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: Today is a sad week for us game show fans. Not only we were hoping that Hillary was supposed to win, but alas, Trump took the White House. What does that mean for us? 4 years worth of hate. But I'm here to give you all the positives in life as we drive out all the hate and negativity to bring you the best in GSN news and off-topic silliness. Why? Because I am that guy. Let's begin with.....
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We begin with tragic news from LA. Fred Wostbrock, game show historian and agent for its legends and Hollywood greats alike, passed away from lung cancer early this morning.
The news was posted this afternoon on Facebook by noted game show announcer Randy West.
"Fred and I were buddies through the years that we both struggled to get established in the town and the business in the 1980s," West said in a post. "We became brothers and partners in kicking-ass in town, as agent and talent."
Aside from representing television's greatest from Bill Cullen to Wink Martindale, Wostbrock was also a leading expert on the genre, having co-written "The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows" with former GSN researcher David Schwartz & "Blockbusters" creator Steve Ryan.
A longtime fan of game shows, Wostbrock was featured on "Good Morning America", E!, "Entertainment Tonight", and ABC before becoming a regular contributor for GSN in 1997, where he was the resident "Mr. Game Show", answering viewer questions and highlighting celebrities or classic game shows each week.
Wostbrock was also the head of the celebrity & game show division at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates in Studio City, CA. Some of his clients included Adam West, Bob Eubanks, Monty Hall, Peter Marshall, and Lou Ferrigno.
As a game show historian, Wostbrock had the largest collection of game show memorabilia in the United States, including a collection of rare game show photos. "Any project I took on became a project for him, and he was always there with photos, with videos, and with phone numbers," notes Adam Nedeff, author of "Quizmaster" & "The Matchless Gene Rayburn", two best-selling game show biographies that featured Wostbrock's material. "The sentence 'I got your number from Fred Wostbrock' opened a LOT of doors for me in these past few years of writing and researching books."
May he rest in peace. We'll return with more in a moment.
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Well then, this blog is pushing on and we continue.
Gameshownetworknews.BlogSpot.com is history. Gone. Out the door. Why do you ask? Well....
He got in trouble early in the blog's existence, when he invented a fictional co-author. Game show pundit Chad Mosher called him on it and never let him forget about it. Scott also had the irritating habit of pretending to inside information when he was just offering speculation. This landed him in trouble with the Soska twins, when he predicted they would be dropped from the second season of Hellevator.
But it had the best polls and everything else a GSN fan could dream. May it rest in peace....for now at least.
As for Wheel, TPIR picked the perfect punching bag to knock the reruns of Wheel in the head. In the first week that Wheel of Fortune ran on GSN, October 24-28, TPiR averaged 4.84M viewers in its first half-hour and 5.50M in its second half-hour. Look at it this way. How did a long-running program become easily lost to Price? That's what I wanna know.
But we get this from Scriptor:
We were asked a few weeks ago to only send listings to actual listings services, like Gracenote and Rovi, so you ended up being cut, along with Scott at GSNN, which as you also noticed, has decided to end his blog. I’m hoping to figure out a workaround, but for now, that’s the situation.
That would go to GSF run by Casey Abell. So next week, an important change to the blog will affect the way you look at news in a different point.
Now the 2nd intermission presented by swagbucks.com. If I should call on Christa Nannos, our resident soda girl to cure this election hangover, it would be great.....like right now.
However, we must talk on the 3rd period.
It's another edition of.....
Let's ask the Know-It-all. Someone here who used to work at a service station right across from an AME church wants to know which Syfy show GSN should acquire next? Well, because of Scare Tactics already on the network, I turn to the video screen for.....
Total Blackout. It's hard to see in the dark, but with a night vision look to watch the action for a $5000 prize. Yes, $5000. Save to Win and Chain Reaction 2015 gives that away. And Urkel is hosting it for 2 seasons. So there's your answer.
See kids? We made you positive. Today's program is presented by The 90's. Make America reminisce again. Everything from the movies to music and everything in between.
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