Thursday, April 5, 2018
A commenter notes that Buzzr will dump the Friday night "new-ies" block. Except the diginet sort of implies the newer shows might turn up elsewhere. Don't ask me what's going on. I figured that Buzzr would modernize the lineup a lot more and pretty soon. Shows what I know.
As I say in my reply to the comment, maybe this is a higher-up decision. Fremantle makes a lot of money leasing shows to GSN, especially Harvey Feud. So maybe they told Buzzr to lay off the newer stuff to keep GSN a little happier. But this is pure speculation on my part. The simpler explanation is that the newer shows just bombed with Buzzr's oldies fans. Some older-is-better types went ballistic about the newer shows on Buzzr's Facebook page.
Now that I think about it, yeah, the real explanation is probably that the shows just bombed. Kind of an odd analogy to how the Saturday night oldies block bombed on GSN. Speaking of which, maybe Fremantle might lease Celebrity Name Game to GSN. I'm a fan and I'd like to see the show get a slot somewhere.
CONSPIRACY THEORY UPDATE: I got a faux tweet out of an almost unnoticed story about Fremantle promoting Rick Glankler. Glankler will oversee and provide strategic insight to [Fremantle's] vintage game show digital multicast network, Buzzr. Could any of the recent lineup changes at Buzzr, including the downgrade of Dawson Feud, have anything to do with this? Who knows?
There's one thing I would like to know. Just how many people watch Buzzr? Right now Buzzr's Twitch feed is playing to a massive throng of 81 people. My guess is that the actual diginet gets a few more viewers, but not an enormous number under any circumstances...and orders of magnitude smaller than GSN's audience. Fremantle might figure that pleasing a good customer like GSN is a lot more important than updating a largely unwatched diginet.
Okay, I'll go whole hog on the conspiracy mongering. Glankler's mandate at Buzzr may be: Find an audience for this sucker or shut it down. GSN doesn't like any kind of 24/7 competition. But that really is a far-out theory. Or is it?