GSN picks out 'Camouflage' game show

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Cable channel GSN has ordered 40 half-hour episodes of “Camouflage,” a hidden-word puzzle and trivia game show.

Contestants are shown letter puzzles, and they must find the correct words hidden among the puzzle’s decoy letters. The decoy letters drop one at a time, but as they do, the point value of the puzzle decreases, thereby increasing the need for speed.

For example, one puzzle word might be “LAPTOPICFLOORING,” with the clue “kitchen explosive.” Dropping the appropriate letters and reading left to right, “popcorn” is revealed as the hidden word.

“Camouflage,” which will tape in Hollywood, is set to begin production the last week of May and debut in July. Producers of the Disney-made show are casting the role of the host.

GSN senior vp programming Jamie Roberts said one of the appealing aspects of the show is that it will engage viewers.

“When we tested the pilot and played it for people internally and externally, we found that they were sitting forward and playing along,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for a while, and that’s not always the case” with game shows.

“Camouflage” will join such other original series as “Chain Reaction,” “Lingo” and “High Stakes Poker” on GSN’s lineup. Roberts said GSN is looking to air the daily show in such early-evening slots as 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., possibly paired with a show like “Lingo” as they both have the “same kind of sensibility. They’re enjoyable, fun and family-oriented.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter