) is an American digital multicast television network owned by FremantleMedia. The network features classic game shows. The network launched on June 1, 2015.
The network will be using FremantleMedias library of game shows to program the network. Debmar-Mercury (Fremantles distribution partner for the current run ofFamily Feud) is handling affiliate recruitment.
On January 20, 2015, FremantleMedia announced that it would launch Buzzr TV, a digital multicast network that will serve as an extension of the brand; the network, which announced Fox Television Stations as its charter station group, would feature a lineup of classic game shows from the companys programming library. Thom Beers, CEO of FremantleMedia North America, stated his interest in launching a network centered around its game show content after he joined the company in 2012, calling such a project a top priority for Fremantle as a way to help monetize the value of its library. The company intended to focus Buzzr toward older adults, with Beers citing that the old-format game shows are really, really hard [for the younger viewership that the Buzzr YouTube channel targets] to watch. The Buzzr television network launched on June 1, 2015.
On February 23, 2016, a New York-based web development firm calledCodename Enterprises, suedFremantleMediaover trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition as it has done business also under the name of Buzzr since 2009. The suit argued thatFremantlesuse of the brand on itsYouTubechannel had associated it with objectionable content and alleged thatFremantlehad displaced its ownYouTubechannel URL to point towards it. (see the Links page for details)
The channel made its debut on Fox owned TV Stations on June 1, 2015. As promised, the network is filled with FremantleMedias library of game shows, spanning 154 series in an estimated 40,000 extant episodes in total. The networks initial lineup (with series produced from the 1950s to 2000) is expected to includeTo Tell the Truth,Password,Family Feud(encompassing episodes beginning withRichard Dawsonas host and dating up toJohn OHurleystenure),Lets Make a Deal(from Monty Halls hosting runs), theMatch Game,Beat the Clock,Whats My Line?,Press Your Luck,BlockbustersandCard Sharks.
FremantleMedia and Buzzr provides two hours of bonus content weekly to affiliates to air on another subchannel in their frequency. Those two shows in particular include the short-lived 1986-87 syndicated version ofCard Sharkshosted by the lateBill Raffertyand the syndicated 1999-02 version ofFamily Feudhosted byLouie Anderson. KGNG Las Vegas airs those two games on their independent subchannel branded Movies Plus, channel 47.5 (BUZZRs on 47.2). KCDO-TV Sterling/Denver took it one (big) step up. The independent station branded K3 airs those games on their primary channel, 3.1 on Saturdays at 4:00 PM local time. Its the only footprint the network has on the satellite pay-tv outlets as K3 is carried on all cable/satellite/telco system in the Denver market. In the surrounding areas in Denver having access to the network on KCDOs OTA channel 3.3 can watch two hours of BUZZR.
Since 2017, these three various websites for online users can be downloaded with full episodes of classic game shows from FremantleMedias library.
A new channel on Roku (or similar) devices calledNoseyhas on-demand access of full episodes of FremantleMedia-owned classic game shows including:Family Feud(Dawson & Anderson),Match Game(Rayburn),Press Your Luck,To Tell the Truth(Collyer) &Card Sharks(Eubanks).
The network announced that it has teamed up withAmazon Prime Videoto give on-demand access to many of the most popular classic game shows including:Beat the Clock(Hall),Blockbusters(Cullen),Body Language,Card Sharks(Perry & Eubanks),Childs Play,Double Dare(Trebek),Family Feud(Dawson, Combs & Anderson),Match Game(Rayburn),Password Plus(Ludden),Press Your Luck,Super Password,Tattletales,Ive Got a Secret(Moore) &Whats My Line?(Daly) including episodes of the short-lived adaptation ofBrain Wall/Human TetriscalledHole in the Wall(Burns) was also available to watch although this show has never aired on Buzzr yet. In 2018, episodes ofSupermarket Sweep(Ruprecht) from 2000 can now be available for download and watch.
ForTwitchusers, various full episodes of classic game shows (like the 79 revival ofBeat the ClockwithMonty Halland the 86 revival ofCard SharkswithBob Eubanksfor example) can be streamed and viewed 24/7 from this site as well.
In conjunction with its anniversary of the genre, the network plans to create a story arc celebrating the genres 75th year by adding new episodes of favorable classic game shows along with additional promotions and special marathon blocks all year long.
