Thursday, 20 April 2017

Question 1 approach

We believe the genre of TV Game shows is successful and popular because:


  • They have a range of subgenres that caters to diverse audiences.
  • Their format allows people at home to play along or get involved.
  • They create enigma effectively.
Using examples, and developing the statements above, explain why TV Game Shows is a popular genre.

Media Theories


TV Game Shows worth studying


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The statements in Question 1 can be taken from the following topics:
- The host (popularity and how he/she leads the show)
- The mise-en-scene of the show (with potential connotations)
- The way the contestants are represented (linking to audience appeal)
- The format of the show (and how audiences at home are encouraged to play)
- The theme tune of the show and its connotations
- How the show uses synergy
- How the institutions use convergence to enhance popularity of the show
- How the show creates enigma
- Is you show syndicated? Link to popularity of show
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Start with an introduction:
"The genre of TV Game shows has been successful for a long time, TV schedules (both Public Service Broadcasts [BBC] and commercial channels [ITV, C4 and Sky]) are filled with this kind of genre of programming, especially at peak times.  Some of the most popular game shows in the UK range from different subgenres, such as dating (Take me out) to quiz (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire) to activity oriented (Total Wipe out), ensuring that there is a game show to suit all kind of audiences. The longest-running TV Game show in the UK is Countdown, currently broadcast in C4.  There is one TV channel in the UK that broadcasts TV Game Shows 24/7, and this is Challenge TV, available on Sky.


There are many elements that make TV Game Shows a successful genre, amongst them are the 3 statements included in the question."


Addressing the statements:
Start stating that you agree with the statement: "One of the reasons TV Game Shows are successful is because they have a range of subgenres that cater to a wide target audience.  For example, Take Me Out is a dating show currently broadcast in ITV (..........) and it attracts people from the XXX demographics, this is because... . Another example is Who wants to be a millionaire, a quiz show; the demographics for this show are... and this is different to the demographics of dating shows because... Other examples of subgenres are: activity oriented and panel shows".





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6 comments:

  1. TV games shows have been very popular and successful in maintaining a certain amount of views for a very long time. For different TV game shows such as Take me Out and bullseye they effectively cater the subgenres to a diverse audience as intentionally the game show was Northern made and originally for Northerners, however as it became more popular the show then travelled down South onto the TV in London and places such as Essex and became a family popular. This shows that it has used the subgenres perfectly as the demographics of the audience were retired manual labour working and old aged people looking for a calm day out. The type of people who participated were Northern and ranged from 20 years onwards, which them opens the doors to a whole new audience at home, but not in the set. This contrasts to a show like Take me out, because the target audience stated on ITV is Females who would also be interested in getting a date, or sympathising with that lucky female who wins the mystery man. In addition to this the target audience (Take Me Out) it was intended to ‘Young’ people as it would spark the male gaze, where men really watch it to admire the young pretty women who want this man, hence wearing sexy dresses and glamming up. Also the target audience appeals to housewives with children, to maybe take the stress away from the children and relax and almost repeat the male gaze but at the men who come down. With game shows such as the cube it allows people not only at home but in the set to interact with the show. The cube uses lighting and sound effects to create suspense which then draws you in to becoming almost a friend with the player. This is because the host opens up that player getting to know them, emitting jokes and understanding their personality for both himself and the target audience. Therefore, the host is a major key in allowing the target audience at home and in the set to become tense with the player, if done correctly then when the player wins, you get a slight feelings of satisfaction, but when he loses you feel a sense of sadness but willingness for them to win that prize money. Rules within the game allow the target audience to have a chance at screaming at the television because, before each level you are given an option whither you want to carry on with your limited lives and win more money or play it safe and go home with the money you have right now. This gives the target audience a slight time to try and persuade the player in what to do, thus creating a split in the audience furthering the suspense even more. In contrast to this

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  2. "The genre of TV Game shows has been successful for a long time, TV schedules (both Public Service Broadcasts [BBC] and commercial channels [ITV, C4 and Sky]) are filled with this kind of genre of programming, especially at peak times. Some of the most popular game shows in the UK range from different subgenres, such as dating (Take me out) to quiz (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire) to activity oriented (Total Wipe out), ensuring that there is a game show to suit all kind of audiences. The longest-running TV Game show in the UK is Countdown, currently broadcast in C4. There is one TV channel in the UK that broadcasts TV Game Shows 24/7, and this is Challenge TV, available on Sky.

    The format of the TV gameshow allows the audience in the studio and at home to play along when they are trying to come up with the words with certain letters or trying to answer a difficult question but then the people involved make the audience in the studio and at home to feel like they are taking part. however when they are trying to get the audience at home to get invloved and take part they get them to sometimes to make the decision. for example with Deal or no deal and are you smarter than a 10 year old they get the people at home to decide weather to do a deal or not to do the deal.

