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Family

Host Todd Newton says Season 2 of “Family Game Night” will be “bigger, better”

By Stacey Harrison Follow @ChannelGuideSRH Developing an identity — and a loyal fan base — is difficult for any game show. But it sure helps when the games you feature have been staples of the culture for decades. When Family Game Night returns for its second season on Friday at 7pm, it will bring with it all the classic Hasbro games that made it one of The Hub’s biggest successes, along with a few new additions. Simon Flash and Ratuki are among the new challenges, and Operation Relay Race has become Operation Slam Dunk. Host Todd Newton shared with us […]

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Game Shows

“America’s Got Talent” is more miss than hit

By Tom Comi Pop quiz: What does Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator have in common with no-names like Bianca Ryan, Neal E. Boyd, Kevin Skinner and Michael Grimm? Answer: All of them won their respective seasons on NBC’s talent show America’s Got Talent. The difference is that only Fator (an accomplished ventriloquist) has come close to becoming a household name, and that’s only for those households who have visited the Mirage hotel and casino in Sin City. And so it goes for the talent show that portends to find the country’s hidden gems and turn them into stars. As you […]

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Comedy

“Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza” premieres April 11 on GSN

By Ryan Berenz (Twitter: ChannelGuideRAB) Drew Carey hosts a new half-hour series on GSN called Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza, premiering Monday, April 11, at 8pm ET/PT. In the show, an impressive lineup of talented actors and comedians performing improvised sketch comedy, complete with audience participation. Cast members include Heather Anne Campbell, Jeff Davis, Chip Esten, Kathy Kinney, Jonathan Mangum, Sean Masterson, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Ryan Stiles and guest appearances by Wayne Brady. GSN announced that the April 12 episode features an impromptu appearance by Charlie Sheen, who stopped by the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas […]

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Casting Calls

ABC’s “Wipeout” is casting for Season 4 this Saturday

Producers of ABC’s hit game show Wipeout are casting for the next season, and are looking for men and women who are fun, strong-willed, outgoing and have a great sense of humor. They are also looking for father/daughter teams, mother/son teams, singles and more. Out of the potential players who are successfully cast on Season 4 from this particular casting event, one will be revealed on the Wipeout Facebook fan page (facebook.com/wipeout). Only participants who attend this event will be eligible and can apply by following either of these two steps:

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Family

Get ready for another “BrainSurge” on Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is bringing back its very popular game show BrainSurge starting June 21 at 6pm ET/PT with the first of 40 new episodes. Jeff Sutphen returns as host of BrainSurge to energetically guide kids through mind-bending challenges that test their visual, memory and analytical skills as they compete for fun prizes.  Season 2 premieres with a week of special episodes that feature Boys vs. Girls — where the live audience is divided by gender and the contestants (3 boys and 3 girls) are playing for bragging rights and T-shirts for the audience.  In addition, the new season will include celebrity […]

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Game Shows

Wayne Brady hosts new “Let’s Make a Deal”

By Jeff Pfeiffer Like his fellow Who’s Line Is It Anyway? alumnus Drew Carey, who took over the hosting gig for The Price Is Right, comedian Wayne Brady will be hosting the reincarnation of a legendary game show. Brady takes the reins of a new one-hour revamp of the classic Let’s Make a Deal, which will air in daytime on CBS beginning Oct. 5 (filling in the space for the departing drama Guiding Light.) Looking at clips from a rough pilot, it appears all the familiar elements are there — guessing what’s behind curtains, audience members dressed in costumes, the […]

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Awards Shows

Daytime Emmy Award Nominations Announced

By RabbitEars Nominations for the 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were announced yesterday. PBS led the way with 56 nominations, followed by ABC with 50, syndicated shows with 49, CBS with 30, NBC with 20, Nickelodeon with 13, Disney Channel with 10 and Food Network with 10. Several other networks followed with single-digit nominations. The awards ceremony, hosted by Vanessa Williams, will air August 30 on The CW.

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Game Shows

The Million-Dollar Question(s)

By RabbitEars Man, I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the original, primetime version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, hosted by Regis Philbin, aired. (And 10 years later it still bothers me that they don’t end the title with a question mark.) Although a version of the show has continued in syndication with host Meredith Vieira, it doesn’t have quite the same panache without Regis. But that is changing this summer. To celebrate the show’s anniversary, ABC is creating new Regis-hosted shows for primetime in a special two-week event this August. So phone your friends and let […]

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Game Shows

“The Price Is Right” For Jack Wagner

By Jeff Pfeiffer CBS just announced that soap star/singer/celebrity golfer Jack “Frisco Jones” Wagner will, rather unsurprisingly at this point, make several “surprise” guest appearances throughout the March 6 installment of The Price Is Right. The Bold & the Beautiful actor will also be appearing in a Showcase at the end of the episode. P.S. Our apologies to those who may have thought this post was about the recently re-elected Pennsylvania auditor general, “Independent Fiscal Watchdog” Jack Wagner. Although he probably would know a good price when he saw it, as well. © 2009 CBS Broadcasting. Credit: Lisette M. Azar

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Game Shows

Big “Wheel” Keeps On Turnin’

Posted By RabbitEars The iconic game show Wheel of Fortune is still spinning after 26 years and now celebrates a landmark anniversary — its 5,000th show, airing Feb. 27 (in syndication; check local listings). Over the course of 5,000 episodes, Wheel has welcomed 15,000 contestants (way too many of whom have frittered away their money on unnecessary vowels), awarded nearly $200 million in cash and prizes, traveled and taped on location 56 times in front of live audiences totaling more than 350,000 fans, and likely made Pat, Vanna and Merv millionaires several times over. Not bad for a simple variation […]