Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Question 1 - mini mock Wed P2


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.

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  1. TV game shows is a popular genre for a wide, contrasting range of audiences. It is believed that TV game shows are successful and popular due to their use of enticing characteristics. Some of these include: a range of subgenres that caters to diverse audiences, their format allows people at home to play along or get involved and they create enigma effectively.

    Game shows generate a range of subgenres, appealing to diverse audiences. These subgenres range from: Dating panels, to quiz shows, to physical orientated show genres. Take Me Out (broadcasted on ITV on Saturday at 8pm - Late peak) revolves around the subgenre of dating. This form of show would appeal to a young female target audience demographic who take a particular interest in finding love for themselves. Women may watch Take Me Out for the purpose of self reassurance; that they will eventually find love (Uses and Gratification). Another type of subgenre that may have an involvement in a particular game show is a Quiz-based show. An example of this is Family Fortunes (Broadcasted on ITV, hosted by Vernon Kay). This show attracts a broad, diverse target audience ranging from young children to the older generations, however it used to be broadcast every weekend during Peak times, this was so it caught the family aspect when people were sitting down eating tea. People will choose to watch the show, as a family, mainly to be entertained; to relate to the contestants (family members)and possibly to be educated.

    TV game shows use intentional formats that allow people at home to play at home or get involved. A game show which allows people at home to get involved is Deal or No Deal, broadcasted on Channel 4, throughout the day. With a charismatic host of Noel Edmonds, he is able to interact with the people at home by speaking to the camera and asking questions, as if they were here. This makes the show successful because it engages the audience into the show and so they are more likely to return back and watch another episode. Further more, shows like The Cube (broadcasted on ITV2,hosted by Philip Schofield) allows family members to sit aside the action for support and occasionally input their opinions on what the competitor should do next to succeed in the show. This makes the show successful as it reveals its interested in gaining audience members interaction, instead of keeping them passive throughout.

    TV Game shows are successful and popular because they create enigma effectively. This is when shows create suspense/mystery upon the contestants and the actions they take; engaging them into continuing to watch the gameshow. Deal or no Deal (Broadcasted on Channel 4, hosted by Noel Edmonds) creates suspense when contestants are making crucial decisions through the use of a slow-beat soundtrack - maintaining a dynamic mode of address between the contestants and audiences at home. The show The Cube (broadcasted on ITV2, hosted by Philip Schofield) creates tension and mystery through the use of silence when a contestant is tackling a challenge. The audiences attention is therefore focused on the scene, engaging them into what is actually happening. This makes a gameshow successful because it shuts out the audience, or people at home, from the outside world (uses and gratification theory).

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  2. The genre of TV Game Shows is very popular because gameshows like Take Me Out has a range of subgenres that caters to diverse audiences. Take Me Out's subgenre is a 'dating show' so this will help the show appeal to a wider audience; for example younger people, this is because the whole idea of a 'dating show' is a very modern idea, so it'll definitely help attract a younger audience. Also it has an element of the sub genre 'quiz shows' to it, which will attract an older audience too, who are more likely to be active audiences, meaning they may want to join in and interact with the game show.

    Another TV Game Show that has a range of subgenres that caters to diverse audiences is 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.' This is because it has a sub genre of 'quiz show' so this will help attract an older audience because they are the people who would more likely watch a quiz show, because the older people would perhaps have more general knowledge so they'd feel the ability to be able to join in and interact with the show. Also 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' features celebrities competing against each other occasionally. So this will help attract and cater towards a younger audience because the game show features well known celebrities that younger audiences would be aware of and therefore may want to watch the game show in order to view the celebrity; attracting a younger audience also. This all makes the genre of TV Game Shows a popular genre because of their range of sub genres which help to attract and entice a diverse audience of all ages.

    The game show 'Deal Or No Deal' has a format that allows people at home to play along and get involved. This is because the presenter of the show (Null Edmunds)is very charismatic in the format that he actually interacts with the viewers at home by speaking to them and asking them questions. This makes the people at home feel very involved with the game show because the game show presenter involves the audience during the game show.
    In the game show 'The Chase' because it has a sub genre of 'quiz shows' this will allow the audience to actually play along at home because they will feel they can join in by attempting to answer the questions. So the format of this game show (quiz show)allows the audience to play along at home and feel involved in the game show possessing the ability to join in. These points makes TV Game Shows a popular genre because the audience will watch them because they want to feel involved with a game show and be able to relate (this point is mentioned in the Uses and Gratification Theory), making TV Game Shows a popular genre.

