GSN Live

GSN Live

infobox television
show_name = GSN Live
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format =
runtime = 3 hours
(until September 122008)
6 hours
(from September 152008)
creator =
presenter = Fred Roggin
Heidi Bohay
Alfonso Ribeiro
Kelly Packard
country = USA
language = English
network = GSN
first_aired = February 25, 2008
last_aired = "present"
camera = Multi-camera
director =
num_episodes =
executive_producer = Burt Dubrow
supervising producer = David Goldman
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"GSN Live" is an American live interactive show on Game Show Network that premiered on February 25, 2008 at noon ET. It lasts six hours in between regular classic GSN programming and features games that viewers can play to win prizes over the phone, highlights from Classic game shows, interviews, behind-the-scenes views of GSN, and celebrity appearances. It is hosted in two shifts: first by Alfonso Ribeiro and Heidi Bohay, then by Fred Roggin and Kelly Packard. The show is produced by Burt Dubrow, David Goldman, Gary Green, and Shahnti Brooks. Associate producers are Amanda Barrett, Ashley Brown, Eve Whitaker and Derek Gamba. Show graphics are created by Lars Radmall. The show's exclusive director is Stacie Saugen. The sound mixer is longtime GSN audio engineer Mike Dooley.

The show ran for three hours daily from its debut until September 122008. On September 152008, it expanded to six hours daily.


The interactive games on "GSN Live" are interspersed during regular programming for a short time when commercials would normally run. Games are introduced at the beginning of an hour and played by a caller near the end of the hour. There is only one player for each game. Entries can be made on the internet or over the phone, both having an equal chance of selection.

Every individual who logs on or calls to enter, whether they are chosen to play on the air live or not, is entered into a "Weekly Prize Bonanza" drawing for which a single prize is awarded once a week. Prizes in the first three weeks included a vacation package, diamond watches, and a cruise.

At the beginning of March, the show introduced another way home viewers can win called "Steal These Wheels". All contestants chosen to play live on the air were entered into a drawing for a new Chrysler PT Cruiser, which was awarded on the first day of April. Generally, during the final segment of the show, the hosts presented three keys with labels showing the first names and towns of that day's players, then placed them into a glass tumbler, referred to as a "hopper". The hosts had a running gag that the car was parked in host Fred Roggin's parking spot, thus making the spot unavailable for his own car.

On April 1, 2008, a name was pulled from the hopper, and the PT Cruiser was awarded to a male contestant living in Woodstock, Illinois. Host Heidi Bohay then surprised viewers by announcing that "Steal These Wheels" would continue for a second month, with a Jeep Patriot being the prize.

During the final week of March, regular host Fred Roggin took a one-week vacation. In his absence, celebrity emcee Wink Martindale took his place. Regularly, throughout the week, Martindale made jokes centering on Roggin's absence, such as finding a wallet full of cash tucked inside the host chair and revealing to the audience that Fred was not on vacation, but was, in fact, on the run from the police. While Fred was in Beijing, China for Olympic coverage, several hosts filled in, including Martindale, Alfonso Ribeiro, Ty Treadway and Bob Goen []

The hosts have increasingly taken a light-hearted approach to the show's material, gently poking fun at the classic game shows on the GSN schedule and their sometimes anachronistic elements, the network itself, and each other. The show's popularity has increased dramatically since its premiere.

Celebrity guests

*Wink Martindale, "Tic-Tac-Dough" host; February 29, 2008; March 24-March 28, 2008; May 19-May 21,2008; July 28-August 1, 2008 (substitute host for Roggin)
*Patti Deutsch, "Match Game" panelist; March 7, 2008
*Monty Hall, "Let's Make a Deal" host; March 14, 2008
*Ken Jennings, record-winning "Jeopardy!" champion; March 19, 2008 and October 10, 2008
*Joyce Bulifant, "Match Game" panelist; March 21, 2008
*Peter Marshall, "Hollywood Squares" host; March 28, 2008
*Bob Eubanks, "The Newlywed Game" host; April 4, 2008
*Marcia Wallace, "Match Game" panelist; April 11, 2008
*Pat Sajak, "Wheel of Fortune" host; April 17, 2008
*Bart Braverman, "Match Game" panelist; April 18, 2008
*Phyllis Diller, actress; April 25, 2008
*Rich Fields, "The Price is Right" announcer; May 1, 2008
*Bill Rafferty, "Card Sharks" host; May 2, 2008
*Donna Mills, actress; May 6, 2008
*Todd Newton, "Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck" host; May 9, 2008
*Geoff Edwards, "Jackpot, Treasure Hunt" host; May 16, 2008
*Charo, "Hollywood Squares" panelist; May 23, 2008
*Tom Kennedy, "Password Plus" host; May 30, 2008
*Gary Owens, "The Gong Show" announcer; June 2, 2008
*Rip Taylor, "$1.98 Beauty Show" host; June 3, 2008 and July 4, 2008
*Jay Johnson, ventriloquist; June 6, 2008
*Vincent Van Patten, "World Poker Tour" host; June 13, 2008
*Dick Van Patten, actor; June 13, 2008
*Jim Lange, "The Dating Game" host; June 20, 2008
*Melissa Rivers, TV personality; June 27, 2008
*Corbin Bernsen, "How Much Is Enough" host; July 9, 2008
*Pat Harrington, actor; July 11, 2008
*Adam West, actor; July 16, 2008
*Alfonso Ribeiro, "Catch-21" host; July 18, 2008; August 4-August 8, 2008 (substitute host for Roggin)
*Lee Meriwether, actress, Miss America 1955; July 25, 2008
*Bill Daily, "Match Game" panelist; August 1, 2008
*Bob Goen, "That's The Question" host; August 11, 2008-August 15, 2008 (substitute host for Roggin)
*Charlene Tilton, actress; August 15, 2008
*Ty Treadway, "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" host; August 18, 2008-August 22, 2008 (substitute host for Roggin)
*Jimmie Walker, "Match Game" panelist; August 22, 2008
*Bil Dwyer, "Extreme Dodgeball" and "I've Got A Secret" host; August 25, 2008-August 26, 2008 (substitute host for Roggin)
*Chuck Woolery, "Lingo", "Scrabble" host; August 27, 2008
*Dawn Wells, actress, September 5, 2008
*Barry Williams, actor "The Brady Bunch", September 12, 2008 (postponed from August 82008)
*Joey Fatone, actor, former N Sync member, September 18, 2008
*Orson Bean, actor, September 26, 2008
*John Davidson, actor and game show host, October 3, 2008
*Loretta Swit, actress and Match Game Panelist, October 10, 2008

