Saturday, October 26, 2013

Acquisitions, anyone?

A very, very big lack of acquisitions lately on GSN.

A short (modern) acquisition history for GSN within the past five years: In June 2009, GSN acquired NBC Deal or No Deal and 1 vs. 100 which stuck around the schedule for three years, plus. Smaller acquisitions were picked up in 2010/11 including Million Dollar Password, the 2008-09 season of John O'Hurley's Family Feud, syndicated Deal or No Deal and Power of 10.

Then there was nothing in the Spring and Summer of 2011, with many new originals. The big acquisitions were picked up in Fall 2011-Summer 2012, 5th Grader, Steve Harvey's Family Feud and NBC Minute to Win It. Dog Eat Dog was also acquired in July 2012.

Since Dog Eat Dog, there has been a huge gap. The only other show that has been acquired was the 2009-10 season of Family Feud, which was only advertised at this very small game show blog. They really should have, come to think of it.

One acquisition I would want to see come around, really, is Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (Vieira), episodes post-2010 (new format). Vieira episodes are probably getting cheaper to lease over time but also more valuable considering not everybody loves Cedric. Meredith's Millionaire could fit in very well with The Chase and on numerous other parts of the schedule including primetime, latenights and all parts of daytime.


  1. GSN needs to acquire something soon, but I have a suspicion as to why they haven't. Steve Harvey's Family Feud might be getting expensive, so Amy Davis(being the cheap woman she is) might not be acquiring anything so she'll have enough money to acquire the 2012-2013 season. I hope that's not the case, but it wouldn't surprise me, since Amy Davis is treating(and advertising) his version like an original.

    Vieira's Millionaire would probably do really well on GSN, but I wouldn't be surprised if Amy Davis waits a couple years and goes after Cedric's version, since she's trying to turn GSN into a secular network.

  2. This is one of the 'most correct' posts I've had here.

    GSN probably didn't renew the 5th Grader lease and not picking up or reacquiring anything else. Harvey Feud will be A LOT more expensive for the 12-13 season. GSN will try to get their hands on it ASAP.

    They did acquire the first two seasons at once, remember.

  3. I'm still surprised GSN didn't renew the 5th Grader lease, seeing was doing really well in the ratings, the least GSN could do is acquire Syndie 5th Grader.

    Harvey Feud was acquired all at once? Then why did GSN wait an entire year to start airing the 11-12 season? I would've thought if they had it, they would've started airing it right away.