Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sneaky Peeky

On the next GSN The Know....

-Why Rebecca & the judges are the success to Skin Wars....
-Hellevator moves it's finale date somewhere....
-And the #4 original of all-time.

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's going down!

(What will you be doing this Thanksgiving? Eating Turkey? Watching Football? Binge Watching Jessica Jones on Netflix? Well, yes, but Watching Social Medium is good for you. There's even a new one Tomorrow before Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Come see it for yourself.)

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: What's the only time you get lonely? Well besides paying the bills, playing solitaire or watching cat videos on Youtube, it's watching GSN on your color television set. Once you turn it on, you won't be lonely anymore. And that's why GSN The Know is here for you to give you everything on the world of GSN. So let's not get lonely and start with....

The Starting Line.

On November 20th of this year, we lost a legend to the game show world. Jim Perry started out as a singer and later became straight man to Sid Caesar. By 1978, his biggest break came hosting the NBC classic "Card Sharks" before Bob Eubanks and Bill Rafferty did it for CBS & syndication respectively in 1986. By 1983, he hosted $ale Of The Century for NBC until 1989 and did the syndie version in 1985. He joins Geoff Edwards, Monty Hall, Mike Darrow, Alex Trebek and Wink Martindale as the host to do shows in the USA & Canada. Right now, let's take a space of silence to honor a fallen legend.

Thank you.

Normally, I get to do the Yay & Yawn for November, but TJ Neyland, who is a resident Know-it-all, gets our Yay & Yawn of this month. TJ, what do you have for us?

 The Yay: Steampunk'd getting cancelled!
  The Yawn: Hellevator

I have to agree with you and later on, we'll talk about Hellevator getting low ratings.

Also after this timeout, we get the nominees for our year-end awards show. Don't get sad & lonely once this commercial arrives, because we'll be right back!
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We have returned and what's wrong with Hellevator? Well, to give you an idea, Numberator.....
8:00pm Hellevator (new): 215,000 total viewers/89,000 18-49 viewers; exactly even in total viewers/down 3% in 18-49 viewers from last week; down 63% in total viewers/down 35% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
This is turning out to be a big falldown from last week. So what went wrong with Hellevator? Havign it on GSN is worse. Chiller, Spike TV and USA Network would've been the potential candidates for getting that show. And when I heard the Soska Sisters say "Going Down?" In their promos, most of America after October seemed to get the message. Guess it'll be doomed the rest of the way.
Youtuber Robin Eckert has something you don't wanna know. She's a violinist and violin teacher, so she's calling out 3 more string players to have some.....
Holiday house cleaning. For my birthday month.....
*GSN will air a two hour Hellevator finale Wednesday 8-10pm. The episodes will encore from 11pm-1am and 2-4am. *Idiotest remains Wednesdays at 10pm, 10:30pm, 1am and 1:30am in all reruns (Season 2 concludes 12/2).
*Steve Harvey Family Feud will air Monday, Thursday and Friday at 1am and 1:30am; replacing The Newlywed Game
*Hellevator will rerun Friday at 11pm; replacing The Chase
*Hellevator will rerun Saturday latenight at 2am; replacing Baggage
*Hellevator will rerun Sunday at 11pm; replacing Family Feud
*Family Feud will air at 12am and 12:30am Sunday latenight; replacing Baggage
Do you get it now? Hellevator may spend it's final resting place on weekend nights. Idiotest stays here not only to take what would be likely a monthly break before early next year, but to air reruns for it. Hellevator will take all, yes all of 120 minutes to air a season (Definitely likely Series) finale of the scariest game in town before they get off on the ground floor........for good at least.
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If you weren't watching Idiotest last week, here's what happened. One new episode has one team beating another by the final score of....................$470-0. That's right, 470 bucks to a donut. Lingo gave them donuts one time in the Woolery era back then, but the team with no money at all got a shutout. First time this ever happened. They even bombed the Smart Money round. Guess season 2 has lower scoring games than last season.
Now, we end it with.....

