Tuesday, March 14, 2017
More on GSN's sort of upfront
A kindly person at GSN sent me the press release for the sort of upfront the network will run in April. For the most part the release only confirms what the linked story in yesterday's post discussed. But there are a few more tidbits about GSN's development slate. In addition to Blast Your Past, the network lists three other developing projects...
D.I.Why. Contestants try to follow instructions from videos. Really, that's the concept. It's a stunt show, obviously, with the usual ticking clock. Josh Ostrovsky hosts.
The Tower. You might call this the Towering Inferno of Trivia. Contestants answer questions while building a tower on a "giant video game board." At least it's not a teensy-weensy video game board.
Pointless. Yeah, the U.K. show (see screenshot). Rumors about a GSN version have floated around for a while, and it's now officially in development.
One more funny note. The e-mail with the press release commented: "I was secretly laughing to myself when I read a few weeks ago that you thought Hollywood Game Night would be a good addition for the network because I knew it was imminent. Anyway, I wanted to confirm your excellent instincts!"
Gee, it was just a guess. But thanks for the compliment.
UPDATE: Some things never change. Game Show Forum finally deigns to note GSN's sort of upfront. Typical comment: "I can't wait to see how they butcher Pointless given The Chase and Divided."
Believe it or not, even GSF rated The Chase in their top fifty list, the one (1) show from the last ten years to make the grade for the oldies board to end all oldies boards. Even Cash Cab couldn't make the list because they picked so many obscure mediocrities (or worse) with decades of dust on them. Some rigged shows actually made the list. Talk about butchering the entire genre.