    The TV Game Show 'The Cube' creates enigma because the contestants have to complete challenging tasks in a confined space, which is very difficult. So this creates enigma as it is very hard to complete. Also, the set of the game show is very darkly lit, creating a very mysterious vibe; therefore connoting elements of enigma.
    Another TV Game Show which creates enigma effectively is the gameshow 'Countdown' this is because the contestant have to think of as many words that are possible to make out of one word in sixty seconds. So it is extremely challenging to complete; creating enigma. Also, it I made even more challenging because there is a clock ticking in the background, counting down the sixty seconds which creates a lot of tension.
    This makes TV Game Shows a popular genre because it makes it very enticing and interesting for the viewers at home to watch because of how challenging the tasks can be to complete, so it'll make the audience at home want to watch because they will want to see if the game shows can be won.

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  3. TV Game shows has been successful and popular for a long period of time. This is because of the active and passive audiences. The most common genres are published on BBC and commercial channels ITV, Sky, C4). These genres are most popular at peak times. TV shows have a variety of different sized audiences depending on what time it is on. Some of the most common genres are dating (Take Me Out), quiz (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) and activity orientated (Total Wipe Out) ensuring that there is a game for 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.
    To make a TV game show successful it has to have a diverse audience which is a range of different audiences. For example Take Me Out (broadcasted on ITV at 8pm, peak time, hosted by Paddy McGuiness, comedian) has a diverse audience due to young women, teenagers and young men watching. Take Me Out may appeal to women and young female teenagers because they would be interested in the male who tries to maintain a date. Young men may watch the show because they may find one of the single women attractive, also because one of their friends may be a contestant. ITV is a popular channel on television which attracts a wide audience. Another example is Big Star Little Star (broadcasted ITV 7 pm, hosted by Stephen Mulhern). This has a diverse audience as the constants involve children, this implies that families would also watch. Many families can relate to the contestants and the questions asked. The name of the game show is family orientated and as it is ‘stars’ it would be towards young children.
    For a game show to be successful it allows people at home to play along or get involved. For example The Chase (ITV 5pm, hosted by Bradley Walsh) has an app (86% of people use their data on apps, this can go worldwide) and is also online to watch if couldn’t watch on television. This increases the audience and also the type of audience. As the game show is a quiz people would play along as they may know answers to the questions asked. Another game show is 5 Gold Rings (broadcasted ITV 7pm, hosted by Philip Scofield). The audience have access to apps or he internet so if they wouldn’t watch it on tv or they had missed it there is ways to access it.
    Many TV game shows use suspense. For example The Cube (broadcasted on ITV 7pm, hosted by Philip Scofield, activity orientated). As contestants play the game the lighting is dark the audience is silent. This puts pressure on the contestants, the audience at home can relate as it is frustrating is they fail the activity.

    Evie Cashman

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  4. 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. Another way you make a game show successful is through syndication for example who wants to be a millionaire is showing in the UK as well as USA.
    Also in some game shows they have more than one sub genres that caters to diverse audiences for example total wipe out since it is comedy and activity orientated.

    In TV game shows use synergy so they vane make their game show more successful for example total wipeout have their own game board which would make more people at home play as well as watch the show so they can participate

