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Upfront ’18: “America Says,” “Caroline & Friends” lead GSN’s 2018 slate

Competitive entertainment channel Game Show Network (GSN) has bolstered its programming slate with the debut of three original series in 2018. Anchoring GSN’s forthcoming content schedule are two new strip series: America ...
March 27, 2018

Competitive entertainment channel Game Show Network (GSN) has bolstered its programming slate with the debut of three original series in 2018.

Anchoring GSN’s forthcoming content schedule are two new strip series: America Says (w/t), an in-studio game quiz show, from Entertainment One; and Caroline & Friends (w/t), hosted by actor and comedian Caroline Rhea (pictured), from Fishbowl Worldwide Media. Both shows are slated to premiere in summer 2018.

The network’s other new addition is Ashley Oaks Media’s hour-long docuseries Cover Story, which launched in January 2018 and looks at the personalities and memorable moments of the most popular game shows of all time, has been picked up by the network and will have specials scheduled throughout the year.

The network is also in development on a host of new projects including Game Show Enterprises’ studio-based game show Catch My Bluff, in which contestants make up fake answers to trivia questions; Hideout Pictures’ ambush game show Movin’ Money (w/t);  and RIVR Media’s Mall Madness (w/t),  a shopping spree game show set in the Mall of America.

Elsewhere, Snap Decision, hosted by David Alan Grier of The Carmichael Show fame, returns for a second season. Also returning to the network are the part game show, part social experiment Divided and the numerical fact-stacking game show Winsanity.

Below are summaries of the new shows, courtesy of GSN:

America Says (w/t)

America Says is an in-studio game where two teams of friends and family face off to match survey responses with fill in the blanks that cover every topic under the sun.

They’ll have to be quick when trying to think of what America says, as time is always ticking and the team with the most money banked after three rounds will head to a bonus round to see if they can guess even more survey responses to win extra cash and prizes. T

he show is based on a format by Entertainment One. Tara Long and Mark Herwick of Entertainment One (eOne) and Dave Noll and Cleve Keller of Keller/Noll serve as producers. Host to be announced at a later date.

Caroline & Friends (w/t)

Hosted by actor and comedian Caroline Rhea (Sabrina The Teenage Witch), Caroline & Friends (wt), is a comedic, family-friendly series showcasing the most hilarious and adorable videos from around the web.

As our comedic host guides the audience through each animal, kid and funny viral video, she’ll provide lighthearted conversation and commentary with her two comedic, celebrity friends.Caroline and her companions then nominate their favorites and ultimately pick the ‘best in show’, earning the family who submitted the video a special prize.

The show is produced by Vin Di Bona of Fishbowl Worldwide Media. Rob Katz also serves as executive producer.

Cover Story

Cover Story, a one-hour documentary series of specials, looks at the fascinating personalities, memorable moments and outrageous scandals in and around the most popular games shows of all time.

Each episode seeks to reveal the true story with behind-the-scenes footage, in-depth, never-before-seen interviews and updates on where they are now as well as the dramas that touched the lives of stars, challengers, winners, contestants and characters involved in the long history of game play on television and beyond.

Cover Story is produced by Brent Zacky and Michael Spierer of Ashley Oaks Media.

In Development

Catch My Bluff

Catch My Bluff is a studio-based game show where contestants must make up fake answers to trivia questions, in the hopes that their fellow contestants will fall for their bluffs  instead of picking the real answer. After three rounds, the top scorer will face a fast-paced end game to see if they can pick out the host’s bluffs to earn even more cash.

Catch My Bluff is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC and executive produced by Grant Taylor.

Movin’ Money (w/t)

Movin’ Money is an ambush game show where unsuspecting riders on a pedal tavern, a bar powered by bicycles pedaled by the patrons, will end up playing bar trivia on wheels as they attempt to bank cash by answering trivia and hope not to be booted off the ride for too many incorrect answers.

Movin’ Money is produced by Trevor O’Neil, Margaret Miller and Shannon Houchins for Hideout Pictures.

Mall Madness (w/t)

Mall Madness is a shopping spree game show set in the Mall of America where unsuspecting shoppers are given the opportunity to trade the points they win from answering shopping-related trivia questions into spendable cash!

The show is produced by Dee Haslam, Rob Lundgren and Lori Stryerof RIVR Media.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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