Ever look at a network's TV schedule and think you could do so, so much better? TV Bigshot is giving you a chance to prove it.
The game, from the minds behind Television Without Pity, is basically Fantasy TV Executive: You get a budget of $300 million to "buy" shows for your network, and you earn points based on how well each show does in the ratings. As the season goes on, you can dump shows that aren't doing well and pick up others that you think are about to take off. There are a bunch of monthly challenges with prizes attached, and at the end of the TV season, the person with the most points will win $100,000.
I've already set up the BuzzSugar network and spent most of my $300 million budget on shows — some of which I think will do well long-term, others of which I'm just using to earn some quick cash. Molly and Pop are playing, too. To see what's on my roster,
- "Heroes" — I think all the new characters have as good a chance of hurting the show as they do of helping, but I have my fingers crossed for a big premiere.
- "Private Practice" — At $53 million, this seemed like a steal (compared to, say, "Grey's Anatomy" at $144 million). I might dump it after making a quick buck on the premiere.
- "Gossip Girl" — This was one of the cheapest shows I could buy, which made it a no-brainer for me.
- "Ugly Betty" — It's a solid show, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it get an Emmy boost.
- "30 Rock" — Speaking of Emmy boosts, I suspect this Outstanding Comedy Series winner will soon be worth way more than the $37 million I paid for it.
- "Reaper" — I had some cash left over, so I picked this up; I'm not sure how it will do in the ratings, but since it's one of my five to watch this fall, I figured I might as well take a chance.
That leaves me with $12 million for dumping shows (which costs $1 million each time) and trading up as the season goes on.
Let me know if you set up a network — I'd love to make sure I'm
beating the pants off you supporting BuzzSugar readers!