GSN has picked up additional seasons of two of its strongest original series: The Chase, which has been picked up for a 20-episode fourth season, and breakout It Takes A Church, which has been ordered for an eight-episode second season. Both will air in 2015. Along with GSN flagship American Bible Challenge, The Chase and It Takes A Church have been key pieces in the network's transformation to a place for original series that take new spins on the traditional game show concept. GSN's latest effort in that direction is body-painting competition Skin Wars, which premiered this month.
The Chase, hosted by Brooke Burns, features Mark Labbett (aka “The Beast”) who faces down contestants in the ultimate trivia challenge. ITV Studios America is producing, with Bob Boden, Michael Kelpie and Martin Scott executive producers. Hosted by singer Natalie Grant, dating series It Takes A Church, which premiered in June, features Christian congregations across the U.S. in a matchmaking competition to help one unattached fellow congregant find his or her partner. The show, from Authentic Entertainment and exec producers Tom Rogan and Lauren Lexton, delivered triple-digit growth among W18-34 (+100%) and W18-49 (+117%), and double-digit growth among W25-54 (+94%) and P18-49 (+92%) compared with GSN’s year-to-date time period average. “The Chase and It Takes a Church reflect GSN’s commitment to programming all types of game, from shiny floor to competition elimination,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP Programming, at GSN.