So is Chain Reaction really the GSN execs' response to a failed development slate?
Casey Abell suggested on a Game Show Paradise thread that Chain Reaction is a move by GSN after other projects did not turn out successful. In my head the second I found out Chain Reaction was going to be revived in 2015 (and after I was very happy and actually a little surprised), thought the exact same.
I personally think GSN tried out a few of these project and they did not work. GSN execs here in 2015, unlike pre-2010, desire a growing development slate. For example, there are currently six originals that will make it to air in 2015 (The Chase, Idiotest, Skin Wars, It Takes a Church, Baggage On The Road and Chain Reaction). How many times has that happened before in GSN history?
It is relatively smart for GSN to revive Chain Reaction. It's really not that hard to revive, it's not hard to get the rights to revive Chain Reaction, it's relatively cheap and the rerun numbers in weekday daytime say it all. GSN cannot just fill their primetime lineup with Steve Harvey's Family Feud. Sure, it is their number one show but it's just not going to cover all 7 nights of primetime, all 3 hours each night and all the other late night slots.
Chain Reaction looks to be the second new original of 2015 after Baggage On The Road. It's not like Baggage On The Road or Idiotest are hits (maybe Idiotest is in the 18-49 demo) but the only shows right now on GSN that can be considered hits are Skin Wars and The Chase. GSN is testing Chain Reaction, seeing what happens and hope it can fill holes in the summer primetime schedule since apparently other failed projects (thus far), listed on top, cannot.