Friday, March 11, 2016
Around the Interwebs with GSN
At Game Show Network News Scott Rahner didn't bother explaining his pre-upfront post that the Soska twins were "very unlikely" to attend the GSN festivities. (They did show up, of course, and got a second season of Hellevator.) Like me he then pointed out the obvious: the network really, really wants to skew younger. He also offered wild blue evaluations of which GSN projects will emerge from development hell. When it comes to GSN development, I only believe shows when I see 'em.
Game Show Newsnet did what they so often do. They copied a story about the upfront word for word from another site (MediaPost this time). BuzzerBlog did little but pat GSN on the back: "All good things for the network." GSN The know ticked off news from the upfront without much comment, beyond that it was "yet another star-studded event." Okay, they were stars by GSN standards.
Game Show Forum paused from their scores of posts about which episode of which oldie is running on Buzzr to comment on the upfront, largely about GSN's development of Divided. And on the GSN Facebook page, a commenter succinctly echoed the Game Show Forum point of view: "I've heard a lot of great things about Buzzr."
He also insists for the 487th time that The Chase is cancelled but allows that "many years down the road" the show might return. Of course, the show could return any time Mark Labbett is available. If the new originals crash and burn - a very realistic possibility, especially for the reality shows that don't have naked girls - The Chase might be back with those 600K+ viewer numbers right quick.
Demos only get you so far. If the new shows get Hellevator-ish 200K viewer numbers, The Chase and Chain Reaction may start looking real good real fast to David Goldhill and company. The network sure doesn't mind rerunning those shows in Friday prime time and through the weekend. Don't bother looking for reruns of Hellevator, on Friday or any other day.