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Run Your Own TV Network with TV Bigshot

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!

Join The Conversation
elmo8 elmo8 9 years
You can still sign up to play even if you are not in the US (I am in Australia) but you just can't win the prize money if you are outside of the US. I've signed up, should be lots of fun!
SexyNeverLeft78 SexyNeverLeft78 9 years
thanx for giving me yet another addiction Buzz lol. ughh DWTS is 127mil?!?!?
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
shafiii shafiii 9 years
i cant join, im not over 18! dang it, this seems perfect for a TV junkie like me! =(
Alleigh Alleigh 9 years
I joined under "FleurDeLis". Buzz you're on my spy list...I'm watching you!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Darn it, I can't play since I'm not 18 yet. :^(
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
whoo Buzz, you're on my spylist!
bedpan bedpan 9 years
i know PIXI.... why can't i buy gossip girl???
pixigirl31 pixigirl31 9 years
i just joined! Im "BringbacktheOC" . what does notify mean?
bedpan bedpan 9 years
ooh, i joined! same user name as on here.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
LOL, sounds fun but I can't play since I'm Australian :( Good luck to all who do play though.
hotpinkgiraffe hotpinkgiraffe 9 years
i'd love to do this! however its only for americans and since i live in canada..... sigh
Phil Phil 9 years
Oh wow, this is awesome! Someone should develop a "SimNetwork Exec" game, like SimCity. That would be so awesome! Reviewing pilots, reading scripts, negotiating advertising contracts, battling/kissing ass of the FCC, that would be so awesome! I may find myself dead after spending three days in a chinese cafe if this were ever developed.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks, Buzz. This will be fun!
Jessie-M Jessie-M 9 years
I set up the 'Cake' Network. This seems like a cool website to play around with! LOVE the idea.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Wow, this sounds really cool- well, now I know what I'll be doing for the rest of the day! :) Thanks, Buzz!
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