or


[06/01/06 - 12:00 AM]
ABC Gets Conned

[via press release from ABC]

ABC GETS CONNED

British Game Show �The Con Test� Comes to America

The UK game show, �The Con Test,� is coming to the U.S. in a production deal between FremantleMedia North America, the producers of �American Idol� and the ABC Television Network. Based on the series created by British television personalities Ant and Dec which joins Britain�s ITV network schedule this summer, �The Con Test� is a game show where one person could walk away with over one million dollars without ever having to answer a single question right.

�The Con Test� is a game for those who have the wit, nerves and guile to bluff their way to an exorbitant amount of cash. Don�t understand the questions? Fake it. Don�t know the answers? Lie. All that matters is that your opponent thinks you do.

Each show is in question-and-answer format, with the contestants unaware of how they are faring against their opponents. This allows those who are trailing to advantageously bluff their way to victory.

��The Con Test� is such a unique and fresh game show concept,� said Andrea Wong, executive vice president, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment. �This series will be a fun outlet for viewers who want to sit back, be entertained and scream at the TV set as if the contestants can hear them.�

�We�ve seen tremendous success with a variety of game shows that have come over from the UK to America,� said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. �We believe that �The Con Test� has all the elements of a hit and are extremely enthusiastic about introducing it to the U.S. audience.�

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is on the leading edge of global broadcast production, developing some of television�s most innovative and watched new programming. Based in Santa Monica and with offices in New York, FMNA has produced such genre-bending shows as the musical/reality phenomenon �American Idol� (Fox), which received five Emmy nominations in 2003, and the hotly debated reality series �The Swan� (Fox). In 2005 FremantleMedia programs garnered 16 Emmy nominations, including six for �American Idol.� Other credits include �The Price Is Right� (CBS), the longest-running game show in television history, the daily syndicated game show �Family Feud,� and the breakout hit lifestyle show �How Clean Is Your House?� (Lifetime).

FMNA is a division of FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the world, with production operations in more than 25 countries. FremantleMedia is the production arm of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company. With interests in 31 television channels and 33 radio stations in 10 countries, RTL Group is a division of leading integrated media and entertainment company Bertelsmann AG. For further information, visit www.fremantlemedia.com.

�The Con Test� was created by Ant & Dec�s Gallowgate Productions and is produced in the UK by FremantleMedia�s UK production company, talkbackTHAMES in association with Gallowgate Productions.





  [june 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· AMERICAN IDOL (ABC)
· CON TEST, THE (ABC)
· FAMILY FEUD (SYNDICATION)
· HOW CLEAN IS YOUR HOUSE? (LIFETIME)
· SWAN, THE (FOX)





[01/23/21 - 09:24 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, FOX Top Demos; CBS Leads Total Viewers
"Shark Tank" and "Blue Bloods" lead the night in said categories.

[01/22/21 - 01:56 PM]
Groundbreaking Series "America's Most Wanted" Returns with Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Elizabeth Vargas as Host, Premiering in March on FOX
Each week, Vargas will ask for viewers' help as she breaks down cases from the show's new headquarters, consulting with a team of experts representing law enforcement units such as the FBI, U.S. Marshall's Office and Secret Service.

[01/22/21 - 01:29 PM]
Robert Kirkman's "Invincible" to Premiere March 26 on Amazon Prime Video
The first three episodes of season one will premiere Friday, March 26, with new episodes available each Friday following, culminating in an action-packed season finale April 30.

[01/22/21 - 12:37 PM]
"Walker" Rides Off with The CW's Most Watched Series Premiere in 5 Years
The CW spins the numbers for Thursday, January 21.

[01/22/21 - 12:06 PM]
The Next Episode of "Your Honor" to Air Sunday, January 31st on Showtime
The Bryan Cranston-led limited series will take a break this Sunday before returning with the first of its final three episodes.

[01/22/21 - 11:05 AM]
Homicide Detective Series "The Murders" Available to Binge on Sundance Now Beginning Thursday, February 4
The series revolves around Kate Jameson (Jessica Lucas), a rookie homicide detective in Vancouver whose negligence resulted in a fellow officer's death.

[01/22/21 - 11:01 AM]
Join the "Fright Club" with Jack Osbourne and the Ghost Brothers - New Series Launches Tuesday, February 9 on discovery+
A special first look of the premiere episode will air on Travel Channel on Friday, January 29 at 9:00/8:00c, in advance of the series' launch on discovery+.

[01/22/21 - 11:00 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Returns Live Coast-to-Coast with Five Consecutive Shows Beginning Jan. 30
John Krasinski, Dan Levy and Regina King are among the hosts on tap.

[01/22/21 - 10:01 AM]
New Series, Films, Specials and More from AMC Networks' Extensive Library All Available on the Premium Streaming Bundle in February
Newly announced highlights include early access to AMC's "Ride with Norman Reedus" season five beginning Sunday, February 28, ahead of the linear premiere in March.

[01/22/21 - 09:42 AM]
"Behind Every Man" Returns on OWN on January 30 Featuring Lamar Odom/Sabrina Parr, Big Sean/Myra Anderson, Faith Evans/Stevie J, Will & Heather Packer and More
Each episode of "Behind Every Man" follows the unique life-story of a strong Black woman who has supported and strengthened the success and fame of the man in her life.

[01/22/21 - 09:26 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC's Game Shows Hold Off Competition
The Alphabet continues to lead the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[01/22/21 - 09:15 AM]
Bravo's "Southern Charm" Two-Part Reunion Begins Thursday, January 28 at 9PM ET/PT
Host Andy Cohen joins Craig Conover, Kathryn Dennis, Austen Kroll, Shep Rose, and season newcomers Leva Bonaparte, Madison LeCroy and John Pringle as they revisit a season of exhilarating highs and shocking lows.

[01/22/21 - 09:00 AM]
HGTV Renews "Help! I Wrecked My House" Starring Home Reno Expert Jasmine Roth
After attracting more than 16 million viewers to its debut run, the network has ordered eight fresh, one-hour episodes of the series, which follows Jasmine as she salvages botched do-it-yourself home projects.

[01/22/21 - 07:15 AM]
AMC Renews "Eli Roth's History of Horror" for Third Season
Look for six new hour-long episodes to return later this year.

[01/22/21 - 06:31 AM]
Bravo Returns to the High Seas as Season Two "Below Deck Sailing Yacht" Premieres on Monday, March 1 at 9PM ET/PT
The stakes are high as Captain Glenn Shephard puts his trust in an all-new crew as they sail along the sparkling coast of Croatia to provide an unforgettable, luxurious experience for the guests and their over-the-top requests.