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    Jeopardy!

    Jeopardy!

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    NBC
    "This... is... Jeopardy!"America's top-rated syndicated quiz show entered into its 29th season on September 17, 2012. Many subscribing stations have renewed the show through Season 32 (2015-2016). The show was originally created in the 1960s by Merv Griffin, a famed television host, musician, and actor. Irritated by the impossibility of trying to create a quiz show because of scandals that had taken place involving that genre, Griffin was inspired by a suggestion from his wife Julann to create a show wherein contestants were presented with clues in the form of answers, and had to phrase their responses in the form of a question. He originally was going to title the program What's the Question?, but ended up discarding that original title when a skeptical NBC network producer rejected his original concept, claiming, "It doesn't have enough jeopardies." The original Jeopardy!series premiered on March 30, 1964, as a daytime program on NBC. With Art Fleming as host and Don Pardo as announcer, that series continued to air until January 3, 1975, and also spawned a weekly syndicated version that aired within the 1974-1975 season. Later came a revival, The All-New Jeopardy!, which ran from October 2, 1978 through March 2, 1979; for this version, Fleming was joined by announcer John Harlan. The most successful incarnation of Jeopardy! is the current syndicated version, which has aired continuously since September 10, 1984, featuring the Canadian-born Alex Trebek as its host, joined by announcer Johnny Gilbert. This particular version of the program has lived up to its slogan as "America's Favorite Quiz Show," with over 6,000 episodes aired, and currently averages 25 million viewers per week. The show has featured over 10,000 different contestants over the course of its 29-year run, and a host of prominent personalities - including royalty, Presidents, film stars, television personalities, famous athletes, and Nobel laureates - have either presented special clues or appeared as contestants on the show. Since its premiere, the syndicated version ofJeopardy! has outlived 300 other game shows, won a record 30 Daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, and gained a worldwide following with a multitude of international adaptations. In addition, both TV Guideand the Game Show Network (GSN) have ranked it #2 on their respective lists of the 50 greatest game shows of all time. The longevity of Jeopardy!'s popularity has led it to being referenced and parodied in many television shows, films, and works of literature over the years, including such popular programs asSaturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Cheers, and The Golden Girls. Educators throughout the United States have created their own versions of the quiz show's game to encourage student participation in class, and even IBM has used the show to exhibit its artificial intelligence system "Watson" and have it compete against two of the show's finest champions in a "man versus machine" competition.moreless
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    Fear Factor

    Fear Factor

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    NBC (ended 2012)
    "Imagine a world where your greatest fears become reality." In each pulse-racing "Fear Factor" episode, contestants recruited across the country battle in extreme stunts. These stunts are designed to challenge the contestants both physically and mentally. If a player is too afraid to complete or fails a stunt, the player is eliminated. If they succeed, they are one step closer to the grand prize: $50,000.moreless
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    American Ninja Warrior

    American Ninja Warrior

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    Athletes from across America try to conquer an obstacle course. The top ten athletes travel to Japan to compete in Ninja Warrior (the Japanese original). Their main task ahead is to make it to the top of Sasuke, a 150ft tall metal monster obstacle. As of 2009 only 4 people in Ninja Warrior's 12 year historyhave made it to the top.moreless
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    America's Most Talented Kids

    America's Most Talented Kids

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    NBC (ended 2006)
    The antidote for the cutthroat vote-'em-off-the-island reality shows (i.e. Survivor and Big Brother) and brutal talent shows (American Idol) so popular in the early 2000's was this sweet show, in which fresh faced, talented youngsters age three to 15 strutted their stuff before an adoring audience. The kids were divided into three categories, three to seven, eight to 12, and 13 to 15, with three contestants in each category competing each week. They could do anything-sing, dance, rap, play an instrument-while parents lovingly watched and boyish host Mario Lopez and the audience clapped, laughed and offered encouragement. At the end of the performances in each category the judges punched in their scores for talent and showmanship, and the contestant with the highest average score advanced to the next round. There was no cutting remarks or evaluations, although at the end of each round the judges offered a few comments on how great the kids were. Lance Bass (of *NSYNC fame) was the solo permanent judge, joined each week by two guest judges such as rapper Sisqo, former Brady Buncher Maureen McCormick, Jermaine Jackson and Daisy Fuentes.

    Almost every kid in the contest was rated a 9 or better on a ten-point scale, and make no mistake they were quite talented. An endless parade pint- rappers and tiny tykes with booming voices were seen each week. Occasionally one was a bit bizarre, such as the spike-haired white teenager who gave an impassioned delivery of "We Shall Overcome" while black rapper Sisqo looked on in disbelief.

