Sunday, February 24, 2013

The history of....

From Match Game to Family Feud, Minute to Win It and the American Bible Challenge, this is insider and theoretical information on the Game Show Network. Since we've just started in existence, and GSN (formerly and sometimes still Game Show Network), here's a little bit of History.

GSN launched on December 1, 1994. Imagine what it was like back then. No Lingo. No Who Wants to be a Millionaire. And lastly, no Steve Harvey's Family Feud. Shocker, right? Just all game shows from before that time period and dating back to the 1950's. Back then, the division line between "classic and modern and game shows was 1970 or 1972. Now what we know as "ancient" game shows now like Gene Rayburn's Match Game and Bob Eubanks' The Newlywed Game were modern then in 1994.

What else since? The Price is Right, Regis Philbin and a lot of the Goodson-Todman Library. There have also been hit originals like Russian Roulette, Whammy!, Friend of Foe? and Chain Reaction (which all sadly only lasted two seasons), but then we had a personal favorite of mine, Lingo.

More recently, The Newlywed Game, Baggage and Catch 21 have hit up the ratings on the network. And in 2012, Baggage and Catch 21 for the most part have gone away. Acquisitions like Guy Fieri's Minute to Win It, FOX's Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? and Steve Harvey's Family Feud have risen GSN to better numbers (or "ratings") this year. Also, American Bible Challenge came along with a rating of 1.73 million back in August, the network's highest rated show by far.

Well, here it is. Read. Comment. Enjoy.

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