In 2016, the network invited its viewers to upload a photo, video or send a message telling them about your love of game shows where you might even have an opportunity to be featured onBUZZRor on their official Facebook Page.
On September 12, 2016, the network expanded in Canada as an midnight hour block called BUZZR After Hours exclusively on the Canadian television channel YES TV. It was a three-hour weekly programming block that airs every Monday thru Friday from 1:00 until 4:00 AM featuring classic black & white and color vintage game shows fromFremantleMediaslibrary including:To Tell the Truth,Whats My Line?,Ive Got a Secret,Card Sharks,Sale of the Century,Beat the Clock (1979 Version)andDouble Dare. (See the Link below this article for details.)
The local affiliate sub-channel is carried in some areas on the streaming service called LocalBTV also carries the network.
On June 1, 2018; due to the celebration of their 3rd Birthday, the network has now their very own website where you were allowed to watch various classic shows. just go to /watch to do so now.
In October 2016, the network has teamed up with fellow Canadian video game company calledLudiaas they released an iOs/Android app calledBuzzr Casinonamed after the networks former primetime block, the app offers free slot machines games along with the opportunity to network with other players as well as exciting casino games. The players can try their luck at Buzzrs slot machine and unlock new slot games with every level they crack. The classic library of shows that were seen on the app includes:Family Feud,Card Sharks,Press Your Luck,Lets Make a Dealand more.
On January 10, 2017, the network did their Game Day 10 Sweepstakes where on the 10th of every month, you can watch the network for the Buzzr Word of the Day, then youll enter that word at or on their Facebook page for your chance to win cool prizes.
On March 21, 2018, a live version of the classic game showCard Sharkswas seen on Buzzrs official Facebook page hosted by Nick Uhas where you can submit your answers throughout Facebook live for your chance to win prize.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Nick Uhas was a former contestant on the reality showBig Brother.
The network also puts on promotional stunts surrounding holidays and other events. For example, the channel announced that on July 4, 2015 they would be airing episodes ofBody Language,Match Game,Press Your Luck,Card Sharks,Super PasswordandPassword Pluswhere they originally aired on the 4th of July in their respective years.
Then Beginning on September 7-12, 2015, the channel began airing a special week called Lost and Found where it featured never-before-seen unaired pilots and different-formatted, short-lived game shows from Fremantles library including:Play for Keeps!,Star Words,TKO,On a Roll,Body Talk, the 1992 pilot ofThe Family Feud Challenge,Beat the Clock (1979),Now You See It (Narz),Double Dare,Body Language,Childs Play, the 1962 pilot ofThe Match Game, the 1973 pilot ofMatch Gameand the 1963 pilot ofLets Make a Deal.
was the first game show to be aired on
in 2015. Prior to this, The 1963 pilot of
was also aired during their Lets Make a Deal-a-thon in 2001 while the 1962 pilot of
have aired on Match Games Merry Blank-a-thon in 2012 onGame Show Network/GSNrespectively in occasional marathons.
Although a small clip of the pilot of
was seen in the promo, it never aired as part of the block during the week.
The event returned again on September 11-15, 2017. This time it features shows such asMake the Connection,Choose Up Sides,Wordplay,Trivia Trap,Missing Links,Winner Take All,Its News to MeandPlay Your Hunch. It also features pilots that have already been seen in the firstLost & Foundevent including the original 1962 pilot ofThe Match Game,Play for Keeps!,Body TalkandStar Words. the original 1956 pilot ofTo Tell the TruthasNothing But the Truthwas also aired along with a first and only non-game show episode of the short-lived syndicated reality/talk showRichard Simmons Dream Maker.
On October 5, 2015, Buzzr announced their new promotion for their Sunday Night lineup block called Pick & Play Where it allowed viewer votes from a list of six classic game shows from FremantleMedias library, which includes:Beat the Clock (1979),Double Dare,Now You See It (Narz),Sale of the Century (Perry),Trivia TrapandWordplay. After the sweepstakes ends on October 12, 2015, the top three most-voted shows will officially make up Buzzrs new Sunday Night lineup on October 18, 2015. In addition, voters will be eligible to win a grand prize trip to Los Angles, California for a taping ofLets Make a Dealor to Atlanta, Georgia for a taping ofFamily Feud. The block itself featured two episodes ofSale of the Century (Perry),Beat the Clock (1979)andDouble Dare.
