Monday, January 23, 2017

Sell the soulmates?

The New York Post is talking about a possible sale of Sony's film and TV business again.

A while back the paper said that CBS could be eyeing (sorry) the assets, which of course include Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and a controlling interest in GSN. In a weird way this makes sense, because of all the broadcasters CBS has been most immune to the disease of 18-49 obsession. The network doesn't mind skewing at least a little older, which has turned out to be a smart strategy in a rapidly aging country. And Sony's game show properties share the genre's usual old skew.

CBS may also figure that they could turn around Sony's film unit, which has dwindled to a single-digit share of the movie business. Several Chinese companies might be interested, too. But a sale to anybody doesn't look imminent, according to the Post. Sony wants to see how its summer movies perform, especially the emoji picture. For now Pat and Vanna and Alex and our little game show network don't seem to be going anywhere.

19 comments:

  1. The thought of Sony selling the Bob Stewart library is a scary one.

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    1. I think GSN is desperate for attention. There was an advertisement on Jimmy Kimmel earlier tonight for Divided. I can't remember the last time ABC ran promos for a GSN game show.

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    2. I don't know that "desperate" is exactly the right word. It's just a cable network advertising a show.

      Anyway, the biggest push I ever recall from GSN for any show was American Bible Challenge. There were ads and promo appearances all over the place, including the broadcast networks.

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  2. I deleted Hutato's asinine alphabet spam. Also deleted HD's comment for obscenity. If Hutato really did chase away HD for good, maybe Hutato has does us all a service.

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    1. Explain why your fat ass was banned from GSF then

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    2. You're asking for another deletion on profanity, but I'll let it pass. As a matter of fact, I don't know if I was ever formally banned from GSF. (It would be an honor if I was.) I just got tired of the board's endless flame wars and ridiculous prejudice against shows less than 80 years old. So I stopped posting there and started my own blog.

      And, sigh, I guess Hutato really didn't chase you away, after all. Too bad.

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  3. One other thing. I don't know why, from vnisanian's point of view, it would be such a bad thing for Sony to sell the Bob Stewart library. Sony is doing next to nothing with the shows. GSN runs 25K Pyramid five times a week in a throwaway morning slot, and that's it.

    A new owner might try to market the library more aggressively to Buzzr and other oldies outlets. It's hard to see how a new owner could do less with the library than Sony is doing right now.

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    1. But isn't Buzzr completely owned by Fremantle? I don't see how other libraries would make it to there.

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    2. Sure, but there's no law that a Fremantle-owned operation can't lease shows from other sources. GSN leases shows from non-Sony sources all the time, including Fremantle.

      The point is that Sony is doing very little with the old shows in the Stewart library. So I'm not sure why you think a sale of the library to another owner would be "scary." Seems like you would welcome it. At least the new owner might try to lease the oldies more aggressively to Buzzr and other TV nostalgia outlets.

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  4. I want to challenge your constant dislike toward those who prefer the oldies. First, the majority of your readers grew up with tons of game shows, which were all over the networks in the 70s/80s. As young people these shows stick with you, much like classic rock has been a major ratings grabber at radio since the 80s. And strangely, classic rock hasn't changed much since the late 80s because music has split off into so many odd directions, much like current game shows. The networks, especially cable, tend to go after one specific niche. The classic games were like a friend stopping by every day for a visit. Today's shows are way overproduced. Nothing is natural like it was 30-40 years ago. Take the current Match Game, where rounds are totally deleted and reshot if it doesn't fit into the schedule. Older games let it play and that's where the fun came from. I like some of the new shows, but given a 2017 version of many 'classics' would be much more enjoyable, especially if they didn't try to funny-up w/ a wannabe comedian/host. Just my take on the comfort level of 'the classics'. Thanks for your time.

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    1. Tired of Casey's crap? Come to alt.tv.game-shows, your #1 source for alternative game show facts!

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    2. You couldn't be more wrong. Game shows today have never been better!

      Since 1999, When Millionaire debuted, Game Shows haven't stopped, and they have been better than ever. Today's shows are more exciting, smarter, and more fun than they have ever been!

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  5. I don't know what your talking about with this "constant dislike toward those who prefer the oldies." I prefer a lot of oldies myself. As I pointed out in a previous post, my list of fifty top game shows had more shows from the 1950s than any other decade.

    What I dislike is an automatic disdain for newer shows, such as you see on Game Show Forum (and in your comment to some extent). When GSF can only find one show from the last ten years to put into their top 50 list, little more than blind prejudice is at work.

    Good game shows can be found in all eras, from the 1950s to the 2010s. Your negative generalizations about "today's shows" are way off the mark. Many recent shows are better than many shows of the 70s/80s. Just as many shows from those older decades are better than many shows today. It's a mixed bag of individual shows in any era, which is an obvious fact that many older-is-better partisans forget.

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  7. Deleted a couple of jerk spams from the class doofuses Taylor and Hutato: one of those asinine "technical win" spams and one of the plugs for alt.tv.game-shows. Any more such spam will be deleted as soon as I see it.

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  8. This news produced a crazy theory in my head, especially IF CBS were to acquire Sony's TV & Film. What do you think of the chances of this one, Casey? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUQ-3QEE_SM

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  9. When will Sony's hold on Merv Griffin, Bob Stewart, Chuck Barris, Jack Barry, et al FOAD? SOON HOPEFULLY! Maybe we can admit that the Pat Sajak Show was originally called The Chuck Woolery Show, and premiered in 1975 with the man called Wheel of Fortune as host!!!!!

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  10. Haggis baggis is coming to Buzzr. It's true!

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