While 2012 set new highs with originals including American Bible Challenge's 1.73 million, there were also some good originals in 2013. Here's the list of 2013 premieres:
*American Bible Challenge (Season 2)
*The Chase (Season 1 and 2)
*Minute to Win It
In 2012, GSN produced four originals (The Newlywed Game (Season 6), American Bible Challenge, Beat the Chefs, The Pyramid), in which only one of those was renewed for an additional season. It's quite obvious which one that was.
In 2011, GSN produced five originals (Newlywed Game (Season 5), Baggage (Season 3), Lingo, Love Triangle, Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza) and only The Newlywed Game made an additional season.
It's not that hard to rule out the good, bad and ugly of the Game Show Network production reel in 2013. The good/great was The Chase and American Bible Challenge, which both deserve an A. The bad was Apolo Ohno-hosted Minute to Win It, where GSN ordered a substantial 40 hour-long episodes, the biggest episode order for a Season 1 show in network history. GSN's Minute remake gets a C+, mainly for similarity to the NBC version, fair hosting choice and far too many episodes for one season. Family Trade gets a D-, only not an F due to the fact that I still think it's some of the better reality GSN has produced and could have sold on another network.
My whole grade for GSN Originals in 2013 is a B-
Originals currently in production, green-lit and set to air for 2014 are American Bible Challenge (Season 3); It Takes a Church, Mind of a Man and Skin Wars, while The Impostor has had casting problems but is most likely to get green-lit on the upfront reel, more than any other proposed original. The Chase (Season 3) is also potentially on the way.
Tomorrow (December 31st) is Part 5 of 5: GSN Overall in 2013