Carni-Poll. Where you take a Gravitron to new heights. First off....
Should GSN have a marathon of 'Card Sharks' and/or 'SOTC' in honor of Jim Perry's death?
95% say they want it. Even Buzzr wants it, too. Next....
Will GSN actually put together a marathon to honor Jim Perry?
Over 60 percent say yes, too.
How high did Jim Perry rank on your favorite game show hosts list?
Nearly 40% say in the top 10 list of classic game show hosts.
Who is the biggest publicity winner from 'Skin Wars' thus far?
It's a dead heat between RuPaul and Rebecca Romijn Stamos. Finally.....
Where would you rather see new episodes of 'Chain Reaction' end up in 2016-17?
They prefer GSN or Syndication if it makes a comeback. We'll find out once it happens.
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Now the 2nd intermission presented by It's the conclusion of....
Nanno-Vember. And now, the reason why you've been here all month......
The long-awaited world premiere of Christa Nannos' new song "Like A Phoenix." 700 views and counting and
Thanks Christa for the hit song. Of course, you know her on social media as does.....
Pretty soon, she'll be on Periscope and Snapchat before you know it. Moving right along.....
If you can recognize that music, it means it's time for our year-end nominations segment.
For best Classic:
$ale of The Century
Match Game
The $25,000 Pyramid
Card Sharks
Press Your Luck
Since we talked about Jim Perry's passing, I'm going with $ale on this one.
Best WTH? Moment:
$ale & Pyramid get taken off Air
Man Vs. Fly
Lie Detectors
Baggage On The Road
Definitely Lie Detectors on that one, it tried on a daily strip and later weekly, but....didn't get the chance.
Best New Host:
Mike Catherwood
Jeannie Mai
The Soska Sisters
RuPaul Charles
Have to go with Mike Catherwood, because he can do what Dylan Lane didn't do.
Best New Show:
Chain Reaction
Man Vs. Fly
Lie Detectors
Baggage On The Road
Chain Reaction gets my vote for it.
Best host of the Year:
Mike Catherwood
Ben Gleib
The Soska Sisters
Jeannie Mai
Brooke Burns
Rebecca Romjin
A tossup between Burns and Catherwood may be possible, but I'm going with Burns on this one.
Best Show of the Year:
The Chase
Skin Wars
Chain Reaction
Baggage on The Road
Lie Detectors
This is the hardest category of them all. It'll be close to tell if Chain Reaction or The Chase could take the big doggie bag.
Join us for all the fun where we pick the greatest GSN original of all-time, honor Family Feud as the 2nd game show to receive the Barry & Enright lifetime achievement award for game show excellence and to top it all off, performances by JellyBeanNose, Jason Lyle Black, Stuart Edge, our GSN Soda Girl Christa Nannos, who you saw earlier and was our featured performer all month and a few more among others. And the Lunar Rover Pizza & Root Beer Emporium will be another sellout crowd. Come join us next month to find out who is........the best of the best. Voting begins Cyber Monday!
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See, you weren't lonely, were you? Today's blog is presented by....
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Don't forget to email me at,, Pierre Jason Kelly on FB and @Johnny_Arcade on twitter.   We leave you now with the Holderness family honoring Turkey day this week. Have yourselves a happy Thanksgiving and play on, playas!



Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sneaky Peeky

On the next GSN The Know...

-We say goodbye to Jim Perry
-Hellevator takes a huge trip down the drain....
-And the nominees for the GTK Know-it-All awards.

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Catchphrase heard 'Round the World

(Why are Tara Jayn, James Brent Issacs and Kate Hackett in a  webseries? Well, you get the idea. It's Social Medium. See it for yourself over at

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: Everyone tries to find something on television, but GSN picks the tempo and the groove up day & night when you feel like it. You can't stop being addictive to it. It takes you back to those pre-Facebook days and GSN knows it's hot. Everybody's watching it, so let's join in and begin with....

The Starting Line.

Last week, we told you what GSN gave you on Thanksgiving. For those joining in for the very first time, here's what the lineup looked like....

*On Thursday (Thanksgiving) from 5-9pm: Idiotest
*On Friday from 10am-8pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
*On Saturday latenight from 12am-3am: Hellevator (reruns)
Now we think it's much of a disappointment and GSN knew it would be a slap in the face to the viewers thinking they want to show classics, but no, they go modern. So what would happen if GSN did a marathon that weekend?
Well, on Turkey Day, it'll be 18 hours of Dawson & Combs Feud all day. Black Friday would be either Minute to Win it or Idiotest for all 12 hours. Let Saturday stay as is. That way, we can all sit down and enjoy our holidays.
After the break, what's the new slogan GSN getting into? That & more after we pause so that we could buy Christmas decorations for our offices. Don't be mad, bro!
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Now that I took a long walk out of Target across the parking lots and zipping past the crosswalk to get back in the building with my decorations in tow, we're back. Fans were shocked at the thanksgiving marathons and this poem made Hailey Bright win my heart........almost.
Hey, I just met you...
And this is crazy....
So here's my Chocolate Pen...
Comment it, maybe?
One commenter put it this way....
"Classics fans are screwed. On the heels of successful younger-skewing originals like Hellevator and Skin Wars, expect to see a lot more stuff like that and a lot less traditional studio-based game shows (except for Harvey Feud, of course). Obviously most young people today are entertained by the sophomoric, low-brow humor that shows like Harvey Feud and Hellevator deliver, rather than the intelligence and sophisticated wit that shows like $25,000 Pyramid and What's My Line delivered "back in the day."

