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This week, it’s time for another Robot Chicken Holiday Special, plus the wrap up of another season of the Cartoon Network hit series. Show runners John Harvavtine and Matt Senrich talk about how much fun it still is playing with toys, plus Brooke Burns has a new trivia challenge TV show and a new co-star known as The Beast and she explains it all here with us.
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- Mike Raub
Gsn has signed on for more trivia and matchmaking, having given a fourth-season order to the Brooke Burns-hosted “The Chase” and a second-season order to “It Takes a Church,” its recently debuted series where Christian congregations across the U.S. help unattached fellow congregants find their partners.
“The Chase,” which will return with a 20-episode order, centers on those brave enough to challenge Mark Labbett (aka “The Beast”) in the ultimate trivia challenge. Based on the highly successful ITV UK format, “The Chase” is produced by ITV Studios America. Bob Boden, Michael Kelpie and Martin Scott are executive producers.
The one-hour “Church” was a ratings hit in its inaugural season, having delivered triple-digit growth among W18-34 (+100%) and W18-49 (+117%), and double-digit growth among W25-54 (+94%), P18-49 (+92%) and P25-54 (+72%), as compared to Gsn’s year-to-date time period average. It will return for eight episodes and is produced by Authentic Entertainment. »
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"Baywatch" actress Brooke Burns Mangled her BMW Thursday near Universal Studios ... thankfully, there was a guy in his PJs to give her a shoulder to cry on. Witnesses tell TMZ ... Brooke was driving in North Hollywood when she slammed into the passenger side of a Toyota Matrix.Police and fire units rushed to the scene ... but no one was taken to the hospital. Both cars were undriveable and a tow truck had to be called. »
- TMZ Staff
Building on the momentum of the most-watched year in the cabler’s history, Gsn execs told advertisers at Tuesday’s upfront that they are focused on transforming its audience with non-traditional game and competition series such as “Skin Wars” hosted by Rebecca Romijn.
Romijn was on hand to tout the eight-episode series that seeks to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country.
John Zaccario, Gsn exec veep of advertising sales, said that he is counting on the show to broaden net’s appeal. Gsn has long had an older-skewing aud by virtue of its focus on traditional gameshows, which tend to draw the 50-plus crowd. Gsn has yet to set a premiere date for the show.
“ ‘Skin Wars’ is probably the biggest swing we are going to take to transform the audience,” Zaccario said. “That show, probably more than any other (we have) has the potential »
- Addie Morfoot
Gsn has greenlit original series Idiot Test, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib, it announced today at its upfront in New York. Gsn ordered 40 episodes of the series, which is scheduled to debut later this year. It also re-upped hit series The Chase and set premiere dates for returning The American Bible Challenge and new original series It Takes A Church as it unveiled its 2014 development slate. The network ordered 13 episodes of Chase for Season 3, which is slated to air this year. Hosted by Brooke Burns, with Mark Labbett, The Chase has been seen by more than 15 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013, Gsn says. The network also announced that the third season of its highest-rated original series of all time, American Bible Challenge, will premiere May 22 at 8 Pm with two back-to-back original episodes. It will continue with new episodes Thursdays at 8 Pm. The upcoming original series It Takes »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
TruTV has greenlit its first-ever sketch comedy show, “Friends of the People,” part of an effort to diversify its programming and raise the production values of its shows, said Chris Linn, president and head of programming for the Time Warner-owned cable outlet.
The network has ordered 10 episodes, including the pilot, with plans to launch the series in summer 2014. Friends of the People is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment and Marobru Productions. The series stars comedians Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery , The Lucas Bros. and Josh Rabinowitz.
“Friends of the People” is executive-produced by 3 Arts Entertainment’s Michael Rotenberg and Avi Gilbert; Marobru’s Michele Armour and showrunner/director Neil Punsalan. The cast members also serve as writers and executive producers, with Josh Rabinowitz and Kevin Barnett as head writers.
“If you think about the shows the network had been known for, this is definitely a significant shift, »
- Brian Steinberg
TruTV has ordered 10 episodes of Motor City Masters, a competition series that aims to find America’s next great car designer. It’s slated to premiere in the summer. Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and The Story Lab in collaboration with Chevrolet and hosted by Baywatch and Melrose Place alum Brooke Burns (Baywatch, Melrose Place), Motor City Masters will pit 10 designers against one another to test their limits of design expertise and creativity. The designs will be judged by Jean Jennings, president and editor in chief of Automobile magazine and renowned car designer Harald Belker. They will be joined each week by a special celebrity guest judge. The field will eventually be narrowed to two competitors, one of whom will be crowned “The Next Great Car Designer.” Winner receives a new 2014 Camaro Z28 and $100,000 cash, along with the opportunity to showcase his/her designs at major auto show exhibitions. Bunim/Murray Productions’ Jonathan Murray, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Last week we premiered Tom Whalen's screen printed poster for The Chase (airing on the Game Show Network),and I mentioned in the near future we'd be giving away a few of the posters. Today is that day. The print features Mark Labbett and Brooke Burns from the set of the show and it's limited to 100 copies with 25 variants using alternate colors. Thanks to some awesome Pf folks, we're giving away one signed poster and two unsigned posters for the runners up. Hit the jump for how to enter. You can watch The Chase on Gsn Tuesdays at 8pm Et/Pt, with the season finale set to air February 4th. In order to enter the contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and include The Chase Giveaway in the headline. You also need to have “liked” Collider on Facebook. This giveaway will be open until February »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Almost six months after I originally taped my episode of Gsn’s trivia bowl The Chase, I can now divulge what’s crossed my mind at least once a day since that dank August afternoon: I won $38,000 and sneered like Tallulah Bankhead‘s spoiled barista nephew as I did it! It was a thrilling day of questions, answers, nervous energy, and salty badinage. (The show’s resident trivia god Mark Labbett — a.k.a. The Beast — and I exchanged a few quips during the game). Precisely what I wanted out of my game show experience. You’ll be able to catch reruns on Gsn for quite awhile.
It’s been a long time coming, my game show debut. Ever since I was a toddler watching reruns of Split Second, Name That Tune, and Tic Tac Dough on the USA Network, I’ve wanted to be a game show contestant. Competitive people like to show off, »
- Louis Virtel
I'm a big fan of Tom Whalen's work. Over the past few years, we've featured his artwork a number of times and he always has an original and unique take on the subject he's portraying. So when we were asked if we wanted to premiere his new screen printed poster for The Chase (airing on the Game Show Network), the answer was an immediate yes. As you can see on the poster, the print features Mark Labbett and Brooke Burns from the set of the show and we've been told it's limited to 100 copies with 25 variants using alternate colors. Now here's the best part: I'm not exactly sure when, but sometime in the near future we're going to be giving away a few of the limited posters. I'll post the info on the giveaway on Twitter first. Hit the jump to check out the poster and let me know »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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