    The honor of being AMTK's first winner, fell to a mega-talented young lady, 12 year old guitarist/songwriter Cheyenne Kimball, who took home the Grand Prize of $50,000.

    The final NBC episode was a special contest & that it was called America's Most Talented Senior, where 10 seniors (from 60+) competed for a $25,000 prze.

    Show History: This show was originally a limited-run Friday night summer series on NBC in 2003. After it's first season it was not picked up for the fall line-up. In early May 2004 PAX announced the series return as a part of their 2004-2005 season schedule.

    In the Pax version, Dave Coulier became the new host, along with three new regular judges. This time, 7 contestants competed each week & the winner won $1,000 + a shot at the championship for a family trip to Jamaica and other nice prizes. If there was a tie (happened many times), the celebrities would write down the name of who they liked.

    Season Two Promo: From the schoolyard to the stage come "America's Most Talented Kids!" The one-hour musical variety show puts the spotlight on amazing child performers who compete for a chance at stardom. Bringing a unique element to the competition, these fresh, young contestants will be judged by people they can really relate to – today's hottest child stars.

    Nielsen Ratings: Season One (Mid-season 2003): #63 9.70 millionmoreless
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    Deal or No Deal

    Deal or No Deal

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    NBC (ended 2009)
    NBC brings the high stakes international hit game show Deal or No Deal to American audiences. Actor-comedian Howie Mandel hosts the exciting game of odds and chance.
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    America's Toughest Jobs

    America's Toughest Jobs

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    This NBC reality project spotlights the action and adventure found in this country's workforce. It is a competition series where each week 13 men and women must work on physically demanding jobs. Each week a contestant will be eliminated if his or her work is not up to par. The last remaining worker will receive the combined annual salaries of the jobs in the competition.moreless
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    Last Comic Standing

    Last Comic Standing

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    NBC
    A nationwide talent search accepting the best professional and non-professional stand-up comedians. Once the selection process is narrowed to 10, the show covers the contestants as they live together and compete for an exclusive contract with NBC, and to be called the Last Comic Standing.

    In Season 3 ("The Battle of the Best"), the object of the contest was the first season's 10 finalists versus second season's 10 finalists. No immunity challenges this time, or time spent showing the comics living together. It's pure stand-up.

