Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hoping 'Winsanity' will be a winner: A long timeline of production

I am rooting for Winsanity. That is no lie. I wish for all (well,  most) GSN originals to succeed. Below is the timeline of what got us here to the day before premiere night of Winsanity:

November 18, 2014: Winsanity reaches light-of-day through press release (along with Steampunk'd, Hellevator and multiple others). The original format had only seven numerical facts and they were emphasized as "compelling and surprising".

March 10, 2015: Winsanity green-lit for a pilot on the same day as Hellevator and an "unnamed" Skin Wars spin-off were.

April 2015: I had given Winsanity a "Medium/High" chance of making it to air and a high confidence level for success (I still stick to my high confidence level).

October 22, 2015: GameShowNetworkNews first reports Winsanity would make it to the GSN airwaves in 2016.

November 18, 2015: Donald Faison announced as host of Winsanity.

November 18, 2015: GSN announces via press release that 40 half-hour episodes had been ordered and production would begin in early 2016.

January 22, 2016: Episodes of Winsanity scheduled to begin taping on February 6th.

March 8, 2016: Donald Faison appears at GSN's 2016-17 programming upfronts.

April 8, 2016: First at GameShowNetworkNews, Winsanity given June premiere.

May 12, 2016: Winsanity officially given June 9th premiere date.

Mid May 2016: GSN releases full episode of Winsanity to very select audience.

Late May 2016: GSN shifts all advertising focus to Winsanity

June 8, 2016: GSN announces live, at-home play along competition to Winsanity.

June 9, 2016: Primetime premiere at 9pm ET!

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