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The Game Show Network is expanding its lineup for 2015. Gsn has ordered a second season of original series “Idiotest”, and has ordered numerous new projects, including horror-themed game show “Hellevator” from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods.
“Hellevator” features contestants entering a warehouse via an ominous-looking elevator, where they compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally taxing challenges. Only survivors make it out as winners. Series is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Prods., known for the “Paranormal Activity” feature franchise, in association with Lionsgate Television. Matador’s Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin will executive produce.
“Gsn has taken some big swings in development over the past year, pushing our brand into exciting new areas while still maintaining our leadership position in the traditional game show genre,” said David Schiff, senior VP of programming and development at Gsn. “That push is paying off, both in the diversity of projects that we’re working on, »
- Shelli Weinstein
There's a new crop of kids poised and ready to show up some adults who can't remember their fifth grade lessons. Fox is bringing back its once-popular game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? for another season. Executive produced by Survivor guru Mark Burnett, the show will also reinstate comedian Jeff Foxworthy as its jovial host. Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? first premiered on Fox in 2007 and was a hit for the network on Thursdays. "I have loved this competition from our first show, and the timing couldn't be better for it to return to Fox, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
This newly announced event game show on ABC sounds a bit tough—and more than a little mysterious.
ABC has made a direct-to-series order for 500 Questions, a new event game show from executive producer Mark Burnett and Warner Bros. unscripted and alternative television president President Mike Darnell. Burnett and Darnell previously worked together on Fox’s Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
Details about the show are scarce, but according to the press release, the show will feature “contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.” Hopefully, it won’t be as much pressure as it will be for the contestants on Sex Box. »
- Teresa Jue
ABC has given a direct-to-series order to “500 Questions,” an event game show that reteams reality competition king Mark Burnett with Warner Bros. unscripted and alternative television president Mike Darnell.
“500 Questions,” which is the show’s working title, is scheduled to air in 2015 and has the vaguely described premise that it is an “genius game show” that will test the “smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.”
“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first network game show to combine what audiences love about serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event. It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said Burnett.
The series order continues ABC’s relationship with Burnett, who executive produces the network’s “Shark Tank. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Mike Darnell is about to pop the question at ABC — 500 of ‘em, to be exact.
The former Fox reality chief, who now serves as president of unscripted and alternative TV at Warner Bros., is teaming up with megaproducer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) for the game show 500 Questions — which has scored a direct-to-series order at ABC.
The network describes the event series as a “genius game show” that will “test the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, »
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