How Do You Pitch a TV Game Show Idea In 100 Words Or Less.

How this article began.

When I came across this question, I had this overwhelming urge to answer it with a hub. Not because I have ever had any particular ambition or aspiration to invent or pitch a game show idea or because I think it maybe something many people will search for. But purely because I like to challenge myself when the opportunity arises and here I found the chance to produce a hub on something that would ordinary not have crossed my mind.

I'm not a huge fan of the game show as such, however there are a few I watch from time to time that I find mildly entertaining and seeing as I had decided to attempt a game show pitch in 100 words or less, it would be a pretty good idea to think about the television games shows that I think work pretty well. I needed to think about why they work and what I could learn from there success.

What shows work.

Who wants to be a millionaire is one of them, The primary draw for this show is of course the potential to win a million pounds, or what ever the countries equivalent currency is. The second is that there are three life lines that you can use to help you along. Fifteen questions which is not an awful lot and the stop gaps which enable you to walk away with money you have won at certain points.

The Weakest link has experienced a good amount of longevity in it's game show life thus far, mainly because it is some what unfair and unjust. The host Ann Robinson presents a formidable character to contend with and the show has a dark, cruel feeling to it. Which is of course part of it's appeal, it has also picked up on our current fascination with watching people getting voted off, which has a touch of good social trend observation about it.

Deal or no deal is simple yet effective, however this game show works on the precept of chance rather then knowledge. The contestant is confronted with a selection of numbered red boxes, each containing an amount of money from 1p to £250,000, the trick is to chose the boxes with the lower amounts and to ultimately be left with the most. All the while in between every three choices and reveals a banker on the end of a telephone, offers them a deal, related to boxes revealed and boxes left, of which they can accept and take the money or refuse and play on. Easy.

There are of course many others that have had varying degrees of success, over the years and if I was going to invent and pitch a credible game show idea, it was just a matter of finding the winning formula.

How to invent a game show?

After assessing what I liked about the popular games shows and others I occasionally watched, I had to think about what my game show would be like. Just how do you invent a game show?

What should it include? What should it be called? What would make people want to watch it? Who is the desired audience? I made a lot of notes and played with a lot of different concepts, I gave it time, effort, thought, blood, sweat and tears.

Yes, I started to take it all very seriously.

Why is pitching something so difficult?

It can be hard to share ideas because not everyone has the same opinion about just what a good idea is and with that firmly in mind, it can be rather unnerving when trying to explain the brilliance of your brain wave because you're always aware that your great notion may well be shot down in flames, even before it's left the ground.

Now that I had finally come up with an idea I think would work, I now had to set about selling it. Not only did I want to pitch my game show in 100 words or less, I wanted to pitch it well. I started wondering about what makes a good pitch? How do you get your idea across fully, clearly, consciously and present it in a favorable, appealing way?

I decided to start with the basics a beginning, a middle and an end. I needed a good opening, something that would obtain there immediate attention and spark interest. Then lead on to a brief, simple but substantial explanation and end with a foolproof 'you can't help but love my idea' closing line.

Well that was the plan, this is what I actually came up with.

My pitch.

My game show idea is called 'the rope of hope', a family friendly show. The game is separated into three sections the first decides who will go through to play for prizes in the next round, by choosing the lucky long rope. The second section is about answering questions while walking sections of a tight rope, to win prizes. The final section gives them the opportunity to gamble their prizes for money. where they again answer questions but this time to pull ropes to open boxes, potentially containing money. This game requires skill, knowledge and luck.

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Kylia 23 months ago

Good points all around. Truly apceiprated.


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for taking the time to comment steve oliver.


Satellite Direct 5 years ago

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Satellite Direct 5 years ago

Great hub and it deserves two thumbs up Ms. wrenfrost56 :)

Seems everyone has been fond of watching TV game shows. Great we'll have same Interest..

_ I just wanna give you all a tip on how to save money while watching in a techie way..

I am one of the subscriber of Satellite Direct. It is like a TV on your PC/Laptop. As easy as 1-2-3 steps you can enjoy watching your favorite TV show programs. First, all you have to do is to register. Second, you will download a software. Third, Watch and Enjoy. :) The best about this is you will only pay for one-time. You don't have to pay over and over again for your monthly cable bill. So if your worn-out of paying your cable bill. Register now. You will probably enjoy it's features. Over 3,500 channels international and world wide, No bandwidth limitations, 24/7 unlimited access, You will get auto channel updates. And now it's available on MAC.

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michael burke 6 years ago

dear sirs: my concept is simple, why not have a show that really shows how intellengent mankind is? you can call it "who's the smartest person on the planet!! kinda grabs you don't it. after all, how many shows go for the one hit wonder? think about it, a show that not only asks people to step up and show their intellengence, it would also give the producers a chance to see all the great minds that are out there.. this is not a "jeopardy" clone, i'm talking about a "real" test of the human brain... anyway, i thought i would throw that out to you.. by the way, i got a copy of this letter, so if you try to screw me out of my idea, i'm covered. just looking out for my own broke ass~!!!


TopUniverse 6 years ago

Good idea, I like tv game show than real game.


shruti 6 years ago

was good readings. would again love to see your game show.


steve oliver 6 years ago

My idea is that you stand in a boat and as you answer incorrectly to general knowledge questions it sinks more and more until it goes under completely. There are 4 boats with 4 contestants and the last boat afloat wins. It's called Mayday !


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you jayjay40, if you ever see it on TV remember where you seen it first! :)


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

what a great idea, would love to see your game show


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you again katiem2, I might just do that. :)


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

wrenfrost, Fab idea, You should PITCH IT Run with it. How impressive, let your mind go and present a fresh thought and look where it went! Your impressive. Peace :)Katie


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you again Keira7, I always enjoy hearing from you and your support really helps me. Take care my friend. :)


Keira7 6 years ago

Hi my dear Wrenfrost, what a great idea you had, not only for the game but also for your hub. I enjoyed reading it. Do you know the game show, supermarket sweet, with Dale, he use to present that programe. I use to watch it when I first went to England. I loved it. And also Family fortune. Great fun. Thanks for the lovely journey. Bless you, my friend.:D

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