Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sneaky Peeky

On the next GSN The Know...

-Ratings for Friday's LD & morning ratings....
-Is $ale coming back June 1st and if not, why?
-and we start the 2005 class reunion.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lying down in a coma

(There are many hashtag wars out there on Twitter, but only one started it all, and that's @midnight. Tune in to see where the hashtag wars begin on Comedy Central.)

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: Time to shake it up like a Milkquake at Krystal,'s a milkshake, of course. Thanks for making me do the damage to your midweek. There's no earthquake in the building, but it's....

The Starting Line.

What began on 4/20 ended on 4/24. Lie Detectors seemed to be a daily show and was hoping for a hit. Let's take a closer look at how the debut week started.

6:30pm Lie Detectors: 180,000 total viewers; 43K 18-49 (-45% total; -9% 18-49 from lead-in)

The debut of it had 180K. Lower than any other new show out on GSN.

Tuesday got worse, but by Wednesday....

6:30pm Lie Detectors (new): 180,000 total; 19K 18-49 (-49% in total viewers; -70% in 18-49)

Then came Thursday....

6:30pm Lie Detectors (new): 242,000 total viewers; 22K 18-49 (-88% in 18-49; -45% in total)

And that's what caused the mess. GSN decided to take action by placing the program right after Idiotest on Wednesdays and on Saturday nights after putting it at a poor timeslot. The Pyramid wanted it to be a hit at first, but got disasterous afterwards and was placed on afternoons later on. How did the people of GSN do this? Later on, the reactions to the time change.

April felt like an easter egg hunt....with a little paintball at the network, but let's find out which is a rotten egg in this month's Yay & Yawn.

The Yay: Idiotest. It returned on April Fools Day and Brooke Burns even took over....a bit.

The Yawn: Morning changes. It seemed the network got tired of old shows and trim a little.

After this pause, we start the top 10 originals countdown. GSN The Know rattles right back after this.

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Know-it-alls, reassemble, because we're back!  When Lie Detectors was regulated to 2 nights a week per decision by the network, fans stuck with it. GIving you more of what the subject is, I took you guys to poetry class and wrote this:

Hey, I just met you...

And this is crazy....

So here's my Hurricane 360 Spin Mop...
Comment it, Maybe?
When the announcement was made, GSNN's blogspot page had a discussion with it. We chose Adam Lentz and here's what he said....
"So now, Lie Detectors is new every Wednesday and Saturdays? At least burn them off now, so they can quickly get rid of this show once the 40 episodes air. I wouldn't be surprised if ITAC suffered because of Lie Detectors, but who knows? If Idiotest next week recovers from this past Wednesday, then it's clear that Lie Detectors was the reason why Idiotest hit all time lows. But, maybe the show is flopping because they are airing the new episodes weekdays. They should have put the show after new runs of Idiotest. Then again, BOTR didn't work when it led out to Idiotest."
And that should've when it came out.
I spy with my eye.....and other eye.....

The Facebook Files.
When the news came of it, Buzzerblog reported on their FB page and Robert Siedelman said this:
"If the show wasn't 5 a week and just the Wednesday at 9:00-10 slot, then it might have stood a chance. This to me was GSN wanting it to fail. Why would you put something in a slot that is just disasterous for a new show, especially since GSN has trained a lot of their viewers over the years that the new originals are on at the prime-time hours, not when people are watching news or eating dinner."
You're right. And with Harvey Feud replacing that show, they won over LD. So what?  Mike Klauss gives his reaction to it:
"Wow. Even GSN gave Show Me the Money about 3 weeks before pulling the plug.

Sadly, it deserved such fate. It was not funny or entertaining, the audience members looked bored, and the premise has been done before, but much better."
Ever wonder what a game show is about? Match Game did it. The Price is Right did it. Password Plus did it. Lie Detectors.....didn't. Bill O' Donnell has this:
"Why don't they show Jeopardy? It's not like the Jeopardy people are airing reruns? All those old shows could still be entertaining folks and earning money for Sony."
Here's why: Old Jeopardy: Outdated. Recent Jeopardy: Still outdated. So go watch J! on your local station, okay?
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One house cleaning bit: Sherri Shepherd's The Newlywed Game will replace Baggage in the 3am ET hour, effective Monday, May 4th. The Newlywed Game remains in the 1am ET hour. Everything else stays as is.
FInally, we say Goodbye to Jayne Meadows. She was the wife of the late, great IGAS host Steve Allen and was a panelist on the show there. She was 95.
Now to the second intermission presented by We end April Acapella Awareness Month with the UCLA Resonance and this song:
And time for the 3rd period.

