Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Running down a Gold Hill

Stephanie Panisello: From Coast to Coast, Shore to Shore, Border to Border and beyond the far reaches of our galaxy's solar system, it's time to go all the way live on....

Now here is America's favorite contestant, Pierre Kelly!!!!!

Me: Thank you Stephanie Panisello and welcome to the only blog that turns the Met Gala into Let's Make a Deal. It's  Game show Live! As live as it gets, as live as it happens and as live whenever you feel like it.

Today's program is presented this month by Rip It Energy Drink. For just 99 cents, take it to any music festival, especially the Beale Street Music Festival this weekend. Heck, take it on a picnic or wherever. Because life is short.....Rip it!  Now that Stephanie is dressed like Janet from The Magic School Bus and I'm dressed like Weird Harold from fat Albert.....let's get going with....

 The Opening Toss-Up story.

Something at GSN was about to change. David Goldhill announced that he is no longer CEO of GSN. Goldhill was only the third chief exec in GSN's more than twenty-year history. He even made 2015 a big year for the network. After Michael Fleming was shown the door in 2001, Rich Cronin took over GSN and managed to steer the once dicey network to profitability. Goldhill started his reign in 2007, and the sailing was not too smooth at first. GSN finally started churning out better numbers on both the ratings charts and the financial books, and Goldhill seemed safe in his job. In the meantime, Co-owners Sony and AT&T will start looking for a new chief exec to run both the TV and gaming operations.  Let's those it'll be a big change.

This Friday on Livewire!, Kelly Ripa's got a new co-host and we can't wait to show it to you on Livewire! Catch it here!

Don't even get dressed for a night on the town just yet, We're coming back to see who the new Chuck Barris is on the new Gong Show. That's on the way, but first.....

Let's do Tenspot.

Friday can't come close with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and here are 10 things no one knows about.

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Welcome back to Game Show Live! Later on in the show, we will talk to the parents of a well-known princess the internet is talking about.

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Before that happens, The Gong Show had the late Chuck Barris, of course in 1976, then Don Bleu in 1988, future TPIR announcer George Gray in the 90's on GSN and Dave Attell in the 2000s on Comedy Central. But there's a new kid in

Tommy Maitland?

Yes, the legendary brit comic will take the role.....but under the make's.....

See? Fooled you.

It would not be the first time a fictional character hosted a game show. GSN's original series "Burt Luddin's Love Buffet" was a legitimate game show that used a sitcom as a framing device. The titular host was played by "Love Connection" announcer Paul Cervenka. Afterwards on the same network came "Inquizition", a straight Q&A affair hosted by "The Inquizitor", a gray-haired emcee whose identity remains a secret to this day. ABC's "You Don't Know Jack" was hosted by Troy Stevens, credited to Paul Reubens. Even Anne Robinson and The Soska Sisters were hosting "The Weakest Link" and "Hellevator" respectively in character as dark-clad hostesses from hell.

ABC. A network committed to it's never-ending search for Bachelors and Bachelorettes, has found this next stunning bachelorette.

Accomplished Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay takes a recess from the courtroom to start her search for happily ever after in the 13th edition of ABC's hit series, "The Bachelorette," premiering at a special time, MONDAY, MAY 22 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. After opening herself up to finding love with Nick Viall last season on "The Bachelor," this hopeful, down-to-earth woman will embark on her own journey to find her soul mate, meeting a record 31 bachelors who are all eager to win her heart and the final rose.
In "Episode 1301," Rachel turns to her close friends from last season on "The Bachelor" - Alexis, Astrid, Corinne, Jasmine, Kristina, Raven and Whitney - to discuss her hopes and dreams for her upcoming adventure. After her gal squad offers some good advice, she is ready to meet her men.
A dazzling Bachelorette greets her excited suitors and, of course, the nervous bachelors pull out all the stops to make a lasting impression on Rachel. One man brings out a sledgehammer to "break the ice." Another mild-mannered guy waddles in wearing a penguin costume. But when the four men who initially met the Bachelorette on the "After the Final Rose" show get a second chance to make a first impression, jealousy rears its ugly head among the rest of the bachelors. Nothing is too good for Rachel as a marching band accompanies one of the guys up the driveway.

And now for a new bi-weekly segment called.....

