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Cabler to stretch gameshow format dimensions

NEW YORK — Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Game Show Network has scheduled two offbeat new five-a-week half-hours for the spring.

“Throut & Neck,” an interactive gameshow, features animated figures that two pre-selected home viewers will manipulate through telephone keypads.

“Burt Luddin’s Love Buffet” will meld a scripted sitcom with a real gameshow.

“We’re trying to push viewers’ perceptions of the gameshow format,” said Jake Tauber, senior VP of programming for the Game Show Network.

“Throut & Neck” comes from Interactive Television Entertainment, which produces a version of the series for MTV Brazil.

Throut and Neck are “monster-like characters” through whom two cable subscribers, called at home in advance by the host, will vie during a two-minute contest. The half-hour will accommodate five games and 10 home viewers.

“Burt Luddin’s Love Buffet” will use actors to play the host, the prize girl, the producer and the staff of a relationship gameshow called “Love Buffet.” Tauber said the scripted scenes will be taped in advance and shown on a screen to the studio audience assembled to watch “Love Buffet.” The gameshow parts of the half-hour will be done in real time.

Paul Abeyta and Peter Kaikko are the executive producers of “Burt Luddin’s Love Buffet.”

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