Monday, July 1, 2013

GSN in 2013: First Half

How have the past six months on Game Show Network been for you? That's the question being asked now.

To sum up the first half of 2013, we had one reality show, a second season of American Bible Challenge, two shows green-lit plus a dozen others proposed in two separate upfronts, hundreds of episodes of classics acquired and the introduction of Apolo Ohno to the network.

For me, GSN gets a B+ for the first half of the year. We got a solid, but not stand-out fantastic Minute revival, Bible Challenge was good, and some wise schedule changes in June. Some points fall off for the Dancing with the Stars temporary return, Family Trade and favorite/iconic game shows including Jeopardy! and Card Sharks falling off the schedule.

Below is the full recap of January-June 2013 on GSN:

*Kirk Franklin joining American Bible Challenge (January 28)
*Dancing with the Stars Super-Bowl marathon (Feb. 3)
*Minute to Win It green-lit (February 4)
*Jeopardy! drops from schedule (Feb. 25)
*Chuck Woolery's Lingo return (Feb. 25)
*Steve Harvey Family Feud marathon #3 (March 11)
*The rise and fall of Family Trade (March 12-April 16)
*A second season of American Bible Challenge (March 21-May 23)
*Apolo Anton Ohno chosen as host of Minute to Win It (March 14)
*The acquisition of Sale of the Century (March 20)
*The additions of Password Plus, Match Game, Super Password and Press Your Luck. (March 20)
*American Bible Challenge fan favorites (April 17-May 19)
*Memorial Day Minute to Win It marathon (May 27th)
*Game Show Moments Gone Bananas acquired (May 27-June 18)
*Million Dollar Password drops from schedule (May 25)
*Brooke Burns announced to host The Chase. (May 29)

GSN also set a record in the first half of 2013 by adding two originals with a top prize of $250,000, a record for the network

The schedule changes are also listed below. Changes are shown in bold. Spots that have changed once but later changed back are bold and italicized.

January 2012 Schedule
8:00am: Family Feud (Dawson)
8:30am: Match Game
9:00am: Card Sharks
9:30am: Press Your Luck
10:00am: $100,000 Pyramid
10:30am: $25,000 Pyramid
11:00am: Super Password
11:30am: Jeopardy!
12:00pm: $100,000 Pyramid
12:30pm: $25,000 Pyramid
1:00pm: 5th Grader
2:00pm: Catch 21
2:30pm: Lingo (Engvall)
3:00pm: Chain Reaction
3:30pm: Chain Reaction
4:00pm: Family Feud (Karn)
4:30pm: Family Feud (Karn)
5:00pm: Minute to Win It
6:00pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
6:30pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
Late nights on weekdays did not change
9:00am: Password Plus (Ludden)
9:30am: Whammy!
10:00am: Whammy!
10:30am: Chain Reaction
11:00am: Newlywed Game
11:30am: Newlywed Game
12:00pm: Million Dollar Password (Sat.)/The Pyramid (Sun.)
1:00pm: Dog Eat Dog
2:00pm: Dog Eat Dog
3:00pm: Dog Eat Dog (Sat.)/Family Feud (Karn) (Sun.)
4:00pm: Newlywed Game (Sat.)/Family Feud (O'Hurley) (Sun)
4:30pm: Newlywed Game (Sat.)/Family Feud (O'Hurley) (Sun)
5:00pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
5:30pm: Family Feud (Harvey)
6:00pm: Minute to Win It (Sat.)/5th Grader (Sun.)
7:00pm: Minute to Win It (Sat.)/5th Grader (Sun.)
8:00pm: Family Feud (O'Hurley) (Sat.)/5th Grader (Sun.)
9:00pm: Family Feud (Karn) (Sat.)/5th Grader (Sun.)
10:00pm: Family Feud (O'Hurley) (Sat)/Newlywed Game (Sun.)
10:30pm: Family Feud (O'Hurley) (Sat)/Newlywed Game (Sun.)
11:00pm: Family Feud (Harvey) (Sat)/Newlywed Game (Sun)
11:30pm Family Feud (Harvey) (Sat.)/Newlywed Game (Sun.)
12:00am: Newlywed Game (Sat.)/Family Feud (Harvey) (Sun.)
12:30am: Newlywed Game (Sat.)/Family Feud (Harvey) (Sun.)
1:00am: Baggage (Sat.)/$100,000 Pyramid (Sun.)
1:30am: Baggage (Sat.)/$100,000 Pyramid (Sun.)
2:00am: Baggage (Sat.)/Dog Eat Dog (Sun.)
3:00am: Dog Eat Dog
Monday: Family Feud (Karn/O'Hurley)
Tuesday: Minute to Win It
Wendesday: Family Feud (Harvey)
Thursday: Family Feud (Harvey)/Newlywed Game
Friday: Minute to Win It/Improv-a-Ganza
Saturday: Family Feud (Karn/O'Hurley)
Sunday: 5th Grader

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