Saturday, October 22, 2016

Nuclear

Lazy again, plus it's the weekend. So I'll just repost some more stuff from Game Show Paradise. It's okay if you copy yourself, right? Anyway, a comment on our little game show networks...

I once referred to the "nuclear option" for GSN, if Buzzr ever showed signs of becoming a serious competitor. That option would be acquiring recent eps of Wheel of Fortune, something that Fremantle-owned Buzzr can never duplicate.

Well, GSN has gone and acquired the 2013-14 season of WoF. Does this mean they're going nuclear on their budding competitor in diginet land? I dunno, it probably just means that GSN's total day averages have been heading south lately, which is certainly true.

What would be a similar nuclear option for Buzzr to make itself into a real competitor for GSN? My guess is Bob Barker eps of The Price is Right. I have no idea if Barker TPiR is ever coming to Buzzr, but it would make the same kind of splash that Johnny Carson's Tonight Show made for fellow diginet Antenna.

A recent interview with Fremantle exec Jennifer Mullin revealed that Buzzr is currently available in 33 million households. They want to get that number up to 50 or 55 million. Barker TPiR is the kind of major property that might get them there. We'll see.

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  1. If GSN acquired Wheel, then Buzzr airing Barker Price is not impossible. But what could get Buzzr a lot more households is if they decided to air last season's Harvey Feud, Let's Make A Deal, and The Price Is Right. But I guess that's a long, long way from now. Sure it may be the Feud and Match network now, but like Harvey on GSN, it works. And besides, they're two of the most recognizable game shows ever. It's not a surprise they get a lot of airtime.

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  2. I was assuming that Buzzr will stay an oldies outlet. Of all the older shows barker TPiR would make by far the biggest splash.

    I doubt CBS is too keen on allowing recent TPiR and LMAD anywhere else. And Fremantle probably wants to collect those nice rights fees from GSN for Harvey Feud instead of using the show on a sparsely distributed diginet.

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  3. I've always wondered if any talks ever took place regarding Price and Deal at night on a same day rebroadcast. Similar to the soap operas that have aired on various cable channels. An old Price/new Price and old Deal/new Deal could make a sweet 4 hour prime block.

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  4. Supposedly, Bob Barker doesn't TPIR classics to air anywhere

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    1. All I've ever heard about Barker's wishes is that he doesn't want fur coat eps airing again.

      As for current TPiR, it's hard for me to imagine CBS allowing reruns on Buzzr. But hey, Sony has now allowed recent Wheel on GSN. So who knows? I still think Barker TPiR would fit in better with the rest of the lineup on Buzzr.

      Buzzr's new Ludia mobile app features Plinko prominently, and the press release mentions TPiR by name. Just sayin'...

      http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161006005896/en/Ludia-Brings-BUZZR%E2%80%99s-Retro-Game-Show-Fun

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  5. If Barker-era TPIR ever airs on Buzzr, I bet it will be limited to 2002 to 2007 episodes. Bob Barker claims the cast members he worked with - supposedly prior to 2002 - "were disgusting". It could also be possible that Bob Barker refuses to clear his appearances on TPIR. He can't choose to clear just a partial number of episodes - either he clears all the available episodes, or doesn't.

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    1. I don't know if Bob Barker has any legal say over which eps of TPiR might air again. Sure, Buzzr wouldn't want to air episodes that he actively dislikes. But with so many thousands of eps to choose from, they could certainly find a package that even Barker in his pickiest mood would approve of.

      My guess is that CBS would be a more formidable obstacle. They might not want any dilution of the audience for the current show.

      Despite all this, I get the feeling that Barker TPiR will land on Buzzr sooner or later. We'll see.

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