GSN Upfront fun

Midtown’s Paley Center for Media was the site of Game Show Network’s Upfront presentation on Tuesday, a low-key but upbeat affair for a network boasting its fourth consecutive year of growth in all key demos, and its most-watched year ever in 2015. “Our little niche television network is now a top 30 television network,” said David Goldhill, president and CEO. “Last year 80 million Americans watched GSN. On purpose.” Talent on hand included Skin Wars host Rebecca Romijn, Idiotest’s Ben Gleib, Hellevator’s Jen and Sylvia Soska, Skin Wars judge RuPaul Charles and Donald Faison.

Getting the green light are spin-off Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, hosted by RuPaul Charles and featuring three former Skin Wars contestants mentoring new artists each week; merchandising competition series Window Warriors, from Skin Wars producer Michael Levitt Productions, and game show Winsanity, from Barracuda Television Productions and Chris Grant of Electus, hosted by Scrubs alum Donald “this is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done” Faison. Election special Political Idiotest, hosted by Gleib, aims to “determine once and for all which political party has the best ‘idiots.’”

Pilot projects include Breaking App (wt), a competition to find the next great app, executive produced by Brien Meagher and Rhett Bachner of B17 Entertainment and Cheri Brownlee of Cheri Sundae Productions and crime-solving game The Investigation, exec produced by Stephen Land and Allison Wallach of Jupiter Entertainment. In development is one-hour game show Divided, tasking strangers with coming to a consensus, game show Run & Buzz and Glass Wars, a competition for glassblowers.

Also of note: 60 percent of the net’s new viewers last year were under 50, and median age has fallen to 59. “We’re going to continue to make shows that are really defined by being fun, funny and even a bit uplifting and inspiring, because that’s what GSN is about,” said Goldhill. “So I am proud to announce that we are going to be doing more of the same.”

Related Stories

Lethal Weapon star apologizes for bad behavior

Lethal Weapon star apologizes for bad behavior

After Deadline reported that Fox’s Lethal Weapon was in danger of cancellation due to outbursts by one of the series’ stars, Clayne Crawford, the actor admitted to being reprimanded for two incidents, once for reacting in anger amid “working conditions that did not feel safe,” and once for “an unfortunate event” involving a piece of […]

Monster Week’s headed to Animal Planet

Monster Week set for May

Monster Week returns to Animal Planet starting Sunday, May 27 at 8p with the 100th episode of Finding Bigfoot. The week will also bring new episodes of World’s Scariest Animal Attacks, Deadliest Places on Earth, River Monsters and Expedition Unknown.

FOX’s World Cup talent lineup

FOX's World Cup talent lineup (Facebook)

FOX Sports marks the 50-day countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with the unveiling of its lineup of international broadcasters for this summer’s global event, which runs on FOX and FS1 from June 14 to July 15. The roster is comprised of six broadcast teams overall led by play-by-play announcer John Strong and […]

Commission seeks changes to NCAA

Commission seeks changes to NCAA

Meanwhile, the Commission on College Basketball recommended overt changes in a move to clean up the sport, including an end to the one-and-done rule, potential lifetime bans for rule-breakers as well as changes to the relationship between the NCAA and apparel companies. NCAA president Mark Emmert has said he wants reforms in place by August, […]

ESP Gaming feels Auzom

ESP Gaming feels Auzom

ESP Gaming continues to shore up its lineup, announcing at the Esports Upfront that it had acquired online esports tournament provider Auzom, best known for its competitive PUBG leagues and broadcasts across North America and Europe. As part of the deal, Auzom will become the online tournament platform for ESP Gaming’s competitive gaming events and […]

CynCity

Cynsiders

Instagram