Friday, October 31, 2014

Overtime #15: Something Witty This Way Comes

VO: This is Overtime. More about the network you know & trust. Here now Pierre Kelly.

Me: Time for overtime. A treat in one wee little bag. Today, things you didn't know about....Crosswits!

1. Prior to doing this gig, David Sparks did a pilot called "On A Roll". And it didn't work.

2. This past Sunday had 2 shows:

83 (Charles Shaughnessy, Rosie O'Donnell, Joanna Kerns & Ilene Graff): Silver Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, Ford Taurus L Wagon ($12,056) & red Pontiac Fiero

80 (John Schuck, Roberta Leighton, Arsenio & Charlie Callas): Black Fiero, Firebird & Green Blazer ($12,199)

3. Michelle Roth is the first female announcer of a game show.

4. Sticking with Michelle...

-Usually on "Crosswits", Michelle would plug the car in the middle.

5. for car wins on "Crosswits", I could hear some faint car honks; also, a contestant's GT would flash on the bottom of the screen (on the ep. that was online that had the VW Cabriolet given away, the GT wasn't shown).

6. It only ran from 1986-87.

7. Arsenio Hall didn't make his debut. That went to Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour in 1983.

8. Rosie O' Donnell had her debut here.

And the last fact...

It was taped at the Bob Barker Studio at CBS Television City.

That might do it. We leave you now with Sonya Belousova & Ghost Waltz. Happy Halloween & play on, playas.

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Ghost Waltz - Player Piano (Official Video):

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Smart Thinking

(Halloween is getting near and you better hurry. Party City has last-minute shopping before you go trick-or-treating. Better hurry, it's got going ot last long.)

VO: This is GSN The Know. The most informed and entertained blog in the United States of America. Now, from the WIlton-North building, here is the man about games, Pierre Kelly.

Me: Jeepers Creepers, focus on your peepers to what I say on this creepshow, er, freakshow known as GSN. Hope you got your eyes in check, 'cause we focus on.....

The Starting Line.

Idiotest thought it would get cancelled.......but no. It started to be like a cardiac kid and stayed that way. The week of October 11th had a small spike thinking the twitter Q&A session and the livetweet session of the host must've helped......well, it did. another spike in the ratings per age group and one nightcap show that went up 15% got them thinking it should've been a hit all along. Well, it's a hit, but after all, it's GSN greatest hit of the year.

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Now the candy bag of the month known as the Yay & Yawn of October.

The Yay: Tylenol Time Capsule. GSN unearthed rare treasures and gave diehard fans a chance to showcase them.

The Yawn: Let's Ask America and Shop 'Til you Drop. They tried......and didn't work.
Stay here folks for one show getting another season and GSN to the minors? Don't even think about touching that X button.

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Trivia question: What do MOAM, Engvall Lingo, Love Triangle and Family Trade all have in common?
Time's up. It's Uno. Yep, just 1. But one show is getting another season....
And that's Idiotest. The show has confirmed season 2 is on the way. 65 more episodes will be in the package. This will be for the first time since 2010, an actual game show getting another season. The last show to do that: Baggage.
Oh, and speaking of Baggage, Flasher took pictures of the new version and here they come.
Austin Photographer Kelly Wendt
And we move on to....

