Ginger Snap Judgment

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 it's now 1:11, that means it's time.....for  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 iHeartRadio. This summer, get 3 months for......99 cents. Yes, 99 cents, take that Spotify! Before you can even download something, get to Iheartradio for All Access features for 99 cents. What a summer deal! Now the clock has started, so we must start with......

 The Opening Toss-Up story.

Looks like someone at GSN has made a decision, and by that, I mean Snap Decision.

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of SNAP DECISION, a new comedic half-hour game show series hosted by actor and comedian David Alan Grier ("The Carmichael Show"). SNAP DECISION is produced for broadcast syndication in a joint venture with Tornante-Sinclair LLC and asks, "What can you tell about a person just by looking at them?" It will debut with four back-to-back half-hour episodes on Monday, August 7 from 9-11pm ET/PT (8-10pm CT) on GSN, and then will move into its regular Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET/PT (8pm CT) time period the following night, August 8. It will have a unique air schedule, as it can also be seen weekdays on 20 Sinclair stations nationwide beginning August 7 (check local listings for exact times and stations).
SNAP DECISION is a new comedy game show created by veteran producer Scott St. John ("Match Game," "Deal or No Deal") that puts preconceptions, first impressions, and gut instinct to the ultimate test. Studio contestants go head-to-head for a $10,000 grand prize as they are asked to make snap judgments about three strangers, recently interviewed on the street. However, looks can be deceiving, as people are often not who they may seem, leading to unexpected twists, turns, and outrageous and hilarious results.

At the center of all the action is three-time Tony(R) and Grammy(R) Award nominee David Alan Grier. Although Grier's acting career is rooted in live theater, he has since also made a name for himself in the world of television. He is currently starring in his third season of NBC's "The Carmichael Show," and is also known to TV viewers for his recent role as the Cowardly Lion in the critically acclaimed TV movie "The Wiz Live!" for which he earned two Image Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards nominations. Most notably, he was an integral cast member of the classic and groundbreaking hit variety television show "In Living Color," and was named among Comedy Central's list of the "Top 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time."

"I think we can all agree David Alan Grier is really really really funny and we are lucky to have him as the host of the show," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vice president of programming and development, GSN. "David's brand of satiric observational comedy, coupled with his massive improvisational skills are the perfect complement to this highly addictive format."

"Building an original game show franchise requires new thinking," said Arthur Hasson, COO of Programming at Sinclair Broadcast Group. "Great game play and a great host are wise starting points and SNAP DECISION boldly checks these boxes. We are excited about the prospects of having this show air on both broadcast and cable platforms, and we believe that this unique new model offers multiple opportunities to build the brand."

"Scott St. John and his team have created a very funny game and the viewers will love to play along," said Lauren Corrao, Co- President, Tornante TV. "With its comedic take on challenging human nature to prejudge other people, SNAP DECISION will ultimately help fade the lines that separate us and encourage us to be more accepting of our differences."
The show is co-produced by GSN and Tornante-Sinclair LLC. Executive producers are Scott St. John and Lauren Corrao.

Don't let the snooze button hit it. After this, Quizbusters closes up shop? That's on the way, but first....

Here's an all-star lineup for might enjoy.

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Welcome back to Game Show Live!  Later on in the program, Why are people hating the New Jumanji movie trailer? We'll examine it.
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With Sqrambled Scuares yet to find a home.......sooner or later, one Quiz program up in Michigan decides to call it quits.
Can this be true?

High school academic aces get just one more chance to shine on television: The 29th season of the WKAR-TV game show "QuizBusters," taping this fall, will be its last.
"We're just going to play 63 more games and hope that they're fabulous," said Matt Ottinger, host of the show since its beginning.

Ottinger said as many as 100 different school districts, including home school groups, have sent teams to compete on the quiz show over the years in the "green" division for larger schools and the "white" division for smaller districts. Students on the top team in each division win $5,000, one-year scholarships to Michigan State University.

"The students are playing for fun, for pride and ultimately for prizes," he said.

Ottinger, 57, has a day job as telecommunications coordinator for Okemos Public Schools, but is a lifelong game show enthusiast. QuizBusters is recorded two nights a week during a fall period that runs from October through early December.

Ottinger prepares 80 questions per program on various academic topics from chemistry to history to literature. The show hosts teams from 64 high schools per season.

