that the changes can't hurt and might help. I never liked all the random nonsense, anyway. Why scramble the money amounts and question difficulty for no apparent reason?

The linked press release also runs through a bunch of stunt weeks in the syndie's 14th season. (Has it been that many years already?) Old standby movie week rides again, along with (inevitably) a couple of bachelor-themed weeks for the new host. By the way, Chris Harrison tweeted a thank you to Chrysler for the spiffy wheels during the Millionaire tapings this summer. It does look like a nice car.

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  1. Casey, I want the September 7-13 PDFS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I think your exclamation point key got stuck. Anyway, I post the schedules as soon as GSN provides them. They haven't sent me the September 7-13 schedule yet.

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  2. Non related, but TV By The Numbers reports that a new season of Celebrity Name Game will premiere on September 21st. There will be new rules as well. Also, they reported that Skin Wars was renewed for a third season by GSN. Go figure, it's one of the most youngest skewing shows on an old network. Lastly, according to Showbuzz, the Skin Wars Fresh Paint did decently, with 456k viewers. Meanwhile, Steampunkd dropped big time at 9 pm with 313k. Ouch, two episodes in and it's already dropping. I would do something quick if I were GSN. No Idiotest ratings were posted, so they must have done bad.

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    1. I just posted an entry about Celebrity Name Game. Steampunk'd got 0.12 in 18-49, which is great for GSN. As long as the show pulls demos like that, it's got no worries.

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