Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What didn't the fox say?

(Two words. Endless Apps. They're worth $12. You heard right. $12 at TGI Friday's.)

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 Jason Kelly.

Me: We begin with a tragic loss last Friday. As many of you know, Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. In The Starting Line today, we pay tribute to the man better known as Dr. Spock. The actor was also known for the popular 70's program "In Search of..." He was also in the game show world. He appeared on "What's My Line?", the $20,000 pyramid and the "Hollywood Squares." His last tweet on.Twitter was this:

"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

May he rest in peace. We'll return with more after this.

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Sprite Commercial with Heavy D:

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On to more serious GSN stuff for you guys.

Bit of house cleaning:

On Monday nights, starting March 9th, Steve Harvey's Family Feud will replace a rerun of The Chase at 9pm ET. On Friday nights, starting March 13th, a rerun of The Chase will replace The Newlywed Game in the 8pm ET hour.

Guess that might work or not.

Slow week in the newsroom meant a new segment. We want to let the fans know why you like ir dislike the way GSN is going. Does it require you to change it? Are you obsessed with a show you like? Are you mad about why you look at the schedule every bit of it? Well get ready, because this week is the premiere of....

Say What You Want To say.

Yes, from the GSN FB page, we let fans weigh in no matter what the outcry is. We start with June Kinback saying....

"Enough with the Liberty Mutual commercials. I beg you!!!!!Please make it stop."

I don't blame you. Brent Rogers has this...

"Great win for Curtis Warren on Sale of the Century!"

Of course. A real $ale legend. Julie Mowery and this...

"The little boy who hosts Chain Reaction is obviously prejudice against women. FYI, just saying,,,,"

Which turns out to be Dylan Lane. Cheryl Lucas wants to know...

"is American bible challenge coming back on gsn ?"

If yes..I'm on it. Matthew Maples seeing this highlight...

"Oh look, The Chase is doing yet another celebrity episode. Ratings must be in the toilet."

Not quite. Perhaps this rant went to Mary Janevero. She says this and i want you to look at it. It reads:

"I commented yesterday and have received several "replies" that agreed with me that you need to do something about the Steve Harvey / Family Feud Show being aired continuously. We are getting tired of looking at it and it's endless repeats. Why is this happening? I have watched your network for many years, it is a very popular station that has fun game shows that should not only include this one man. Secondly, the name does not justify it being a family friendly game there is some pretty raw topics that are being presented. What's that about? You really need to do something about this."

Well Michael Yearsley. Tell her.

"The reason that Steve Harvey's episodes of "Feud" are on multiple times a day is because his episodes consistently bring in the highest ratings GSN sees on any given day.

The questions asked on the show nowadays are mainly geared toward Steve's style of humor. There are some non-sexual related questions that are still asked, but only about a third of the time."

And there you have it.

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Now the 2nd intermission presented by From 2013-14, she was seen on the Nostalgia Critic. Now Rachel Tietz rocks away to this...

"Time To Kill" By Rachel Tietz:

However we have time left for the 3rd period, so let's go!

Time once again for.....


When we last left you in January, we were at 18, Now we resume with 17....

Game Show Network Prime Games Promo:

When GSN started out, it was all interactivity. Prime Games was that example. Peter Tomarken and later Marianne Curan hosted this interactive show that lets fans participate by landline phone, yes this was before cell phone service came out, for stuff while watching classic game shows. Imagine winning an archery set while watching Bullseye. Oh and dig the set. The phone numbers flash in front of your very eyes. It set the trend for GSN Live a decade later. Prime Games...

At 17, which is a prime number in math. Who knew?

Over. Done with. Out. Today's blog is presented by any number multiplied by 0. It's useless when you use it.

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, February 28, 2015

Sneaky Peeky!

On the next GSN The Know....

-We say goodbye to Leonard Nimoy.
-The debut of "Say what You wanna say."
-And the resumption of our all-time originals countdown.

