'Newlywed Game' gets order at GSN

Network picks up 40 episodes of the classic revival

GSN is moving forward with its revival of "The Newlywed Game," ordering 40 half-hour episodes from executive producer Michael Davies.

The series, a modern take on the classic game show, is set to begin shooting in February in New York for a spring premiere on GSN, where it will air weekdays. Sony Pictures TV and Davies' studio-based Embassy Row are producing.

Davies ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") said the show will be updated in an organic way.

"Marriage has changed over the years -- what couples talk about, what they fight about," said Davies, a fan of the original. "So there will be a lot of updating just by the fact of our casting. In doing presentations, it's become clear to us that wives today are far more vocal than in the previous episodes. There's just a lot of guys looking concerned that they're about to get in trouble -- and usually they do. It's thoroughly entertaining."

Davies added that he's also casting for what he calls "goldyweds" -- couples who appeared on the original show -- to compete against the newlyweds. Like the original, the new show will feature couples who have been married for two years or less.

Davies said he expects an announcement on the show's host and prize shortly but did say the prize possibly will hearken back to the show's original "second honeymoon."

"The show has really good, original brand value," he said. "It's a fun, funny game where it doesn't matter who wins; it's about the material."

Davies also has produced "Chain Reaction" and "Grand Slam" for GSN, which recently launched GSN Shop, a new online shopping destination.
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