renewed all three of its Sunday night game shows.
This was a no-brainer because the shows usually won the night in total viewers and even the almighty 18-49 demo. A little more surprising was the renewal of To Tell the Truth, which got lower ratings but still did okay by ABC standards in its timeslot. Conspicuously absent was a renewal for 500 Questions, which performed worse than any of the more fun-and-games efforts. My intuition about the show's chances is not so positive.
The reboot trend in the genre may be spreading like buzzer fungus. VH1 is bringing back Hip Hop Squares, which was itself a rewind of Hollywood Squares. Wumors are wunning wampant (apologies to Baba Wawa) about new versions of everything from Press Your Luck to Password. Nick even trotted out a live version of Double Dare, and the Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie is bearing down on us. Nostalgic comfort-food TV looks to be in demand, at least in the summer months.