Archive of 2005 June

30Jun2005

Abdul abhors allegations and absorbs an abnormal … ab-job

Paula Abdul, the famous American Idol [Fox] judge who recently was hammered with allegations of a sexual relationship with contestant Corey Clark, has shown that the accusations have not affected her career heavily. The New York Daily News reports that Abdul will be back for the next series of American Idol, and will possibly play a role in the spinoff, So You Think You Can Dance [Fox]. The producer of both shows, Nigel Lythgoe, was quoted regarding the news: "I don't want to talk about [it] yet because if it doesn't come off it will be sad. But I'm still talking to her. There's a little idea that I think would be fabulous for her. She loves it, but we've just got to try to make it work date-wise and everything else."http://www.nydailynews.

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30Jun2005

Men of GSN Sticks Around for More + Lingo

Game show news has been a bit down recently, but we managed to dig up some dirt for you guys. While the press releases said that Lingo was at 7-8PM ET/PT and, on Saturdays, 2-3PM ET/PT, rumor was that the 3PM ET/PT weekday airing was leaving. No, it's not. Lingo will continue to have it's original time slot at that time. However, new episodes will not be airing in this slot. The older episodes will continue to run. Also, with Rafferty Blockbusters's run nearly finished, people were wondering what would happen with that show. Rafferty Blockbusters is going to repeat it's run at the 10:30AM ET/PT time slot until further notice. No change in the Men of GSN lineup is going to take place. According to GSN, the block is doing very well

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29Jun2005

Celebrity Poker Showdown: Back for More!

Celebrity Showdown comes back for a new season after a long long break in August. August 18th at 9PM EST marks it's return with hosts Dave Foley (NewsRadio: Kids in the Hall) and Phil Gordon jabbing the contestants and giving poker tips. The game remains the same, with the $250,000 jackpot; $100,000 going to the champion's charity. Competing this season are celebrities such as Rosie O'Donnell, Penny Marshall, Sharon Lawrence, Michael Vartan, and, exciting to the game show world, Alex Trebek. Only a little over a month to go, so stay tuned for more news.

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28Jun2005
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Buzzer Podcast: June 27

The first episode of the Buzzer Podcast is now quite ready to air! Download it here. Download to your iPod and never have to read out website again. Besides, it's not like anyone READS the internet anymore. MAJOR DECISIVE EDIT POST: After thinking through things after a shower and a meal, I've realized that I think I like the original version of the podcast better. But, huzzah, tell me what you think. Click here to listen to the original podcast!

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28Jun2005

Pax Rebrands; New Name

PAX is about to go through what GSN did to survive: a rebrand. The network PAX, which has created game shows such as the recent Balderdash and On The Cover, will become "i" on July 1st, 2005. This very sudden change was named by president Dean Goodman. Goodman stated "The change in brand names reflects our strategy to operate our primary network as independent television by offering a mix of original series, movies, specials, sports, and news that appears to a variety of interests." When the transition happens, PAX will continue to air programming under its PAX TV brand on one of its digital channels over the air and in select cable homes.

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28Jun2005
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Jennings Awarded “Game Show Contestant of the Year;” Everyone Figured Already

This post is probably to show that TVGameshows.net doesn't even post news about things that it has big ugly gray banners for. The Game Show Congress, a group of people who no one's heard of due to bad promotion, has listed its Game Show Award Winners for 2005. "Best Game Show Contestant Of The Year" went to game show host Ken Jennings, not surprisingly. Brad Rutter won "Best Contestant on a Traditional Game Show," probably to make up for the fact that, you know, he's not Brad Rutter, but "the guy who beat that Ken dude." "Producer of the Year" went to Harry Friedman, producer of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. One of his babies, Jeopardy!, won "Game Show of the Year." Meredith Vieira won the awards for "Best Host of a traditional Game Show"

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27Jun2005
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Rumor Has It: Distracted

A very reliable source has told a Buzzer! staff member that Distraction has been renewed. They have said that a high-brow East Coast casting company will begin to start looking for contestants relatively soon.