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    Average Joe

    Average Joe

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    NBC (ended 2005)
    The series involves an ex-beauty queen/NFL cheerleader who's lead to believe she'll be on a dating show where she'll get to pick from a group of handsome men, a la "The Bachelorette." The first twist comes when she arrives and discovers the guys are actually "Average Joes." In the first season, the bachlorette is Melana Scantlin. NBC Studios is behind the series which will contain original twists and turns for the current dating/reality genre. Specifics however where not revealed. In the show, each week the beauty learns about her suitors during group and individual dates, as she determines which one might be her soul mate. She faces tough decisions as she must eliminate some guys in order to focus on those she has the most chemistry with. As the host and confindant, Kathy Griffin will offer her take on the behaviors and personalities af the men and is on hand to introduce the many twists and turns the show takes. The Peacock has committed to six episodes of the reality series from Executive Producers Stuart Krasnow ("America's Most Talented Kid") and Andrew Glassman (CNBC). Kathy Griffin ("The Mole") will host the project which, like FOX's "Mr. Personality" will test how important looks are in the dating process. Average Joe 2: Hawaii Hot on the heels of this Fall's hit Average Joe, NBC premieres the second installment of the series, Average Joe: Hawaii, on Monday, January 5 (10-11 p.m. ET). This new series was taped before the first series ever aired, thus protecting the twist. "As soon as we saw the first tapes of the original ‘Average Joe,' we knew there was rich potential for a second helping of this twisted take on the dating show. The fact that we taped both series before either hit the air allows for the surprise twists to hit the new participants with the same impact they had on the original show," said Zucker. In this new series, the crown of "Average Joe's" former beauty queen and NFL cheerleader Melana Scantlin is passed on to another former Miss USA contestant and model - Larissa Meek, who is swept away to a secluded island paradise with the promise of romance to be found among a group of 18 Prince Charmings. With no way of knowing the secret twist to "Average Joe" in advance, our new beauty must decide how to proceed when she meets the unexpected group of guys with big personalities, but admittedly average looks, ranging from a 5-foot-3 engineer to 340 pound sewage contractor. While finding themselves on what one dismayed ‘Average Joe' describes as "nerd island," the guys happily greet their beauty unaware that in a few short weeks a group of eight traditional dating-show-studs will join the competition to vie for her affection. As the series proceeds, new takes on the twists of "Average Joe" are in store for the audience along with brand new dramatic surprises; and tensions between the two groups of men reach new levels in several emotionally charged ‘joe' vs. ‘jock' showdowns. Average Joe 3: Adam Returns NBC will be premiering the third season of the series, Average Joe: Adam Returns, on Monday, March 15 (10:00 PM). The new season will be having new twists, and the biggest one would probably be Adam Mesh's return to the show. After Melana Scantlin's choice to take Jason as a winner on Average Joe's first season finale, instead of Adam, Adam's fans sent a big number of e-mails for bringing Adam back. Finally, after second season finished its airing, Adam Mesh will return to the show as a main bachelor in Average Joe 3: Adam Returns. Now Adam Mesh has the power to choose over some girls... Average Joe 4: The Joes Strike Back The newest and boldest installment of NBC's popular relationship series Average Joe about average-looking guys with big hearts and great personalities hoping to win the love of a beautiful woman returns with more twists, turns and conflicts than ever before. This time, stunning 26-year-old red-headed beauty Anna is the alluring bachelorette. Born in Poland and raised in Las Vegas, Anna has a degree in business administration and is now a model and entrepreneur. Once again, the unsuspecting model thought she was on a traditional dating show only to be surprised by a swarm of average Joes, including a tool salesman, a pest control guy and a computer-science student pursuing his Ph.D. In the six-episode series, the 18 enthusiastic average Joes hope to woo and win her over with their charm and personalities. But first, they'll have to navigate through an all new series of dramatic twists and turns, outrageous surprises ? and their toughest competition yet ? seven strikingly handsome jocks who are cocky and confident that Anna will only have eyes for them. Also included are a romantic getaway to exotic Tahiti, surprise visitors for both the Joes and Anna, and the return of three of the most popular former Average Joes in the premiere. NBC Broadcast History November 2003 - April 2004 -- Mondays 10:00 PM June 2005 - July 2005 -- Tuesdays 8:00 PM NBC Broadcast History - Special Night: Season 4 FINALE - July 27 2005 -- Wednesday 8:00 PMmoreless
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    Amnesia

    Amnesia

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    How well do you know your own life? Contestants are tested on this very subject on Amne$ia, a new series hosted by Dennis Miller (author of The Rants, co-host of GSN's Grand Slam) airing Friday nights on NBC. Amne$ia tests contestants on the details of their lives, from events in their distant past, to the minutiae of things they might see but not realize every day. Possible questions include what type of wedding dress your spouse wore to the speed in your neighborhood. Amne$ia follows hot on the heels of two popular NBC games shows -- Deal or No Deal and 1 vs. 100. The program premieres on Friday, February 22, 2008, immediately following the season finale of 1 vs. 100.moreless
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    American Gladiators

    American Gladiators

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    American Gladiators pits everyday athletes against the show's gladiators in contests of physical strength and endurance. The revival of theAmerican Gladiators franchise features such classic events as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough, and Eliminator with upgraded 21st century technology, as well as many new and expanded events. The show is hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali.moreless
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    Treasure Hunters

    Treasure Hunters

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    NBC (ended 2006)
    Treasure Hunters is an exciting new adventure quest series featuring multi-player teams that will be sent off around the globe on a search for clues leading to the location of a hidden treasure. The first team to decipher all of the clues will be given the location of the treasure. The focus of the show will is not so much on the race to find clues, but on the actual solving of the puzzle instead.moreless
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    The Weakest Link (US)

    The Weakest Link (US)