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  5. Tv game shows are a popular genre because they appeal to the widest possible audience. This is due to the many subgenres there are.
    Each subgenre has its own format and a set of codes and conventions that audiences identify with. Take dating orientated game shows as an example, like Take Me Out (hosted by Paddy McGuinness, broadcasted on ITV, produced by Talkback Thames and aired at a late peak of 8pm)that may only appeal to 16 to 25 year old female and males because of its mature (risqué) content and post watershed scheduling. Also, the male gaze is incorporated in this show therefore requires a later peak time. Puzzle orientated game shows like Catchphrase (hosted by Stephen Mulhern, broadcasted on ITV, produced by STV Productions and aired at an early peak of 6:45pm) and Countdown (hosted by Nick Hewer, broadcasted by Channel 4, produced by Yorkshire Television and aired at a very early peak of 3:30pm) tend to have more of a mass audience or an audience that caters diversity. Catchphrase can be viewed by families, but also 25 to 40 year olds depending on their demographical status. C1, C2 and DE audiences appeal more to this game show because of the humour and format of the show. However, Countdown appeals more to the educated and ABC1 audiences due to the intelligence and knowledge the show requires to understand the concept and format.
    The format of the show is important for a game show to be successful because it allows the audience and people at home to interact and play along. Game shows like The Cube (hosted by Phillip Scholfield, broadcasted by ITV, produced by Objective Media Group and aired at an early peak of 7pm) allows the family members of the audience to engage and give the contestant(s) some advice for each task they are challenged to complete. The Cube’s format also engages the audience as the host often asks them their opinion of the task and what actions the contestant(s) must make to be successful. This makes a game show successful because it shows how interactive the show wants the audience to be – this could appeal to more people and more demographical groups. Another way game shows use their format to engage the audience and could get people to play along at home is through the use of synergy. Synergy is when a company uses a product to promote their own. In this case, Million Pound Drop (hosted by Davina McCall, broadcasted on Channel 4, produced by Remarkable TV and aired at an ) has an app and a board game where viewers at home can play along and become involved. Not only does this entertain the audience even more, but it attracts new viewers and makes the game show popular and successful.
    Enigma is best described as a puzzling occurrence or situation – and enigma codes are questions the hosts ask the audience to keep them intrigued and interested in the show. These questions are answered further into the show, in order to keep the view rates of the game show up. TV game shows use enigma mostly towards the end of the section before the break, in order for the viewers to return to watching the show after the advertisements. Game Shows like The Chase (hosted by Bradley Walsh, broadcasted on ITV, produced by Potato and aired at an early peak of 5pm) give the host enigma codes at the beginning, before the advertisements and after the advertisements so that the audience are still interested throughout the duration of the show. Enigma is important for TV game shows to be popular because it allows the show to create tension and suspense as well as being able to maintain the effort to keep the audience and viewers interacted and engaged in the show. Bradley Walsh (actor, comedian, singer, presented and former professional footballer) keeps his audience entertained by asking them rhetorical questions such as what they think will happen next and who will be the next winner. This therefore makes a game show successful because it enables the show to keep the audience entertained.

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  6. TV gameshows are successful and popular, they have been for a long period because of the active and passive audience which the show targets at. The most common genres are published on BBC and commercial channels (ITV, Sky, C4) peak times are affected most because the most people are watching the show so shows are more popular than others depending on when the show is on. Some of the most popular genres are dating, quiz, activity orientated which makes sure that it suits all kinds of audiences and all ages. One TV gameshow in the UK broadcasts TV gameshows 24/7 and that is on sky which there is institutions and advertisement.
    A diverse audience is something that caters all types of people and this is what makes a TV gameshow successful and popular. Take me out (ITV, 8pm, Saturday, peak time, and host Paddy McGuinness who is a comedian which makes the audience attached to watching the show)which is a dating show and is available for everyone to watch even men although it is a women orientated show because a man could be interested in one of the women. This gameshow is very popular because anyone can get involved and younger ages such as teenagers because of the contestants who they might find attractive. As the show is broadcasted at 8pm this is at peak time at as it is on ITV this is the main channel that the audience watches and the time family’s watch shows together which is suitable for ages and genders. Another gameshow is big stars little star (ITV, 7pm, host: Stephen Mulhern) this is popular because of the target audience and the aim of the game. The game has 3 groups of contestants including children and their parents so the audience will be everyone especially families because they can relate. This way it is popular as it will be suggested by others. As contestants are celebrities they are well known and this could mean that adults or children who like the celebrities which watch the show more because they get an insider of their personal lives.
    A gameshow is successful is it has an app or you can play along at home because this way everyone can access it if you don’t have a TV. 5 Gold Rings (ITV, Philip Schofield, &pm) has a play along site where the audience can join in even by watching the screen. By adding this the audience at home might want to go on the show and the show will be rated highly as everyone will be talking about it. Another show is The Chase as this is on at a peak time but also has an app that you can join in on if you like the show that much. An app is more popular now days because they are used more an nearly everyone has an I phone or a phone they can download apps on so the mobile phones have overtaken 86% of people use their data by apps and this is a massive advantage as this makes it popular and can go viral. This then increases the audience and makes them look for other apps as well that has the same sub-genre because of the audience experiences. Apps are easy to access especially if you don’t have internet connection because this isn’t needed and doesn’t take time. Apps are aimed at busy people and those who work or who are sitting on the train waiting to go to work.
    The shows create suspense effectively by how they end and show what is going to happen in the next episode by taking a clip of the most important thing. Such as in The Cube (ITV, 8pm, Phillip Schofield) as this is a dangerous show where there is always suspense and you are always tense whether you are playing as a contestant or watching at home. The cube also has bold colours such as red as this means danger, strength, fire and determination so this already makes you in suspense and creates enigma. Another show could be Tipping Point as when the show goes to a break it is very sharp and effective as it gets cut off when something good is going to happen which makes the audience stay and watch the rest of the show because they want to find out what is going to happen and this is how it is successful.