Time once again for.....

For #10, it's the fall....
...before Grace.
Russian Roulette was trivia and $100,000 was at stake if you took down 3 of your friends......and get fallen through a hole. Even if you didn't win the bonus round, you'll still fall through a hole, but still win money and everybody else.....pfft. Zero. Mark Walberg hosted this 2-season hit and had levers....yes, levers in which the lights would go around & around in which you were either dropped....or stayed there. Russian Roulette drops in at....
Time to fly. Today's blog is presented by Avengers: Age Of Ultron. In theaters May 1st. Also, next week kicks off the 2005 class reunion, so the countdown will be until June.
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, April 25, 2015

Sneaky Peeky

On The Next GSN The Know.....

-What Lie Detectors did all week and what the punishment will be for it....
-Your reactions to the ratings and the show itself....
-And the start of the top 10 originals of all-time.

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

Friday, April 24, 2015

Overtime #19: Really, reality?

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

Why hello there everyone. Overtime is right there where you find it and I'm Pierre Kelly.  With more of our 20th birthday to GSN, we countdown 5 reality shows that made the air, and by reality, I meant shows with an outside ascpect and inolve some gameplay, talking to the cameras figuring out what happened get the idea.

5. Dancing With The Stars

I put it at the bottom of the list, because everyone wanted to watch new episodes, rather than see reruns of a previous one. It was on weekends at first, but was trimmed away week after week was gone. Keep it mind, this was 2012 and nobody wants to watch coupels dance from recycled seasons. Ain't that right?

4. Skin Wars

Next to last on the list because bodypainting is what made it a phenomenon. We were thinking "Skip It," but everybody else was like....alright, I'll take it. With a summer release, when will the madness stop?

3. Family Trade

One season was this: Trade in anything for a car. Yes, all your video games and computers and TVs for a car. Apparently, they were like.......nope.

2. American Dream Derby

If you thought horse racing had it good, then it involved a competition to see which horse racer walked away with the top horse racing of course.

and the top reality show is.......

The Amazing Race!

Last time I checked, it was on at the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes, it went to 90 minutes or 2, but it followed the same set of rules and won a lot of Emmys and guess what? It's still here on CBS and ain't going nowhere.

And with that, it ends our program. We have the rest of April ahead, so keep it on this blog for more GSN goodness. Play on playas!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Go Lie down, Meghan Trainor!

(Don't distract youself from social media. Give social media what the comedians are talking about on @midnight. Mon-Thurs. on Comedy Central. After all, it is a social distraction.)

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: And it's time to light up this bad boy like Times Square in New York City. Thanks for shining with us, children. Let's shine this sucker up with....

The Starting Line.

Last year, we lost 2 emcees in the course of 2 weeks. They are Jim Lange & Geoff Edwards, but the former wanted to do a tribute in his memory. Steven Leblang, VP of Program Planning at GSN fired an email to other VPs in the company. Scriptor will type it in:

"We have eight episodes of Dating Game in house and ready to air with Sony OK. They include episodes from the original 60s ABC run plus the syndicated 70s revival Jim hosted that feature guests such as Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Martin.
We also have usable episodes of Bullseye and Hollywood Connection, two other Sony-owned series which Jim hosted post-Dating Game.
The proposal on the table is to do a five-hour, 10-episode marathon from 8 AM-1 PM one weekday morning next week that would feature this product and any memorial spots which we understand [Chad Mallam, then VP of On-Air Programming]’s team is already in the process of producing. We would rely exclusively on digital and social media, as well as any press we believe we could message, to get the word out.
In order for this to happen, we would need a one-time waiver from Sony to allow us to air these episodes which are currently out of license. We believe that given our unique place in the TV landscape and our recent similar tributes to the likes of Dick Clark, Richard Dawson and Marcia Wallace this is something we should do."

Well, all they showed was the "Dating Game" marathon.....and that was it. All in all, it felt like a grim awakening for fans, and that scrapped plans for future tributes to make more money for the new style. Welp, there goes your tributes to dead people, fans.

Just after the break, what we thought of Lie Detectors and yet another morning change. Don't turn out the lights, keep it on and keep it here.

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Back in the bomb shelter for this apocalypse of GSN fun. This past Monday saw the start of Lie Detectors in which you had to pick the truth from 3 comics to win $1000 and be faster than Jeff Gordon and get them all right to pick the true story from the same 3 comics in order to win.............................$5000. Yes. 5 Gs. The last time I checked, "That's The Question" gave it away. Why would they give out an amount like this? To shed some light on it, here's a review haiku:


(Song stops)

Now we let others do it in the....