Game shows scheduled during "GSN Live"

*"Jeopardy!" - 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT
*"Wheel of Fortune" - 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT
*"Card Sharks" (Perry's version) - 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
*"Match Game" (70's version with Gene Rayburn) - 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT
*"Family Feud" ("Richard Dawson" Version) - 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT
*"Password Plus" - 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT
*"To Tell The Truth" ("John O'Hurley" Version) - 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 noon PT
*"Lingo" - 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT
*" Weakest Link" ("George Gray" Version) - 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT
*"Family Feud" ("Richard Karn" Version) - 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT
*"Chain Reaction" - 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT
*"Family Feud" ("Richard Karn" Version) - 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT

Because GSN has two feeds, one for the Eastern/Central time zones and one for the Mountain/Pacific time zones, the network airs another block of shows before "GSN Live" on the Eastern feed (9:00 a.m. Eastern) but after "GSN Live" on the Pacific feed (3:00 p.m. Pacific). This allows "GSN Live" to air live across all four time zones.

Partial List of GSN Live Games

*"TV Time" - Viewers are given clues to a television show that premiered in a particular year and must identify the show and/or actors involved in the show.
*"Bridge to the Stars" - Viewers are given the first name of one celebrity and the last name of a second celebrity and must come up with the name that "bridges" the two celebrity names together.
*"Same Name Game" - Viewers are given three first names of celebrities who share a common last name, or three last names of celebrities who share a common first name. The job of the viewer is to provide the missing name.
*"Winning Signs" - Viewers are given astrological clues to the identity of a celebrity and must come up with the name of the celebrity in order to win.
*"Spies on the Prize" - Viewers are asked questions about famous spies and spy movies.
*"Put Me In, Coach!" - Questions are all about about famous sports-themed movies.
*"Next in Line" - Viewers are asked to solve puzzles about someone or something that is famous for being "next" to something else in pop culture.
*"Ride 'Em Cowboy!" - Questions are about famous cowboys and Western films and television shows.
*"Classic Recall Challenge" - For the game, viewers must watch GSN Live's classic game show line-up for a particular day, and then answer questions about things that happened during the particular show. This game was played during the premiere episode of GSN Live and has remained in high-rotation ever since.
*"All My TV Children" - Viewers are asked to identify the names of famous TV children or the actors/actresses who played them.
*"Charles Nelson Reilly Scratchers" - A cleverly designed "scratcher" card featuring "Match Game" regular Charles Nelson Reilly has four hidden prizes. Viewers are allowed to "scratch off" one of the spaces to see what prize they will be playing for, then must answer a general pop-culture question correctly in order to win
*"Take My Wife, Cheese!" - Viewers are asked questions about famous wives in pop culture. The title refers to the fact that the game is only played in association with hours of GSN Live sponsored by Cheez-It snack crackers.
*"What's My Fishing Line?" - Questions are all about TV or film characters whose careers have something to do with water. This was the very first game ever played on GSN Live.
*"Double Duty" - Questions are about TV or movie characters that were played by more than one actor.


Filling in for Fred Roggin

*Wink Martindale
*Bob Goen (August 2008)
*Alfonso Ribeiro (August 2008)
*Ty Treadway (August 2008)
*Bil Dwyer (August 2008)
*Chuck Woolery
*Robb Weller


On September 1st, GSN aired clips from the "best" of the series. As a result, the show was not live that day, due to Labor Day.


*" [ GSN Rewards Viewers With New Opportunities to Win With 'GSN LIVE,' Weekdays Beginning Monday, Feb. 25] "

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Official rules]

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