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  7. The genre, TV Game shows has been successful for a long time, TV schedules (BBC - and commercial channels such as 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), some Tv game shows have more than one sub genre such as (League of their own) This is comedy, quiz and activity orientated game show. This ensures 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.

    In Tv games shows appeal to all demographics as there is a range of subgenres that appeal to a range of audiences as game shows such as (Total Wipeout) as this is mainly for the C2DE audiences whereas game shows such as (Who Wants to Be A Millionaire) is presented on ITV and it is for the ABC1 audience. There are game shows that appeal to both ABC1 and C2DE but this is only because of syndication as in the UK the Tv game (Deal or Deal) appeals to ABC1 but in America it appeals to C2DE because in the UK version older people open the boxes but in USAs version they have middle aged women opening the boxes this causes the male gaze and the men might not even be watching the amount in the boxes as they may be distracted by the women.

    Tv game shows make there show have a active audiences as they will tell the host to point at the screen and say to check out the website and to play their games. In (Take Me Out) the host (Paddy McGuiness) would point at the screen and say “would you like to give a try, sign up on our website TakeMeOut.com” This is called synergy as it is a way to make the audience participate in the gameshow. Other game shows such as (The Cube) the Tv game show the cube has got their own board game this is a way of synergy as it is a way to promote their game shows through the board game. This lets people play along at home through the board games and they can get involved if they sign up to be a contestant on the show.

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  8. "The genre of TV Game shows has been successful for a long time, the longest running tv game show is countdown, countdown is on channel 4, 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". I agree with this statement “they have a range of sub-genres that caters to diverse audiences as Play to the whistle is a good example of sub-genres as it has more than one and is a quiz oriented, comedy oriented and activity oriented. This because they want it to have the appeal to all audiences.

    Tv gameshows usually have a good range of sub-genres and the game shows with more genres tend to do better than ones with less as the one with more has better appeal. Another way of drawing audiences in is syndication as it is shown around different countries in different styles, a good example of this is (deal or no deal) as it is shown in the united kingdom and the united states of America. The difference between shows does vary as the colours had been changed from red and white to black and gold the demographics between each show is that the one in the uk is abc1 and the one in the us is c2d. the concept is the same but done in different ways.

    The way gameshows include their audiences into their show is by asking them to answer a question like “when did prince willam marry kate” just before the break and it will give them four answers to choose from. This makes the show more interactive. An example of a gameshow that does this is countdown. Another way they get people to play along is by getting an app or a board game as synergy would include the people at home as they will be buying you game and they will be playing that at home and is more involving. A gameshow that has a board game out there is the cube and so that includes the people at home. A game show that has an app is deal or no deal.

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  9. TV game shows can be successful and popular because of many reasons. Some of these reasons include the fact that they have a range of sub genres that caters to a diverse audience. This means that the sub genres of the gameshow are not only focusing on one genre but other themes as well so that more than one audience will be attracted to the show. For example TV gameshows such as take me out which is a gameshows involving dating. This will attract interest from those who watch gameshows and those who watch dating programmes. This will attract a wider range of audience. This will raise the ratings and listings of the TV gameshow.

