Saturday, June 29, 2013

Coming Attractions!!!!

on the next GSN The Know...

-We'll light the fuse to ratings...

-We spark over new stories....

-and play with matches on why Baggage has to go.

Join us for GSN The Know. Because after all, we don't fight fireworks with fire.

Friday, June 28, 2013

GTK Overtime #1: Survive and Advance

Hey there everybody, welcome to GSN The Know Overtime. More about the network you trusted for years in a little to-do list I've complied for you. Basically, every 4th....sometimes 5th Friday, we'll put one subject and give you 5 reasons in the most amazing-est day of teh week. This month, GSN for the past 18 years have done game shows past & present. Recently, it's more present than the past, so with that, I've brought the big trusty whiteboard and give you 5 things on why GSN survives. COMe with me.

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1. Old School in the morning can't sell you an audience, but it can give you a lesson in game shows.

In the beginning, December 1994 to be exact, God,er, Sony created GSN and it was fact it was excellent. So many classics to be had, but by the time the 2010s rolled around, it was eliminated one by one leaving the mornings and weekend mornings. These days, classics couldn't make an audience go wild when it come to teh ratings every weekend, but than can still give you more fan interest when new epsidoes come in. Back then, it had the freedom of playing it all the way through in one run. Nowdays, they chunk up a portion of the run in order to save money. Why? It's the network, that's all. But Youtube is the only thing to see the shows GSN hasn't aired.....yet. If you want to know why they save money, keep it to yourself.

2. If an original can't do it's business, there's always late night.

Take "The Pyramid" for instance, it didn't do too well in a timeslot where local newscasts air and teh fact that it resembles the old Clark versions. Recently, it airs at 2 am in the morning. That's right. 2 am on Sunday mornings to be exact. All 40 shows on a late night timeslot. In fact, it added an afternoon timeslot, too. Why that move? Well, if it had aired at 7pm....or 8.....or's just a different story. If anything past 10 years was to why you see Whammy! in a morning timeslot, then you've seen those before.

3. Endless repeats of Primetime stuff

One thing GSN survived is the endless loop of short-lived and monster hit shows and reivials. From IGAS in 1972 to Million Dollar Password, it gained an audience and made the network its own. Evenly so, MTWI with Guy Fieri was a top 10 hit, but lost steam when they got tired of it. Heck, DED was popular the first time it came, but they got tired of it. Why Primetime stuff? Well, Oh Sit! may be next on the list as does Don't Forget The Lyrics!, but they can't as long as music clearances try to get it right. So it'll be DOND and 1 vs. 100 for you.

4. Advertising somewhere else CAN make an audience.

When TABC first came about, CNN, magazine ads and the ones on fast food chains attracted an audience. Yet, they never gained a compromise as to why this show was a hit. WHen The Pyramid was reviewed on Entertainment Weekly prior to its premiere date. Minute to Win It's new version got on Youtube in its advertising when you wanted to watch a video. What else could they advertise for future projects? On your forehead? On bus stations everywhere? At your neighbor's house? Well, neither can't sell you advertising, but TV can.

And finally.....

5. Feud outsells anybody, period.

When Family Feud first came into the network, it was just another show. 18 years later, it shot itself in the neck to the top of the charts. Matter of fact, it almost snacthed up the whole top 10 every week, in fact it can go into 15 or 20, but the reason GSN survives on Feud......2 things: Steve Harvey and nights to sell an audience. See, Family Feud's most recent incarnation came in 1999, but they decided to go with Karn in 2002 and since then, they made the network their flagship series. Is enough really enough for the network? Probably not.

That does it for overtime. We'll return Wednesday with a new GTK blog for you.  Until then, play on playas.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Halfway home sweet halfway home

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VO: This week.....the ratings of the week.....

A new way to watch a couple of GSN originals......

The 2nd ever Midyear report card....

....and why "The Chase" wants to become a hit. Yes, from the Wilton-North building where you follow rather than lead, it's.....

GSN The Know, the blog that almost knows a lot about everything. Here is Pierre Kelly.Me: Welcome back to the blog that accues someone of stalking, but in a more good clean fun way. We got a special 4-quarters edition of the program as opposed to the new 3-period format, why? Because the old one had more viewers than ever. We've decided to drop the ads and music just in time for this week's edition. So let's bite into it and have Hilty lead us into the first quarter.

Family Feud dominated the whole scene by taking up the first 15 slots, but let's see how the ones who didn't follow lead into a trash can somewhere.....

