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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2021, 03:14:43 PM »
Holy guacamole! :D This is exciting news - and I loved the format, even if it was a little convoluted.

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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2021, 03:27:17 PM »
BUZZR posted a YouTube video with a sample Gauntlet:

https://youtu.be/er4Tw_W-idg

The Vulture article also mentions the show has nearly 250 episodes...a quick Wiki check shows 247 taped episodes...I didn't realize that many had been taped.

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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2021, 03:29:26 PM »
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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2021, 03:29:48 PM »
They did it. Those crazy sons of guns, they did it.

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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2021, 03:32:26 PM »
I'm sure a couple of FB friends on the board are already over me pointing this out, but recall that Concentration and Whew were on the BUZZR survey a couple years ago, and brought out of the vault on Winc's channel first before ultimately debuting on BUZZR. I can only hope there's something to that considering there are also some nice studio master uploads of Scrabble and High Rollers too...which were also on the survey.

Anyhow, amazing news!
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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2021, 03:37:18 PM »
Is this the first format that has zero ties to Fremantle to air on the network?
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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2021, 03:47:52 PM »
Is this the first format that has zero ties to Fremantle to air on the network?

I think "Bzzz!" was first.

Otherwise, hot darn. I'm sure it'll be appointment viewing once it's on the schedule.

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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2021, 03:58:12 PM »
Is this the first format that has zero ties to Fremantle to air on the network?

I think "Bzzz!" was first.

Wouldn't that be Wordplay, as brief as it was? They also briefly had 20 episodes of Strike it Rich on their Prime channel, but those disappeared too.
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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2021, 04:02:01 PM »
Is this the first format that has zero ties to Fremantle to air on the network?

I think "Bzzz!" was first.

Wouldn't that be Wordplay, as brief as it was? They also briefly had 20 episodes of Strike it Rich on their Prime channel, but those disappeared too.
Wordplay had some ties as it was co-produced by Syd Vinnedge's company prior to it eventually becoming part of Fremantle in a series of mergers/acquisitions.
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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2021, 04:26:48 PM »
Well this is one of those times that hell has frozen dinners.

And itís also a way for them to get a little more commercial time- IIRC, Whew was in a 25 minute slot and not 30Ö

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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2021, 04:33:45 PM »
They also briefly had 20 episodes of Strike it Rich on their Prime channel, but those disappeared too.

Kind of a stretch here, but I do understand that the British format ("Strike It Lucky") was produced by Thames Television, which ultimately got absorbed into Fremantle. It might be possible that Kline and Friends sold the format (and maybe the tapes?) to Thames.

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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2021, 04:52:42 PM »
Wow! That's a hell of a rabbit that Buzzr pulled out of their hat, and they've pulled some pretty big ones in recent years with Concentration and MG/HS. Looks like Buzzr must be making enough money to get some outside acquisitions or leases.

Whew without commercials times out to about 18:30 or so. More than plenty enough for a 30 minute time slot with modern day commercial-loads. Hopefully no editing needed, other than ticket and contestant plugs.

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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2021, 04:53:57 PM »
And itís also a way for them to get a little more commercial time- IIRC, Whew was in a 25 minute slot and not 30Ö

This was my second thought as well, immediately following "Wait, what? Really?"

It is wild that we're getting something like this (complicated, flawed, yet deeply interesting) back on the air. The Variety article mentions Fremantle striking a deal with Winc. to air the show, since they hold the distribution rights. What are some other Sugarman productions that could potentially make it to Buzzr now that this agreement is in place?
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Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2021, 05:03:40 PM »
Well, thereís really only two others (Wizard of Odds and Celebrity Sweepstakes); I would have to guess the former is wiped and the latter is up in the air based on what I read from the info available.
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