When producer Mike Mihalus retired from his full-time gig at WKAR a while back, he kept just one assignment: "QuizBusters."

Ottinger said he will always relish the experience of hosting the show.

"It's is something I've wanted to do since I was a little boy, and I've had the chance to do it, and I'm grateful to WKAR for giving me that opportunity," he said.

He said he always enjoys hearing from former "QuizBusters" contestants, both in person and on social media.

"The first question I'll always ask is, 'What are you doing now?" he said. "They always circle it back to telling me that in their high school experience, 'QuizBusters' was a highlight."

Susi Elkins, WKAR general manager, started working on the show as a student camera operator and was its producer for nine years.

She said it was a mutual decision to end the program.

"Matt and I have been talking for a long time I think we both knew this day was going to come at some point," she said. "It's really hard to imagine not doing the show, but it's really exciting to think about what lies ahead, and what we could try that's new," she said.

She said WKAR is committed to educational programming. For example, its children's science show, "Curious Crew," is entering its fourth season and just won a regional Emmy award for host Rob Stephenson and executive producer Tim Zeko. WKAR also created a channel filled with children's programming, WKAR PBS KIDS, which started broacasting in January.

Elkins said the focus for "QuizBusters" right now is creating an excellent final season of the program.

"We wanted to make sure we go out with a bang and get an opportunity to connect with past participants," she said. "We have some cool idea of how we can engage with fans and people that love the show."

In case you have not seen it, here's an idea of what it looks like when you're watching it.

And here's another in the new millennium.

The show has made cosmetic set changes, but the format remained the same. Godspeed Matt Ottinger. You made it a local phenomenon.

Now a Game Show Live! follow along on the Bachelor in Paradise situation.

Corinne Olympios, the now ex-Bachelor in Paradise contestant who earlier this month said she was a victim in the events leading to a temporary production shutdown of the ABC reality show, has ended her investigation into the matter.
Olympios released the following statement today:
“In light of the overwhelming amount of misinformation that has been spread in the media, I want to clarify a few things. My intent over the past few weeks has been to learn and understand what happened on June 4. While I never filed complaints or accusations against anyone associated with Bachelor in Paradise, my team and I felt it was very important to be thorough in getting to the bottom of what had occurred. I felt victimized by the fact that others were judging me through conflicting and unsubstantiated reports, while I myself had no recollection of the events that transpired.
My team’s investigation into this matter has now been completed to my satisfaction. I am also happy about the changes that have been made to the production of Bachelor In Paradise. While I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been a participant on The Bachelor, and while I was invited to return to Bachelor In Paradise when production resumed, I respectfully made the decision not to return.

I understand the media’s interest in this story, and I greatly appreciate my fans’ concerns for my well-being, but I think it is best if I keep any further thoughts private for now.”

In early June, Warner Bros. halted, then resumed, production on the ABC reality-competition show due to what the studio called an “allegation of misconduct” involving two of the contestants, Olympios and DeMario Jackson. At the time, Olympios said: “I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place.”

Both the studio and Olympios announced investigations into the matter after a show producer filed an internal complaint that the two contestants had engaged in a sexual act while intoxicated.

Production resumed after Warner Bros announced that its investigation was completed and that videotape of the incident “does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member.”
Olympios and attorney Marty Singer continued their own investigation, until today’s announcement.

With Millionaire still in Sin City, Caesars Entertainment is expanding into the film and television industry.

The company opened a 48,000-square-foot soundstage studio this week that will allow for taping of game shows, sitcoms, movies and more.

The popular "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" is going through run-throughs to prepare for production this summer.

Jason Gastwirth, a vice president at Caesars, says that's just the start.

"Las Vegas is the perfect place to [produce movies and TV,] having close proximity to Hollywood as well as the infrastructure to support these productions," Gastwirth said.

The Nevada Film Office welcomes the new studio.

Eric Preiss is the director there, and he says Caesars is doubling down on its reputation as being film- and TV-friendly.

"At the end of the day it's about showcasing the state of Nevada to the world and hiring locals, using local production companies," Preiss said.

Since 2012, there have been an average of nearly 500 productions a year in Nevada.

Preiss says that number could rise in coming years.

"The old philosophy is 'If you build it, they will come,'" he said. "We need to build it and then we need to use those facilities to attract more production."

