10:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
GSN Adds New Game Shows in 2015
GSN is delving into new genres of game show programming.
The network is partnering with Emmy-winner Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Normal Heart), CEO of Blumhouse Productions, on a new horror-inducing game show, Hellevator. Contestants take an ominous elevator to a dark, mysterious warehouse, where they are tasked with completing a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally exhausting challenges.
GSN is continuing its push into emerging subcultures with a second new series, Steampunk’d, where competitors create a popular genre of science fiction and fantasy that fuses modern technology and Victorian Age aesthetics to turn everyday objects into work of art.
The network also announced that Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, Dancing with the Stars) will host App Wars, a new competition that features a parade of contestants who present their original app ideas to a panel of three tech experts: Nolan Bushnell(founder of Atari, Inc. and Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza-Time Theaters), Alyson Shontell (Business Insider) and Prerna Gupta (co-founder of Khu.sh).
The new game shows join GSN’s current lineup, which includes the Ben Gleib hosted brain teaser show Idiotest, the Natalie Grant hosted match-marking series It Takes a Church, and the Rebecca Romijm hosted body painting competition Skin Wars.
"GSN has taken some big swings in development over the past year, pushing our brand into exciting new areas while still maintaining our leadership position in the traditional game show genre," said the network's senior vp of programming and development David Schiff. "That push is paying off, both in the diversity of projects that we’re working on, and in the increased amount of break-out original programming like Skin Wars and Idiotest."
Other key projects in development at the network include How-To Games, where hugely popular internet how-to videos are used to see how quickly contestants can pick up and repeat a wide range of tasks; Bingo Bash, where one player each week is pitted against online opponents in a small screen adaptation of the popular digital app of the same name; Winsanity, where one contestant attempts to organize seven compelling and surprising facts in numerical order from lowest to highest; and Face 2 Face, where contestants utilize a dating app to find potential matches without a chance to meet face-to-face until one individual is singled out.