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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Overtime #17: Guest Host gets Gone

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

Me: It is Overtime, the monthly Friday Doodle Diary (or FriDooDi for you Mary Doodles fans out there) in one little box. Last month, I told you the top 5 classic hosts, but this month, we're on the original side starting with......

5. Ben Gleib
When Idiotest first came about, Ben Gleib was going to be the perfect host. No one knew why it wasn't doomed from the start. But a late surge got him & his show a second season. His comic experience made him what it was from the program to contribute and his TV experiences still make him a rookie host.

4. Brooke Burns
Anyone knows why Brooke Burns is Beauty to Mark Labett playing Beast. It's because her charm and poise made the Chase shoot straight up to higher ratings....and a job she's kept like she once did with Dog Eat Dog.

3. Jeff Foxworthy
When GSN picked up a game show about the started to not make sense at all until Jeff got picked for the role. Fact of the matter is, his acting & comedy credentials turned out to be a 3-season wonder alright, making it famliy friendly for everyone.

2. Sherri Shepard
When the newest version of "The Newlywed Game" arrived, it was out with the old and in with the new. That belonged to Carnie WIlson and Sherri Shepard. The latter made the show move back to New York since season 1 and made her feel right at home.

1. Chuck Woolery
What can you say about him? If longevity was in the dictionary, he may have wrote it. His show Lingo for 6 solid seasons made him the most trusted legend in the world.
About finished with the diary. New page next month full of GSN goodness. Play on playas.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Play with me, Steve!

(If you want to sign up for the March Lootcrate, now is the time to do it. The theme will be inspired by espionage, so no need to hide, get to 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 Jason Kelly.

Me: With Agent Carter over & done, we're not done talking GSN. Why? It renews your mind & spirit. Thanks for getting charged into a free blogging service I currently have. No need for a toll bridge, it's.....

The Starting Line.

Idiotest has a new date:

April 1st.

Isn't is weird like Misty Kingma that the Ben Gleib show is on a date of pranks? It's true. Also, I found out on the Buzzerblog Facebook page that the set is updated. The touchscreen will be separate like Round 3. That'll eliminate the fighting over it and compare the sharing like an air hockey game. The new season will drop when Spring time officialy comes around.

With February almost gone, we break the ice on who got frozen and who melted away. It's the Yay & Yawn of the month.

The Yay: The Chase. Still kicking butt.

The Yawn: Baggage On The Road. Almost a flat tire away from cancellation.

After the jump, a mystery to a Feud and one last shortie for this year. Where else will you be going during the break? Nowhere. Stay here.

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Now where are you? Back here, of course. What would happen if Harvey Feud had flopped?

Scott Rahner of GSNN blogspot finally answers the age old question.

"But what if Steve Harvey's Family Feud started with a 1.4 in September 2010? Then, floated around a 1.2/1.3/1.4 throughout the Winter, maybe hitting a 1.5 in the cold winter months, and then seeing lows of 1.0? It's most likely they would have given Steve a second-go-around, because everyone deserves a second chance and I doubt Fremantle would have given up on Feud that easily. Then, the 2011-12 season may have averaged a 1.0 or lower, ranging down to 0.7's and 0.8's."

By then, it would've stayed gone after 2 seasons and break Dawson's version by 3 years. O' Hurley should've kept hosting instead of Harvey. Today, the record is at over 15 years. Bonkers, isn't it? To dig deep on the topic, I wrote a poem for you.

Hey, I just met you...
And this is crazy.....
So here's my mind-controlled helicopter...
Comment it, maybe?

Adam Lentz commented with:

"Funny, when Cedric The Entertainer took over Millionaire in the fall of 2013, most people he would kill the show. He managed though to keep the ratings steady and the show returned for another year. But, Terry Crews came on and the ratings have been somewhat terrible. Looks like Terry might be a curse to the legendary franchise. Same thing with Steve, everyone thought that he was going to make the show go under, but as the years went on, the ratings increased."

