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Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 2:04PM EST
NBC renews Ellen's Game of Games for Season 3
The renewal of Ellen DeGeneres' competition series comes one week after the Season 2 premiere.
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
How The Price is Right became TV's ultimate comfort food
Source: The Washington Post
“It’s the comfort food of television. It’s mashed potatoes,” says Adam Sandler, the game show's director, who isn't the Adam Sandler who famously fought former Price is Right host Bob Barker in the movie Happy Gilmore. “No matter your walk of life, you know the price of things," says Sandler. Karen Heller, who went behind the scenes of The Price is Right for The Washington Post, explains: "If Jeopardy! projects a studious mien, drawing contestants who aced standardized tests and dress for court appearances, The Price Is Right is its opposite. Contestants are extroverts, denizens of community theater, folks who appear lit while sober. They’re attired in Price Casual — bedazzled T-shirts, jeans, sneakers. Every show is a late-summer barbecue. These people come to play."
Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 6:47PM EST
Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild and Drop the Mic are moving to TNT, but will encore on TBS
Moving both shows to TNT is an attempt to boost ratings by pairing them with TNT's sports audience.
Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Double Dare features a family with a same-sex couple for the first time
A recent episode included "Team Double Dads."
Posted Thursday 12/20/18 at 8:28PM EST
A founding member of The Runaways has been on a Jeopardy! winning streak
Source: New York Post
Alex Trebek revealed that Jackie Fuchs, who has won three games in a row coming into Thursday, played bass under the name "Jackie Fox" on the infamous 1970s punk girl group that started the careers of Joan Jett and Lita Ford.
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
Bob Barker is celebrating his 95th birthday today "very quietly" at home following recent health scares
Source: USA Today
"He’s just resting (today), and he’ll probably have some family come by," the former Price is Right host's rep William Prappas tells USA Today, adding: "He’s still recuperating from his back (issues). He’s improving. He’s 95 today so it’s a bit of a slow process, but ... all the signs are pointing to a good recovery, and so he’ll just keep doing what he’s doing."
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Should Deal or No Deal still have briefcase models in the #MeToo era?
Source: The New York Times
The Howie Mandel-hosted game show returned this week on CNBC after a nearly 10-year hiatus. But is Deal or No Deal out of step with the times? "In 2018, as the culture continues to grapple with the way women have been disregarded and sometimes abused by Hollywood and its machers, Deal and shows like it raise an awkward question: Is this a convention whose time is up?" asks Lara Zarum. "Series like Deal encapsulate the paradox of the modern game-show modeling gig: On one hand, it offers a stiletto-heeled foot in the door for many young women who aspire to careers in entertainment — Meghan Markle and Chrissy Teigen, among others, got their starts on Deal or No Deal. Vanna White, who has been turning letters on Wheel of Fortune since 1983, has shaped that gig into a long, multifaceted career...On the other hand, it is unclear whether those advantages are worth the broader message it may communicate in the wake of #MeToo."
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
MTV's Next was the world's most corrupt dating show
Source: The A.V. Club
Watch an in-depth critique of the the dating game show that ran from 2005 to 2008.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
Jeopardy! announces a fantasy league sweepstakes for its All-Stars tournament
The fantasy football-style competition will award points based on each correct response.
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 1:08PM EST
Jameela Jamil to host TBS game show Misery Index
The Good Place star is returning to her roots as a British TV presenter. Jamil, who will be joined by truTV's Impractical Jokers stars, “will serve as the show’s ringleader, delivering entertainingly cringeworthy questions to each team using her quick-witted humor and unwavering ability to call things as she sees them,” according to TBS. The Misery Index is based on the card game Sh*t Happens.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Deal or no Deal is returning to NBC for a special preview ahead of its CNBC comeback
Source: Orlando Sentinel
The special, airing next Monday at 10 p.m. in advance of next Wednesday's premiere on CNBC, will salute Howie Mandel. Its title: "Happy Howie Days."
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 3:10PM EST
Meredith Vieira is officially returning to game show-hosting next fall with 25 Words or Less
The former Who Wants to be a Millionaire host's new game show, which pits two teams comprised of celebrities and civilians against each other in a fast-paced word game, has landed a slot on Fox TV stations in fall 2019 after a test run last summer.
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25AM EST
Whoopi Goldberg is producing game show Win Your Country!
Based on the hit Romanian game show, the U.S. adaptation will quiz contestants on how well they know their country. “We love the civic nature of this show and the positive focus on unity and identity," says Goldberg. "It gives the players and the audience a chance to take pride in the place they call home and have a great time doing it, along with a little healthy competition."
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
Alex Trebek explains what bothers him on Jeopardy!, says media coverage of his retirement comments were overblown
"I don’t understand the publicity around it," Trebek tells Vulture in a wide-ranging interview, referring to his chat last summer with Harvey Levin on his Fox News show about potentially retiring in 2020. "The same thing happened when I shaved my mustache off in 2001. It got so much play. Folks, get a life. There are more important things." Trebek also discussed what he doesn't like contestants to do. "What bothers me is when contestants jump all over the board even after the Daily Doubles have been dealt with," he says. "Why are they doing that? They’re doing themselves a disservice. When the show’s writers construct categories they do it so that there’s a flow in terms of difficulty, and if you jump to the bottom of the category you may get a clue that would be easier to understand if you’d begun at the top of the category and saw how the clues worked. I like there to be order on the show, but as the impartial host I accept disorder." ALSO: Why is Trebek's house entirely decorated in beige?
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
A-list stars are making big bucks to host network reality TV and game shows
Jamie Foxx, Ellen DeGeneres, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are pulling in big paychecks per episode for their respective primetime reality TV and game shows. “Once you’ve invested $25 million to launch a show, if another $3 million to $5 million (in host fees) makes the difference between success or failure, it’s worth it,” a veteran agent tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding that success in the U.S. market also frequently determines the prices format rights will fetch in other markets. Mark Burnett, who produces Foxx's Beat Shazam and Hart's TKO: Total Knockout, adds: “These are people who are really, really good at what they do. If you want to have that level of capability on the screen combined with the marketing value of a star and the umbrella effect it has on promotion for the network, you have to pay them.”