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Star Chinese Channel to debut SPTI's Game Show Format

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MUMBAI: Singapore cable TV audiences will soon be able to enjoy Sony Pictures Television International's (SPTI) unscripted game show format Blackjack Bowling on Star Chinese Channel, a popular entertainment channel in Taiwan.

Called Lucky Star and hosted by well-known TV personality Hu Gua, the game show's premiere is on the back of Star Chinese Channel's launch on StarHub on 2 October, 2006, and marks the first broadcast of the game show outside Taiwan.

The channel will broadcast 130 episodes of the first season of Lucky Star in Singapore. When the channel first launched Lucky Star in Taiwan in June 2005, it registered an audience of 6.6 million, and a 31-percent reach in viewership in the first three months. Since then, it has consistently been ranked among the top three most watched game shows on pay TV channels in Taiwan.

The success of the first season led Star to license 212 episodes in the second season.

Blackjack Bowling is the only show of its kind that combines two of the world's favorite pastimes - blackjack and bowling. Just as the two simple elements of the roulette wheel and hangman were combined to create Wheel Of Fortune, SPTI united two activities that are popular throughout the world. Blackjack Bowling's format is flexible and can be played in either a 30-minute or 60-minute format.

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