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GSN puts contestants’ emoji knowledge to the test

GSN is staying its true to its roots, with a focus on its core shiny floor game shows in the unveiling of a new lineup of programming and initiatives. The leader in ...
March 15, 2017

GSN is staying its true to its roots, with a focus on its core shiny floor game shows in the unveiling of a new lineup of programming and initiatives.

The leader in game shows and competitive entertainment has greenlit a new game show series that tests how well people have mastered the art of using emojis to communicate.

Premiering in June, Emogenius features two pairs of contestants who face off to put their emoji-solving skills to the test, with a chance to win US$10,000.

The network, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and AT&T Entertainment Group, is also developing several new series, such as D.I. Why? (working title), which puts contestants to the test as they try to follow instructions and re-create outrageous challenges under the pressure of a ticking clock.

Additional projects in development include Blast Your Past (working title), from executive producer Andy Cohen, where celebrities poke fun at their lives before they were famous, and Tower, which combines trivia with classic tile-matching puzzle games and with an exciting video game feel.

GSN is also developing a U.S. version of UK quiz format, Pointless, where contests are tasked with finding the most obscure correct answers to general knowledge questions. It will be produced by Authentic Entertainment for GSN.

The net has  picked up a second season of Divided (pictured), following its successful debut in January. Hosted by award winning executive producer Mike Richards, formerly of The Price is Right and Let’s Make A Deal, the show requires a team of strangers to agree on the same answer to a question in order to win prize money.

Freshman hit, Winsanity, hosted by Donald Faison, returns for a second season with a new format, and perennial favorite, Idiotest, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib, recently launched its fourth season.

“The continued success of our game shows proves there is an audience that is craving fun, feel-good entertainment,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s EVP of programming and development, in a statement. “We are sure-fire escape for everyone in the family.”

Newly-licensed series include Cash Cab and Hollywood Game Night.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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