The review.....revue. Scott Rahner of GSNN Blogspot has this to say:

I would have liked Lie Detectors more if every round, a contestant got up and there was a giveaway with cash, even just $1,000 and then a $5,000 endgame. That would have been more of a game show.

I agree and X gets the square. Casey abell of GSF says:

The main problem with the show is that the pace seemed to lag. The audience just sat around while the comics did their shtick. There wasn't any back-and-forth questioning like on the show I've already mentioned a couple times. The good thing is that the stories were occasionally funny, and the comics - all of them unknown to me - were likable enough (as Obama once said about Hillary).

Yep. If it isn't broke, don't fix it.

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Numberator also tells me that 282K viewers watched the debut of this new show. Well if you want to endlessly rerun the program paired with 2012 Pyramid by the time the season's over, you're looking at it.

However, one bit of house cleaning came in the morning time and it was.....

John O'Hurley's Family Feud will air in the 8am timeslot Monday through Friday; replacing Match Game. Match Game remains at 8:30am.

For realzies? If GSN were to replace it with Match Game from 1990. 1998 and it's unwatchable, but I've said it before and I will say it again: Classics can't kill people, ratings every single morning kills people. Would you rather watch Trivia Trap over O' Hurley Feud? You can. But I'm glad they went with it and Karn Feud would've been a top pick if they had to go with the first 2 seasons at the very least. But if they chose Anderson Feud......well, it's a different story. Now we have 90 minutes.....90 COTTON PICKIN' MINUTES OF CLASSICS! Now you're making the whole thing unwatchable. I will say this in declaration that on the week of April 20th, that Game Show Network, 20 Years and running..........has jumped the shark.

Time to catch my breath for a moment and let actress Anna Lore recite this poem:

Hey, I just met you...

And this is crazy....

So here's my Eggsstractor....
Comment it, Maybe?
Thanks Anna for making us all fuzzy & tingly inside.
Okay, we start with Lexie Guerrero with this desperate plea:
Really? Are you serious? Why can you fire somebody and decided to put the whole B&E library, the whole Bob Stewart Library and the Merv Griffin tapes to make it 24 hours over the Buzzr network, hello? J. Tipler has this:
"So with Lie Detectors leaving the schedule in about a month, Baggage and Newlywed about burnt out, classics waving bye-bye, let's have a look at what we have to fill 140 hours per week. You decide how to divide up this pie between FaHarvily Feud, Chase, Idioitest and Church. 4 shows and 7 days, no problem. I wish the best for GSN but something has to give very soon."
To calculate, it'll take the rest of April, all May and some of June to have new LD come in before reruns take over. Both those 2 modern shows need to chill out for a bit and have the Wilson version of TNG and syndie DOND come in before finally returning. Ok, let's make it more fun with:

Carni-Poll. A coaster city where the fangirls flail and squeal and bump and grind.
What will the ratings be for 'Lie Detectors' (premieres April 20th, 6:30pm ET)?
40% knew it and they were right. Under 300K viewers. Guess it pays to see the ratings, huh?
Did you watch the premiere of 'Lie Detectors'?
62% didn't, but 37% did. Really?
Only if you watched, how would you review 'Lie Detectors' on a scale of 1 to 5?
36% thought it was a very poor show. And I thought MOAM was very poor, too.
In the year 2015, what should the barrier be for classic game shows?

52% say it's pre-1990. Buzzr can't get here fast enough next month.

Will 'It Takes a Church' get a third season?

67% don't want it. Good for them.

Will 'The Chase' get a fifth season?

82% want to keep chasing. Last query:

Will 'Idiotest' get a third season?

71% want to continue watching Ben's charm and the outrageous puzzles.....maybe they're logical like Supertramp.

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Now the 2nd intermission presented by The USC Sirens make their return to the blog for the continutation of April Acapella Awareness Month and this song:

Time to shake out the 3rd period.

Time once again for.....


Well, we're halfway through the countdown and next week, it's the top 10. But first, let's recap the shows 20-11. Let's go, Speakerbox!


19: As Seen On









And there you have it. (song ends)

Next week, we start........The top 10.

Guess it's time to call in Lauren Pierce, Felicia Day and Cooper Harris for a swan song this week. Today's blog is presented by the Kylie Jenner Challenge. Making Miranda Sings look silly.

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.