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: Welcome to the blog where every story isn't what you call it a Snapchat Story....or an Instagram story since they introduced it this week, but it'll be longer, extended and uncut. So our first story will be.....
The whatstrending.com Starting Line.
I heard a rumor.....
.....That talk show legend Jerry Springer may return to the network. We do not know if this is a Baggage revival or some type of Baggage spin-off, but this would be the likelier outcome than pitching a quiz show or an art/design competition show to Springer. The possibility of brining back Baggage is a tossup, if not likely. Jerry did Baggage for 3 seasons as well as 1 season of it's "road" edition. This became a show when production for "The Line" fell apart turning it into a special. Let's hope it won't involve flying chairs, big security guards and fighting.
Don't run off, because after this GSN Games gets laid off? Seriously? The story after the break.
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So we've returned and more stories are up. It seems that GSN games is getting laid off......literally.
Although it laid off a few staff, it came up with this note from the COO of the company. Scriptor:
"At GSN Games, we regularly examine our organizational structure to ensure that resources align with current and future business needs. Ultimately, it's about making sure we have the right teams in place to deliver world-class experiences for our players. Over the past few years, we have dramatically grown the size of our organization, both organically and through acquisition, and we have seized opportunities to capture market share and increase the value of the company.
With that context, we have decided to make some organizational changes to rebalance the structure of select teams in order to accelerate our ambitious growth plans. This involves a small reduction in force that primarily impacts social casino studios working on established live games, as well as some individuals working on cross-functional teams.
While this decision unfortunately means that we will have to say goodbye to talented people who have played an important role in our success, we believe these changes are necessary to support our long-term goals. We're providing outplacement support to help those impacted by this change. I would like to thank them for their contributions and wish them the best in future endeavors."
One of those names is Steve Meretzky, a name who made a name for himself as a designer working at Infocom in the early '80s, creating text adventure classics like Planetfall, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Leather Goddesses of Phobos. In between his text adventure days at Infocom and his casual casino stint at GSN Games, Meretzky also worked in mobile games for Floodgate Entertainment and social games for Playdom/Disney, in addition to stints at WorldWinner, Blue Fang, and Legend Entertainment, among others. Let's hope he finds work somewhere else....like Niatic Labs.
On Overtime I told you about the differences in classics between GSN and Buzzr, and the 2 networks have a history together. So a poem may change everything....
Hey, I just met you....
And this is Crazy....
So here's my WooHoo Magic Chair....
Comment it, maybe?
Tammy Cox-Blocker kicks it off with....
"I think Buzzr is transferring a handful of new shows every week, so slow but sure they are improving. But if I see the Dawson Feud eps one more time w/ the annoying woman w/ the obnoxious Boston acent, I will scream. The other issue w/ Buzzr is the limited amount of episodes they have for each show are replayed at least 3 times a day. If you pick a certain 2-4 hour window to watch Buzr, you'll be fine. But you can't watch late prime or late night, then get up and watch in the morning, because these are the same eps. They need to work on this, otherwise the network is pretty solid for a small time operation. In a perfect world they'd add signature show, maybe TPiR or same day replays of Price/Deal. Young and Restless replays get decent ratings on the Pop network."
This is like GSN leases. They give you a limited amount and repeat that. I wished Buzzr would get same-day reruns of TPIR and Deal. One commenter said....
"Buzzr does a much, much better job with pre-1990's than Buzzr.
Since six years ago, GSN has essentially been telling classic game show fans to go to hell, and that there is practically nothing there for them. Going from 60% classic game shows on their schedule to less than 10% is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It would not harm GSN or damage GSN's ratings if they were to have one hour a morning (after midnight) for game shows before 1990's. I am a member of the 18 to 45 male demographics, and have been long disappointed and disgusted with the direction GSN has been taking since 2010 - getting worse and worse. I have not had GSN in my cable package since 2013, and I would have to pay to have GSN among my channels; but from seeing their schedule, and seeing snippets of shows while visiting friends and neighbors, and from everything I've read, I see that I am not missing anything on GSN. Three hours of classic game shows a day for only 5 days a week is chicken feed. Buzzr far surpasses GSN, and Buzzr is a much more enjoyable channel. I prefer Buzzr hands down."
Yep. Buzzr over GSN any day. Look at Buzzr in this list....
