20Game Shows



Television game shows go through cycles. A show will pop up and catch the fancy of the public, as did the spectacular ABC success Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Typically, those shows go on for several years, slowly decline, and eventually go away. On the coattails of such a stellar show, game shows in general will follow the same course: peak, level off, and then decline and disappear. During these down years, the concept of a prime-time game show will begin to seem unthinkable. Then suddenly, a new hit game will be created and the whole genre will be back in business.

TV game shows are so involving that viewers automatically play along with them. Viewers answer questions out loud and try to beat the on-screen contestants. As ...

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