Monday, January 4, 2016
To renew or not to renew
Three decisions, to be exact: The Chase, Chain Reaction and Hellevator. The renewal decisions on these shows are "interesting" because, of course, they get tricky numbers from the Nielsen Company. If total viewers ruled the roost at GSN, The Chase would be a lock for renewal. The show regularly pulls 500K+ or even 600K+ viewer numbers. Sadly for Brooke and Beastie, the best show on GSN skews very old for a network that already skews very, very old. You would expect this from a completely traditional quizzer, and you would not be disappointed.
GSN has also piled up 51 eps of The Chase and might figure that's enough for endless repeats. I think another season of fifteen eps or so would make the repeats more palatable, but I'm not running the network. Meanwhile, fellow traditional game show Chain Reaction has gotten so-so overall viewer totals and demos. The latest runs on Christmas Day and New Year's Day did perk up, so a late favorable trend might get the show another go-round.
I would try a second season with less grubbiness - get rid of the bugs and most of the fake blood, along with the tedious back stories about homicidal nurses and nutty undertakers - and more humor and more gameplay. This might make the show more palatable to GSN's usual viewers while retaining a lot of the young'uns.
Scott Rahner notes that all three of these shows turned up in GSN's Happy New Year promo. My guess is that the promo means exactly nothing, but we'll see soon enough.
Buzzr will start running some new eps of their current oldies, according to the diginet's twitter feed. This might make complaining Internet hardcores happy but will do little to lift the subchannel's fortunes in the real world. Sooner or later Buzzr will have to run modern shows - like Harvey Feud or Carey The Price is Right - to get traction with a broader audience than the tiny clique of oldies fans.
Scott Rahner says that GSN is developing a couple new shows: Divided, a version of a Brit quizzer, and #Friendtrip, a reality show where comedians compete to survive on the road without money(?) Unlike the Buzzr news this is just a report by Scott with no official confirmation that I can find. And, of course, there's no guarantee that either show will get to air.