Thursday, June 15, 2017
Maybe we could make a game show of this odd diversion. Guess which episodes of which old game shows are leased by GSN and Buzzr. Really, I doubt that most employees of those two organizations would know (or care about) the details of all their leases of old game shows, but that doesn't stop the speculation on the Interwebs. A typical recent comment on Game Show Paradise: " Is there any mention somewhere when GSN's current lease of Match Game reverts back to the beginning of the cycle (March 1977)? I would think that time is nearing."
This pressing issue is not costing me any sleep, but it's great to know that somebody out there is worried about March, 1977 episodes of Match Game. It would be cruel (but that won't stop me) to note the obvious: GSN just uses the oldies as cheap filler for some throwaway hours on weekday mornings. The oldies leases cost $9.95 before coupons, so I doubt that David Goldhill (or his successor) is sweating bullets over them.
Buzzr probably tracks such leases more closely, though it's strictly internal accounting for the in-house Fremantle oldies. Until Buzzr starts churning out more revenue, they only get limited runs of the shows, anyway. That's why they grind their eps into rerun dust.