GSN slate includes “Skin Wars” spin-off

U.S. cable net GSN revealed a slate of new programming at an upfront presentation in New York on Tuesday (March 8), including a spin-off of its popular body painting competition series Skin Wars (pictured).
March 9, 2016

U.S. cable net GSN has ordered a spin-off of its body painting competition series Skin Wars (pictured).

The new program is among a number of new titles unveiled by the network – which has doubled its original programming output over the last three years – during an upfront presentation in New York yesterday (March 8).

Titled Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, the program will find three former Skin Wars contestants mentoring six new artists. Each are adept in different creative fields, and will try body painting for the first time for a chance to win US$10,000 at the end of each show.

The program originally aired as a special in August 2015 with host RuPaul Charles and judges Emma Cammack, a body painter, and Mat Gleason, an art critic. All are set to return for the new series.

Skin Wars: Fresh Paint is exec produced by Michael Levitt of Skin Wars producer Michael Levitt Productions, as well as Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.

Other new programs headed to GSN include Window Warriors, which is also from Michael Levitt Productions.

The series provides a window into the competitive world of visual merchandising, and features window display artists – individuals who craft the elaborate displays in such stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman – trying to snag a full-time job and contract to design a holiday display at a big department store. The six-episode series is exec produced by Levitt and Goularte.

GSN has also ordered the play-along game show format Winsanity, in which a contestant looks to rank 10 surprising facts in numerical order, from highest to lowest. Each time a contestant ranks correctly, they win a prize along with a randomly selected portion of the studio audience. If they guess wrong, however, they and the audience lose everything, and a new contestant takes his or her place and continues the game.

Winsanity is hosted by comedian and Scrubs actor Donald Faison. The program has received a 40 x 30-minute episode order. It is exec produced by Barry Poznick of Barracuda Television Productions and Chris Grant of Electus.

GSN’s development slate includes one-hour game show Divided, where three strangers must come to a consensus and agree on everything. The show was created by John de Mol of The Voice creator Talpa, and is exec produced by de Mol and Jay Bienstock.

Also in development is the half-hour game show The Buzz - based on an international format from Newen Distribution – where contestants must sprint to a buzzer to answer questions correctly, as well as Glass Wars, a competition series between the top U.S. glassblowers, and exec produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves.

Elsewhere, the net has signed on for the new special Political Idiotest, in which comedian Ben Gleib tries to determine what political party has the best “idiots.” The special – a spin-off of the Idiotest series - is exec produced by Gleib, Mark Cronin of Little Wooden Boat Productions, Adam Rosenblatt, Jamie Rosenblatt and Christian Horner of H2R Productions, and Ryan Devlin and Shawn Greenson of He Shoots, He Scores Productions.

The special will be produced in association with lifestyle media company Popsugar, which last week inked a branded content deal with Z Living.

Elsewhere, GSN’s pilot projects include Breaking App (working title), featuring app inventors looking to launch the next great mobile application. The show is exec produced by Brien Meagher and Rhett Bachner of B17 Entertainment and Cheri Brownlee of Cheri Sundae Productions.

A second pilot is The Investigation, an hour-long “crime solving game” in which two teams of pretend detectives examine evidence in each department in order to compile a case against a suspected murderer. The show – which is “structured and formatted, but fully experiential,” according to the net - is set in a realistic police location with several departments. The Investigation is exec produced by Stephen Land and Allison Wallach of Jupiter Entertainment.

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