1. MeTV 2010 Classic TV Neal Sabin Weigel Broadcasting
2. Grit 2014 Men Jonathan Katz Katz Broadcasting 93%
3. Antenna TV 2011 Classic TV Sean Compton
Jonathan Katz Bounce Media
6. This TV 2008 Classic Movies Sean Compton Tribune Media/MGM 83%
7. Bounce TV
Jonathan Katz Bounce Media
8. Create* 2006 How-To Cynthia Fenneman American Public Television 79%
Classic TV, Movies
Jeff Meier, Tom Troy
Sony Pictures TV
9. Comet 2015 Sci-Fi John Bryan MGM/Sinclair 72%
10. World* 2007 Documentaries, News Jonathan C. Abbot WGBH Educational Foundation 66%
11. Ion Life* 2007 Lifestyle/Health
Ion Media 63%
11. Qubo* 2007 Kids Brandon Burgess
14. Cozi TV* 2012 Classic TV, Lifestyle Valari Staab NBCU Owned TV Stations 62%
Fox TV Stations/Weigel
17. Heroes & Icons 2014
Classic TV Dramas
18. Retro TV* 2005
19. Decades 2015 General Entertainment Neal Sabin Weigel Broadcasting 55%
20. Justice Network*
21. SonLife* 2010 Religious Jimmy Swaggart Jimmy Swaggart Ministries 50%
22. Buzzr TV* 2015 Game Shows Ron Garfield, Thom Beers FremantleMedia North America 49%
23. Rev'n* 2014 Automotive David Leach Luken Communications 45%
24. Azteca America*
25. The Works
Classic TV/News, Comedy
It's #22. Pretty soon, it'll end up in the top 10.
Quick housecleaning note: On August 9th and August 16th, Idiotest will remain in reruns on Tuesday nights. Why? The Olympics. Word.
Now a segment in which everything isn't fun & games until it's all creative and free. This is......
Say what you want to say.
We start with Dale AppleWhite.
"What happen to the good old shows match game and whats my line
YOU HAVE RUINT A GOOD CHANNEL."
They're all on Buzzr. Also, you'll wait until December for the annual B&W showings on the network. Ellie Wetzel chimes in with....
"i hve been a LINGO fan for a long time, however with the addition of this girl, shandi the show has turned sexual. she is downright trashy, flirty, no class at all. if you want/need to have a woman on there to "help" Chuck, which he has always done fine by himself, get someone like Vanna White. thats a Lady who wears beautiful gowns & dresses that are classy and she IS a Lady. really inappropriate for small children at home in the daytime anymore. Blahhhhhhhh."
Is this what you call it daytime television? Jim Mills comes in with....
"The most insane part of Winsanity is nobody wins! We watched multiple episodes and it starts with “We have $100,000 in prizes” and then in one episode a woman won a bag and in another, a guy won a drone. This is a pretty lame show, trying so hard to be hip and funny. You’ll be lucky to get one season out of it! Good luck!"
hmm.....Winsanity must've been insane. Insane. Steven M. Geiser goes with....
"Why do you keep repeating the same 1978, 1979 and syndication 1979 episodes over and over and over? What happened to 1973, 74, 75, 76, 77, PM ans syndication years 2 & 3?? People are going to get tired of seeing the same episodes over and over and quit watching, the ratings will go down and you'll drop it.
It's the best game show ever, there are hundreds, probably over a thousand episodes you don't show.
Please stop this insanity."
He was thinking Match Game. Ian Frame gets framed and says....
"Any chance of bringing back Jeopardy! from 1984-1986 with Season 1 and Season 2?"
I would say it's possible. Finally this guy.....
"Any chance of bringing back Steampunk'd?"
Now the 2nd intermission presented by swagbucks.com. We are kicking off Anomaly Acoustic August with the star of "Stalking Levar" currently on break to get ready for the 2-part season finale, it's Stephanie Pressman. Here's the first of 2 songs like we do every year for this month....
Call your mom, it's the 3rd period!
Out of nowhere, MOAM retunred to GSN. But it was in a few weekend late night time slots. Pretty soon, social media took it over. One tweet example was....
"She’s a bro, but can she take home the cash? Mind of a Man with
Another example was.....
"You’ll never have to think twice about it, right
Another one was....
"When you remember it's Friday. Watch
That referenced to Leslie Jones of Ghostbusters fame. How about one more?
"What do men hate most in other men? Watch
With GSN's developmental slate weaker than.....that show with....the future TPIR announcer.....and the Brit we all know........they dug deep for a show that aired 40 shows 2 years ago. 2 years ago people. Had it been a hit if not for social media outpouring, it would come back, but for now, stay up late this weekend and enjoy the 40 shows.
And that's the end of that story. Today's program is presented by Snapchat Storytime. Watch as Dodger Leigh recite your favorite Snapchat Stories from celebrities to an all-ages audience. The next reading will be Saturday at 6 at the Gene Rayburn Playhouse. Admision is free and refreshments will be provided.
Don't forget to email me at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Pierre Jason Kelly on FB and @Johnny_Arcade on twitter. Also I'm on Snapchat as MisterGSN and Instagram as Mister_WCW. Let's end with Stephanie Pressman and this. Play on, playas.