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GSN buys Show Me The Money, for some reason

by Bob Sassone, posted May 22nd 2007 4:38PM

Show Me The MoneyGSN has bought the rights to the (very) short-lived ABC game show Show Me The Money, hosted by William Shatner. That's a total of seven episodes, including two that never aired.

Wow, what a get! Seven episodes of a lame TV show that lasted for five episodes. Did GSN get some sort of great deal on this? Are they that hard up for shows? It will run Tuesday night, but maybe it should be a daily show, so they can go through the entire run of the show is a week. Maybe they'll have a week long marathon and show the same seven episodes over and over and over again.

A network buys a short-lived game show but no one is currently running Kate and Allie or The Odd Couple, both of which lasted years. Crazy.

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Space camp, the final frontier

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 1st 2007 7:40PM

ShatnerBoston Legal star William Shatner, just off the news that his ABC game show Show Me The Money has been canceled, is going to Alabama to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville.

Shatner will be the emcee of the space camp's Hall of Fame ceremonies. The organization will choose 10 individuals (camp graduates or people who have supported the camp over the years) to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Should Shatner himself be inducted, maybe as an 11th honoree? Not only is he hosting the event but I'm sure that outside of real life astronauts, Star Trek fueled interest in both the space program and the ability of ordinary citizens to be a part of it.

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What's on tonight: Day Break, Bones, Biggest Loser, Mythbusters, Xmas Stuff

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 13th 2006 5:16PM
  • George ClooneyAt 8, ABC has a new Show Me The Money, followed by new episodes of Day Break and Primetime.
  • CBS has a new King of Queens at 8, then another new episode, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has the season finale of The Biggest Loser at 8, then a new Medium.
  • There's a new Bones on FOX at 8, then a repeat ep.
  • The CW has a new, two-hour ep of America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • Also at 8: AMC has George Clooney: An American Cinematheque Tribute.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters.
  • Lifetime has the movie Deck the Halls at 9.
  • ABC Family has I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus at 9.
  • A new Challenge airs on Food Network at 9, featuring a gingerbread competition.
  • At 10, TNT has the special Christmas in Washington 2006.
  • Bravo has a new Top Chef at 10.
  • MTV has a new Real World at 10, followed by a new Twentyfourseven.
  • Also at 10: TV Land has a new installment of 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases.

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Another network game show in the works

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 8th 2006 3:41PM
Wanna Bet?Count 'em off. There's Deal or No Deal and Show Me the Money. Identity starts on NBC next week. CBS is developing a kiddie genius quiz show and a revamp of Name That Tune. Howie's outing was no fluke. Game shows are back on network TV in a big way. The latest game show-related announcement comes from ABC. The network has teamed up with the Weakest Leak production team to translate Germany's Wetten das...? (Wanna Bet?) to US television.

Wetten das...? has dominated German airwaves for two decades. The broadcast is part musical variety show and part game show. In the game show portion, a person says that they can do some wacky stunt. Celebrity guests than take bets on whether or not the person can actually accomplish the stunt. If the celebrity loses the bet, than he or she has do something equally wacky.

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What's on tonight: King of Queens, Day Break, Medium, Xmas Cookies

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 6th 2006 5:25PM
  • Show Me The MoneyAt 8, ABC has a new Show Me The Money, followed by new episodes of Day Break and Primetime.
  • CBS has two new episodes of The King of Queens at 8, then repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has two new episodes of The Biggest Loser at 8, then a new Medium.
  • FOX has two repeat episodes of Bones starting at 8.
  • America's Next Top Model is new on The CW at 8. It's followed by a new One Tree Hill.
  • ABC Family has Twice Upon A Christmas at 8, while AMC has Miracle on 34th Street all night.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Pokemon: Battle Frontier at 8.
  • At 9, Food Network has a new Challenge, featuring teams trying to build the best holiday cakes.
  • There's a new Mythbusters at 9 on Discovery.
  • HGTV has the annual special White House Christmas at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new Professional Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef.
  • Food Network has a new "Cookies" ep of Ham on the Street at 10.
  • Also at 10: HBO has a new Inside The NFL.

