Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Question 1 - Formula

Task 1 - The Formula.

Statements could ask you about:
- 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

TV Game shows worth studying

Audience Demographics

Example question:

01 - The perfect formula for a successful TV Game Show has to have the following criteria at its core:
  • Audiences can often relate to contestants.
  • The host is often a celebrity or is known from other shows.
  • The show uses synergy to increase its popularity.

Explain how the statements above make your chosen TV Game Shows successful.


What is the question actually asking you...???


Media theories


General information about TV Game Shows as a whole.
In here, you should take the opportunity to write that you acknowledge that the genre of TV game shows has been successful for a long time - you could even mention the different subgenres TV game shows have (with examples?).

"The genre of TV Game shows has been successful for a long time, TV schedules (both PSB - BBC - and commercial channels - ITV, C4 and Sky) are filled with this kind of genre, especially at peak times.  Some of the most popular game shows in the UK range from 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. There is one TV channel in the UK that broadcasts TV Game Shows 24/7, and this is Challenge TV, available on Sky".

Addressing statement number 1:
"One of the key elements that make TV Game Shows successful is the way audiences at home can relate to the contestants of the show".  
"In the case of 'NAME OF SHOW' (broadcaster and schedule -post or pre watershed time- , name of host, any other information you remember),
"Describe the way the contestants are represented through mise-en-scene (costume, make up, performance)"
How does this link to audiences at home? Describe the typical target audience of the show (demographics - letters) and apply a media theory - the U&G theory can be applied to almost any show as long as you apply it correctly - what do the audience get out of watching the contestants? Be specific with an example from the show... maybe a scene in which the contestant builds suspense before choosing a box or an answer? 

Addressing statement number 2:
Name of host and show. 
What makes this host a celebrity? What other shows has the host been in?
What kind of fans would this host have (demographics).
How does the host make the shoe successful? - apply another media theory to back this up... once again another use from the U&G theory can be applied.
Does the host have social media accounts? Is she/he likely to have lots of followers?

"Noel Edmonds hosts Deal or no Deal, and the advantage of having him as a host is that he has had a very successful career in TV, hosting a range of TV Game shows with different subgenres, such as Are you Smarter Than a 10 Year Old (a quiz Show).  Noel Edmonds' fans would primarily come from people in their 40s under the C1 and C2 demographics, and some of his fans would have been following him from early on in his career".

Addressing statement number 3:
Define the key term - synergy.
"Another way to maximise popularity of TV Game Shows is by using synergy.  The most popular products under the synergy umbrella are board games and mobile phone apps".
How would these promote the popularity of the show? Do these product attract other types of audiences?
Remember to give examples from your shows... have you played these games?
Apply a media theory.


Task 2: Can you apply this formula to a question on your own?

Pick one from here.


From here.

Write your answers in the comment section below or in your media book/blog.


1 comment:

  1. The genre of TV game shows is successful and popular as they have a range of subgenres that cater to diverse audiences. An example of this would be ‘Countdown (broadcasted on channel 4 and is presented by Nick Hewer, assisted by Rachael Riley)’. This specific game show has a quiz genre, this would be aimed at an ABC1 demographic. By this I mean it relates to a particular type of target audience. The target audience for this would be people who are older. They may watch it to feel connected with the situations, as they may want to play themselves. Although there are others who may watch it to take part in the Male Gaze, as Rachael Riley is featured, that may be the main reason for them watching. There are games such as Take Me Out (broadcasted on ITV, hosted by Paddy McGuiness), which would be aimed at C2DE demographic, consists of young people being more likely to watch this show to get entertained. The genre is a dating show, this is merely watched for entertainment, the host adds to this theme as he is constantly making jokes and the audience is identifying with him.
    Furthermore, a shows format allows people at home to play along or get involved. A show that does this is Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (broadcasted on ITV, hosted by Anthony Mcpartlin and Declan Donelly). Before the show goes to advertisement, they will reveal ways to get in touch with the show and possibly have the ability to come on the show. A website link would be shown on the screen, for home viewers to use to get in touch with the show. This is known as synergy.