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[04/15/09 - 06:41 AM]
GSN Makes Television History with First Game Show Awards, Premiering June 6
The special will feature tributes to pioneers Bob Barker, legendary game show producer Mark Goodson and host Monty Hall.

[via press release from GSN]

GSN MAKES TELEVISION HISTORY WITH FIRST GAME SHOW AWARDS, PREMIERING JUNE 6

A Different Kind of Awards Show, With Nominees Running the Gamut from Drew Carey, Alex Trebek and the Briefcase Models to Turtle Wax, Rice-A-Roni and The Gong from 'The Gong Show'

Special Tributes to Bob Barker, Mark Goodson and Monty Hall

(Santa Monica, CA)-- April 15, 2009 � GSN announced today that it will make television history with THE GAME SHOW AWARDS�the very first awards show exclusively aimed at celebrating excellence in the genre of games. The two and a half-hour, star-studded extravaganza will premiere on June 6, 2009, at 8PM ET/7PM CT only on GSN, and will honor classic and contemporary game shows, with special tributes to pioneers Bob Barker ("The Price is Right"), legendary game show producer Mark Goodson, and host Monty Hall ("Let's Make a Deal"). In keeping with the participatory nature of game shows and GSN's programming, fans will be able to vote for their favorite nominees online at GSN.com in several categories, including best/favorite host, model, announcer, contestant, catch phrase, sound effect and others.

"This will be a different kind of awards show�and the first-ever awards show dedicated exclusively to the world of game shows," said Kelly Goode, GSN's Senior Vice President of Programming. "THE GAME SHOW AWARDS will be a lighthearted, humorous homage to the talented people who make game shows a perennial favorite. We will also include exciting participatory elements that offer our at-home fans and in-studio audience the chance to play a role in the show."

As part of the event, GSN will pay tribute to three individuals who have helped make the beloved genre a staple of popular culture: long-time "The Price is Right" host Bob Barker; the legendary late game show producer Mark Goodson ("Match Game," "Password," "Family Feud"); and "Let's Make A Deal" host Monty Hall, with each receiving special tributes for his contributions to the game show industry.

Awards categories run the gamut from the de rigeur (Best Game Show, Best Game Show Host, Favorite Classic Game Show) to the tongue-in-cheek (Favorite Game Show Sound Effect, Most Outrageous Game Show Contestant, Favorite Parting Gift). Non-traditional game shows also get their due (Best Reality Competition Show, Favorite Dating or Relationship Show), as do celebrity guests (Favorite Celebrity Player, Favorite Celebrity Team). Nominees include game show stalwarts such as Jeopardy!, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Hollywood Squares, Match Game, Name that Tune, The Newlywed Game, Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Howie Mandel, Betty White and Regis Philbin, as well as unexpected nominees, including Neil Patrick Harris, Serena Williams, the cast of "The Office," Rice-A-Roni, Turtle Wax, the "Barking Contestant," and the gong from "The Gong Show." A complete list of the awards categories and nominees follows below.

As with much of GSN's original programming, THE GAME SHOW AWARDS will deliver a participatory experience for both at-home fans and those in the studio audience. Prior to the June 6 premiere, viewers will have the opportunity to visit GSN.com to vote for their favorite nominees in more than a dozen award categories. In addition, during the premiere telecast, at-home viewers will be encouraged to go online, where they can answer award show-related trivia for the chance to win cash and other exciting prizes.

The show's studio audience�comprised of celebrities and fans who are passionate about game shows and games�will have the chance to win prizes during the show by playing familiar games, both on stage and in the aisles. Some of the award recipients will also be included in the game play by being given the opportunity to relinquish their awards to play games for more lucrative prizes.

In addition to the award presentations and tributes, THE GAME SHOW AWARDS will highlight famous game-show bloopers, spoofs and other funny moments from the game show canon.

One lucky consumer will also win the "Game Show Awards Sweepstakes," which includes a trip for two to Los Angeles, two nights' accommodations, and VIP tickets to THE GAME SHOW AWARDS ceremony. The winner and his/her guest will walk the red carpet and rub elbows with the stars, as well as enjoy the Hollywood lifestyle with car service and spending money. Consumers have a chance to win by going to GSN.com/Live and playing "GSN Live" featured online games for up to 15 free entries per day. The winner will be drawn on "GSN Live" on or about April 27.*

THE GAME SHOW AWARDS will be held at the historic Wilshire Theatre�soon to be Saban Theatre�located in Beverly Hills, CA and will be produced by award show veteran and Emmy� Award Winner Michael Levitt. A former executive producer of "Hollywood Squares," Levitt's credits include "The TV Land Awards," "The Billboard Music Awards," "The Teen Choice Awards," "The Blockbuster Awards," "The World Music Awards," "The Scream Awards" and "The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards."