On December 14-25, 2015, the channel aired a special marathon block called a Betty White Christmas. The block featured various classic game show episodes featuring famous actress and game show personalityBetty White. In addition, every day you can enter a special code for a chance to win various goodies fromBuzzr.
In addition, the special event returned again on December 19, 2016.
It also retuned from December 18-22, 2017.
On February 7, 2016, in conjunction withSuperBowl 50, the network aired a special marathon event called the Buzzr Bowl featuring five vintage episodes ofFamily Feudwith the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders taking on the Dallas Cowboys football players, Hosted byRichard Dawsonfrom 1980 and the AFC quarterbacks going head-to-head with the NFC quarterbacks, hosted byRay Combsfrom 1993.
The event returned once again on January 30, 2017 as Buzzr Bowl II, featuring a 1989 Syndicated episode ofFamily Feudhosted byRay Combsfeaturing the San Francisco 49ers playing against the Cincinnati Bengals along with an episode ofMatch Game 75featuring the late Professional Wrestler/Football Player/Actor Alex Karras.
On February 14, 2016, in celebration of Valentines Day, the network aired a special-themed marathon called Love is on the Air (which in turn is a spoof of the hit 1977 song title called Love is in the Air sung by John Paul Young). the marathon featured classic episodes of:He Said, She Said,Tattletales,Password,Password PlusandFamily Feud.
From March 22-April 3, 2016; (due to March Madness) the channel aired their own tournament called Buzzr Brackets where it features sixteen classic game show hosts:Monty HallJoe GaragiolaAllen LuddenPat SajakRichard DawsonBob EubanksBob BarkerJim PerryGene RayburnPeter TomarkenTom KennedyJack NarzBill CullenBert ConvyAlex TrebekandRay Combs. Battling against each other to see whos (Litteraly) got game. In addition, viewers were also able to download their very own brackets at /files/uploads_BUZZR_Bracket as you were allowed to set up your very own picks.
On April 25, 2016; the network hosted a Twitter Q&A session withBob Eubanks, which is when the 1986-89 version ofCard Sharkswill begin airing on the network. In addition, viewers would be able to Tweet their questions toBuzzrby using the hashtag CARDSHARKSWEEK from April 18 through April 20, 2016.
From May 30-June 1, 2016; in celebration of their first Birthday, the network had their own scratcher game called The Buzzr Birthday Celebration Scratcher! where viewers have the opportunity to win daily prizes just by downloading their own digital scratcher cards…
On June 12, 2016; due to the ABC reboot withAnthony Andersonin the summer, the network aired a marathon of classic episodes ofTo Tell the Truthincluding five new-to-Buzzr vintage episodes along with the original never-before-seen 1956 pilot calledNothing But the Truthhosted byMike Wallace.
Additional Note: The original 1956 pilot ofTo Tell the Truth(asNothing But the Truth) was also re-aired as part of their Lost & Found week on September 15, 2017.
On December 18, 2016; the network aired a mini-marathon ofTo Tell the Truthin celebration of its 60th Anniversary of the show.
From June 20-25, 2016; due to the second season premiere ofCelebrity Family FeudwithSteve Harveyalong with the revival ofMatch GamewithAlec Baldwinas part of ABCs new summer primetime block called Sunday Fun & Games. The network decided to air a marathon of vintage episodes ofAll-Star Family Feudwith a TVs All-Time Favorite episode featuring cast members from:Petticoat Junction,Leave It To Beaver,The Brady BunchandYour Hit Paradealong with a Hollywood Walk of Fame episode featuring:Mark Goodson, Dorothy Lamour, Cesar Romero andBetty Whitealong with new-to-Buzzr episodes ofMatch Game 73. On June 25, the network rebroadcast an all-day marathon of both series leading to the upcoming ABC Sunday Night Primetime block.
On July 1, 2016; the network continued its celebration of The 75th Anniversary of the TV Game Show by airing an all-day marathon with classic episodes ofWhats My Line?,Ive Got a SecretandTo Tell the Truth.
Although its not created byMark GoodsonandBill Todmanrespectively, on July 31, 2016; the network aired The Michael Larson Press Your Luck Episodes where an unemployed Ice Cream truck driver from Lebanon, Ohio named Michael Larson went onPress Your Luckand won $110,237 for just two episodes in 1984.