Auditions for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" begin July 5 at Bally's.

Dance to This!

The Jennifer Lopez-led competition dance show “World of Dance” has been renewed for a second season.
“I am so proud to not only star, but produce a show that is so close to my heart,” Lopez said in a statement. “I am so happy that ‘World of Dance’ has resonated with audiences and we are able to put dancers on the pedestal they deserve.”

NBC won large with the “World of Dance” series premiere, making it the top premiere for a summer alternative series in five years, and the most-watched in nine. The show is actually now the biggest regular time slot premiere in all of 2017 in the 18-49 time slot.

“We are thrilled that the unrivaled athleticism and authenticity that inspired us to create ‘World of Dance’ has been embraced by both the dance community and our viewers,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio.

“World of Dance,” like other competition dance shows, allows dancers to show off their skills and compete for a $1 million grand prize. Lopez is a judge along with Derek Hough, NE-YO and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who also serves as a mentor.

The solo contestants compete against duos and groups in multiple categories, including hip-hop, ballet, ballroom and more.
The show is averaging a 2.8 rating among the coveted 18-49 demographic with 11 million viewers overall. It’s the number two summer entertainment series behind another NBC staple, “America’s Got Talent.”

We're not making this up, people.

Fox isn’t taking lying down ABC’s order to reboot Fox’s longrunning singing competition American Idol, pushing forward with development of Israeli singing format The Final Four.
This franchise, licensed by Armoza Formats eliminates the pesky so-called “lousy auditions” stage of Idol, unveiling four finalists in the opening episode, as show name suggests, picked by the show’s three judges. Each week, new competitors are introduced who will attempt to dethrone one of the finalists. Show tagline: “We start with the best and only get better.”

“The Final Four is a new take on the singing competition genre, bringing all the most loved elements of music shows to the table and serving only the best of them in a way that has never been seen before,” Armoza Formats CEO Avi Armoza said back in March when the “shiny-floor singing competition” format officially was unveiled.

“And because of its unique structure, any viewer who thinks they’re good enough to challenge one of the finalists can do so through the app at any time, involving the audience throughout the season,” he added.

And, so as not to confuse fans of NCAA “Final Four,” the singing competition’s name will be changed.

ABC, in unveiling its primetime plans for next season said it would bring format changes to American Idol, which Fox execs had suggested, after losing out in talk with Idol producer FreemantleMedia, was coming back too soon after their network pulled the plug, owing to lagging ratings and soaring costs. Those changes will reflect “clear ABC hallmark and brand,” entertainment division chief Channing Dungey told reporters during Upfront Week.
Meanwhile NBC has been working to make its singing competition The Voice, more Idol-esque, securing some of its best-known alums, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, to coach the coming season.

Final moments of the blog start with a question I want you to ask: Can you....Sqramble This?

Hint: Before you get married....throw one.

Think about that after a Google Play Music interlude from our teenage ivory tickler of terror, the Piano Gal herself, Sara Arkell!

Rock on, Sara. Now the answer you've been pondering on. It's......

Ummm....can't you invite camera crews for it?

We know you like Summer and our lip sync idiotesters Kristin and Danny are here to prove it.

Okay kids, let's admit it......

"Star Search was better than The Gong Show.'

The show had more stars discovered than that Chuck barris campiness with 3 judges. Star Search had 10 categories and singers were categorized in the male and female category as did the dancers. There were even bands, and not instrumentalists. Spokesmodels and comics were also in that. The gong Show had a batch of weird and bad talent over the years in between the good ones. Star Search outlasted The Gong show when it first hit the airwaves and we preferred Ed McMahon over Chuck Barris. Not to mention it was fast paced and lasted 60 minutes and over 3 judges scoring up to 30 points with a  "You Know What" behind to end the act, it was an "up to 4 star system" by averages of 4 judges. Tommy Maitland should've known better. So admit it, Star Search was better than the Gong Show. Any questions?

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That's it for this week. Today's consolation prize is a watermelon dress. Look like a fruit, dress like a fruit....but with a real watermelon smell. Perfect for summer picnics, too.

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.  And you know what? We can bring in our Bonus Round blonde bombshell Christa Nannos in to close if that's alright with you. That does it. We will return next Wednesday, and until we return, Play on playas.


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