Salute to the Dark Period!

James Fabiano's Mr. Hostman on GSN
(GSN's 10/11/97-4/17/98 schedule)

To sum up how I feel about the G-T's absence:

Mr. Hostman, look at me
I'm crazy from reruns of Jeopardy,
Feud '94 sucks and it's plain to see
There's nothing left on Game Show Network Tee Vee.....

Mr. Hostman, my own head I'm about to beat
To tell the truth, I hate Dating/Newlywed repeats
Ruckus and Diamond Head are not for me
There's nothing left on Game Show Network Tee Vee!!!!

Mr. Hostman, PLEASE SPARE ME!
Make Hollywood Connection history
The Price is Right is what I love to play
But I can't live on it e-ve-ry day.....

Mr. Hostman, Goodson-Todman can't be beat
With Match Game nothing else can compete
So you better bring back those G-T's
CAUSE THERE'S NOTHING LEFT ON GAME SHOW NETWORK TEE VEE!!!!!!!!!!!!


Here is the text of a form letter that GSN emailed to angry fans when the schedule change was announced:

The Goodson library was a fabulous core product used to successfully launch our network and helped stake our claim as the authority on game shows. It is time to advance to the next level by offering more variations on the game show product to keep pace with our rapidly growing audience. The new schedule reflects the next phase of our programming strategy which is to roll-out a more diverse schedule that will expand our audience to include younger viewers.

Our new schedule includes newly added and heavily requested brand-name shows such as "The Gong Show," the Pyramid shows and "Treasure Hunt" along with a collection of fresh library shows that aired in network and syndication. The Goodson shows, "The Price is Right" and "Family Feud," will remain on the schedule.

We are here to appeal to the game show in everyone. For some that means relationship shows, others enjoy pure games and thought-provoking quiz shows, some like the zanier shows while others enjoy playing from home. We feel that our new schedule has a broader scope and will appeal to a much wider range of audiences.

It is possible that some of the Goodson/Todman show may return. The Goodson library decision was an all or nothing proposition.

AND THE REST IS HISTORY

GSN's Dark Period Schedule (10/11/97)

Time Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
6:00 Joker's Wild Joker's Wild Juvenile Jury Juvenile Jury
6:30 Tic Tac Dough Tic Tac Dough The Parent Game The Parent Game
7:00 New Newlywed Game New Newlywed Game Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker
7:30 New Dating Game New Dating Game Quiz Kids Challenge Quiz Kids Challenge
8:00 $20,000 Pyramid $20,000 Pyramid Junior Pyramid Junior Pyramid
8:30 Treasure Hunt Treasure Hunt Dating Game (Youth) Dating Game (Youth)
9:00 Joker's Wild Joker's Wild Juvenile Jury Juvenile Jury
9:30 Tic Tac Dough Tic Tac Dough The Parent Game The Parent Game
10:00 Family Feud Family Feud Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker Joker
10:30 Family Feud (cont.) Family Feud (cont.) Quiz Kids Challenge Quiz Kids Challenge
11:00 Wheel of Fortune Wheel of Fortune Junior Pyramid Junior Pyramid
11:30 Jeopardy! Jeopardy! Dating Game (Youth) Dating Game (Youth)
Noon $25,000 Pyramid $25,000 Pyramid Gameworld Weekend Family Feud
12:30 Gameworld Gameworld Gameworld Weekend (cont.) Family Feud (cont.)
1:00 The Price is Right The Price is Right Tic Tac Dough Ruckus
1:30 TPiR (cont.) TPiR (cont.) Joker's Wild Diamond Head (cont.)
2:00 Jeopardy! Jeopardy! The Price is Right Gameworld Weekend
2:30 Wheel of Fortune Wheel of Fortune TPiR (cont.) Gameworld Weekend (cont.)
3:00 New Newlywed Game New Newlywed Game The Gong Show Newlywed Game
3:30 New Dating Game New Dating Game Ruckus Dating Game
4:00 Three's A Crowd Three's A Crowd $25,000 Pyramid Family Feud
4:30 Treasure Hunt Treasure Hunt $100,000 Pyramid Family Feud (cont.)
5:00 Go! Go! Dating Game Ruckus
5:30 Gameworld Gameworld New Dating Game Diamond Head
6:00 Game TV Game TV Newlywed Game $20,000 Pyramid
6:30 $100,000 Pyramid $100,000 Pyramid New Newlywed Game $25,000 Pyramid
7:00 The Price is Right The Price is Right Chain Reaction Newlywed Game
7:30 TPiR (cont.) TPiR (cont.) Jackpot New Newlywed Game
8:00 Go! Wheel 2000 Gameworld Weekend Dating Game
8:30 Trivia Track Junior Pyramid Gameworld Weekend (cont.) New Dating Game
9:00 New Dating Game Juvenile Jury $25,000 Pyramid Three's A Crowd
9:30 Dating Game/Newlywed Game Quiz Kids Challenge $100,000 Pyramid Hollywood Connection
10:00 The Gong Show Wheel 2000 Dating Game Celebrity Charades
10:30 Super Decades Super Decades Newlywed Game Break The Bank
11:00 Game Show Rewind Game Show Rewind The Price is Right The Price is Right
11:30 $100,000 Pyramid $100,000 Pyramid TPiR (cont.) TPiR (cont.)
12Mid Ruckus Ruckus Ruckus The Gong Show
12:30 The Gong Show The Gong Show Go! Hollywood Connection
1:00 Game Show Rewind Game Show Rewind Family Feud (cont.) Celebrity Charades
1:30 Gameworld Gameworld Family Feud (cont.) Break The Bank
2:00 Jeopardy! Jeopardy! Hot Potato Hot Potato
2:30 Wheel of Fortune Wheel of Fortune Chain Reaction Chain Reaction
3:00 Ruckus Ruckus Pass The Buck Pass The Buck
3:30 Dating Game Dating Game TPiR (Cullen) TPiR (Cullen)
4:00 Newlywed Game Newlywed Game Game Show Rewind Gameworld Weekend
4:30 $25,000 Pyramid $25,000 Pyramid Game TV Gameworld Weekend (cont.)
5:00 Super Decades Wheel 2000 Family Feud Family Feud
5:30 Game TV Jep! Family Feud (cont.) Family Feud (cont.)

Note: GSN did "tweak" the above schedule before premiering on 10/11/97. "Game Show Rewind" transformed into "Faux Pause" and did not debut until the return of the Goodson/Todman Shows in April 1998. After a couple of weeks on the air, GSN did slightly alter the schedule including replacing overnight programming with infomericals.