Carni-Poll. No time to be playing games on the midway, let us show you the way GSN fans think.
What do you think of GSN renewing 'Idiotest' for a second season?
90% say....yeah, it's a good move. Can't wait for season dos.
Which of the following afternoon shows do you enjoy watching? (You can select more than one)
Going 1, 2 & 3, Catch 21 is 1st, Chain Reaction is 2nd and The Pyramid and DOND tied for 3rd.
Would you welcome 'Power of 10' with host Drew Carey back to the GSN schedule?
56% say yes over 43%. Really?
Will you watch the celebrity episode of 'The Chase' (November 11th 8pm ET)?
3/4 of them say yes. 1/4 say no.
Will the upcoming celebrity episode of 'The Chase' break record viewership?
48% No? Why? Anyways, one more and we're done with it.
Which show removed from the schedule will you miss the MOST?
40%.....went with......Whammy! Is that really?
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Now to the 2nd intermission presented by With October closing down, Svengoolie gets one last song to close the appreciation month out.
Standing by......period 3.
One interview with Mark Labett thinks GSN is a minor network. A minor network? That's peanuts compared to any other network like RFD-TV, Youtoo or whatever. Look, GSN is more than minor. It's getting close to 20 years people. Whether classic or modern, Sony has it. Liberty Media has it. Nobody else has it. That means Viacom, DIscovery Networks, NBCUniversal or A&E networks  don't have GSN. Not one. So since it began, it's always been a Sony Network. Starz TV, AXN, Audience, MLB Network and Sony Movie channel? Yeah, they're with the company GSN is in.'s major. AMC.....major too. What about GSN?.......soon to be. And it will be if the fans keep it up.

Strike three, you're out. Today's blog is presented by hot dog vendors. You make money yelling for them. However, they're not free, because the fans pay for them.
Don't forget to email me at,, Pierre Jason Kelly on FB and @Johnny_Arcade on twitter. We'll see you later and play on, playas.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sneaky Peeky

On the Next GSN The Know...

-Idiotest isn't backing down from a slump.....
-Polling stuff....
-And did Mark Labett figure out why it's a "minor network?"

GSN The Know. See what the nation's talking about.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Raising the Blinds

(If Party City had what you always wanted in a costume, you'll find it. They got plates and decorations for any party you want to throw. Get to Party City Today.)

VO: This is GSN The Know. The most informed and entertained blog in the United States of America. Now, from the WIlton-North building, here is the man about games, Pierre Kelly.

Me: And....back in the building where I belong. Nice to go back to work after a long absence. Not only this desk is all new, but we have a new HDTV background of the city behind me with monitors playing GSN from every time zone above it. Imagine seeing PYL in Russia time, or Idiotest in Hawaiian time. Even the staff treated me to frozen pizza & coke once I entered the office. But we have to talk GSN. Let's kick it off with.....

The Starting Line.

High Stakes Poker. A cash poker game that had AJ Benza and Mr. Kotter himself, Gabe Kaplan calling the action and helped GSN become the first original poker game in the nation is returning.....or is it? Well, the network is planning to do that for the first time in 3 years since this happened.....

In just a few, Shop says adios and Family Feud has their own version on YouTube. But do they like it? See why after the break.

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YoYo Ball commercial (1992):

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With Shop Til You Drop closing mall doors forever, DOND has found a way to fill in the gaps of it.

Deal or No Deal (syndicated) will replace Shop 'Til You Drop weekdays at 5pm and 5:30pm ET. Deal or No Deal also remains in the 11am and 4pm hours weekdays.

So it'll be syndication, not the NBC one which should've made more sense in it.

With the new syndicated lottery series "Monopoly Millionaires Club" set for next year, GSN will air it in February as opposed to it's syndicated premiere in January. The New York Lottery will sponsor it and Billy Gardell of Mike & Molly, which also stars funny lady Melissa McCarthy, will preside the festivities.

It's been a week since the new weekend changes and so's why.

the primetime average went down 1% week to week from 347,000 viewers (October 6-12) to 345,000 viewers (October 13-19) in the 8pm-11pm ET window all seven nights. The primetime average for GSN came in 41st place out of all cable networks.

The total day average climbed a huge 12% and put GSN in 32nd place out of all the cable networks in the United States. GSN went from 259,000 viewers (October 6-12) to 293,000 viewers (October 13-19). The total day average is measured from 6am-5:59ET all seven days, minus Paid Programming.

The expanded primetime average for Monday-Friday, 7pm-11pm ET was 367,000 total viewers (38th place of all cable networks).

12% for daytime. And there is still life in the morning classics.

