New game shows are constantly being planned and pitched to networks. While some of them never actually see an air date, others are rushed into production. There are many stages of planning and production in between, from filming a pilot to shopping the show, and sometimes a series films an entire season that never sees the light of day.
It's sometimes difficult to tell which game shows will make it to your TV screen, since there are always more concepts than actual contracts. Here are the new and upcoming game shows we know about, along with information on how far along they are in the process. Note: Shows are listed alphabetically.
It's the classic battle of Man vs. Machine. The premise behind 20 Q is that contestants go head to head with a computerized robot called Debra-Q to play 20 questions in order to guess what an object, person, or place is. Exact details are sketchy, but the pilot episode features Joey Lawrence as host, and Ken Jennings as an on-site expert.
No network has yet confirmed that they've picked up this game show, but the pilot episode has been filmed.
Ba Ba Boom
From the same people who brought us Deal or No Deal comes Ba Ba Boom. Ten models place their hands on a table. Under two of these hands are hidden coins, and the object of the game is for the contestant to eliminate all of the hands without coins.
Ba Ba Boom has been picked up by Endemol, but no network or air date information is yet available.
The Newlywed Game
Embassy Row, the production company behind Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Wife Swap, is bringing back The Newlywed Game. Casting is currently underway, but there's no word yet on specific air dates.
The Newlywed Game will air on GSN.
Desperate Measures comes from producer Howard Schultz (the man behind The Moment of Truth) and takes advantage of the current economic climate. Contestants will play the game to win enough money to wipe out their entire personal debt.
Desperate Measures is currently being shopped to the networks.
Do You Trust Me?
Originally titled Who Do You Trust?, Do You Trust Me? has been in development since last spring, and is not yet scheduled to air. Hosted by bow-tie-sporting pundit Tucker Carlson, the show teams up two strangers who must work together to earn over one million dollars. The trust factor comes into play when Carlson reveals secrets from each contestant's past, influencing how much trust their teammate may have.
Do You Trust Me? has been purchased by CBS, but seems to have been shelved - at least for now.
Family Trust takes a family of five and gives them a one million dollar trust. This money is then theirs to keep or lose, based on how well they work together to answer quiz questions. The focus of the show is both on the game, and on the family dynamic.
Family Trust is owned by Fox Television Studios, and has filmed a pilot episode to be shopped internationally.
Game Show in My Head
Ashton Kutcher's production company is behind this game show, which takes ordinary people and puts them out on the street wearing ear pieces. Contestants get instructions through these ear pieces and must do funny, wild, or just plain odd things in public in order to earn cash. Game Show in My Head is currently casting, but no premiere date has been set.
Game Show in My Head will air on CBS beginning January 3rd, 2009.
Hold Onto Your Seat
This one is a pop culture quizzer in which contestants answer questions to try and unseat the current champion. The show is currently garnering impressive ratings in France, and drawing a large online audience to play the interactive game. Producer Michael Davies is shopping Hold Onto Your Seat in the U.S. and internationally.
Interrogator is loosely based on a Dutch game show. Five bank safes contain different amounts of cash, with one holding the jackpot. Five contestants then battle it out, trying to bluff one another and gain access to the safes and win big money. Interrogator is created by J.D. Roth, who is also the man behind The Biggest Loser and the short-lived reality series Unan1mous.
Interrogator belongs to NBC, but there's no news on when (or even if) it will air.
Love's Roulette is a Colombian dating game that matches a single contestant with one of three potential suitors based on a series of challenges. Sony Pictures Television is currently shopping the format to U.S. networks.
Make My Day
Make My Day comes from Michael Davies, the man behind Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Power of 10. The idea is for people to nominate their friends or relatives for a hidden camera type of show, in which the surprised contestant will experience the "best day of their lives."
The new TVLand Prime network has ordered a pilot of Make My Day.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. is a great game show that originates in the UK. The show was popular in the 1970s, and has recently been made into an "All Star" version that features celebrity couples. The basic premise is that three married couples compete by answering trivia questions to win money. Even with D-list celebs though, it could be a lot of fun.
All Star Mr. and Mrs. is currently being shopped to networks in the U.S.