We'll see what the Christmas marathons bring. We got spoiled with some good treats last Christmas, but I'm not as hopeful about this year. Hopefully we'll at least get our annual treating of What's My Line for a couple of weeks, but I'm not holding my breath."
Darn skippy. This is what GSN is today and years to come. So why can't next year make a classics marathon all by itself? It also says....
"Like I said before, let's just hope and pray that Buzzr will have a better Thanksgiving marathon then GSN's pathetic excuse this year."
I hope Buzzr will and speaking of Buzzr, they swapped Card Sharks from day to nighttime starting next Monday. Just a note from Dr. Buzzr when I got back from lunch. But back to commenting. Adam Lentz says.....
"These marathons are pathetic if you ask me. GSN didn't even try this time. I'm beginning to think that the executives there are just lazy. I would enjoy a Match Game, Pyramid, or Classic Feud marathon on Thanksgiving rather than just additional hours of Idiotest. For Black Friday, they could have had a regular schedule. Adding Harvey Feud doesn't make sense. Really disappointed this year. Hopefully the Christmas marathons turn out to be better, but I wouldn't hold my breath. If they don't bring back the traditional airings of What's My Line or I've Got A Secret, then count me out."
Me too, and he is right, marathons ARE pathetic. Can't in 2016 we need GSN to get PYL on Black Friday. That's another idea I would've had in mind. Scott Rahner of GSNN BlogSpot wraps it up with....
"This is exactly what I am getting at. A Family Feud marathon was expected, even Idiotest and Hellevator I expected in the mix.

But GSN just left the Thanksgiving 8am-5pm block open with regular programming. It would have nice to see a marathon of a show that is not currently on the schedule (and by that I do NOT mean Skin Wars)."
GSN should've had one show to marathon on. Maybe Christmas can change.
As far as Hellevator is concerned....
8:00pm Hellevator (new): 215,000 total viewers/92,000 18-49 viewers; down 25% in total viewers/down 45% in 18-49 viewers from last week; down 64% in total viewers/down 53% in 18-49 viewers from lead-in
Talk about a big ouch. With Thanksgiving season and soon the holidays approaching, is there a turnaround for it?
Skin Wars will be in January of 2016. That'll be when the Christmas decorations are disposed. Expect more of what people can't get enough of.......bodypainting. It's expected to take place as will Idiotest, in which they taped their new episodes this month. That too, may be expected.
Winsanity has a new host......Donald Faison. You may remember him from Clueless, the one where Alicia Silverstone starred in. He also was on Scrubs that aired on ABC & NBC throughout its run. he also took part in Ingrid Michaelson's "Time Machine" video this past year. He currently stars in the TV Land program "The Exes." Hope he'll follow suit DeRay Davis couldn't follow last year when production begins next year.
Now we told you GSN would get a slogan and that is:
We're Game.
Those are 2 words and that's it. However, "All Play, All Day" is still my personal favorite slogan. But my Facebook Friend TJ Neyland had fun with these rejected slogans. He created all 10, so we narrowed it down to 7. Why 7? Well, Nostalgia Critic does 11 in a list and 10 belongs to Sportscenter and Letterman, but I chose 7 because everybody is entitled to their own opinion. Not to mention it's for entertainment purposes only. Music please, Lizi!
Here's one you might try....
What about this one?
Here's one....
But we got more.
And to wrap this puppy up....
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Now the 2nd intermission presented by It's more of....
Nanno-Vember. This time, our GTK Soda Girl tackles a song done by Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld. So....let's go.
And here's something else you'll love.....the 3rd period.

Time once again for.....

After a long absence, we narrow it down to the final 5. And thanks to your votes, here's #5...