About GSN

GSN celebrates the champion in everyone by putting winning within reach via its 69-million subscriber television network, online games site, and GSN Radio and GSN Shop. GSN's cross-platform game content gives consumers the opportunity to participate for a chance to win cash and prizes, whether it's through GSN's popular original TV game shows, free casual games, or gsn.com's competitive cash tournaments. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. The company is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.

THE GAME SHOW AWARDS 2009 NOMINEES

BEST GAME SHOW
� ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER?
� CASH CAB
� DEAL OR NO DEAL
� DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS!
� FAMILY FEUD
� JEOPARDY!
� MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD
� THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� WHEEL OF FORTUNE
� WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?

BEST GAME SHOW HOST
� BEN BAILEY, CASH CAB
� WAYNE BRADY, DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS!
� DREW CAREY, THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� JEFF FOXWORTHY, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER?
� RICHARD KARN, BINGO AMERICA
� HOWIE MANDEL, DEAL OR NO DEAL
� REGIS PHILBIN, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD
� PAT SAJAK & VANNA WHITE, WHEEL OF FORTUNE
� ALEX TREBEK, JEOPARDY!
� MEREDITH VIERA, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SHOW
� THE AMAZING RACE
� AMERICAN IDOL
� AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL
� THE BACHELOR
� BIG BROTHER
� THE BIGGEST LOSER
� DANCING WITH THE STARS
� PROJECT RUNWAY
� SURVIVOR
� TOP CHEF

FAVORITE CLASSIC GAME SHOW
� CONCENTRATION
� THE JOKER'S WILD
� HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
� LET'S MAKE A DEAL
� MATCH GAME
� NAME THAT TUNE
� PRESS YOUR LUCK
� PYRAMID
� TIC-TAC-DOUGH
� WHAT'S MY LINE?

FAVORITE DATING OR RELATIONSHIP SHOW
� BLIND DATE
� THE DATING GAME
� LOVE CONNECTION
� THE NEWLYWED GAME
� SINGLED OUT

FAVORITE CELEBRITY PLAYER
� TOM BERGERON, CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!
� CRAIG FERGUSON, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD
� NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD
� LARRY THE CABLE GUY, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER?
� ROSIE O'DONNELL, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD
� RACHAEL RAY, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD
� WILLIAM SHATNER, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD
� AISHA TYLER, CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!
� BETTY WHITE, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD
� SERENA WILLIAMS, MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD

FAVORITE CELEBRITY TEAM
� THE CAST OF "THE OFFICE" (BRIAN BAUMGARTNER, PHYLLIS SMITH, KATE FLANNERY, OSCAR NUNEZ & CREED BRATTON), CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD
� CORBIN BERNSEN, AMANDA PAYS & FAMILY, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD
� THE BRADY KIDS (BARRY WILLIAMS, MIKE LOOKINLAND, EVE PLUMB & SUSAN OLSON), TRIVIAL PURSUIT: AMERICA PLAYS
� MARGARET CHO & FAMILY, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD
� BILL ENGVALL & FAMILY, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD
� KATHIE LEE & FRANK GIFFORD & FAMILY, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD
� KIM KARDASHIAN, BRUCE JENNER, KRIS JENNER, KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN AND KHLOE KARDASHIAN, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD
� LARRY THE CABLE GUY & FAMILY, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD
� PENN & TELLER WITH CARROT TOP, DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS!
� JOAN & MELISSA RIVERS & FRIENDS, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD

BEST ANNOUNCER
� JOE CIPRIANO, DEAL OR NO DEAL
� RICH FIELDS, THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� JOHNNY GILBERT, JEOPARDY!
� CHARLIE O'DONNELL, WHEEL OF FORTUNE
� BURTON RICHARDSON, FAMILY FEUD
� MARK THOMPSON, DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS!

FAVORITE GAME SHOW MODELS
� BRIEFCASE MODELS, DEAL OR NO DEAL
� THE PRICE IS RIGHT MODELS
� CHIP GIRLS, DUEL

SMARTEST GAME SHOW CONTESTANT
� KATHY COX, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER ($1 MILLION, SEPTEMBER 5, 2008)
� LARISSA KELLY, JEOPARDY ($222,597, MAY 28, 2008)
� DAN PAWSON, JEOPARDY ($171,902, JANUARY 10, 2008)
� BRIANNE SHERMAN, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? ($250,000, NOVEMBER 10, 1998)
� JIM STEVENS, JEOPARDY ($140,600, DECEMBER 30, 2008)

