US cablenet GSN has picked up a Lionsgate reality series that mixes drama with competition and humour as part of a strategy to broaden its output away from gameshows.
GSN (fka Game Show Network) has ordered eight episodes of Family Trade, which will join its schedules in 2013.
The series focuses on G-Stone Motors in Vermont, where founder Gardner Stone trades new cars and trucks for anything he thinks he can sell at a profit, from livestock to collections of shoes.
The 8x30′ series is produced by Lionsgate and Rogue State Productions, with Eli Frankel as executive producer.
The show is part of GSN’s previously declared strategy to broaden its programming out from traditional studio-based gameshows. It will launch The American Bible Challenge, Beat the Chefs and The Pyramid over the next four weeks.
Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s executive VP of programming, said: “With Family Trade, GSN launches a new category of original series that we call real-life games – shows that take place in real settings and feature real-life risk and reward.”