GSN Upfront: Apolo Ohno to Host New Minute to Win It, More American Bible Challenge

Religion-focused quiz shows and competitions part of network's unscripted blueprint

Everything old is new again at the Game Show Network. At the Sony Club this morning, the cable channel said it has green-lighted a new version of Minute to Win It, hosted by Olympic skater Apolo Ohno, as well as The Chase, a new quiz show.

GSN is banking on its new centerpiece show, American Bible Challenge, to provide the template for its future, at least if its development slate is anything to go by. The network has It Takes a Church, a matchmaking show in which a congregation tries to set up its parishioners with suitable mates; and Dance Rivals, a dancing competition show set in Orem, Utah. Other shows in development: Mind of a Man, in which female contestants try to figure out what men are thinking; and The Imposter, in which an outsider must determine which member of a family isn't really a member.

The network saw Q1 gains in total viewers for both prime and total day, with an uptick for total day logged in the 25-54 category and (for prime) among viewers 55+. Staples at the cable channel include Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey, and The Newlywed Game, hosted by Sherri Shepherd. American Bible Challenge (hosted by Jeff Foxworthy) has been notable for the network in prime time, bringing in 1.7 million viewers for its premiere episode and sustaining an average of more than 1 million over the course of the season.