Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Try it, you'll like it

As a faux tweet said, Spike will try an offshoot of Name That Tune called Tracks.

Instead of guessing a tune in one note, contestants will try to guess after one track (bass, guitar, whatever). Christina Aguilera is one of the producers, maybe because she got tired of not producing The Voice. The interesting thing is that Spike will debut the show as a one-time half-hour special, to gauge audience reaction.

This isn't the first time Spike has announced a try-before-you-buy approach to a new game show. Caraoke Showdown with Craig Robinson is also getting the one-time special treatment before Spike commits to a series. But the karaoke variant has run into squawking from CBS about a possible ripoff of James Corden's talk show segments, so that project may be in limbo.

The one-time special approach has some obvious pluses. If the special crashes and burns in an ugly conflagration, Spike will save themselves a lot of time, effort and money by not ordering a bunch of eps. If the numbers look good, then no harm no foul and Spike will buy a full season. We'll see what happens with Tracks and Caraoke Showdown later this year.

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