Thanks for visiting!

SS Monday SS Tuesday SS Wednesday SS Thursday SS Friday SS Weekend SS Archives Primes Lineup About Us
InSites On the Buzzer Numbers Game State of Play WLTI Block Party Video Wall Replay News Archive Contact

January 13
January 27
February 4
February 11
February 18

Opinions expressed in Block Party do not necessarily reflect those held by Game Show Newsnet as a whole.

Copyright Statement

No infringement of copyright is intended by these fan pages; production companies of shows this site covers retain all rights to the sounds, images, and information contained herein. Copyrighted material appearing on this site constitutes fair use, and no challenge to copyright is implied. 

Web design by Jason Elliott. Logo by Chico Alexander.

Racing to Survive Another Week of Game Shows
February 25

Also available as a podcast. Click to listen!

We start this week, as you can guess from the title...with the return of the two big dogs of CBS Reality Program...the 18th Season of Survivor and the 14th edition of The Amazing Race.

Survivor: Tocantins (The Brazilian Highlands) started it’s new season with a brilliant first episode. After both teams were already divided into tribes Jalapao and Timbira, they rode a bus to a designated spot and needed to strip the bus clean of supplies. Then Jeff Probst said, "One person from each tribe will not take part in this journey." The two tribes voted out who they thought was the weakest because Jeff wanted to see what first impressions were made.

Then the people (Sandy and Sierra who were both noticeably upset) were told they weren’t making this part of journey...on foot. They were making it by helicopter. Brilliance. The episode played out in usual Survivor style, with Carolina Eastwood being voted out. She expected Sandy to be...but her bossy style and lack of assistance in the reward challenge was rewarded with the blindside vote out.

This shows that Survivor is still doing what it does best...change the game in such a way that each season seems fresh and new. This is Thursday night appointment television.

And over to the Amazing Race...where the big news is that they have switched the game up a little bit as well. And the little additions they have made make this show even better. The graphics have been freshened up, the editing style takes cues from the show "24", and the new use of Google Earth/Google Maps was great and made you ask, "Why didn’t they do that sooner?"

Of course, the best thing about the show is the game play...which has not been changed. And that is a great thing. We have 11 couples...and the most talked about couple (Margie & Luke Adams the mother/deaf son team) finished first for the first leg. The show is still the best reality game competition on the air. This is fun to watch...and I will be watching on Sundays.

This past Tuesday night, we saw the first group of 12 sing for their spot in the American Idol Top 12. The voting portion of the competition got underway this week, as the Top Male (Danny Gokey), the top Female (Alexis Grace) and the assumed third place vote getter (Michael Sarver) booked their tickets this week. We saw a lot of bad performances and underwhelming song selection, but don’t be surprised to see Anoop Dog (a/k/a Anoop Desai) back in the Wild Card round three weeks from now.

Next Tuesday we will see: Megan Corkery, Kris Allen, Mishavonna Henson, Matt Breitzke, Alison Iraheta, Matt Giraud, Jasmine Murray, Kai Kalama, Jesse Langseth, Adam Lambert (one of the Top 36 pre-performance favorites), Jeanine Vailes and Nick Mitchell (a/k/a Norman Gentle).

We go from singers to card we have a big confirmation of news that broke a few weeks ago. GSN has officially announced the 2nd season renewal of "Catch-21", the remake of Gambit starring Alfonso Ribeiro and Mikki Padilla as the dealer.

What makes this news even bigger is a) the episode renewal order is 65 episodes, up 25 from Season 1's run of 40. b) the 2nd season premiere will be April 6 at 6:30PM EST...leading out from the premiere of the revival of Newlywed Game. You combine these two facts and Catch-21 and Newlywed are going to be the lynchpin of the May Sweeps run for GSN. There have been rumors of a set change, a higher profile online component and a potential for more bonus round winners as well.

Combine this with the casting notices on Craigslist for Season 3 of Bingo America, the news out of GSN is looking pretty good if you ask me.