FAVORITE GAME SHOW CATCH PHRASE
� "CIRCLE GETS THE SQUARE!," HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
� "COME ON DOWN!," THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� "DEAL�OR NO DEAL?," DEAL OR NO DEAL
� "I CAN NAME THAT TUNE IN ____ NOTES!," NAME THAT TUNE
� "I'D LIKE TO BUY A VOWEL!," WHEEL OF FORTUNE
� "IS THAT YOUR FINAL ANSWER?," WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?
� "BIG MONEY, NO WHAMMY!," PRESS YOUR LUCK
� "SURVEY SAYS!," FAMILY FEUD
� "YOU ARE�THE WEAKEST LINK! GOODBYE!," THE WEAKEST LINK
� "WILL THE REAL _____ PLEASE STAND UP?," TO TELL THE TRUTH

FAVORITE "PRICE IS RIGHT" PRICING GAME
� CLIFF HANGERS
� CLOCK GAME
� DICE GAME
� HOLE IN ONE
� IT'S IN THE BAG
� MONEY GAME
� PLINKO
� PUNCH A BUNCH
� RACE GAME
� RANGE GAME

FAVORITE GAME SHOW SOUND EFFECT
� BANKRUPT WHISTLE, WHEEL OF FORTUNE
� BOARD LOADING SOUND, JEOPARDY!
� GONG, THE GONG SHOW
� LOSING HORNS, THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� NEW PUZZLE, WHEEL OF FORTUNE
� SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN WHEEL BEEP, THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� 'SURVEY SAYS' BELL, FAMILY FEUD
� STRIKE BUZZER, FAMILY FEUD
� TICKING CLOCK, PYRAMID
� 'TIME'S UP' SOUND, JEOPARDY!

MOST OUTRAGEOUS GAME SHOW CONTESTANT
� BARKING CONTESTANT, LOVE CONNECTION
� CONTESTANT WINS, GOES BERSERK AND LIFTS UP HOST, TREASURE HUNT
� EXCITED CONTESTANT DANCES A JIG, THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� EXCITED CONTESTANT DOES A BACK FLIP, THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� EXCITED CONTESTANT TAKES OFF TOUPEE, DEBT

FUNNIEST GAME SHOW MOMENT
� BOB EUBANKS IS LIFTED UP BY WOMAN WRESTLER, CARD SHARKS
� CONTESTANT HAS A WARDROBE MALFUNCTION, THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� CONTESTANT FALLS, NAME THAT TUNE
� GENE RAYBURN'S AWKWARD COMPLIMENT, MATCH GAME
� "WEIRDEST PLACE THAT YOU'VE MADE WHOOPEE," THE NEWLYWED GAME

FAVORITE GAME SHOW THEME SONG
� CARD SHARKS
� THE DATING GAME
� FAMILY FEUD
� JEOPARDY!
� MATCH GAME
� THE NEWLYWED GAME
� THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� THE $25,000 PYRAMID
� TIC-TAC-DOUGH
� WHEEL OF FORTUNE

FAVORITE PRIZE
� BOAT
� CASH JACKPOT
� EXOTIC TRIP
� MYSTERY PRIZE BEHIND DOOR #1
� NEW CAR

FAVORITE PARTING GIFT
� HOME VERSION OF GAME
� JIFFY POP POPCORN
� LEE PRESS-ON NAILS
� MR. COFFEE MACHINE
� RICE-A-RONI
� RONCO CHOP-O-MATIC
� SET OF GINSU KNIVES
� SUPPLY OF DENTYNE GUM
� TIMEX WATCH
� TURTLE WAX

FAVORITE BOARD/BOX GAME TURNED GAME SHOW
� MONOPOLY
� PICTIONARY
� SCRABBLE
� TABOO
� TRIVIAL PURSUIT

FAVORITE ONLINE GAME
� BEJEWELED
� DINER DASH
� SCRABBLE CUBES
� PEGGLE
� MYSTERY CASE FILES: RETURN TO RAVENHEARST

FAVORITE INTERACTIVE DVD VERSION OF GAME SHOW
� DEAL OR NO DEAL
� FAMILY FEUD
� JEOPARDY
� LINGO
� MATCH GAME
� THE NEWLYWED GAME
� PASSWORD
� PRESS YOUR LUCK
� THE PRICE IS RIGHT
� WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?

*GSN LIVE GAME SHOW AWARDS SWEEPSTAKES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Sweepstakes begins on or about April 13, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. ET and ends on April 26, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Open only to legal U.S residents of the fifty (50) United States and D.C. who are eighteen (18) years of age or older. See Official Rules at www.gsn.com/live for additional eligibility restrictions, limits on entries, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited.





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