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    NBC (ended 2002)
    This British import, along with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, helped kick off a brief game show craze. The host, Anne Robinson, the same as the British version, was frighteningly rude to the players, insulting their lack of knowledge with some acidic remarks and glaring looks. While the clock ticked down from two minutes, (ten seconds less each subsequent round), questions were tossed to each player. A correct response raised the bank, and each player could call out "Bank" before their question, to shift the winnings into the kitty. Any wrong answer, and the bank would revert to the first stage. A string of eight correct answers could give the team $125,000 per round. At the end of each round, the players voted someone off. That person had to suffer walking in disgrace across the stage, then giving a short opinion about losing. The last two played a final round, in which the bank was doubled, then faced each other in a best of five question showdown. Only one took home the money. The catch phrase, "You are the weakest link. Good-bye.", caught on with viewers. At one point in the summer of 2001, eight of the top 25 U.S. prime time shows were contests. 'Link's initial ratings were a big boost to NBC, which quickly added a second weekly time slot, and ordered a second season of episodes. However, during the aftermath of 9/11, and the Afghan war, TV schedules were disrupted, many shows were pre-empted, and the momentum slowed. In that winter, NBC cut the broadcast to once a week, on Sunday night, but then the NBA games often cut off the beginning of the show, and during the playoffs, shows were rescheduled for future dates. More and more special celebrity episodes were aired. Interest was falling, ratings dropped, and on May 16, 2002, Jeff Zucker, entertainment president, announced the cancellation. On July 14, NBC aired it's last new episode. Later that year, some of the unaired shows appeared on PAX network. This was a great relief to some of the game winners, who didn't get paid until the broadcast, and were sworn to secrecy under threat of lawsuits. The remaining episodes later aired on GSN, who had bought the rights.moreless
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    The Apprentice: Martha Stewart

    The Apprentice: Martha Stewart

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    NBC (ended 2005)
    The goal of The Apprentice was to find the best business man or woman to join Donald Trump in his organization. Now, from the people who brought you The Apprentice, Survivor, The Contender, and The Restaurant, they bring you The Apprentice: Martha Stewart where the goal is for Martha Stewart to find the best homemaker like her to head one of her businesses. Who will be Martha Stewart's Apprentice? The theme song for The Apprentice: Martha Stewart is "Sweet Dreams" by Annie Lennox whom personally allowed Martha to use the song.moreless
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    The Chopping Block

    The Chopping Block

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    NBC (ended 2009)
    The high-profile chef Marco Pierre White will host a competition that takes place in the restaurants of New York City. Each week, the contestants will have to completely renovate, organize and develop a signature dish for a restaurant. The winners will have the chance to open their own restaurant.moreless
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    Superstars of Dance

    Superstars of Dance

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    Producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller are set to offer up this competition series in early 2009. Host Michael Flatley of the Lord of the Dance will host this program which pits accomplished dancers from various traditions around the world against one another. Think So You Think You Can Dance meets the Olympics.moreless
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    I Want To Be a Hilton

    I Want To Be a Hilton

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    NBC (ended 2005)
    Kathy Hilton, onetime actress and mother of Paris, the pampered star of hit reality-sitcom The Simple Life, will star in a new reality-competition series called I Want To Be a Hilton. The new series, to be co-produced by major reality-TV production house Endemol USA and the Hiltons (Kathy and hubby Rick), reverses the premise of The Simple Life, as 14 young contestants are taught by Kathy how to fit into high society while they vie for the chance at winning at $200,000 trust fund, a new apartment, wardrobe and the opportunity to live like a Hilton for a year. Each week Hilton eliminates those who can't cut it in the high society lifestyle.moreless
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    Poker After Dark

    Poker After Dark

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    NBC
    Professional poker players such as Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow and Annie Duke compete against others in a game of No Limit Texas hold 'em on a nightly basis in this heated show until only one player is left holding the cards and the winner take the prize of $120,000. Shana Haitt hosts the series for seasons 1 & 2. Marianela Pereyra hosts the series for season 3. Leeann Tweeden currently hosts the series.moreless
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    Nashville Star

    Nashville Star

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    In this series, NBC (formerly the USA Network) will team up with RCA Record Label to conduct a nationwide talent search for the next great country-music artist. The contest will be televised as part of the new series. The ten lucky finalists will travel to Nashville to compete against each other for a recording contract from one of the 3 RCA country labels. The contestants' personal lives will be chronicled as they perform original material and cover songs and try to avoid elimination from each round.moreless
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    Identity (2007)

    Identity (2007)

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    NBC (ended 2007)
    Join Penn Jillette of the legendary magician/comedian pair Penn & Teller as he hosts this exciting new competition. Contestants must match up the 12 correct identities to 12 total strangers, but they must be careful not to judge a book by its cover because looks can be deceiving! Each correctly identified identity results in an increased cash prize for the contestant, with a grand prize of $500,000 for matching up all 12 identities.moreless
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    Grease: You're the One that I Want

    Grease: You're the One that I Want

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    NBC (ended 2007)
    This new reality series from NBC is hosted by Billy Bush and Denise Van Outen, and judged by David Ian, Jim Jacobs, and Kathleen Marshall. Some of the most powerful music producers in Hollywood are conducting a search for the male and female leads in an upcoming live stage production of Grease: The Musical. This show follows the contestants as they sing and dance in an attempt to become the next Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko.moreless
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