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GSN to Launch Three New Series

Two Additional Pilots and Three Potential Series are in Development

GSN has greenlit three new series for this year: “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint,” which is a spin-off from Skin Wars,” “Winsanity” and “Window Warriors.” “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint,” hosted by RuPaul Charles and featuring master body painter Emma Cammack and art critic Mat Gleason as judges, will feature three former “Skin Wars” contestants who will mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week.

“Window Warriors” is a skilled-based competition that lifts the curtain on the competitive and theatrical world of visual merchandising seen in many of the top retail outlets from the Champs Elysées to Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive. And “Winsanity” will feature a contestant attempting to rank ten compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from highest to lowest..

GSN, in addition, has pilot projects ”Breaking App” and “The Investigation,” both working titles; and three shows in development: “Divided,” “Run & Buzz” and “Glass Wars.” Returning will be “Skin Wars,” Idiotest” and “Hellevator.”

NEW PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

“Fresh Paint”
Season three of SKIN WARS’ top former contestants will mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week. These artists are at the top of their game in their own disciplines, but will leave their creative comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time, attempting to win the $10,000 prize at the end of each show. Originally airing as a one-hour special in August 2015, the eight-episode series will again be hosted by RuPaul Charles and feature as judges, international master body painter Emma Cammack and art critic Mat Gleason. The series is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions (“Skin Wars,” “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” “Ask Oprah’s All Stars”), Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.

“Window Warriors”
This new skill-based competition lifts the curtain on the intensely competitive and theatrical world of visual merchandising seen in many of the top retail outlets from the Champs Elysées to Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive. From the festive and luxurious, to the fantastical, these artists will push their creativity to the limits, in the hopes of winning a full-time job and a career-changing contract to design a high profile holiday display at a major department store. The six-episode series is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions and Jill Goularte.

“Winsanity”
Each half-hour episode features a contestant attempting to rank ten compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from highest to lowest (i.e.: Which is greater: the number of times a man thinks about sex in a day, or the number of words a woman speaks in a day?). Every time a contestant is correct and wins a prize, so does a randomly selected portion of the studio audience. However, if a contestant gives a wrong answer at any point, they, and the audience lose everything, and a new contestant takes his or her place and continues the game, trying to win prizes that increase in value with each round. Hosted by comedian and actor Donald Faison (“Clueless, “Scrubs”), the 40-episode series is executive produced by Barry Poznick (“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”) of Barracuda Television Productions and Chris Grant of Electus.

PILOT PROJECTS

“Breaking App” (working title) features ambitious app inventors looking to launch the next great mobile application. Each week, they’ll pitch their outstanding and sometimes utterly outrageous app ideas to a group of savvy tech moguls and venture capitalists (VCs) who’re looking for a piece of the action. The panel, along with the viewers at home, will be able to download and play with the app and decide whether or not it’s a hidden gem amongst the millions of currently available apps. The show is executive produced by Brien Meagher and Rhett Bachner (producers on “Shark Tank”) of B17 Entertainment and Cheri Brownlee of Cheri Sundae Productions.

“The Investigation”(working title) is a one-hour crime-solving game, set in a realistic police location with multiple departments. The game is structured and formatted, but fully experiential, with a truly authentic look and feel. Two teams of “Detectives” examine evidence in each Department, in order to put together an ironclad case against the suspect who they believe is the murderer. The goal is to be the first to submit the most accurate pieces of incriminating evidence to the District Attorney. The winning team receives a $10,000 reward. A team may submit to the DA as soon as they feel ready. However, if the first team does not present all of the correct pieces of evidence, then the second team still has an opportunity to submit its own findings. Executive produced by Stephen Land and Allison Wallach of Jupiter Entertainment (“Homicide Hunter”).

IN DEVELOPMENT

“Divided” is a one-hour game show in which three strangers must come to a consensus and agree on everything, including the correct answer to a question. The more the players debate, disagree or dig in their heels, the less prize money becomes available to them. In the end, the prize money is divided into three unequal amounts and they have to agree on who gets what share, but the longer they take, the less they make as the clock – and the money amounts – tick down. Less talk and more decision–making equals more cash, but expect psych–outs and ethical dilemmas within the show’s unique framework. The show was created by Talpa’s John de Mol (“The Voice”) and executive produced by de Mol and Jay Bienstock (“The Voice”).

“Run & Buzz” says “goodbye” to static games with players stuck behind podiums. This family-friendly half-hour game show requires fast feet as much as a quick mind as three teams of two listen to clues and then have to rush to a buzzer on the other side of the studio to answer the question. Challenges include brainteasers, puzzles, anagrams and more, with contestants facing the dilemma of waiting for more clues to be sure their answer is right, or rushing across the studio to buzz in with a guess before the other contestants. Only one team will sprint to the final round and go for the big prize money. The show is based on the international format from Newen Distribution.

“Glass Wars” showcases the spectacular works of art from the country’s top glassblowers, as they compete under intense pressure to be named the best in their craft. The show is executive produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves (“Top Chef” and “Project Greenlight”).

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I wonder if Chain Reaction is returning. I actually liked the newest version about as much as their earlier version. They destroyed Lingo. I wish that they would bring that back in its old format and definitely bring Chuck Woolery back.