"At The Movies....With Budds." Movie ought to know. And now from the Povenmire Flea Market Discount Movie Theatre in Dimmsdale, here's our Game Show Live! senior film correspondent, Ryan Budds. Take it away Ryan!

Thanks Ryan and now back to the news.

BET is back in the game show world.

From Push It Productions and Executive Producer, Wanda Sykes, “FACE VALUE” is a groundbreaking new game show that will finally answer the age-old question, “Can you judge a book by its cover?” The veteran actress, comedienne and LGBT advocate knows what it’s like to be prejudged, so this series is flipping the script to award cash and prizes for correctly guessing facts about strangers from all walks of life – based solely on their appearance and a few personal details. Hosted by Deon Cole (“black- ish,”Barbershop), “FACE VALUE” will humorously break down stereotypes, expose prejudices, and celebrate the human spirit by highlighting the commonalities and differences among people of various backgrounds, races, religions, beliefs and life experiences. Push It Productions’ Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz serve as Executive Producers along with Lance Crouther.
FORMAT: 30-minute Late Night Comedy NUMBER OF EPISODES: 24

On to Award show news.

The Daytime Emmys may be the Rodney Dangerfield of awards, because like the comedian, they get no respect.
This year, though, they’re getting a little. For that, daytime fans give thanks.

The 44th annual rite was live-streamed, starting at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, via Facebook on the Daytime Emmys page and via Twitter. Mario Lopez (“Extra”) and Sheryl Underwood (“The Talk”) host the celebration of the hardworking people of daytime.

Steve Harvey completed the rare Daily Double, winning Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host for his eponymous talk show and Outstanding Game Show Host for "Family Feud".

"So amazing, thanks be to God and to all of you who watch and love #FamilyFeud" Harvey wrote in response, celebrating the wins.

After learning of his second award the 60 year old added,"Unbelievable, thanks for this honor, and thanks to the #SteveHarvey crew who helped make this possible! #blessed

In the game show category, "Jeopardy!", television's most honored game show, added a 16th trophy for Outstanding Game Show.

Executive producer Harry Friedman, who was honored with a Creative Arts Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, dedicated the win to the late Cindy Stowell. Friedman took the stage and briefly explained how Stowell ended up on the show. Her dream was to appear on “Jeopardy!” When she aced the online “Jeopardy!” test and made it to the in-person auditions in Oklahoma City last year, she told the producers that if she was selected for the show, she would have to appear soon — because she only had a few months to live.

“She not only appeared, but she knocked it out of the park,” Friedman said, adding that Stowell won “in the face of overwhelming odds.” (She developed a high fever and blood infection during filming.) “In her condition and knowing the treatment she was going through, we learned a lesson in courage and determination from Cindy Stowell,” he added.

Friedman said that only a few people on staff knew about Stowell’s condition, including Trebek, “who handled it with his usual flair and class.”

“She won our hearts, she broke our hearts, she made us proud,” Friedman said, noting the money she raised for cancer research charities. “We were so pleased and proud to be part of Cindy’s effort.”

The game-show and host nominees almost line up: “Let’s Make a Deal” (host Wayne Brady), “Celebrity Name Game” (Craig Ferguson), “Family Feud” (Steve Harvey) and “Jeopardy!” (Alex Trebek). “The Price Is Right” and Pat Sajak of “Wheel of Fortune” round out the categories.
Also awarded in the Creative Arts ceremony, Adam Sandler for his directorial work on "The Price Is Right".

Drivers, start your engines.

Coming off the inaugural season of Driver vs. Driver in 2016 - a new television series that offered golfers and golf enthusiasts a fresh, modern look at how golf equipment is designed, developed, and manufactured - Golf Channel has greenlit season two of this innovative series, scheduled to premiere in Fall 2018.
Driver vs. Driver 2 will give viewers an exclusive, inside look at the complex process of designing a driver - from creating a functional prototype, to testing clubs with PGA TOUR players, to showcasing head-to-head competitions in an effort to ultimately develop the next world-class driver from Wilson.