    Another way they make the audience at home to take part and get invloved is to make them feel like that they are the person in the "hot seat" and make them feel like that they should make the big decision. for example in the TV game show "who wants to be a millionaire" they get the people to call and they decide if he should take the money and leave or go ahead and may be able to get more money.

    However TV game shows can create enigma creatively. for example with the TV game shows "the cube" and "who wants to be a millionaire" they create enigma almost all the time , when the contender in who wants to be a millionaire gets to a high point in the game say 100,000 all the lights shine down on the host and the contender , the studio audience goes completely silent so all the people can hear is the host and the contender. when the contender gets the question right everybody applauds and cheers but the on the next question its the same thing that happens. however with the the TV games show "the cube" it creates enigma by cutting out all the lights and just focusing on the contender inside the cube doing the challenging activity. Another way "the cube" creates enigma is by giving the contender a time limit to complete the challenge and if they don't then they fail.

    TV games shows create a range of sub-genres because not everybody wants to watch one sub-genre of gameshows. for example with the TV game show "take me out" its sub-genre is dating an that appeals to people in the studio and home audiences who are single and who want to have a social relationship with someone. However this sub-genre may not appeal to everyone so thats why there is different type of game shows such as countdown and 8 out of 10 cats their sub-genres are quiz and that will appeal to people who love quiz shows and who want to be challenging.

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  3. The genre of TV Game shows has been successful for a long time, TV schedules (both Public Service Broadcasts [BBC] and commercial channels [ITV, C4 and Sky]) are filled with this kind of genre of programming, especially at peak times.  Some of the most popular game shows in the UK range from different subgenres, such as dating (Take me out) to quiz (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) to activity oriented (Total Wipe out), ensuring that there is a game show to suit all kind of audiences. The longest-running TV Game show in the UK is Countdown, currently broadcast in C4.  There is one TV channel in the UK that broadcasts TV Game Shows 24/7, and this is Challenge TV, available on Sky. There are many elements that make TV Game Shows a successful genre, amongst them are the 3 statements included in the question.

    One of the reasons tv game shows are successful is because they have a range of subgenres (a smaller ‘group’ of shows e.g. dating, panel etc.) that cater to a wide target audience. For example, Take Me Out is a dating show that is currently broadcast in ITV (hosted by Paddy McGuinness, broadcasted from 6:45pm-8pm (early peak) Saturdays- pre watershed, there is also a spin off show ‘Take Me Out the Gossip’ broadcasted on Itv2 9:15pm- post watershed) and it attracts people from the C2DE demographics. This is because Take Me Out is viewed as a dating show sub-genre but also includes elements of the comedy sub-genre due to having a charismatic host, this means that the show is viewed as quite an informal show so targets audiences who aren’t serious. Take Me Out therefore appeals to the target demographic C2DE (lower earners, including the unemployed, manual workers and low skilled) as they stereotypically don’t want to watch educational game shows like ABC1 demographics. Take Me Out caters for the C2DE demographic by entertaining them due to the elements of comedy throughout allowing them to escape from real life situations, this links to the ‘Uses and Gratification’ theory. Therefore, the subgenre of dating shows like Take Me Out appeal to the target demographic C2DE by satisfying their needs of wanting to be entertained and to escape from real life situations, catering for the audience of C2DE demographic. Another example is Countdown, (broadcasted on Channel 4 on weekdays 2:10pm, hosted by Nick Hewer and assisted by Rachel Riley) a puzzle shows; the demographics for this show are ABC1 (higher earners including doctors and lawyers). This is different to the demographics of dating shows because Countdown caters to different needs compared to what Take Me Out caters for. Countdown is appealing to the audience demographic ABC1 as it satisfies to the needs for this diverse audience. Linking to the uses and gratification theory, Countdown reaches the goals of making the target audience informed or educated and can also allow them to escape from real life situations, this could be linking to them having stressful job due to being high earners meaning countdown appeals to them as it allows them to escape from their busy lives. Countdown also appeals to their target audience through the male gaze, due to the show being assisted by Rachel Riley the show has an attractive woman who always appears on the show. This therefore means that the show also caters specifically for men who want to look at an attractive woman and just watch the show to look at her which also satisfies the needs of the target demographic and audience. There are also many other types of sub-genres that appeal to a diverse audience, for example activity oriented and panel shows.

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  4. "The genre of TV Game shows has been successful for a long time, TV schedules (both Public Service Broadcasts [BBC] and commercial channels [ITV, C4 and Sky]) are filled with this kind of genre of programming, especially at peak times. Some of the most popular game shows in the UK range from different subgenres, such as dating (Take me out) to quiz (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire) to activity oriented (Total Wipe out), ensuring that there is a game show to suit all kind of audiences. The longest-running TV Game show in the UK is Countdown, currently broadcast in C4. There is one TV channel in the UK that broadcasts TV Game Shows 24/7, and this is Challenge TV, available on Sky.

