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
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.
What is the question actually asking you...???
"EXPLAIN HOW THE STATEMENTS MAKE YOUR CHOSEN TV GAME SHOWS SUCCESSFUL."
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.
Write your answers in the comment section below or in your media book/blog.