    Another reason why many gameshows are successful is because the gameshows involve the audience into the gameshow which makes the audience more attracted to the show

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  10. "The genre of TV Game shows has been successful for a long time, TV schedules (BBC - and commercial channels - ITV) 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 activity game show (cube) to activity oriented (Total Wipe out), ensuring that there is a game show to suit all kind of audiences. (PS I am going to memories this introduction.)

    Lots of shows have different subgenera for example; "Take me out " is a dating Tv show. It is a comedy Tv series what makes the series funny and interesting is the host (paddy McGuiness) he would make fun out off men that came to find a girlfriend. Other tv game shows like “total whip out” are funny as well because of the hosts reaction (Jill Wagner). This make the audience laugh because the contestants are falling at all of the activities.

    Another thing that makes a tv show successful is by the tv show involving the audience to join in. for example “cube” does a winning activity which u can win tickets to the game show or money if u call or text the number given. Other ways that audiences can join in is buy buying a board game for example; take me out has a board game this means the audience might have some experience of what it would be like up on the stage. Or: “Total wipe out” has an app in the app store which you can play and pass all the levels which the real contestant pass. This makes people experience fushtraition when they don’t pass that level.

    Is it important for the shows to have enigma because then more people are going to be watching the tv shows and then more contestants are going to join in because the show gives a lot of tension and it looks interesting. for example: take me out gives the audience tension by the men contestant deciding who he wants to pick and sometimes he audience will disagree with his choice.to make it more interesting the producers add sound effects when a contestant fails an activity for example “wipe out” when a person fails a activity the the host makes a silly face which makes us laugh.

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  11. Maia and Elle
    "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".
    It is important for TV gameshows to have sub genres so that it can appeal to a wider audience, for example; Take me out appeals to both primary and secondary audience(younger and older) as it has the male gaze theory. (Male Gaze theory is defined as a specific 'lens' through which we view visual pop culture. More specifically, it's the idea that films and advertisements were created to please a heterosexual male audience.)
    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.
    Having a sub genre enables a TV gameshow to be popular as its genre to male and female to help people to want to get involved.

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  12. The genre of Tv game shows though very diverse in terms of sub-genres it has been extremely successful for a very long time; an example of this is the game show countdown, it has been aired on television for over 35 years and has released over 5000 episodes of the show. Many major channels like itv,bbd and channel 4 broadcast these shows especially at peak times(6pm to 10pm both including early and late peak times). One of the most popular quiz shows of all time was Who wants to be a millionaire? at one point(1998) it reached a huge viewership of 19 million people. In terms of activity based game shows total wipeout took lead as one of the most notable game show of its genre. And there are so many more drawing equally staggering viewerships and influence over the television industry.

    One of the main reasons Tv game shows have been successful because of the enigma shows create. for example in Who wants to be a millionaire? the lighting plays a major part in terms of creating suspense as the lighting dims the audience begins to get tense. This is very similar to the way the chase( presented by Bradley Walsh) builds enigma using the red flowing lights when contestants are answering questions. This purely adds to the idea of the user gratification theory as people watch it for their own entertainment. They can also build enigma by having the timing slow when tense moments begin( the host Chris Tarrant is notorious for this as he asks many questions like "are you sure that's your final answer?")


    Another way shows are successful is the way the format appeals to the audience in the aspect that they can participate while at home. Two gameshows that have been most notable for doing this has been countdown: historically the host Nick hewer asks the viewers at home a question, this engages the viewers and gets them involved. Another way of doing this is by synergy, though not the most profound examples Total wipeout has used games on xbox to promote their show and to get the viewers involved.

    As well as this having a wide range of sub-genres allows almost everyone to have a gameshow that appeals to them whether it is a educational quiz show (Who wants to be a millionaire?) or a activity based show( The cube)

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  13. The genre of TV game shows has been successful for a long time. Some of the most popular game shows have different sub-genres ranging from dating (Take me out), activity orientated (Total Wipeout) and quiz shows (Who wants to be a millionaire) and suits a diverse audience. Another way some TV game shows gain their popularity would be that they have syndications. Examples of this would be that total Wipeout has a USA version and so does Deal or No Deal has a USA version. The longest running TV game show is Countdown (presented on channel 4 ) currently running for 35 years.