For close to 2 seasons, Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck took the classic format and made it all-new for everyone. They eliminated the 1st question round to make way for a straight-up Big Board round to start with. One thing they lacked were extra spins. PYL needed it to make it a daytime hit. Todd Newton was the new Peter Tomarken of our day and in fact, the latter returned for one question round to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Michael Larsen's reign of terror and even hosted the pilot up now on Wink Martindale's Youtube channel. But Double Whammy squares in round 2 meant extra punishment like Nickelodeon and even a Big Bank in the second season meant you'd answer a query for all the money.....if you win the game like PYL does too. Whammy! It's number...
And with that, we say goodbye. Please take some time to #PrayForParis as we reflect on the attacks of Paris, France. Our hearts are with them.
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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, November 14, 2015

Sneaky Peeky

On the Next GSN The Know....

-How GSN should've done Thanksgiving weekend....
-GSN has a new slogan. Can we explain it for you?
-And the long-awaited return of our orginals countdown.

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mommy, where do all the cancelled game shows go?

(This web series is so haunted.....we can't tell you. Social Medium. The hot new web series now on Youtube.)

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: Whether you are a redhead or a Red Sox fan, you're seeing a Red, White & Blue-owned station that you'll see what you read....once this blog is over. So put down your Gingerbread Spice Latte in that Red Starbucks coffee cup, set aside your leftover dinner from Red Lobster and let's read....something in.....

The Starting Line.

Some things never change. The primetime section of the network is constantly changing. One thing that hasn't changed.....the daytime section. We start with the morning hours.

8:00am Match Game: Despite an O'Hurley Feud experiment for one week in May 2015, unchanged since April 2013.
8:30am Match Game: Ever since GSN introduced 8am hour programming (2010), unchanged
9:00am Card Sharks: Unchanged since September 2014
9:30am Press Your Luck: Unchanged since September 2014
10:00am Card Sharks: Unchanged since June 2015
10:30am The $25,000 Pyramid: Unchanged since June 2015, but mainly a staple in this timeslot for about five years
11:00am Whammy!: Unchanged since June 2015
11:30am Whammy!: Unchanged since August 2015
Now look at this. Match Game at 7:30 CST has never been changed. How many classics have survived with a time slot like that? And since 2 months ago, A 10:30 CST showing of Whammy! was the most recent. Now to the afternoon hours.
12:00pm Family Feud (Harvey): Unchanged since October 2014
12:30pm Family Feud (Harvey): Unchanged since October 2014
1:00pm Family Feud (O'Hurley): Unchanged since September 2013
1:30pm Family Feud (O'Hurley): Unchanged since September 2013
2:00pm Catch 21: Unchanged since somewhere in 2009/10
2:30pm The Pyramid: Unchanged since 2013
3:00pm Chain Reaction (Lane): Besides a few short-lived interruptions (Deal or No Deal, Family Feud), unchanged since 2012.
3:30pm Chain Reaction (Lane): Besides the Thursday Catherwood rerun, Lane's Chin Reaction has been consistent in this timeslot since 2011.
4:00pm Deal or No Deal: Besides Dog Eat Dog for two weeks a couple months ago, unchanged since early 2014
5:00pm Deal or No Deal: Unchanged since Fall 2014
6:00pm Family Feud (Harvey): Besides The Pyramid, which only lasted eight weeks, unchanged since June 2012
6:30pm Family Feud (Harvey): Besides Lie Detectors, which only lasted one short week, unchanged since June 2012
7:00pm Family Feud (Harvey): Unchanged at 5 days a week since early 2014
7:30pm Family Feud (Harvey): Unchanged at 5 days a week since early 2014
Catch 21 is by far the only show to stay put in the 1:00 CST timeslot. Even Lane's CR seemed to have stayed there since 2011. and since last year, the most recent was Harvey Feud.
So next time you turn on GSN, look at what the morning and afternoon hours bring in.......small changes.
And after this timeout, Steampunk'd getting cancelled? We'll answer that question and a whole lot more. If you don't return after this break, Elizabeth South will come over to your house and duct tape you to a sofa in the living room and will sing to you the entire Frozen Soundtrack with Sara The Piano Gal accompanying it. Come back, won't you?
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No need to knock or ring the doorbell, because we're back in the door.
Last week's (October 26-November 1) GSN total viewer average was 347,000 viewers (all seven days 8-11pm ET) in primetime and 309,000 viewers in total day (All seven days, 8am-4am ET), according to TVNewser.