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27Jun2005

GSN Plans Tribute to Paul Winchell

TV Host/Ventriloquist Paul Winchell, who passed away last Friday, will be receiving his own GSN tribute. Winchell voiced one of the most beloved children's characters, Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, and also helped to invent the artificial heart. GSN will air tribute programs on the 29th and 30th of June with the following programs. June 29th- 3AM- What's My Line- (4/29/56). Panelists are Paul Winchell, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf and Dorothy Kilgallen. Mystery guests are Edgar Bergen and his dummy Mortimer Snerd. 3:30AM- What's my Line- (3/6/56). Panelists are Paul Winchell, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen and Peter Lawford. Mystery guests are Frank Lloyd Wright and Liberace. June 30th- 3AM- What's My Line- (6/24/56)- Panelists

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25Jun2005
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Vanna Gets Star on Walk of Fame

After more two decades of letter turning (window-pressing nowadays), Vanna White will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She will be on a list to be put on the famous sidewalk in 2006 along with such actors/actresses as Annette Bening, Ray Romano, Matthew Broadrick, Nathan Lane, Steve Martin, Isaac Hayes, Motley Crue, Holly Hunter, Charilze Theron, and William Hurt. Vanna's first appearance with Pat Sajak aired in 1982 and has been enjoying incredible success ever since. She has also had guest starring roles in Married With Children and Naked Gun 33 1/2. White was also noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as being TV's most frequent clapper.

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23Jun2005
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Lingo Season 4 Newsflash

Here is the moment may have been waiting for: the model and prizes for Lingo. As said before, Chuck Woolery will be returning, but for certain reasons Stacey will be not. The new Lingo model for the 4th season will be Shandi Finnessey, Ms. USA 2004. Chuck is already known for being the host of such hit shows as Love Connection and Scrabble. Besides being Ms. USA 2004, Shandi has a masters degree in counseling and has written a children's book named The Furrtails. Not a surprise to any fans, no rule changes were made. This season, however, will offer only cash as the winner to the bonus round. The trip has been dropped in favor of a double jackpot. A lingo on the first ball drawn will win the team $10,000. As always, any other Lingo will

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23Jun2005

Family Feud Plug-n-Play Game Announced

This is probably the weirdest place to get this news from, but IndianTelevision.com has posted a press release that Jakks Pacific (those guys who made the 6-in-1 Pac Man Plug-In-Your-TV-And-Play-And-Wish-The-Controllers-Were-Wireless games) has announced that they're making Family Feud "GameKey" packs. They're apparently making a console now. Well, everyone likes 16-bit games... But I'm pretty sure that 16 bit Family Feud games have been done already. At least we'll get updated questions. Indian Television... where do I get this stuff, man?

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20Jun2005

New Ratings

Recent reports have shown that GSN is getting a .4 average rating. Yes, this is true, but we here exclusively have specific ratings for their current big shows of May: Super Millionaire, Poker Royale, and Saturday Night Classics. Super Millionaire- .6 Poker Royale- .3 Saturday Night Classics- Extremely hard to come up with because of the marathon-ish schedule. .6 is extremely impressive for GSN, only having Poker Royale and Millionaire equaling/trumping that value. .3, while it isn't great, is better than shows like Match Game. Family Feud is the only classic above a .3.

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17Jun2005
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Win KenJen’s Money? Not quite.

Lauren Corrao of Comedy Central was interviewed recently by CableWorld Magazine, and had this to say about the new Ken Jennings game show: The similarity [to Win Ben Stein's money] will be that there are trivia questions and answers. Ken himself will be challenged. Aside from that, the packaging will be quite different. We had been looking for an early fringe game show for a long time. We tried Crossballs as a Crossfire satire in that period last year. Interesting to note: Corrao produced MTV's (possibly only) good game show, Remote Control, in 1987. Q&A with Lauren Corrao (CableWORLD)

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14Jun2005
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Extreme Dodgeball 3

After a long hiatus, Extreme Dodgeball finally returns with new episodes on July 19th. Incoming is Rip Torn, the new commissioner, along with a new format and arena. Celebrities and athletes will be competing with the new teams. Here is the list. The Philadelphia Benjamins- Jeremiah Trotter (Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker) Chicago Hitmen- Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk) Denver Hurlers- Tara Dakides (Snowbord Gold Medalist) Detroit Spoilers- Kerri Walsh (Beach Volleyball Gold Medalist) L.A. Armed Response- Mario Lopez (Pet Star) New York Bling- Mia St. John (World Champion Boxer) The format consists of four 6 minute quarters. A point is given to a team each time an opponent is hit or that team's player catches a ball. The team with the most po

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13Jun2005

New Jeopardy on GSN

If you noticed today, GSN switched seasons of Jeopardy today. We at Buzzer! have the reason exclusively here. The contract on the season that GSN was originally airing ran out. The most recent season that Sony will allow GSN to use is the 2001-2002 season, which is what they have. This means that GSN has the Million Dollar Masters tournament in their hands.

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