    One of the main elements for TV game shows to be successful is because of the the range of subgenres they have that caters to diverse audiences. An activity orientated show would be Total Wipeout (Presented on BBC One, distributed by Edermol Uk and the hosts are Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram). Total Wipeout as an Activity orientated show would have C1C2DE demographics. Whereas a quiz orientated show like Who wants to be a millionaire (presented on ITV, distributed by Sony pictures televisions and presented Chris Tarrant). “Who wants to be a millionaire” would have ABC1 demographics. However, on Deal or No deal UK version has ABC1 demographics because it doesn’t appeal to the lower class people, However the syndication of deal or no deal has an American version that has BC1C2DE demographics because there are women holding silver cases and this could also link with the male gaze theory because the presenter told the women holding the cases to wear a dress so that the male audiences gaze at them.

    Another main element for a TV game show to be successful is because of the interaction the show has so that they allow the audience to play at home. An example would be a dating game show such as Take Me Out (Presented on ITV, distributed on Fremantlemedia and hosted by Paddy Mcguinnes). Take me out interacts with their audience by the host Paddy McGuiness tells the audience to sign up on the website to have a chance to become the next contestant of Take Me Out. Another TV game show that interacts the audience would be The Cube (presented on ITV and distributed by All3Media and hosted by Phillip Schofield) interacts with their audiences by using synergy ,making a board game and an app you can play on your phone

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  14. Ellie Wallace

    T.V. Game shows are successful and popular due to the fact that they cater to a diverse audience demographic ( Such as ABC1 and C2DE). This allows the game show to target their sub genre at specific audiences allowing the format to appeal to the target audience. This can be achieved through the Uses and Gratification theory, For example the game show Take me out fits into the dating subgenera, so therefore appeals to single people, mainly women, and offers comfort so that they know that they are not alone. The game show also uses the Male gaze to appeal to a more diverse audience, the girls in the show dressing in revealing clothing to widen the demographic and make more men watch the show, making the target audience more diverse. (Take Me Out is also aired at prime time, Saturday and 9'o'clock, appealing to a wider and more diverse audience as it acts as a form of entertainment, incorporating comedy to draw unlikely audiences in to watch the show. Another example of using the subgenre to appeal to diverse audiences is Tipping Point, which fits into the knowledge subgenre, appealing to more intelligent demographics (C2DE), and gives them the opportunity to be an active audience, appealing to a more specific target audience who are more knowlegable. Despite this, the show is aired midday, contradicting the original target audience as many knowledgeable people would be working at that time, making the target audience more diverse, therefore the show becoming more popular and successful.

    T.V. Gameshows are also successful and popular as they allow people at home to play or get involved. This is done through having an active audience, rather than a passive audience. For example, in the gameshow Catchphrase, it is extremely easy for an audience to play along at home, whereas in shows such as The Cube, the situation and conditions are more difficult to recreate, preventing audiences from playing along at home. An audience is also considered active if they are interacted with on set in the studio that the show is being filmed in, For example Paddy McGuiness interacts with the stay in audience, whereas in shows such as catchphrase the audience is passive and rarely seen. Therefore the game shows that allow the audience to be active and get involved are more successful and popular game shows.

    T.V. Gameshows are also successful through enigma, able to create tension and suspense which keeps the audience captivated and heightens the appeal of the show. For example, in the obstacle course focused gameshows, such as Total Wipeout and Ninja Warriors, the content they use creates suspense as it portrays physical challenges, instead of the usual mind based challenges, creating enigma as there is a risk to the challenge, the contestant potentially able to be harmed or injured, heightening the tension and excitement of the audience. The host also contributes to the tension, for example in Countdown, Ben Sheperd, the host of the show, is very tense and uses sophisticated language, not including comedy and consistently questioning the contestant's choices, making them doubt themselves; creating enigma. Therefore the gameshows that are the most popular and successful use enigma and create tension.

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  15. 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.

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