It looks like the yearly WGA protests against reality shows have started. The Hollywood Reporter Live Feed reports that the guild protested Wednesday's live telecast of "American Idol," calling on producer FremantleMedia North America to "treat its 'reality' TV writers and other workers with respect by improving working conditions and providing health care and pension benefits."

"Many Fremantle workers do not receive benefits that are standard in the entertainment industry including minimum compensation, health insurance, and retirement benefits," says the release. "Fremantle has also chosen to use non-union drivers who work excessive overtime without proper rest periods or drug and alcohol testing."

Having dropped the reality issue in the final days of negotiations during the writers strike, organizing reality workers clearly remains a WGA goal (one to shoot for, if not obtain). The move follows the recent settlement of a WGA-supported lawsuit between hundreds of reality TV workers and several networks and production companies.

The settlement of two class-action lawsuits by reality shows staffers against TV networks and production companies were settled for more than $4 million last month. I believe that this settlement plus the protests will actually lead to the unionization of the reality show staffers. It may not happen right away...but I think it will happen by 2010 or 2011. It has to.

Oscar weekend is coming up as of this writing, and "Slumdog Millionaire" has been the talk of the movie world for months and has people talking up the game show as well.

And that’s just fine with Michael Davies. In a New York Times article, Michael Davies said, "I couldn’t tell you whether ‘Slumdog’ has done anything to accelerate those conversations (of a 10th anniversary revival with ABC), but it certainly hasn’t hurt." He continues, "Enough people have asked me, ‘Isn’t this great for "Millionaire"?’ that I know it’s been great for the overall brand in the U.S.," he said.

He also joked, ""By the way," he added, "I’ve got to think the ‘Survivor’ folks and the ‘Idol’ folks are thinking, ‘Movie, movie, movie.’ ".

I really believe that ABC will make the deal with Davies. It would make the most sense to.

Finally, The Price is Right Valentine’s Day episode aired on February 13 and after viewing the show, I can call it a success. The couples aspect didn’t affect the gameplay at all, and in fact it seemed fresh and new. And when you offer a restored 1975 Corvette Stingray convertible, you can’t go wrong. The show was so successful that a third theme episode (after a previously scheduled Academy of Country Music tie-in episode) is being planned according to "Ultimate Baby Shower" episode...where I believe we will see a lot of pregnant females in the audience.

As long as these theme episodes do not affect gameplay, I say these theme shows are a pretty cool idea and another positive aspect in the rebuilding process of Price.

Random Newsbits:

–America’s Got Talent continues to add audition dates and locations at

– promotes it’s first live online game show.

–The American Idol performances are available on Itunes. On March 11, Idol will move the results show to 9PM...competing directly with Lost. And all 7 Idol Winners reunited for the first time as "The American Idol Experience" opens in Disney Hollywood Studios. That gives people the chance to get a fast pass on next season’s Idol Auditions.

–Former NBA player Duane Causwell is looking for the next great basketball player on "America’s Top Baller"

–In a Good Morning America Interview with Tom Bergeron, Bob Barker talks retirement, the elephant Billy and claims he only watches occasionally. "I sometimes turn it on for a game or two. But I don't watch it. I'm not a loyal viewer," he said. He joked that he watches TV with his dog, Jessie. "And in my right hand, I have a bottle of tequila,"

–CBS greenlights an automotive obstacle course show called "Thunder Road".

–Fox Sports extends it’s deal with Fox Sports Net through 2010 with the World Poker Tour.

–Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump resign from Trump Entertainment Resorts' board of directors.

–Jerry Springer becomes slimy lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago in London from June 1-July 11. (This is what could have helped Nick Cannon get his America’s Got Talent gig)

–Big Brother UK’s Jade Goody cervical cancer battle and last days are playing out in the British press.

–Tom Bergeron’s Autobiography "I’m Hosting As Fast I Can" comes out April 7th and he is using his Facebook page to promote it.

–Endless Games releases another edition of the Newlywed Game.

Jason Block is writing as fast as he can. E-mail him at