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ABC bumps Lost to 10 pm

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 5th 2006 8:11PM
lostWhen it returns from a 13-week hiatus, Lost will have a new time slot. ABC has bumped the sci fi/drama back one hour to 10 pm. The reasoning behind this, according to Variety, is the unstoppable power that is American Idol. Lost has consistently finished second to CBS's Closer to Home Criminal Minds this fall and apparently ABC can't stomach the thought of coming in third during the 9 pm hour on Wednesday nights. Last year, Lost took a pretty big hit on Wednesdays once American Idol started up. The new Wednesday schedule makes it pretty obvious that ABC is bowing down to American Idol.

Here's the new Wednesday schedule at ABC:

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What's on tonight: Day Break, Bones, Mythbusters, Poker, James Taylor

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 29th 2006 5:01PM
  • Rockefeller Center treeAt 8, ABC has a new Show Me The Money, followed by new episodes of Day Break and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has the Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree lighting, then new eps of The Biggest Loser and Medium.
  • There's a new Bones at 8 on FOX, followed by a repeat.
  • The CW has new eps of America's Next Top Model and One Tree Hill.
  • TCM has Lucille Ball and Dick Powell in Meet The People at 8, then Stage Door, with Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers.
  • ABC Family has Mr. St. Nick at 8, with Kelsey Grammer and Charles Durning.
  • Also at 8: Cartoon Network has a new Pokemon: Battle Frontier.
  • At 9, Food Network has a new Challenge, with cooks trying to build the best gingerbread house.
  • PBS has a new Great Performances at 9, with a tribute to James Taylor.
  • The Travel Channel has a new Professional Poker Tour at 9.
  • There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Inside The NFL.

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Screw the hiatus, bring back Lost now

by Brett Love, posted Nov 24th 2006 4:30PM
lostThere has been much chatter about ABC's somewhat unconventional scheduling of Lost this season. In an effort to avoid a repeat filled schedule, they have split the season into two parts, handing off the time slot to Day Break for three months in the middle. While they will tell you it was because of outcry from the fans, the cynic in me thinks that the fact that Lost doesn't repeat well had something to do with it.

Either way, it's not working. Rather, it's really not working. Day Break premiered with a somewhat disappointing 11 million viewers, despite having the Dancing with the Stars finale drop 27 million sets of eyeballs on their doorstep. But 11 million sounds just grand compared to this week. With the dancing shoes stowed away for the foreseeable future, Captain Kirk's Show Me The Money is delivering just under 8 million viewers as the lead in. And Wednesday, Day Break only managed to hang on to 5.12 million of them. 5 million? The worst repeat of Lost would never approach 5 million viewers.

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What's on tonight: Jericho, Day Break, Top Chef, Madonna, Holiday Food

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2006 5:03PM
  • Show Me The MoneyAt 8, ABC has a new Show Me The Money, followed by new episodes of Day Break and The Nine.
  • CBS has a a new Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has Madonna: The Confessions Tour at 8, followed by a new Medium.
  • Cheaper By The Dozen airs on FOX at 8.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • The History Channel has a new American Eats at 8, featuring "Holiday Food."
  • Food Network repeats the "Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast" episode of Challenge at 8, followed by the repeat of their All-Star Thanksgiving special.
  • At 9, The Travel Channel has a new Professional Poker Tour.
  • Good episode of The Andy Griffith Show on TV Land at 9, the one where Ellie comes to town.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new ep of Top Chef.

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Show Me The Money disappoints in premiere

by Brett Love, posted Nov 15th 2006 4:02PM
William ShatnerLast night ABC kicked off their new game show Show Me The Money in the best time slot they had available, following the finals competition of Dancing with the Stars. While nobody expected the game show to hold on to all of that DWTS audience, how little of it they managed to keep has to be a disappointment. Fast nationals for the night have Show Me The Money losing more than 14 million viewers from the lead-in. That is over half the audience.

I managed to make it through about 45 minutes before switching over to an episode of Beyond The Break that the Tivo recorded for me. It's not that it is a horrible show. It's just not a particularly good show. The trivia questions were good, and Shatner is Shatner. If you like him, he's good in this. But the show suffers from the same problems as Deal Or No Deal and 1 vs. 100. To start, it is just mind numbingly slow. There are so many pauses to try and manufacture suspense, and endless repetition of the rules that it becomes boring. There is also nothing to really keep you coming back once you have seen the show the first time. The trivia could be a hook, but the slowness means that there just aren't enough questions to make it worth the time. If this is the replacement for Dancing with the Stars, there should be a couple slots opening up in the top twenty very soon.

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Sweeps not as important anymore?

by Brett Love, posted Nov 11th 2006 3:04PM

LostWith the big Lost mini-season finale already out of the way and the Dancing with the Stars finals next week, I'm left wondering just what ABC is up to. With half of sweeps left to go they are going to be without three of the top ten shows on TV. That seems to fly in the face of traditional scheduling. Wouldn't it have made more sense to throw in a break for DWTS to push it two weeks later? And either extend the Lost mini-season or start it so the, self proclaimed, "Best Episode Of The Year" would end sweeps?

I haven't seen Day Break yet, but I've heard mixed reactions. Whichever way it goes, I think it's reasonable to expect it to fall somewhere short of Lost's performance. If they are counting on Lost fans to tune in just to catch the 30 second nuggets that they will be parceling out, I think they are in for a big YouTube flavored surprise. Add to that the fact that the Wednesday at 9 slot is going to be much tougher for Day Break than it was for Lost. They aren't going to have the luxury of a top 5 show as a lead in, but they'll still have to deal with the increasingly popular Criminal Minds. Show Me The Money should premiere with good numbers, just for the shatnerian curiosity factor, but will it match DWTS? It's all very curious.

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William Shatner's game show sounds awesome!

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 28th 2006 8:20AM
William ShatnerI knew that Shatner hosting a game show would turn out to be interesting, even if the actual game itself was lame. Really, think of it: William Shatner hosting a game show! And now I'm convinced it's going to be the greatest TV show of all-time.

Show Me The Money will not only have contestants vying for millions of dollars in prizes, but it will have dancers too! After a contestant answers a trivia question (I wonder if they'll be any Star Trek questions?), he picks one of the dancers. Each dancer will have a scroll in her hand, and on the scroll will be a dollar amount that will be added or subtracted to the amount of money the contestant has accumulated.

If that's not good enough for you, get this: at anytime during the show, a dancer can start dancing, and Shatner will dance along with her. Oh, this is going to be sooooo good.

Lisa De Moraes at the Washington Post calls it "Answers and Dancers," and I think ABC should have called it that too.

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ABC's big Wednesday plan

by Brett Love, posted Oct 27th 2006 12:31PM
william shatnerABC has a bit of a problem. Dancing with the Stars is going to end soon, they are down to the final four now, and with that it will lose two of the top five shows on TV. They've announced their plan for Wednesday. Beginning November 22, the results show will be replaced with a new game show from Endemol USA called Show Me The Money. Contestants will be presented with 13 dancers on stage and each of the dancers will have a scroll. As they answer trivia questions, dollar amounts from the scrolls will be added to or subtracted from their total. The press release also says that the 13 dancers will be ready to break into any style of dance at any time, "while audacious master of ceremonies William Shatner spontaneously boogies with the beauties on stage." Shatner... boogies with the beauties.

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Captain Kirk to boldly host a game show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 6th 2006 7:29PM
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner is becoming the next Regis Philbin. He's everywhere!

Besides appearing on Boston Legal, many different commercials (Priceline, DirecTV, ads for attorneys) and writing books and having a web site, he's just signed to host a new game show for ABC titled Show Me The Money. The game will involve contestants answering trivia questions for a prize of $1 million.

Sigh. Hey, I like game shows, but I fear the success of Deal Or No Deal will push out scripted shows (or, on the flip side, good game shows will be so popular the networks will run them into the ground by having them on 2, 3, 4 times a week). And if they are going to have a game show, why use an already cliche line from some movie from the 90s?

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