Saturday, October 29, 2016
I've been pretty hard on our little game show network lately. The ratings have taken a tumble, and GSN seems to have lost its way with the clunker Hellevator season and the weird acquisition of icky reality junk Scare Tactics. On the plus side, recent Wheel of Fortune has come to GSN daytime and reruns of The Chase to prime time. Now the network is launching a new game show, of all things.
Divided was a short-lived Brit format that spawned a number of international versions. Teams of complete strangers debate among themselves over trivia questions. Eventually they make their case as to who deserves the biggest share of the loot. Believe it or not (and this is Wikipedia, so caveat believer) an academic paper got written about decision making on the show. It found "no evidence of a first-mover advantage and little evidence that demographic characteristics matter."
So now you know. At Game Show Network News Scott Rahner predicts Mike Richards will "likely" host. You can still watch Mike every weekday afternoon on GSN's respectable version of Pyramid. I couldn't find any independent confirmation of Scott's hunch, but we'll see. There's no debut date yet.
By the way, Scott also says that GSN has pruned the list of people who get the advance schedules. Gee, I hope my recent grumbles about the network don't cost me my place (wink).