|The 2006-07 Chain Reaction revival by GSN.|
Will Chain Reaction do the same? It is GSN's sixth game show revival in five years and the third time reviving one of their own shows they have already produced new episodes of (Lingo, Baggage). If done right, this version of Chain Reaction will not only be successful but could go on to outlast the number of seasons and episodes of their 2006-07 revival (2 seasons, 130 episodes).
Chain Reaction needs a solid, well-known host. I'm not looking for Regis Philbin but GSN has screwed up with "unknowns"/Z-Listers such as DeRay Davis. I would try going with the strategy GSN used with The Chase: Get a host who is well-known to the regular GSN viewer. People knew Brooke Burns from Dog Eat Dog. Names that should get tossed around in this sense for Chain Reaction are Alfonso Ribeiro, Howie Mandel, Kevin Pereira and Drew Carey. The host should definitely be someone who has done game shows before.
It's hard to screw up the Chain Reaction format, but many said the same about Lingo (and the same ones said how Lingo stunk in 2011). Solid format, solid host, $100,000 top prize and this could work. As of now, Chain Reaction I believe will be GSN's first winner since The Newlywed Game, which started six years ago. Bad host choice? $15,000 top prize? Bad choice of contestants? Then my beliefs change.