Today, Golf Channel and Wilson Golf issued a formal "Call for Entries," inviting inventors, golf enthusiasts, product designers, engineers, product developers, and creative, big thinkers to share their ideas for the world's next great golf driver concept at

To enter, individuals and/or teams need to submit a short video describing their concept, why they believe it will be the next great driver innovation and a brief synopsis of who they are. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Driver vs. Driver 2 will follow the journey an idea takes - from a napkin sketch to prototype to a final, finished product. The winning individual or team of Driver vs. Driver 2 will receive a cash grand prize and serve as a Wilson Staff brand ambassador. As in season one of the show, the winning driver concept will be manufactured, marketed, and sold at golf retailers across the country as Wilson Golf's next premier driver, and could ultimately be played by some of the game's greatest players from around the globe. The winning driver from season one - the Wilson Triton DVD - is currently on-sale at more than 1,000 golf retail stores and pro shops worldwide. American Idol again?

ABC has reportedly made a bid to revive the hit singing competition, according to TMZ. The network reached out to Fremantle, Idol‘s production company, and offered to buy the franchise and reboot it for a planned March 2018 premiere.
ABC also tried to get the show moved to New York, in an attempt to bring back original host Ryan Seacrest, who’s moving to NYC to co-host Live with Kelly Ripa. But Fremantle insisted the show has to stay in L.A. — and Seacrest is reportedly too busy with Live to return to Idol anyway.

If this all sounds familiar, it should: NBC and Fox both considered reviving Idol earlier this year, but those plans were scrapped due to an internal battle between Fremantle and co-producers Core Media Group. Those plans might start back up again, though, if Fremantle can get Core to agree to negotiate with ABC, which could bring NBC and Fox back into the fold for a good old-fashioned network bidding war.
The prize is a big one: Idol ran for 15 seasons on Fox, smashing ratings records with eight straight years as TV’s top-rated program.

Turn in your keys.....Alicia.

Alicia Keys will apparently be done with The Voice once the currently-airing season wraps on NBC.
The Season 12 The Voice coach dropped the news during a recent interview in TV Guide Magazine's May 1 issue in which she was joined by her fellow coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.

When the coaches were asked by the magazine how long they see themselves continuing with the reality singing competition, Keys casually confessed she won't be returning for a future season.

"My job is highly contingent upon [Blake]," Levine joked. "But really, this is all I care about. Right here, right now, you know?"

"I won't ever take a break from the show; I'll either do it or I'm quitting -- or I'm going to get fired!" Shelton gushed.

"This is my last season," Keys noted to TV Guide Magazine.

Keys' disclosure seemingly shocked and blindsided her The Voice friends.

"You're not coming back?!" Shelton questioned.

"Who knows what the future holds, but I know this one is my final season," explained Keys, who also previously starred on The Voice's eleventh edition.

Levine apparently didn't like what he was hearing from Keys.

"I'll tell you what the future holds: you being on the f-cking show!" Levine joked.

"I am excited for this; it's like a finale for me. That's why I'm so passionate about my team," Keys said of her Season 12 team, which is currently comprised of Chris Blue, Stephanie Rice and Vanessa Ferguson.

"You know why she's not coming back? She sees us and she's like, 'I don't want to be like that,'" Levine suggested.

Stefani then revealed she's also not sure what the future holds, however, she has a blast filming the show -- not to mention she's able to spend time with her boyfriend, Shelton, on the set.

"I don't know anything yet," Stefani told TV Guide Magazine. "I would be open to continuing; I love it."

Shelton -- a five-time The Voice winner -- then asked Keys, "Don't you want to at least keep going a little bit longer to get better?"

"This is my season, Blake," a confident Keys stated. "This is it!"
NBC previously announced Miley Cyrus will be back as a coach for The Voice's thirteenth season in Fall 2017, however none of the other coaches have been confirmed yet. This will mark Cyrus' second stint on the show as a coach.

A man who collected game show tickets for one time, Bob Boden has been hired as the executive president of production and development at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios. In his new position, Boden will be involved in all facets of the company’s television productions, focusing on Fall 2017’s new comedy game show, “Funny You Should Ask,” for which he was co-executive producer for the initial pilot episodes. Boden will also produce and develop new game and reality projects for Entertainment Studios’ television slate of existing and upcoming projects across multiple platforms – broadcast syndication, cable television, and digital. Boden has held numerous executive positions across multiple networks and is most recently coming from a tenure as executive producer of GSN’s “The Chase.”

Can you say......renewed?

