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The Game Show Network (now only known as GSN) is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite channel dedicated to game shows and interactive television games. The channel was launched on December 1, 1994.

Game Show Network is received by about 56 million homes, and is jointly-owned by Liberty Media and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Game Show Network airs many classic game shows, like Match Game, Password, Press Your Luck, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, and Family Feud, along with more recent hits like Greed, The Weakest Link, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and "Super Millionaire." It also produced original programming like Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck, Friend or Foe (a game based around the Prisoner's Dilemma), Russian Roulette, Lingo, WinTuition, Cram, and National Lampoon's Funny Money. GSN has a late night programming block known as "Black & White Overnight," featuring game shows from the 1950s and 1960s. Currently showing in this block are What's My Line seven days a week, To Tell the Truth five days a week, and Beat the Clock on the weekends. In the past it has featured I've Got a Secret, The Name's the Same and other black-and-white classics.

On March 15, 2004, the network officially changed its name to GSN, as they expanded their programming to include the genre of reality television and various other competitions. Their new tagline is "The Network For Games." The newly renamed GSN also introduced their original series World Series of Blackjack, Celebrity Blackjack, Extreme Dodgeball, "Ballbreakers", and the short-lived Fake-a-Date. It also began airing reruns of The Mole, Average Joe, Dog Eat Dog, Arsenio Hall's Star Search, Kenny vs. Spenny, Spy TV, Win Ben Stein's Money, and Street Smarts.

In June 2005, GSN acquired the rights to all seven seasons of reality series The Amazing Race for a reported US$50,000 per episode. Beginning July 11, 2005, they are airing once daily, in succession.

Despite the addition (and subsequent subtraction) of several reality series, GSN's programming has always remained mostly game shows. As the only U.S. cable/satellite network largely devoted to game shows for adults, GSN is a prototypical niche operation.
 
 
 
 
 

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