Wednesday, August 17, 2016

That horrible, godawful, poopie-pants new Buzzr schedule

When Fremantle first unleashed the oldies diginet Buzzr on a waiting world, the reaction from the traditionalist game show Interwebs was happy happy joy joy.

Well, there's not a whole lotta happy or a big bunch of joy any more. Buzzr gets slammed regularly for running the same eps of the same shows into fine dust particles. Now the subchannel is changing its weekday schedule to Match Game and Family Feud and more Match Game and more Family Feud, and the cries and whimpers are resounding ever louder. A few examples from Buzzr's Facebook page...
Even GSN mixes in more shows before they go Steve Harvey crazy, and if you're to the point that your rerunning is worse than GSN, it's a sign that you're in significant trouble.

Way too overboard with the Feud like "that other network."

I love Match Game and Family Feud but I can't watch them anymore as I've seen the same episodes over and over again.

I guess the people at Buzzr are clueless so I won't be watching anymore when you overload Match Game and Feud.
The comparisons to GSN are particularly cutting by the standards of the older-is-better bunch. They're like Godwin's Law comparisons to Hitler in political threads.

The tiny corps of hardcore oldies fans on the game show Interwebs is starting to realize a terrible truth. Like the evil GSN, Buzzr is not a taxpayer-supported museum of obscure old game shows. Both operations have to make a buck in the nasty and brutish world of real competition.

The dream of a 24/7 display of ancient obscurities like Whew and Hot Potato just ain't gonna happen. When ABC decided to remake game shows, they didn't say, "Let's re-do Child's Play! Zillions of people want to see that!" Instead, they remade...Family Feud and Match Game. That's because a measurable group of viewers actually knows about these shows and might like new versions.

Even in the limited world of oldies diginets, Antenna didn't go after reruns of, say, Dick Cavett's talk show. Instead, they went for (surprise!) Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Why? Because more viewers beyond a tiny clique of fanatical purists might want to watch it.

Buzzr is already skating on the thinnest ice. They're appealing to a niche within a niche, oldies fans within the already limited population of game show fans. Is it any real surprise that they're loading up on the tried and true?

9 comments:

  1. I won't make any judgements. Any show is better than no show, in my opinion.

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    1. You are one of the smart ones, my friend. I salute you!

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  2. Decades grabbed up the reruns of Dick Cavett. GetTV just grabbed Sonny and Cher. My only game show question is what brings better ratings...The 3rd run of the day of back to back to back to back eps of Dawson Feud(or Match Game) or one fresh run of 4 somewhat popular games from the 70s/80s? I think most viewers are angry because of their original claim of 40k available eps, but they draw from 400. Old or new, it's hard to program any network on this lack of variety.

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    1. What is Decades? Okay, I've barely heard of the obscure diginet. That they had to content themselves with Cavett is a sign of just how small-time they are compared to Antenna, which is the number four diginet in coverage according to TV News Check. That's why Antenna got Carson, the pick of the oldie talk shows.

      As for a run of four "somewhat popular" game shows from the 70s/80s compared to Match Game and Family Feud, please. MG and Feud will crush obscure oldies every time among the general viewing audience. The tiny bunch of oldie game show fanatics on the Internet means nothing in the real world.

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    2. Decades in mainly a CBS diginet. From what I can tell it's about as big as Buzzr in available households. Although they do have some fairly high profile and obscure oldies. Regarding my question about running a block of shows that weren't huge hits. I'm just curious how ratings would play out if Joe Viewer, who just watched the 2 hour Match Game block at 10 last night, had the option of seeing it again at 8 the next morning or quasi hits that were new to him.

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    3. Also, What really matters are the great new game shows we are seeing today. I keep reiterating that game shows have never been better since Millionaire's debut! I realize the tiny minds of the tiny bunch of oldie game show fans will never admit this, but hey, Millions of REAL VIEWERS can't be wrong!

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  3. Having been quoted above, I get that the "business of Business is business". I get that MG and FF probably dwarf (comparatively speaking, given how little of an audience they have) the other shows that will soon be gone. I also get that my voice (and all of the naysayers) doesn't matter at all in the grand scheme of things.

    I just doubt it'll work for them like it does for GSN, because, while GSN has enough Harvey Feud to make this kind of scheduling work, Buzzr probably won't do as much of either show (their batches of fresh material usually isn't more than about 60 episodes), and given how they weren't drawing flies anyway, once this batch ends, they'll be back where they already are.

    Guess I just need to call a spade a spade and move on to something else.

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  4. Where is the actual new Buzzr schedule? I can't find the actual link.

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    1. The weekday schedule is up on Zap2it.com, beginning August 29. It's six hours a day of Match Game, six hours of Family Feud, six hours of the black and white trio, three hours of Let's Make a Deal, and three hours of other shows (mostly in the early morning). It's obvious that Buzzr is going with shows that might actually get some kind of audience, instead of lesser known shows.

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