Now it's trying to let J! And Wheel prevent them from taking 1st, especially the latter getting media attention.

Casey Abell has this:

"First, the big change wasn't from HH (household) to AA (average audience) ratings, it was from AA to GAA (gross average audience). This happened the week of April 3, 2011. Paige Albiniak explains it all clearly in this B&C article...

Steve Harvey took over Family Feud well before this change, in September 2010. He made an immediate impact on the show's ratings, even under the old AA Nielsen system then in place."

Then another war of words between him and Scott raged on.

To put it in closing, when Steve arrived, they were above the 1s. Nobody knew why they wanted him. As the years went on, YouTube caught attention and guess what...more people watched him. GSN wanted to have him! They stuck with it. Without him, GSN would be toast with endless DOND reruns all day. So in short, Steve isn't going anywhere as does GSN. Can we please move on?

The GSN upfronts will take place on March 10th. The hosts of Idiotest, Chase and Skin Wars were here last year. What will happen this year and will we reveal the new CR host? Answers will be in next month.

You know that Taylor Swift song "Blank Space" that has a misheard lyric for a popular coffehouse company? Well, that spot happens to be where PYL is come March 2nd. Here are my guesses:

Bumper Stumpers
Now You See It
Match Game '90
Talk About....oh that's right, it's from Canada.

Any guesses. Let me know when I dish out info at the end of the 3rd period.

Finally, Monopoly Millionaires Club gets a premiere date: March 31st. It will not be a GSN original and The Chase will be on hold in its timeslot where it's aired although it may continue with the current season.

Now the 2nd intermission presented by We wrap up Lindsey Stirling appreciation month with this:

Roaring away is the 3rd period.

In 1978, Card Sharks made it's NBC debut. While it became a hit, one show on CBS beat them at that time and it was "Pass The Buck." Why? Everyone wanted to watch a game of acey-deucey over 4 contestants trying to bulid a jackpot by answering a question with many answers you can think of. With 3 more people. If you're only one left, you got to play for $5000 clearing a line of answers in 15 seconds. Bill Cullen hosted the darn thing until it was replaced in the summer....and went on to have greater success in syndication along with The Joker's Wild to......Tic Tac Dough. Guess another shortie can't be a shortie, huh? BTW, Card Sharks ran until 1981.

Throttling for now. This blog is presented by the internet. We don't break it, we just play with it.

Don't forget to email me at,, on Twitter: @Johnny_Arcade and on Facebook: Pierre Jason Kelly. Have a great week and play on, playas.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sneaky Peeky

On the next GSN The Know...

-We get the info on Idiotest's premiere date...
-Find out what happens had Steve Harvey flop his new Feud...
-And one shortie to end February.

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Greenlighted Greensleeves

(If you want to be a geek, here's what you do: Obsess your favorite video game or comic book, collect whatever or subscribe to Lootcrate. Either way it's a 3-way tie, because it gives you what you want every month at a fraction of the cost. Hit for more.)

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: Hello whoever you are. An ice storm hit hard in my hometown and that prompted me to stay in and watch GSN all day on my channel hoping the streets won't be a real-life Super Mario Kart or Twisted Metal. Hope you're doing the same as well. Let's slip out with...

The Starting Line.

Family Feud seems to be too much on the network but according to the GSNN blogspot page, we bring in the stats:

GSN airings of Steve Harvey Family Feud, February 2015: Weekdays 12-1pm: 2011-12 season (10 episodes per week) Weekdays 6-7pm: 2010-11 season (10 episodes per week)
Weekdays 7-8pm: 2011-12 season (10 episodes per week)
Mondays 10pm-1am: 2012-13 season (6 episodes per week)
Tuesdays 10-11pm: 2012-13 season (2 episodes per week)
Wednesdays 9-10pm: 2012-13 season (2 episodes per week)
Wednesdays 12-1am: 2012-13 season (2 episodes per week)
Thursdays 9pm-1am: 2012-13 season (8 episodes per week) Fridays 10pm-1am: 2012-13 season (6 episodes per week) Saturdays 2-4pm: 2012-13 season (4 episodes per week)
Saturdays 4-8pm: 2010-11 season (8 episodes per week) Sundays 12-5pm: 2011-12 season (10 episodes per week)
Sundays 7-11pm: 2012-13 season (8 episodes per week) 2010-11 season airings: 18 episodes per week; 21% (6% of the entire GSN schedule)