Put another way, if you woke up this morning thinking, “Alex Trebek” then said to yourself, “Who just got a two-year contract extension?” you are today’s big winner as the longtime Jeopardy quizmaster has re-upped along with Wheel host Pat Sajak and letter-turner Vanna White. The trio now are locked in through the 2019-20 season.
All three already were signed for the next TV season, and this re-up will take Wheel through its 37th year and Jeopardy! through its 36th — all with the same on-air trio.

“Pat, Vanna and Alex are beloved by generations of TV viewers, and the enduring popularity of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! is a testament to their incredible talents,” said Harry Friedman, who executive produces both game shows. “All of us at Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and Sony Pictures Television are thrilled that they will continue through the 2019-20 season.”
Friedman received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday, and Jeopardy! won again for Outstanding Game Show. For its part, Wheel of Fortune remains TV’s most-watched game show, averaging 27 million weekly viewers. Both shows are distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International.

And Game Show Live! now has for the first time this year......The Dramatic Questioners.

It's time to not get allergic to this segment......

Buzz-GSN where we ask you guys on the GSN facebook page everything and anything.

Daniel Ratliff starts with....

:Please please stop playing so much family feud at least play some classic feud or older one and try playing some classic shows 60's-90's thanks so much"

Of course. Roberta Grace goes with......

"You aired Cash Cab at 6pm Eastern for maybe three weeks, which was a MUCH NEEDED BREAK from Family Feud, and now you've moved Cash Cab to 10pm or whenever! WHY??? Family Feud is on ALL THE TIME! ENOUGH! Bring back Cash Cab at 6pm!!!"

What was GSN thinking? Cash Cab should've been stuck all along. Nicolas White says.....

"I seriously don't get how GSN is high in the ratings when the majority of GSN watchers are complaining about the overload of Family Feud airings."

I don't know why.......moving on to Alice Kramich Wall.

What Gives GSN???? We LOVE to watch Cash Cab while making's listed to air 6p-7p and ALL week long we're getting Family Feud....We're VERY VERY sad right now"

Very very sad.

William Scnarge gets even more angier about the Feud change with.....

"Why in the hell did you take Cash Cab off at 6p for even MORE boring Family Feud? 
3 effing hours of that crap???!?!!?!?!? Come on..."

Just why?  Finally, Susanne Potter goes with.....

"Is there any chance you'll be bringing back the original Card Sharks with Jim Perry? I really miss it.."

Actually Buzzr has it, so you won't miss it.

Hope your eyes will deceive you as you stare at this Idiotest.......

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Figure that one out after a Google Play Music Interlude as we kick off the class of 2006 with Marie Digby and a song that made her a star.

So, how'd you do on the test? Well, The top pink block is "Ch" and the bottom yellow block has an arm, so the answer is Charm......that treated ourselves to Lucky Charms cereal.

Now for our last story. Amazing Race alum and Clevver host Erin Robinson has just finished up a lullaby album for toddlers and......

Holy baby powder Batfink, looks like we won't have time to listen because it's a......

The Lightning Rant. 90 seconds to talk about why local game shows have more game play than commercials starting from.................


On average, most game shows have commercials from 30-2 hours. But Local game shows have more gameplay than there are commercials. Why? Because the sponsors who power the local game shows use their advertising dollars to air it for their....mostly Knowledge Bowl or college bowl shows or whatever it is. Most Sqrambled Scuares programming air Golden Corral ads.....wanna know why? The Ad is a few years old,'s no secret they use it. Where's the ones with Jeff Foxworthy? Anyways, most local game shows use local business for commercials, not the ones they air for local law firms or furniture stores. And don't be surprised if your local game show airs on PBS. That's because they air commercial -free. Like University Challenge in the UK. One example: Quizbusters. A straight-up high school quiz program hosted by Matt Ottinger who is the Jeremy Paxman of the USA and is still going strong locally. From where I'm from, Knowlegde Bowl can't air any McDonalds ads, but has a rep from the company encouraging players from schools to do their best. So next time you wanna watch a show with little set room and won't air nationally, just note that the game play is better than a word from your local sponsor.

That's it for this week. Today's consolation prize is tickets to the game show writer's dinner. I'll be there and Dean Ambrose will be the master of ceremonies. It'll be at gutbuster's Bar & grill across from the trophy shop.

Don't forget to email me at,, Pierre Jason Kelly on FB and @Johnny_Arcade on twitter. Also I'm on Snapchat as MisterGSN and Instagram as Mister_WCW. We will return next Wednesday, and until we return, Play on playas.

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