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« on: July 01, 2003, 04:12:20 PM »
Sundance Channel Cooks Up 'TV Lab'
By Cynthia Littleton and Nellie Andreva

      LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The Sundance Channel plans to air
an unusual series incubation project dubbed \"TV Lab,\" a half-hour
format featuring several \"mini-pilots.\"
LWartenber: The pilots will even include the creative teams breaking the fourth
wall and delivering a short \"pitch\" directed at the audience.
As part of the agreement, announced Friday by Sundance and partner
Viacom Prods., the network may opt to develop some of those concepts
into regular series. Viacom also will have the option of developing
them into full-blown pilots to be shopped to other broadcast and cable

Sundance, a joint venture of Viacom's Showtime Networks, Universal Studios and filmmaker Robert Redford (news), may also decide to make
\"TV Lab\" a regular weekly series.

Sundance Channel president and CEO Larry Aidem said he hoped the \"TV
Lab\" experiment would \"unearth some terrific ideas for television
programming.\" Viacom Prods. president Perry Simon said he hoped the
process would help identify \"fresh new voices\" among writer-producers.
Sundance will mount an \"open casting call\" in the coming months to
solicit submissions for \"TV Lab.\"   

While it's primarily a showplace for dramas, sitcoms, etc, the possibilities of game shows haven't been ruled out, so it might be worth a look.

Chuck Donegan (The Illustrious \"Chuckie Baby\")

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2003, 07:30:10 PM »
Hate to be the one to stiffle Chuckie's enthusiasm, but I have no doubt that the reason the press release doesn't specifically address game show pilots is that no one involved in the project even remotely considered the possibility.
This has been another installment of Matt Ottinger's Masters of the Obvious.
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2003, 07:33:10 PM »
Media(speaking): What the heck is a game show?

Viewer: Remember Millionaire, Twenty One, and Greed?

Media: Oh yeah, that was way back in 2000.

I figure we are ahead in the game with game shows since Feud, H2, and Pyramid are all returning next season. Now is not the time for pilots, considering the repitition that GSN is doing with the originals


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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2003, 11:16:49 PM »
This sounds rather like the American Goodson idea I suggested back on EZBoard (with tongue planted firmly in cheek) in response to all the GS proposals on the board at that time.  ;-)

No, I'm not looking for a cut from the producers.  But I'm not surprised that something like this is being tried.
-- Ted Schuerzinger, now blogging at http://justacineast.blogspot.com/

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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2003, 11:26:45 PM »
Maybe a show that combines the great outdoors with game elements...anyone for \"100 Grand Canyon!\"?
Let's Make a Deal was the first show to air on Buzzr. 6/1/15 8PM.