Now to the 2nd intermission presented by Svengoolie goes at it again with this....

Svengoolie: "That's No Sheet!":

And this is the 3rd period.

I don't mean to go slighty off-topic to keep with how I talk GSN and that's it...well, in relation to it, but Family Feud is doing well beating out Jeopardy! and getting close to beating Wheel this year.  Even GSN has too many every day. But the Feud found it's way onto a new system....YouTube. That's right, BZZR, own by Fremantle, the same guys who not only do that show, but TPIR and LMAD as well, came up with their own version and what does it feature?.......YouTube stars. Not real families, YouTube stars. If you want to see it yourself, go read my friend Robert Seidelman's video review over at it's worth a look. As for the game, It's 3-on-3, but it's not basketball. Josh Leyva.....huh?.....hosts it and it's the same game you know and love. The set.....reminds me of public access television. Can't they use some old props from previous Feuds? Another gripe: 2 strikes. Where's 3? Family Feud has it. Plus, Fast Money has both players from both teams play instead of a winning team. Did they deserve to do this? And oh yeah, they won't allow duplicate answers on this version. Something is wrong here. And there's $2500 to the champion in this tournament. So to review it, here's a review haiku for you....


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Survey says: It's over. Our blog is presented by Bunny Meyer alias grav3yardgirl. Why is she so pretty?

Don't forget to email me at,, Pierre Jason Kelly on FB and @Johnny_Arcad on twitter. We'll see you later and play on, playas.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sneaky Peeky

On the next GSN The Know...

-A poker Show returns?
-Who's replacing Shop?
-and a new version of Feud. Is it watchable?

GSN The Know. See what the nation's talking about.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Feudin', Fightin' and Fussin'...and Freaking Out!

(Don't want to go to your parents masquerade ball? Then don't. Unless you go to Party City where you pick out a costume and you're on your way. Find a party city location near you.)

VO: This is GSN The Know. The most informed and entertained blog in the United States of America. Now live from his manor, Pierre Jason Kelly.

Me: About time you entered your living room and report on all things GSN and only GSN. Beginning with something we always call....

The Starting Line.

With a new season of Chase on the horizon, a celebrity edition is a go. The UK version has done it. Why not us?

With the first of many editions, It'll be these 3 celebrities.

First off, Dean Cain. He's known for playing Clark Kent in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Second, Seamus Dever. He's been with the show "Castle" since it began in 2009, and has acted in film & TV roles prior to that.

Finally, Boris Kodjoe. Born in Germany, this actor had a starring role in "For Your Love" and is one of the Real husbands of Hollywood on cable.

This ought to bring season 3 in.with something special.

In just a few moments, the weekend gets an upgrade. We'll tell you what it is after these words of wonder.

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Sky Dancers Commercial:

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We told you about a weekend upgrade and we promised GTK will deliver. To do that, it's time for another edition of.....

House cleaning.

Take a look at what you'll be seeing come the start of Saturday.

*This Sunday night (October 12th), Steve Harvey's Family Feud will air from 7-9pm; replacing Let's Ask America.
*Starting Monday, October 13th and every weekday, Steve Harvey's Family Feud will air from 12-1pm; replacing Let's Ask America.
*In Monday primetime, Sherri Shepherd's The Newlywed Game will air from 8-9pm; replacing John O'Hurley's Family Feud. (O'Hurley Feud will still air from 9-10pm Mondays)

*In Thursday primetime, Sherri Shepherd's The Newlywed Game will air from 8-9pm; replacing Steve Harvey's Family Feud.
*On Saturday mornings (starting October 18th), Love Triangle will air from 9-11am; replacing Super Password, Blockbusters and Whammy!
*On Saturday mornings/early afternoons (starting October 18th), The Newlywed Game (Shepherd) will still air from 11am-12pm and will also air from 12-2pm; replacing Mind of a Man and 1 vs. 100.

