The past two days we have discussed some of the upsides and downfalls of GSN's new version of Minute to Win It so far, which has a sneak preview tonight, May 23rd after the American Bible Challenge season finale.
Minute to Win It could easily be a hit for GSN. The NBC version was capable of lasting two years with 68 episodes. Though, like most primetime game shows, gimmicks would get in the way of actual gameplay.
I have some, but not a ton of confidence that GSN will trash time-wasting materials, including surprise phone calls and marriage proposals. I.E., the NBC version would feature four to five stunts in the matter of a half-hour, with commercials. The GSN version will hopefully increase that amount.
The most unattractive part of NBC version is when a commercial would cut into the start or middle of the stunt. If the GSN version stops that mentality, I'll be very happy.
There will still be a few flaws on the new Minute to Win It. No GSN first season original has been perfect. Most have been fine-tuned if there was a second season (i.e. Newlywed Game, Baggage, Catch 21).
I am not highly confident that GSN viewers will support Minute to Win It well-enough for a second season. Minute will definitely not be a huge flop, but by all means do I think it will see new runs with a million viewers or so. We will wait, and see how tonight goes.