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ABC Picks Up New Game Show 'The Six'

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2010 12:02PM
ABC logoLooks like ABC wants more and more game shows, eh? They already have 'Wipeout,' and several months ago they picked up 'Trust Me, I'm A Game Show Host.' Then they got the game where they throw you off a building if you get a question wrong and now they're picking up six episodes of an American version of a long-running Russian show where players get together to solve puzzles.

The original title of the game show was 'What? Where? When?' and I like that title better than the new one they've given the show, 'The Six.' Networks love having numbers in the title of TV shows for some reason. The premise: teams of players have to get together to solve a puzzle in one minute for a lot of cash. No idea how much money is involved yet but I bet it's at least $500. Merv Griffin Entertainment ('Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy') is producing the show.

Producers say the game will pretty much remain the same as the Russian version but they will make a few changes. Why do I have the awful feeling that those changes will include dramatic lighting, suspenseful music, and over-caffeinated contestants and family members?

Back to that title. Didn't ABC learn anything from their short-lived show 'The Nine'? Why would they want to pick up a show that is three things less?

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jeff

The other new Russian game, Have Florida invade Georgia and guess how many peaches they steal.

May 02 2010 at 1:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

The Six, Overcaffeinated contestants? Catch 21 had
overcaffeinated contestants, because they mostly did
a lot of trash-talking and taunting to other players,
unlike Gambit, which had none of that. Merv Griffin
Entertainment? The last time Merv Griffin himself was
attached to a new game show was when he had the
extremely short-lived Crosswords, and then... Well,
anyway, if The Six turns out to be better than that,
I hope GSN grabs the rights for the Chuck Woolery era
of Wheel Of Fortune (1975-1981), again.

May 01 2010 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JJ

Attention "Eugene". It's been done. GSN aired a show called "Russian Roulette", based on the Russian original. Ca. 2001. Produced by Gunnar Wetterberg Productions and hosted by Mark L. Walberg...NOT to be confused with the actor, Mark Wahlberg. Players fell through a trapdoor as they were eliminated. Top prize was $10,000 or $100,000. Great set, music, lighting, host, contestants. GSN just didn't have the audience to justify the expense. It aired in reruns until
2008...talk about milk the cow.

May 01 2010 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lita

Thanks, ABC--Airing Boxcarsful of Crap. For this swill, you took off Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies--two original, well-written shows?

May 01 2010 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alkak1

actuality the Russian show has dramatic music and lighting!
I hope they will keep the idea of the show original tough, the puzzles are send by viewers and if the team does not answer, the viewer gets the prize!

May 01 2010 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eugene

Talking about originality... Why dont they have contestants play Russian roullette.

May 01 2010 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

My mommy told me not to put beans in my ears

May 01 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeff

Oh great now the Russians are getting all the jobs! Is there no justice for us toilers?

May 01 2010 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stew

wow!!! another imported game show!!!
hey, i have great idea, and a real novel one. how about getting some new talent to come up with something original???
nah. that would be too hard. just like the movies we see now. nothing but mostly re-hashed remakes of once great movies.
where are all the original ideas?????

May 01 2010 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
j

great hit in Russia . Lets Make A Gulag

May 01 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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