*On Saturday afternoons (starting October 18th), Steve Harvey's Family Feud will air from 2-5pm; replacing The Chase, Idiotest and Dog Eat Dog. Steve Harvey's Family Feud will also remain from 5-8pm.
*On Saturday latenights (starting October 18th), Idiotest will air from 12am-1am; replacing Mind of a Man. Idiotest also remains from 10pm-12am.
*On Saturday latenights (starting October 18th), Baggage will air from 3am-4am; replacing Dog Eat Dog. Baggage also remains from 1-3am.

*On Sundays (starting October 19th), Steve Harvey's Family Feud will air from 9am-5pm; replacing Super Password, Blockbusters, Whammy!, Love Triangle, The Newlywed Game, The Chase, Minute to Win It and Karn's Family Feud.
*On Sundays (starting October 19th), Idiotest will air from 5-6pm; replacing Family Feud. Idiotest also remains from 6-7pm.
*On Sundays (starting October 19th), Steve Harvey's Family Feud will air from 9-11pm; replacing Baggage. Steve Harvey's Family Feud remains from 7-9pm.

*On Sundays (starting October 19th), Baggage will air from 11pm-1am; replacing The Chase and The Newlywed Game.
*On Sundays (starting October 19th), The Newlywed Game will air from 1am-4am; replacing Idiotest, The Pyramid and Minute to Win It.

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Wait a minute! Harvey Feud dominates Sunday. What kind of move did GSN deserve for that kind of day? Well, their weekends aren't doing well. College Football and the NFL are beating them senseless in the ratings. If Hilty was here, the machine would go bonkers on why Family Feud would go from 0-60 in one week. But more to go for after kicking Let's Ask America out? Please. Karn shouldve stayed in the noon hour, but he is longer at the network as of this moment. Plus, with too much Sherriwed and Baggage going on to fill the slots. Why is Love Triangle still on the air? Just why? Guess Idiotest is the one bright spot to look out for.
Now this is all an attempt to spice up GSN on weekends to get their variety back like they used to back then. Here now to talk about the state of GSN and the weekends is Scott Rahner of GSNN. Scott, welcome in and tell us about the new changes.

"All I can say is major, MAJOR changes on Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th. With the massive expansion of airings for Love Triangle, Newlywed Game and Baggage, it looks like GSN is trying to pick up some strong female and 18-49 & 25-54 demos for advertising and revenue purposes. Steve Harvey's Family Feud just takes over the whole damn day on Sunday, consuming12 of 19 programming hours (and all of primetime too), up from the current 2 hours.

Let's Ask America must really have bombed these past two short months it has been on GSN. The Sunday night block must have bombed as well, which made All Star Secrets and Babble suffer (not that they would have done great anyway, but better with a Family Feud or MTWI lead-in). Let's Ask America cannot be performing too poorly in latenights, but maybe GSN figures the only show they can replace that hour with is, again, Steve Harvey's Family Feud. So they are just sitting on it for now.

Shows like 1 vs. 100 (since November 2013, one-year lease must have expired), Minute to Win It (Ohno-since 2013), Mind of a Man (since January), Dog Eat Dog (since mid-2012) and Karn Feud (since 2007! Consistently!) are completely G-O-N-E from the schedule.

GSN must want a little less Family Feud visible in primetime, sticking one extra hour on each Monday & Thursday night of Sherri's The Newlywed Game. Maybe the Friday night numbers are good too.

It is strange that Idiotest has not been removed and retains all its slots. GSN must be happy with Ben's numbers, for now, because the new runs we have seen these past few weeks have not been the best.

Additionally, with the expansion of Steve Harvey's Family Feud, the New to GSN 12-13 episodes (Harvey Season 3, which currently air late primetime/latenights Monday-Friday) must really be lighting up Nielson numbers.

Looks like GSN is really trying to push their numbers up to acquire something. This is just a mad amount of their top rated shows."

See? There you go. The BET hip-hop awards were yesterday as of this writing, but hip-hop is poetry and I've written one for you...

