Thursday, April 11, 2013

'Family Trade' versus 'Dance Rivals'

It may be like comparing apples to apples for some. It's reality television, but it's on GSN. Here's a comparison of The [cancelled] Family Trade, and potential new reality series Dance Rivals.
Family Trade
"At G-Stone Motors, a state-of-the-art GMC and Ford dealership in Middlebury, Vermont, the saying is, “We’ll take anything in trade.” And they mean it. Founder Gardner Stone will trade you a beautiful new car or truck for anything you’ve got that he thinks he can sell—pigs, a hot air balloon, coffins, maple syrup, dolls, a shoe collection."

You've got several different items there on the end of that paragraph. Viewers will already turn in to see these interesting objects. Family drama mentioned in the description later may have been a turned off to some, especially since the main audience just want to see "Barter". Actually sounded interesting, but still not a game show. At least I can watch an episode, but barely.

Dance Rivals (to be produced by Derek Hough)
First, the title tells you the series is about dancing. With Family Trade, people were left wondering. 

". The studios are just a stone’s throw from one another…and the owners used to be partners! Needless to say, the rivalry between the dance studios and their owners is as fierce as the competition among the dancers.  Each week, the studios participate in dance competitions and each week they fight for 1st and 2nd positions—always with the ultimate goal of triumphing over the other."

We have two studios. Only two. And they will compete against each other for at least eight episodes, all episodes, at the end of each episode. I don't like critiquing GSN too much, but the combination of the horribly-rated Dancing with the Stars reruns and reality series Family Trade. They need to learn and they haven't.

GSN did post an official press release for the 2013-14 upfronts.

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