2011-12 season airings: 30 episodes per week; 35% (11% of the entire GSN schedule)
2012-13 season airings: 38 episodes per week; 44% (14% of the entire GSN schedule) Total: 86 airings per week of Steve Harvey Feud (31% of the entire GSN schedule)

With just the new season airing in primetime, everything else happens during the day and the O 'Hurley version may be the next Feud out. Will Harvey continue to dominate GSN before you know it?

Just after the break, Baggage's big fall and another short-lived entitity. Don't slip & fall, we'll be right back!

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adidas Mutombo Commercial 1993:

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And you're back. BOTR had some high marks seems to habe ran out of gas.

Baggage On The Road scored up 23% in total viewers for its hour of new episodes this week versus the last. Last week, both episodes of Baggage On The Road averaged 306,000 total viewers (312K at 10pm, 300K at 10:30pm). This week, the new episodes of Baggage On The Road averaged 396,000 total viewers (380K at 10pm, 411K at 10:30pm). The first episode of Baggage On The Road, at 10pm ET, is up 18% in total viewers week-to-week.

Good news, but the REAL bad news was...

Baggage On The Road did fall from the rest of the primetime lineup which consisted of Idiotest at 8pm and 8:30pm ET then Family Feud in the 9pm hour. Idiotest reruns scored 426K (8pm) and 419K (8:30pm). Family Feud scored 469K (9pm) and 622K (9:30pm). Baggage On The Road actually fell a large 39% from its lead-in (622K to 380K).

Talk about riding in a beat-up van cross country on regular gas.

As far as Feud goes, the axe must be handled.

Steve Rahner of GSNN has this story.

"In the next six months, Game Show Network is expected to cutback on Steve Harvey Family Feud by approximately 10% (or about 8 episodes/4 hours worth of the current Steve Harvey Family Feud programming). This is simply due to GSN airing new seasons of originals later this year in primetime. In addition, it is expected that same night and weekend reruns will replace some of the current Family Feud slots, although that has not happened with the fourth season of The Chase."

Hey GSN viewers, don't think it won't be like G4TV (RIP) when it was showing Cops.

And to wrap it up, Idiotest needs faces to fill our audience. Click here if you want tickets:

And now the second intermission presented by We continue Lindsey Stirling appreciation month with the title track of the 2nd album with Lzzy Hale backing up.

Shattering away is the 3rd period.

Perhaps the shortest title in game show history comes with these 2 letters: Go. If you've been watching the 1980 & 2006 versions of Chain Reaction, you know how it goes. It all started from the seed of an unsold show called "Get Rich Quick!" That front game molded itself into a game show itself in October of 1983. Players had to say one word back & forth like Pong to formulate a question and hit the bell to let the player in the center answer. The winning team had to try for 10 or maybe 20,000 simoleons with weather guy Kevin o' Connell being the host. Sadly, it was 3 months and that's it. But for game show fans like us, Go was what a bonus game from another Bob Stewart creation was all about.

Time to shut down this Winter Waltz. Where are you, Spring? Anyhoodles, this blog is presented by that "Let It Go" song from Frozen. Perfect for alarm clocks, snow days or your next recital. Act now and we'll add an Elsa doll absolutely free, but only if you know the words.

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, February 14, 2015

Sneaky Peeky
On the next GSN The Know....
-We divide how Family Feud is aired....
-How BOTR fell from its lead-in....
-and another shortie to honor.
GSN The Know. See what the nation's talking about.