    The format of the gameshow allows people to get involved in the studio but also at home as the way the gameshow is laid out depends on if people can take part and get involved and most people can get involved in game shows as some gameshows have activities or questions that the target audience or the audience at the studio could sit and think about and try and answer or even if the host tells a joke or says a funny comment people can relate to it and maybe make another one back which is getting them into the gameshow more as they may find the host funny and think that the gameshow will be interesting as the host makes people laugh which will make the gameshow more engaging for people knowing that the host is a funny person. Also if the host is well known for other gameshows or being funny more people are most likely to watch the show as they know of him for being a good host.

    The gameshows create enigma effectively as when playing gameshows that are about winning lots of money for example how to be a millionaire they ask various questions and when the contestant is answering them the lights dim down and once they have answered the question if it is the right answer the lights automatically go brighter again as the tension disappears. For example in the cube when the contestant is inside of the cube getting ready to start their activity the lights dim down and there is a timer which puts the contestant under pressure as they know they have a time limit they need to do it in this creates tension as the audience is quiet and engaged in seeing whether the contestant completes the task in the time given.

    In the gameshow countdown shows enigma as the contestants have to try and make the a number out of various numbers or try and make the longest words out of various letters but with the countdown clock it puts contestants under pressure as they can hear when the timer is going to run out and they have a set time to do it in and it can be difficult and is usually aimed at smart people as you need to be good at maths and english for the gameshow.

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  5. Q1 approach
    Introduction
    The genre of TV game shows has been successful for a long time, TV schedules (both public service broadcasts (BBC) and commercial channels (ITV, C4 and sky) are filled with this kind of genre of programming, especially at peak times. Some of the most popular game shows in the uk range from different sub genres, such as dating (take me out) to quiz (who wants to be a millionaire) to activity oriented ( total wipeout), ensuring that there is a game show to suit all kind of audiences. The longest running tv game show is countdown currently broadcasted on channel 4. There is one to channel that broadcasts to game shows all the time and this is challenge TV, available on sky.

    There are many elements that make TV game shows a successful genre, amongst them are the 3 statements included in the question.

    1st statement
    Used sub genre
    One of the reasons to game shows are successful is because they have a range of sub genres that cater to a wide target audience. For example, take me out is a dating show currently broadcasted on ITV on Saturdays at 7 to 8 pm and attracts people from the XXX demographics. Another example is who wants to be a millionaire, a quiz show. This however has different demographics as the game has a different purpose compared to take me out as they both have different purposes. Other examples of sub genres are: activity oriented and panel shows.

    2nd statement
    Used name of host and show
    Another reason game shows are successful is because of the name of the show and their host as they can be catchy. For example total wipeout is an activity oriented game broadcasted on the Iplayer and challenge tv and attracts audiences who are into the activity game shows. Richard Hammond (host of the British total wipeout) brings awareness to the show as he has previously been on other shows such as top gear (not a game show) but still maintains a celebrity presence. He is also very calm and funny which means audiences can understand better as well. However on other shows such as take me out, the host (paddy McGuinness) is very loud and funny however this is due to having a studio audience but makes loads of references related to the show. However Richard Hammond doesn't make that many references to the game show but still jokes about the contestants as they try to complete the course.

    3rd statement
    The use of synergy
    Synergy is one of the most important reasons that game shows are successful as even though they may not be on they will keep the audience engaged to the show outside of the to. This includes mobile apps like games to do with the show. For example, the chase (hosted by Bradley Walsh and broadcasted on ITV everyday at 7) has their own game where you can be the contestant as go up against the chase. On the other hand, the app may possibly attract different audiences as the game may be spreading due to its popularity.

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  6. TV game shows has been successful for a while now , TV game shows have a lot of subgenres such as take me out (Dating) who wants to be a millionaire (To quiz) The cube (To activity oriented) making sure that there is a game show that suits all different kinds of audiences. One of the longest TV game shows to last is countdown , currently broadcasted in channel 4. There is one TV channel in the UK that broadcasts TV game shows 24/7 , and this is challenge TV , available on sky TV.

    One of the reasons TV Game shows are successful is because they have a range of subgenres the cater to a wide target audience. For example , Take me out is a dating show and is currently broadcast in ITV2 and it attracts people from the c1 and below demographics , this is because stereotypically these people are looking to find a women to marry or go on a cheap date. Another example is who wants to be a millionaire , a quiz show ; the demographics for this show are possibly A’s and B’s and this is to the demographics of dating shows because there more educated and the TV game is a lot harder. An other examples of subgenres are : activity oriented and panel shows.

    TV game shows make the people at home get involved for example the TV game show Catchphrase when the host ask the questions the people at home and the studio audience might want to answer it too. Some TV game shows have their own products for their target audience for example Catchphrase , the chase , Take me out and many more.

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