This is the lowest primetime average a GSN week has set since the week of October 13-19, 2014 (where the primetime average was 345K).
The real reason: Hellevator reruns on Friday. To make matters worse....
*GSN will air a rerun of Hellevator Friday at 11pm (in addition to the already scheduled 10pm rerun); replacing a rerun of The Chase

And That's starting this week. Another change is this....
*Family Feud will air Wednesday at 9pm and 9:30pm; replacing new runs of Idiotest
*New runs of Idiotest get moved to 10pm and 10:30pm (encore at 1am and 1:30am); replacing Family Feud
And there may be changes to both CS and DOND. Will that boost the averages to above normal? We'll see this month.
It seemed that Steampunk'd wanted to be like Skin Wars, but......GSN has decided to pull the plug and end this mess once and for all. The reason was it started out good, but it fell down to a season-low before rising back up again at a new time slot. I asked Scott Rahner of GSNN BlogSpot to tell us why it got outscored by Skin Wars and he said....
"I would say Skin Wars is "king" because it has RuPaul and Rebecca Romijn, who are both well known outside of the body painting world. Meanwhile, the most known on Steampunk'd was Jeannie Mai and I do not think she compares to the level of Romijn/RuPaul. The three judges on Steampunk'd were nobodies.

Steampunk'd was also darker than Skin Wars and focused on more contestant drama, which turned horrible when it came to ratings.

Skin Wars had two challenges per episode (both shot sometimes in one filming day) while Steampunk'd had one long one which consisted of three days of filming.

Skin Wars > Steampunk'd, obviously."
So there you go.
Thnaksgiving, as you know is right around the corner. The network has unveiled the marathons for its holiday week and
*On Thursday (Thanksgiving) from 5-9pm: Idiotest
*On Friday from 10am-8pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
*On Saturday latenight from 12am-3am: Hellevator (reruns)

*John O'Hurley's Family Feud will air Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12pm and 12:30pm; replacing the Harvey version for these four days only (and not the following weeks)
*Hellevator (8pm) and Idiotest (10pm and 10:30pm) will air in reruns on Wednesday night. The Hellevator rerun is from 10/28 and the Idiotest reruns are from 9/23/15
*GSN will also air a rerun of The Chase on Friday. The episode of The Chase originally aired 1/27/15.
Yep. Ben is coming over for the turkey and dressing over football. Also, while most of the people will camp out for Black Friday deals, Harvey Feud will be on all day. The day afterwards when you need to stay up before church in the morning, Hellevator will scare at you as if people used to watch B movies when you didn't have cable back then. O' Hurley Feud will make a one-week engagement at lunchtime and everything else will take a week off of new runs.
Idiotest will film the 3rd season on these days.....
Monday 11/9
Tuesday 11/10
Wednesday 11/11
Thursday 11/12
Tuesday 11/17
Wednesday 11/18
Thursday 11/19
Monday 11/23
Although it's not renewed yet, we'll let you know when it'll happen.
Of course, you know the slogan for this subchannel....
But I wanted to have some fun. My FB friend David Downs had these rejected slogans and I took 7 out of the 10 he did today. Keep in mind, this is what Buzzr is today IMO and why they should stop adding affiliated stations and add more episodes.  Music please, Lizi!
How about this one?
Try this....
Want more? How about this?
Here's one....
And last, but certainly not least and soon to be my all-time favorite....
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Now the 2nd intermission presented by It's more of....
Nanno-Vember. This time, our GTK Soda Girl is taking on a song Adele made for the first time in years.....and here you go.
Time to say goodbye to Christa....for one week and say hello to the 3rd period.
The reason why I named this title is because It's like asking mom for the curious questions when we were kids. The afternoon hours is where game shows go to die. As you walk into a graveyard, you see The Pyramid. All 38 of what was supposed to be 40 epsiodes. Also there is Chain Reaction. The Lane version has been doing it and garners the highest ratings of the afternoon. Should Catherwood's version not do well, the afterlife of what's supposed to be a revival of the once-glorious word game franchise will end up here. Also, Catch 21 as we told you earlier is there for years. Since 2013, DOND and Harvey Feud have all been the stars of the show. So there you have it. The afternoon hours. Where some GSN originals lay to rest in a not-so-grim environment Monday through Friday.
Time to hit the door. Today's blog is presented by sci-fi doors. Making it look like Star Trek, Star Wars, MST3K, Battlestar Galatica, Babylon 5 and the ASMR series Departure.
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.