Los Angeles— Game Show Network has reached across the Pacific for a popular Australian program, and has also acquired two other series.
The network has grabbed the rights to Down Under reality show Who Dares Win, in addition to Press Your Luck
and $1.98 Beauty Show, network officials said last week. All three shows will bow on the network, beginning Sept. 1, the day Let's Make a Deal
spins into its regular time slot.
Who Dares Win, originally produced by Mason Brant Entertainment for Australia's Seven Network, showcases unsuspecting contestants who are set up by friends and challenged to accept elaborate dares. Those who navigate the often-dangerous stunts win a paid vacation with the person who recommended them.
Additionally, the half-hour show contains simpler "man-on-the-street" challenges in which participants can win cash.
GSN will air Who Dares Win, hosted by Mike Whitney and Tania Zaetta, on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
Press Your Luck, featuring Peter Tomarken, pits three contestants in a battle to earn spins by answering trivia questions. Players use the spins to earn prizes and cash situated on a rotating game board, while avoiding a bankrupting whammy. Press Your Luck
will be stripped Mondays through Fridays at 9:30 p.m. EST and repeated at 1:30 a.m.
$1.98 Beauty Show
is a Chuck Barris spoof of traditional pageant protocol. Rip Taylor hosts the contests that yield the winner a bouquet of carrots and other garden vegetables, as well as a cash prize two cents short of two bucks. It will air at 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights, repeating at 3 a.m.
Let's Make a Deal, following a week-long marathon, debuts in its Saturday night slot at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.
"We're thrilled to have the U.S. premiere of a great action-adventure stunt game, the Aussie hit Who Dares Win, on Game Show Network," network CEO Rich Cronin said in a statement. "And, with Press Your Luck
and $1.98 Beauty Show, we're continuing to introduce all-time American favorites to a whole new generation of game-show fans."