GSN is delving into new genres of game programming as it expands its competitive entertainment roster for 2015. The network has six projects in development, including horror-themed game show Hellevator, produced by Matador and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods in association with Lionsgate TV. Matador’s Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin executive produce.
Hellevator features contestants entering a dark, mysterious warehouse – via an ominous-looking elevator – where they will compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally exhausting challenges. Only the survivors will make it out as winner.
Also on the 2015 development slate is Steampunk’d, a competition series featuring talented artists, designers and inventors who create “steampunk,” a popular genre of science fiction and fantasy that fuses modern technology and Victorian Age aesthetics to turn everyday objects into works of art. Other projects in development are How-To Games (working title), which utilizes popular Internet how-to videos to see how quickly contestants can pick up and repeat a wide range of tasks; Bingo Bash, which brings GSN’s popular digital app to the small screen; numbers game Winsanity, which features contestants’ attempts to organize seven compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest; and Face 2 Face, a studio-based dating series for the 21st century, which uses an app to drive a tailored search for each dater/contestant’s ideal physical “type.” Complete descriptions are below.
Previously announced pilot App Wars has tapped actress Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, Dancing With The Stars) as host and tech experts Nolan Bushnell, Alyson Shontell and Prerna Gupta as judges. App Wars is executive produced by Cheri Brownlee and Barry Hennessey through Cheri Sundae Productions.
GSN recently announced a 65-episode second season of original series Idiotest, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib. It joins pickups for matchmaking series It Takes A Church and body-painting competition show Skin Wars, hosted by Rebecca Romijn.
GSN’s projects in development include:
The horror-themed game show Hellevator features contestants entering a dark, mysterious warehouse – via an ominous-looking elevator – where they will compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally exhausting challenges. Only the survivors will make it out as winners. Hellevator is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Matador’s Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin executive produce. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” franchises), who won a 2014 Emmy® Award for “The Normal Heart,” also executive produces.
Steampunk’d is a wildly creative competition series featuring talented artists, designers and inventors who create “Steampunk,” a popular genre of science fiction and fantasy that fuses modern technology and Victorian Age aesthetics to turn everyday objects into works of art. Contestants will be challenged to marry objects from the past and present in order to create futuristic designs and inventions. Dramatic reveals each week will build to a grand finale of a fully Steampunk’d world, so get ready for “before” and “after” like none you’ve ever seen before! Steampunk’d is executive produced by Kimberly Belcher Ehrhard, John Ehrhard (“Hogan Knows Best,” “Miami Social”) and Lauren Stevens of Pink Sneakers Productions.
HOW-TO GAMES (working title)
This fast-moving game show utilizes hugely popular internet how-to videos to see how quickly contestants can pick up and repeat a wide range of tasks, from simple to complex: tasks like tying a bowtie, creating a balloon animal, cutting your own hair or picking a lock. How-To-Games is executive produced by Dwight Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control Media, Inc. (“Face Off,” “Hollywood Game Night”).
In a first for GSN, the network is bringing its internationally popular digital app, Bingo Bash (over 900,000 players daily), to the small screen. Bingo Bash welcomes one lucky player into the studio each week and pits him or her against online opponents for the chance to win life-changing money.
In Winsanity, one contestant attempts to organize seven compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest. Each successful ranking wins prizes for the team…and the audience, who also has a stake in the game. When the contestant wins a prize, the entire audience is awarded that same prize! However, if the contestant strikes out, then the audience members lose everything in this ultimate game of numbers. From executive producers Barry Poznick (“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”) of Barracuda Television Productions, and Chris Grant and Corie Henson of Electus.
FACE 2 FACE
Face 2 Face is a studio-based dating series for the 21st century, using an app to drive a tailored search for each contestant’s (dater) ideal physical “type.” During the show, the dater can see and hear the singles who have been chosen as potential matches, and is privy to everything about their lives via social media. However, the singles are not afforded the opportunity to see the dater. After the dater has narrowed the field to just one single, the tables are turned, with the winning single afforded the opportunity to see who’s been judging them. The single must now decide whether to stay and meet the dater, or bail before ultimately meeting face to face. Face 2 Face is based on a Keshet International format, produced by Keshet DCP.