As we all know through multiple sources by now, including the official press release itself from Fremantle, a second "game show network" will launch, but with no official ties to our GSN as we know it. This second network full of 24/7 game shows will be labeled "BUZZR TV." Watch out for BUZZR TV on your cable provider coming this summer.
This new Game Show Network will feature the Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Louie Anderson, Richard Karn and John O'Hurley versions of Family Feud (and apparently Steve Harvey Feud "eventually"), and additionally Let's Make a Deal, To Tell the Truth, several versions of Password, Match Game, Beat the Clock, What's My Line?, Blockbusters and Card Sharks.
First off, it's not like Fremantle's new channel is airing strictly Steve Harvey Family Feud, Deal or No Deal, The Chase, Idiotest and The Newlywed Game (Shepherd) like GSN airs through a majority of programming hours. Plus, this new channel probably will not even get their hands on any of GSN's originals. By the time this new game show network launches, the only show GSN and "the new GSN" may have in common is Match Game, Card Sharks and O'Hurley Feud. GSN airs those very minimally anyway.
I don't see a huge effect on Game Show Network or the rest of cable. In a comment at GameShowFollies, Casey Abell uses MeTV as an example of this new game show network. MeTV only broadcasts oldies and does not develop original programming, which is GSN's current focus (i.e. The Chase, Skin Wars, etc.).
Fremantle's new game show network at its launch will only cover 37% of all households while GSN currently covers 80% of America. Fremantle plans to move that 37% figure up over time, I'm sure, but for now it's not like the network will be in almost all households, like GSN is today.
And what will happen with the GSN classic lineup? Do you say it will disappear for good? I actually think not. Sure, Game Show Network within the past decade-plus now, has been cutting back on classics for very modern reruns and new original programming. But, I don't think Fremantle's station means a total axing of pre-1990's material on GSN. With the addition of Fremantle's network, I think classics will stick around for now. Plus, if GSN really wanted the pre-1990's (which currently only fill the 8-11am ET block), wouldn't they have just done that by now?
Here in 2015, Fremantle's new "game show network", even a GSN2 if you will (for what classic fans have always pictured a "GSN 2" as) is a "little deal" for now and will remain a little deal for a while. I think GSN will stay strong and not make any drastic changes.
GSN, if I were you, I would worry about yourselves and don't focus on competition (until the competition bests you).