GSN, The Network for Games is Going Hollywood With 'STARFACE'
Danny Bonaduce Set to Host His First Game Show
SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 22 -- GSN has begun production
on STARFACE, a new photo pop culture game series hosted by Danny Bonaduce
that is scheduled to premiere Tuesday, August 1 (9:30 -- 10:00 PM, ET), it
was announced by Rich Cronin, President and CEO of GSN, the network for
games. STARFACE was created by Jeff Rothberg and executive produced by Pat
Finn, Brennan Huntington and Rothberg, under Finn's Rubicon Entertainment
"We're thrilled to launch a new game that pokes fun at the tabloid
world," said Cronin, "and Danny Bonaduce is the perfect celebrity host. He
knows pop culture inside out, he has lived the tabloid celebrity life, and
his ad libs are hilarious."
"Of all the people in the world to host a game show, GSN picks me,"
said Bonaduce. "These guys really do take chances."
STARFACE is a funny, fast-paced plunge into fame's deep end, where
contestants put their knowledge of the biggest celebrities in contemporary
culture to the test. With a cool, quirky attitude and sharp wit, host
Bonaduce adds his uniquely irreverent spin to the comic absurdity of the
The series pits three contestants against one another to demonstrate
their knowledge of everything having to do with the famous and the infamous
in four rounds. In round one, Bonaduce unveils a series of unique,
provocative celebrity photographs, each with a set of questions having to
do with that individual. For each correct answer, the player wins 50
points. Round two is played the same way, but point values are doubled.
In round three, our trio of players becomes instantly famous when they
don masks and are all transformed into that day's chosen celebrity.
Bonaduce proceeds to ask them questions as if they actually were the
celebrity and, in turn, the players must answer in the first person. At the
end of this round, the player with the highest point score bids farewell to
the other players and moves into the final round.
Round four is a challenge where two photos are shown side by side. The
player has 60 seconds to answer a series of either-or questions, i.e. the
answer will always be one of the two subjects. If, before the clock runs
out, the contestant gets 10 or more correct answers, he/she will win the
STARFACE grand prize, a trip for two to an exotic location.
STARFACE will air at 9:30 PM ET on Tuesday through Saturday nights as
the second half of an hour block with Michael Davies' CHAIN REACTION as its
lead- in. CHAIN REACTION, in which teams of men and women complete phrases
after being given the first and last words of a chain, also premieres
Tuesday, August 1.
STARFACE's host is perhaps best known to television audiences for his
role on "The Partridge Family," but is also star of VH1's highly rated
"Breaking Bonaduce," which has recently wrapped production on its second
season, set to premiere in the fall. Bonaduce was also host of "The Jamie
and Danny Show" on KYSR-FM in Los Angeles and has made appearances on a
number of television series, including "That 70s Show," "The Drew Carey
Show," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Eight is Enough."
The executive producers bring a broad range of experience. Finn has
been producing television for over 20 years and hosted several national
game shows including "Shop 'Til You Drop" and "Joker's Wild." Rothberg is a
writer and producer for television and films and has among his feature film
credits "A Simple Wish," "The Amazing Panda Adventure" and "Bogus."
Huntington's credits include "Shop 'Til You Drop," "Legends of the Hidden
Temple" and "National Lampoon's Funny Money," which aired on GSN.
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 and casino
games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours
per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win
prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Now
reaching more than 60 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.
For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.
Rubicon Entertainment (formerly In-Finn-Ity Productions) is helmed by
Finn. Rubicon has produced numerous projects for networks and for cable,
and in the world of games they have produced the series "National Lampoon's
Funny Money" and "Instant Comedy with the Groundlings." They also produced
an independent feature film, "Soulmates," which premiered on HBO as was
also seen on the Starz Network.