GSN Steps up Programming Slate to Include 7 Projects in Development
Shows in Development Include Pilots for Poker Ace Annie Duke and a
Re-Make of the Classic Game Show 'I've Got a Secret'
SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 15 -- GSN, the Network for Games,
is developing seven series for potential launch in 2006. This aggressive
development slate falls on the heels of the network's newly-launched summer
schedule which includes the premiere of the award-winning adventure series THE
AMAZING RACE (July 11) as well as the second season of the late night buddy
competition KENNY VS. SPENNY (July 11). Other debuts include the new original
billiards series, BALLBREAKERS (July 18), the third season of EXTREME
DODGEBALL (July 19) and the fourth edition of the Chuck Woolery-hosted game
show LINGO (Aug. 1), now co-hosted by Miss USA 2004, Shandi Finnessey.
The announcement was made today by Ian Valentine, Senior Vice President of
Programming for GSN, who commented, "We're deepening our commitment to casino
game programming while broadening our development slate to include new hybrid
genres that merge games with psychological thrillers and stunt shows. We
remain the home of America's greatest game shows, from classics to remakes to
other originals, and everything is interactive."
GSN has ordered a pilot for ANNIE DUKE TAKES ON THE WORLD, starring the
best all-around female poker player in her first TV series. Additionally, the
network has ordered a pilot for I'VE GOT A SECRET, a new take on one of the
longest-running game shows ever, now featuring an all gay panel.
The development slate comes from a virtual "who's who" of the most
successful producers in unscripted television today. ANNIE DUKE TAKES ON THE
WORLD by Andrew Golder ("Win Ben Stein's Money," "Celebrity Blackjack"); I'VE
GOT A SECRET by Burt Dubrow ("The New Tom Green Show," "Jerry Springer"); PHIL
HELLMUTH POKER by R.J. Cutler ("30 Days," "The War Room"); 24 HOURS IN LAS
VEGAS by Gavin Polone ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Celebrity Blackjack"); CHOKERS
by Scott Stone ("The Joe Schmo Show," "The Mole"); YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE by
Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey ("Scare Tactics," "Spy TV"); and WET, by Mark
Cronin ("The Surreal Life;" EXTREME DODGEBALL).
ANNIE DUKE TAKES ON THE WORLD -- The world's best all-around female poker
player, Annie Duke, hosts her first television show in this hybrid poker
series. In each episode, four amateur poker players will compete for the
chance to play Texas Hold 'em one-on-one against Duke. In the preliminary
round, Duke will taunt, harass and kibitz the amateur's play. The last player
remaining at the table will play head-to-head poker with Duke in a high stakes
game of bluff, wit and cards. Executive producers are Andrew Golder ("Win Ben
Stein's Money," "Celebrity Blackjack") and Duke.
I'VE GOT A SECRET -- GSN is bringing back one of the most popular and
longest-running panel shows of all time, I'VE GOT A SECRET. In GSN's re-make,
the show elements are similar to the classic series, except this time, all the
panelists are gay. The format of the show features panelists who try to
determine by cross examination each contestant's secret. The show will also
feature special celebrity guests. Burt Dubrow ("The New Tom Green Show,"
"Jerry Springer") and Jean Wiegman ("Trivia Unwrapped," "The New Tom Green
Show") are the executive producers for Burt Dubrow Productions.
PHIL HELLMUTH POKER -- Poker star and "poker brat" Phil Hellmuth and
producer R.J. Cutler have teamed up to create a new poker series based on
teaching amateurs the skills of poker through physical and mental challenges,
both at and away from the poker table. Hellmuth will bring his signature
bombastic style to his teaching methods. Hellmuth has won 9 World Series of
Poker bracelets, earned over $5 million in tournament play, and has authored
several books and instructional videos. R.J. Cutler ("30 Days," "The War
Room"), Hellmuth, Bob Soderstrom and Andy Bellin are the executive producers
of the series.
24 HOURS IN VEGAS -- In this reality game series, players must work as a
Sin City car valet, bell hop or dancer to earn money that they can use to play
casino games. At the end of 24 hours, the player with the most money will be
the winner. Gavin Polone from Pariah Productions is the executive producer
along with Julie Pizzi and Patty Ivins of PB&J.
CHOKERS -- Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose ... and sometimes when
your really should win, you choke. This weekly documentary series will
chronicle some of the best, who, for one reason or another, fell apart at a
critical moment. Teams, companies and individuals are all fair game in this
wide-ranging series which will examine topics and go behind the scenes in the
courtroom, the board room and the locker room. Scott Stone of Stone & Company
Entertainment serves as executive producer.
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE -- The clock strikes midnight and you're trapped in
one of the most terrifying places in America. All the exits are closed and
every path is wrought with danger on YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE, a weekly thriller
game that puts three friends in the country's scariest venues for the chance
to escape and win the grand prize. Each week this show will transport
contestants to such real-life locations as a graveyard known for ghostly
apparitions, a cabin where six campers disappeared, a former penitentiary
inhabited by deceased inmates and a bizarre mansion filled with hidden rooms
and a terrifying past. Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey are the executive
producers for Hallock Healey Entertainment.
WET -- From the producers of "The Surreal Life" and EXTREME DODGEBALL, is
WET, a competition featuring contestants waging water-based battles against
other humans as well as dolphins. Contestants will perform in
head-to-bottlenose challenges, games and obstacle courses. Top marine
trainers will ensure the safety of the landlubbing and seafaring competitors.
Mark Cronin and James Rowley are executive producers for Mindless
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated
to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network
features game shows, reality series, documentaries, alternative sports
programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN
features interactive programming for every original broadcast, allowing
viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via
GSN.com. Reaching more than 57 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in
the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network
is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation.