Praise to GSN
- April 3
Although this column is dated two days after April
Fools Day...this is no joke. I think GSN (a/k/a The
Network for Games, a/k/a Game Show Network) is getting
back more and more to the roots of the classic game show
with a 21st century twist.
The 21st Century Twist is interactivity. From its
launch date on December 1, 1994 to now, interactive
gameplay has been a staple. From "Club A.M" to "Prime
Games" to the Playmania Block of today, players from
home have always won cash and prizes. (Anyone remember "Inquizition?").
After the debacle of "MyGamesFever", "Text2Win" and
"Midnight Money Madness", who would have thought that "Quiznation"
and "100 Winners" would be the examples used to show the
best in the interactive quiz genre? And the Playmania
block, which makes loads of cash, is being used to
promote the Playmania Block and to develop new programs.
More on those in a minute.
But what really is cool is that they have realized
mistakes. The spending of millions of dollars to get
"The Amazing Race" was a huge failure. But in the ashes
of failure they get to promote new shows such as
Lingo(now in its 6th season...the little word show that
could), a 2nd season of Chain Reaction, and even newer
shows such as a 40 episode pick up announced last week
Also, the gambling shows they put on are of high
quality. "High Stakes Poker" and "World Series of
Blackjack" and even the "3 Card Poker" championship,
means that they are willing to embrace good quality
And they are willing to try new things. "Cat-minster"
isnt everyones cup of tea... "World-Wide Web Games may
not be either. And their documentary series which
highlighted different aspects of game shows was very
I can honestly say that GSN is moving in the right
direction. What they need to continue to do is the
Continue to use the Playmania money to put into newer
original game programming, as well to improve the
Rotate the reruns in the classic block to get more
shows people havent seen as well as continue to try get
more of the Older shows.
I would love them to do a Saturday morning kids block
of shows like "Im Telling" or maybe pick up new kids
shows in a slap to shows like "5th grader"
That would continue to make GSNThe Network for Games
and Game Shows.
Wanna play? Because I am in.
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