GSN has renewed freshman hit Snap Decision for a second season and greenlit two new strip series, America Says (working title) and Caroline & Friends, hosted by Sabrina the Teenage Witch alum Caroline Rhea, the network announced Monday at its 2018 Upfront in New York City.
In addition, GSN has picked up Cover Story, an hourlong documentary series of specials, which launched in January, and has set three projects in development, Catch My Bluff, Movin’ Money and Mall Madness (details follow below).
Joining Snap Decision as returning series on GSN in 2018 are Divided, part game show, part social experiment hosted by Emmy winning executive producer Mike Richards (The Price is Right, Let’s Make A Deal), and numerical fact stacking game show Winsanity, hosted by Donald Faison (Scrubs). Also on the lineup is short-form sweepstakes program Game Show Network Daily Draw, which premiered January 30, hosted by comedian Trish Suhr.
The programming announcements follow a strong year for GSN, which saw the network adding more than 16 million new viewers to its air, according to Nielsen and GSN. The network also saw a 66% increase in social engagements on Facebook over the past year.
“GSN is the home for engaging game show programming that attracts high value consumers looking for a family environment filled with winning and fun,” said Fran Shea, executive vice president, programming and marketing for GSN. “Developing and producing new strip programming provides our loyal audience with a viewing destination they’ve come to expect and feel comfortable with, as GSN is an essential part of their daily routine.”
“Our audience is a group of prolific consumers. The insights we have harvested on their behaviors and habits will help inform our clients’ investment on GSN,” added John Zaccario, executive vice president, ad sales for GSN. “The definition of premium is evolving and these insights, coupled with attribution data make the case for increased investment on GSN.”
AMERICA SAYS (wt) is an in-studio game where two teams of friends and family face off to match survey responses with fill in the blanks that cover every topic under the sun. They’ll have to be quick when trying to think of what America says, as time is always ticking and the team with the most money banked after three rounds will head to a bonus round to see if they can guess even more survey responses to win extra cash and prizes. The show is based on a format by Entertainment One. Tara Long and Mark Herwick of Entertainment One (eOne) and Dave Noll and Cleve Keller of Keller/Noll serve as producers. Host to be announced at a later date.
Hosted by actor and comedian Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina The Teenage Witch”), CAROLINE & FRIENDS (wt), is a comedic, family-friendly series showcasing the most hilarious and adorable videos from around the web. As our comedic host guides the audience through each animal, kid and funny viral video, she’ll provide lighthearted conversation and commentary with her two comedic, celebrity friends. Caroline and her companions then nominate their favorites and ultimately pick the ‘best in show’, earning the family who submitted the video a special prize. The show is produced by Vin Di Bona of Fishbowl Worldwide Media. Rob Katz also serves as executive producer.
COVER STORY, a one-hour documentary series of specials, looks at the fascinating
personalities, memorable moments and outrageous scandals in and around the most popular games shows of all time. Each episode seeks to reveal the true story with behind-the-scenes footage, in-depth, never-before-seen interviews and updates on where they are now as well as the dramas that touched the lives of stars, challengers, winners, contestants and characters involved in the long history of game play on television and beyond. COVER STORY is produced by Brent Zacky and Michael Spierer of Ashley Oaks Media.
Short-form sweepstakes program GAME SHOW NETWORK DAILY DRAW (premiered January 30) turns network viewers into winners with a weeknight drawing hosted by comedian Trish Suhr. Coming to viewers from GSN’s headquarters in Santa Monica, CA, a $500 winner is announced each night with the draw celebrated by special guests from the world of game shows, comedians and entertainment icons. GAME SHOW NETWORK DAILY DRAW is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for Game Show Network.
CATCH MY BLUFF
CATCH MY BLUFF is a studio-based game show where contestants must make up fake answers to trivia questions, in the hopes that their fellow contestants will fall for their bluffs instead of picking the real answer. After three rounds, the top scorer will face a fast-paced end game to see if they can pick out the host’s bluffs to earn even more cash. CATCH MY BLUFF is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC and executive produced by Grant Taylor.
MOVIN’ MONEY (Working Title)
MOVIN’ MONEY is an ambush game show where unsuspecting riders on a pedal tavern, a bar powered by bicycles pedaled by the patrons, will end up playing bar trivia on wheels as they attempt to bank cash by answering trivia and hope not to be booted off the ride for too many incorrect answers. MOVIN’ MONEY is produced by Trevor O’Neil, Margaret Miller and Shannon Houchins for Hideout Pictures.
MALL MADNESS (Working Title)
MALL MADNESS is a shopping spree game show set in the Mall of America where unsuspecting shoppers are given the opportunity to trade the points they win from answering shopping-related trivia questions into spendable cash! The show is produced by Dee Haslam, Rob Lundgren and Lori Stryer of RIVR Media.