Nets try to counter downturn with gameshow, 'Home Edition' specials
Broadcast nets have already begun decorating their holiday programming lineups, with NBC and ABC setting specials for November and December when TV viewing typically takes a dive. Meanwhile, ABC Family is already looking to Christmas 2013 with plans for a WWE-themed telepic.NBC’s Howie Mandel gameshow “Take It All” will debut as a 9-10 p.m. strip during the week of Dec. 10-14. The show centers on contestants opening luxurious prizes and then deciding whether they will steal another player’s prize or open a new one. The gameshow will conclude on Monday, Dec. 17. “Take It All” is from Universal TV and Alevy Prods. Meanwhile, the Alphabet is reviving “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” bowing four episodes on Mondays starting Nov. 26. ABC cancelled the feel-good series from Endemol USA late last year after a nine-season run, but said it would return periodically with specials. The Nov. 26 spesh will bow after the performance finale of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” at 9 p.m. Three subsequent Monday broadcasts will air at 8 p.m. TV ratings traditionally drop during the holiday frames when viewers are distracted. NBC and ABC aim to pique the interest of the viewers that are around with special original fare rather than repeats. Over at ABC Family, cabler announced development on telepic “Christmas Bounty” with WWE Studios. Project marks a clear effort by the cabler to reach beyond its stronghold of young femmes with a pic showcasing WWE star Michael “The Miz” Mizanin. “Bounty” will join ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas” banner in 2013. Pic follows a femme bounty hunter turned elementary school teacher as she tries to hide her family bounty biz from her fiance during the holidays. “Bounty” will be penned by Andrew Black, Vivian Lee, James Berg and Stan Zimmerman. “We’re thrilled to partner with WWE Studios and bring WWE’s passionate fan base to ABC Family,” said Kate Juergens, ABC Family’s executive veepee of original series, programming and development.