Hey, I just met you...
And this is crazy...
So here's my Garden Weasel...
Comment it, maybe?

Okay, let's go through a few of them. One poster says....

"Talk about a gallon of suck in a quart container. I don't see any improvements with these changes. The Lets Ask doesn't surprise me. I kinda figured it would go the Street Smarts route since the shows are somewhat similar, both in gameplay and production. After a few weeks it started getting downgraded to later in the evening then was gone. I wish I could pick out one positive from all these craptastic updates."

Me too. Id wish GSN would get something positive. We move on to.....

"The reason the schedule for Oct 20-26 hasn't changed is that GSN hasn't gotten around to sending it out yet. Sooner or later it will arrive.

I gotta admit, I don't look at the schedules all that closely any more. But when I saw this one, I thought, wow, GSN wants to p.o. the game show Interwebs. Of course, the heavily traditionalist game show Interwebs don't matter at all in the real world."

That was Casey Abell talking about it, but another poster said....

"Now to weekends, while I don't watch GSN on weekends much,because of these changes, I won't be watching GSN on weekends at all. I guess my weekend viewership will go exclusively to Football and NASCAR. Why are they keeping Love Triangle? This would've been the perfect time to get rid of it. Oh well, at least Mind of a Man is finally leaving the schedule, should've left in May."

One GSN fan down, however many more to go. Let's end it with....

"Isn't this ironic where over the past few months, the noon slot has not been good. They tried the Inaba version of 1 vs 100 and Engvall Lingo and that didn't work out. Then, they added Shop Til You Drop in June and that lasted til August. And they tried out Let's Ask America and that lasted until early October of this year. Seems like every show at noon has lasted a month and a half or two months. So, who do we call, Steve Harvey! But why, they tried him out at 3 pm in June and he lasted 3 months until September. Maybe he can break the noon curse or he will fall flat, just like the other shows at noon did. Let's hope Mr. Harvey survives at noon. And from what I read according to my DirecTV guide for this upcoming week, it will not be the new season 3 episodes, it will be the season 1 episodes they have burned to the ground since 2012."

Yep. Steve Harvey. One guy you need when the network's in trouble.

One last thing...

Crosswits on October 26th is still a go. However, it'll be at 10 & 10:30 CST. Thanks GSN for the move, so please DVR it.

Now to the second intermission presented by Svengoolie is holding it down again with this....

Svengoolie: "They Got the Beast!":

And we got the 3rd

The Tylenol time capsule thingamajig was a cry of joy for GSN fans, but it ended up a whimper. Here's why.  When All-Star Secrets first hit the airwaves since 1979 when it was last aired, fans thought it was the video that wasn't good. Did GSN fail to notice the viewers not to adjust their television sets or use their remote control because there was nothing wrong with it? I'm guessing the same mightve gone for Babble, too. When it was all said and done, the viewers....didn't like it. NFL Sunday Night Football and the baseball playoffs plus whatever on CBS and ABC was on. That done the damage to the network and asked Mr. Harvey if he could to do us all a favor and change the weekend as an act of punishment, not a way of watching the same Dog Eat Dog shows when someone's bored or having Let's Ask America move somewhere else to freshen up more viewers. But with October 26th coming up, it'll mark a permanent place for us all.

Whoops. Showbiz Ashley Spencer who is one floor down from me in the building where I work is at the door giving me Domino's Pizza and coming in to game on.Super Mario Kart, so we have to go. Our blog is presented by Idiotest Binge-watching. It's not an addiction, it's to show how much of a Ben Gleib fan you are.

Don't forget to email me at,, Pierre Jason Kelly on FB and @Johnny_Arcad on twitter. We'll see you later and play on, playas.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sneaky Peeky

On the next GSN The Know....

-There's a celebrity chase going on....
-Lots of changes for the upcoming weekend....
-and why the Time Capsule didn't do too well.

GSN The Know. See what the nation's talking about.