Upfronts 2014: GSN Greenlights 'Idiot Test,' Renews 'Chase,' 'American Bible Challenge'

Network Orders Two Pilots, Has Four More Series In Development
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GSN said at its upfront presentation Tuesday morning that it has ordered one new series, Idiot Test, as well as put six others in the various stages of development.

Based on the popular app game, Idiot Test pits two pairs of contestants with pre-existing rivalries against each other, where each tries to answer general-knowledge questions and solve brain puzzles. The game show will be hosted by comedian Ben Gleib (pictured) and executive produced by Adam Rosenblatt, Jamie Rosenblatt, and Christian Horner of H2R Productions; Ryan Devlin and Shawn Greenson of He Shoots, He Scores Productions; and Larry Barron and Ryan Curtis.

GSN also ordered two pilots: App Wars gives aspiring app creators the chance to pitch and develop their own, while Say What? (working title) is a play on the popular "telephone" game.

The network has put four additional series in development: The Tunnel (wt), Heavy Betters (wt), The Line and Star-Crossed Lovers (wt).

GSN CEO David Goldhill said the network, co-owned by DirecTV and Sony Pictures Entertainment, had its best ratings year in 2013 and its most-viewed month ever this past January. He said the network will continue to invest in original programming, with an aim that "shows on GSN will be as good as shows you see anywhere else on television." Ten original shows will be on air this season, EVP of ad sales John Zaccario said, and the ratings and format growth has helped bring in 70 new advertisers in the past year. In 2013 GSN also passed the 80-million-home mark, and "85 million is in reach," Goldhill said.

In addition to the new orders, GSN renewed a pair of series in The Chase and American Bible Challenge, the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted quiz show that returns for a third season on Thursday, May 22, at 8 p.m. with two new episodes.

The network will also premiere the previously-announced body-painting competition series Skin Wars later this year and said the new matchmaking show It Takes A Church will debut on Thursday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

GSN held its upfront at New York's Sony Club. In attendance were Skin Wars host Rebecca Romijn and DeRey Davis, host of The Chase.

Dade Hayes and Kent Gibbons contributed to this report

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