Prior to this, the two part episodes have aired onGame Show Network/GSNtwice. The first was in the documentary special called
Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal
(hosted by the latePeter Tomarken) in 2003 and in the countdown special called
The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All-Time
On August 25, 2016; in celebration ofMonty Halls95th birthday, the network started airing four New-to-Buzzr episodes of his hit signature creationLets Make a Dealalong with two New-to-Buzzr episodes of the short-lived 1979 version ofBeat the Clock.
On November 6, 2016; in conjunction with the 2016 election (Clinton vs. Trump) the network did a Salute to Politics marathon special. This marathon in general featured vintage politically-themed episodes of:Family Feud,To Tell the Truth,Ive Got a Secret,Press Your LuckandMatch Game.
On July 9, 2017; the network celebrated Americas favorite pastime withBuzzr All-Starsmarathon where it consisted Baseball-themed episodes ofWhats My Line?,Family FeudwithRay Combsand bothMatch Game 75 and 78respectively.
On October 3-4, 2017; due to his death on September 30, 2017; the network did a mini-marathon tribute toMonty Hallwith various classic episodes of his hit signature showLets Make a Dealalong with the short-lived 1979-80 revival ofBeat the Clockthis is also the first time Buzzr has done a tribute to a legendary game show host. Additionally, the marathon block repeated again on October 7, 2017.
On October 20, 2017; the network aired their first documentary special calledGame Changerswhere it reviewed the history of the game show genre and featured interviews of game show personalities includingAlex Trebek, Wink Martindale andDrew Carey.
On March 12, 2018; the network will air theirCard SharksTurnabout Tournament Battle of the Hosts event from 1980 which has only eight classic emcees of the genre which includes:Allen LuddenGene RayburnBill Cullen, Wink Martindale,Tom KennedyAlex TrebekJack Clarkand Jim Lange.
On May 28, 2018; the network aired theirMatch GameBuzzr Misspelling Bee where it features various episodes with celebrities misspelling words on their blue cards (and sometimes the Supermatch) in addition, viewers can find the misspelled word of the day by finding the star on their official Facebook page by liking the page, spell the word correctly in the comments below and youre entered to win.
NOTE: Some of these shows have also aired on Game Show Network/GSN.
Card Sharks (Perry, Eubanks & Rafferty)
Family Feud (Dawson , Combs, Anderson and Karn)
Family Feud Challenge (unsold pilot)
Nothing But the Truth (the original pilot of
To Tell The Truth (Collyer & Moore)
Lets Make a Deal (from Monty Halls hosting runs)
Scotti Bros.-Syd Vinnedge Television
Temptation (The New Sale of the Century)
Wild Wonders at the San Diego Zoo (E/I)
As of July 2015, Buzzr has current subchannel affiliation agreements with television stations in 31 media markets encompassing 22 states and the District of Columbia, covering 40% of the media markets in the United States.
Fox Television Stations was announced as the networks affiliation group, airing Buzzr on 12 Fox owned and operated stations (including a satellite station of Orlando O&O WOFL, whose sister station WRBW served as that markets affiliate) and five MyNetworkTV owned and operated stations. Buzzr has affiliates in all 10 of the largest and 15 of the 20 largest U.S. television markets (including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston-Manchester and Dallas-Fort-Worth) with an initial reach of 37% of U.S. television homes. In four of the networks launch markets (New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix), Buzzr is affiliated with stations whose subchannel the network occupies were previously affiliated with Bounce TV; as a result of a March 2014 agreement with Univision Communications, Bounce TV moved its affiliations in those markets to Univision-owned stations in late May 2015, shortly before Buzzr launched.
Debmar-Mercury (which serves as the current distribution partner for the current syndicated run of the Fremantle-producedFamily Feud) was hired byFremantleMediato handle responsibility for the recruitment of affiliates through agreements with other broadcasting companies. The network hopes to expand its charter affiliate footprint to reach markets covering 50 million U.S. households with at least one television set.
Buzzr- a Youtube channel devoted to revived Fremantle game show properties for the younger crowd since 2014
Game Show Network/GSN- the original TV channel formerly devoted to classic game shows since 1994
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