This time Match Game kicked it off, followed by $ale and then $25k Pyramid. DED, baggage and Match Game came in, sandwiched with PYL. Lingo, MG again and PAssowrd Plus rounded out the list. That ends the first, Hilty will follow us to the off button.

Summer's here, and at the last week of the month, we find out who was the coolest and who got melted out too long. It's our Yay & Yawn of June.

The Yay: Minute To Win It. Why the news version. I'll put it to you in a review haiku.


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Now the Yawn: Baggage. During one June week, all 4 slots were dead last. I'll say it again, dead last. Wonder why syndication didn't help? No? Okay then.  That'll end the first quarter.

Let's get to the second quarter presented by

Alright, first things first, we told you about Sherriwed coming to Bounce TV and they're adding Catch 21 and The American Bible Challenge to the list. What does this mean? It means the people who watch GSN and miss them need to go to Bounce TV if they don't have cable. I mean, we have it in our house and you have it in your house. You need all 3 to help thius channel grow.

Where has Lingo hostess Shandi Finnessey been lately? Well, she's been baring all.....and by baring all, I meant her birthday suit with 3 other winners for the first 4 years of the millenium. Just to remind you, it's a NSFW video, otherwise we'll move on.

And now it's time for......

Twitter Theater. This convo took place between Joe Van Ginkel and Alex Davis of Buzzerblog. It contain a clip of Pyramid attempts and here is the duo on that conversation......

Alex: I'm sorry but I watched the clips of both $1M and $500K Pyramid and just thought, "They really needed to modernize this show."

Joe: Define "modernize."

Alex: Modern set, change the game up a bit, don't leave it necessarily as a boring sit-behind-a-desk game.

Joe: The number one killer of game show revivals is needless alteration of game play. Tinkering with Pyramid is SUICIDE.

Alex: That argument would work if A: Pyramid was a success and B: If faithful revivals didn't constantly bomb and updates succeeded.

Joe: Pyramid failed because it had a tool for a host and celebrities who had no idea what they were doing...just like in '02.

Alex: Oh come on. Ccouldn't sell the game to hardcore fans. Format needs update. Ancient. Bias against Mike is petty and ridiculous.

Joe: What would you change the game to? Pictionary? Charades? You're not making sense. How do you "update" Pyramid?

Alex: Look @ international versions.They managed to make some slight updates to fit this decade to the game while keeping it faithful.

Joe: Like what? Singing the clues and having the home audience vote on who they liked best?


But it's not, because sponsors halftime. For this, I bring in a hometown hero named Muck Sticky. This past week, he logged in over 4000 days wearing pajama pants. I know it's weird to wear it even when it's wintertime, but he has done it. So boys & girls, here's the Muckster.

For the second year in a row.......


Let's find out how 2013 shaped up in the first 6 months of the year. The successes are first....

Bible picked up steam where it left off and Feud added in the new season in Atlanta. PYL and Sale got new episodes, but teh latter of which make classic fans jump for joy. Also, The New Minute To Win It which you guys seen it last night was there, along with "The Chase" getting it in August. Time for the Failures.....
When Family Trade came in, everybody yawned. The ratings were down every week, but The Pyramid, one of my new favorites got the boot, and a few, if not many viewers losing Bible's steam brought the show out of the top spot for a few weeks. Plus, lack of classics like it was last year and Harvey Feud in a few spots in the bottom 10 every other week. Time to grade the papers.
It's a B-Minus. A little improvement than last year, but it could get a little worse as the rest of the year goes on. Now my predictions....
Minute To Win it May go to 2 seasons and then syndication.......
"The Chase" will go in the same way like "Bible" did last year......
"The Pyramid" will gain a saturday morning timelsot for one hour......
"Tic Tac Dough" and "The Joker's Wild" will expand the weekday morning timeslots as well as weekend mornings.......
"Bible" will hold audtions come late fall of this year......
GSN will be in the market for video games based on the originals......
and finally.....Baggage will be taken off the schedule immediately.
Now that's out of the way, we start the 4th quarter.
"The Chase" is a little over a month away and when it becomes a hit, be prepared to see fire works go off when "The Beast" Mark Labett take on comers who want to be smarter than these people. An afternoon brit show, it took 5 of the country's quiz brains to knock the senseless pepole out of the show. This one here in the USA is a solo walk-off homerun for 1 chaser. If this becomes successful, Larissa Kelly, Ken Jennings, Ogi Ogas and Brad Rutter will join in as a daily Monday Though Friday show. That way it'll make the program a greater quiz show than "Jeopardy!"
And by that music, we get chased outta here. Today's blog was brought to you by detention. Because after all, writing "I Will Watch GSN" 500 times on a whiteboard is no fun.
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