The Game of Life (partially lost Hub Network game show; 2011-2012)
The Game of Life was a Hub Network game show that premiered on September 3rd, 2011. Hosted by Frank Nicotero, the game show adaptation had two families of three experience a virtual ride in a car based on the game of the same name for a chance to spin to win a grand prize, typically a vacation. The show only aired for one season and concluded on April 15th, 2012.
The Hub first announced the start of the production of the show on March 24th, 2011, when they announced its programming for the 2011-2012 season, with Frank Nicotero, set to host the show. The show was previewed on September 3rd, 2011, along with Scrabble Showdown, the day after Family Game Night's second season was premiered. Along with Scrabble Showdown, the show would officially premiere on September 17th, 2011, and its original time slot was Saturdays at 6:00 pm EST. The time slot would be moved to Sundays at 9:00 pm EST and later changed to Sundays at 8:00 pm EST, which now is aired after Family Game Night.
The show concluded on April 15th, 2012. After that, reruns of the show would continuously air on The Hub Network until June 29th, 2014. The show would return to Discovery Family sometime later, but the network stopped airing it for unknown reasons. The first 26 episodes of the show were available to stream on-demand on Tubi. However, Tubi removed them from the streaming platform due to the license to distribute the show expiring, making it barely accessible for a short time.
Below are all of the episodes produced and their availability status.
|#||Air Date||Team 1||Team 2||Status|
|1||Jan 29th, 2012||Sara||Dominique||Found|
|2||Feb 12th, 2012||Colton||Hannah||Found|
|3||Jan 8th, 2012||Hailey||LeRoya||Found|
|4||Oct 1st, 2011||Rory||Madison||Found|
|5||Jan 15th, 2012||Shayna||Kayla||Found|
|6||Oct 30th, 2011||George||Claire||Found|
|7||Sept 24th, 2011||Sammy||Elijah||Found|
|8||Apr 15th, 2012||Dean||Emily||Found|
|9||Jan 22nd, 2012||Allie||Artie||Found|
|10||Feb 5th, 2012||Naomi||Erica||Found|
|11||Dec 4th, 2011||Morgan||Kylee||Found|
|12||Sept 3rd, 2011||Shane||Serge||Found|
|13||Mar 4th, 2012||Karen||Ashton||Found|
|14||Mar 11th, 2012||Bryce||Skye||Found|
|15||Mar 25th, 2012||Kaleb||Nachala||Found|
|16||Feb 26th, 2012||Tori||Justine||Found|
|17||Dec 11th, 2011||Natalie||Sebastian||Found|
|18||Feb 5th, 2012||Michael||Gabrielle||Found|
|19||Oct 8th, 2011||Taylor||Shekinah||Found|
|20||Oct 15th, 2011||Troy||Autumn||Found|
|21||Apr 1st, 2012||Akwe||Micayla||Found|
|22||Mar 18th, 2012||Zahrah||Hunter||Found|
|23||Nov 27th, 2011||Austin||Matthew||Found|
|24||Apr 8th, 2012||Christian||Gwen||Found|
|25||Nov 13th, 2011||Sydnie||Tori||Found|
|26||Dec 18, 2011||Emma||Savion||Found|
|27||Nov 6th, 2011||Carly||Nicolas||Found|
|28||Oct 23rd, 2011||Brennan||James||Found|
|29||Jan 1st, 2012||Madison||Zach||Partially Found|
|30||Nov 20th, 2011||Jonah||Sydnee||Found|
Out of the 30 episodes produced, Episode 29 remains to be found. A sizzle reel, containing clips from the majority of the show, is found and can be viewed on editor Andrew J. Ciancia's website. When contacted, host Frank Nicotero told Lost Media Wiki user Racelympics that he doesn't have any episodes and asked if he had tried YouTube. In addition, when contacted, most of the crew said they don't have any episodes and confirmed that the network would be where all of the show's episodes are located.
On July 11th, 2021, Lost Media Wiki user Halofan found five episodes through a private tracker and uploaded them onto Google Drive. Phanpy Ken later reuploaded these episodes on YouTube. When contacted, executive producer Bob Boden sent Racelympics the premiere episode after he got in touch with creative consultant Steve Ryan, who would forward this message to Boden.
On October 7th, 2022, Racelympics found the rest of the missing episodes from Tubi after making a deal with Jared Oswald, a private collector. He has since made the first mention of the discovery on Twitter and Instagram. Phanpy Ken and Dexter have uploaded various episodes after being sent the episodes by Racelympics, and Jared Oswald has uploaded the remaining lost episodes onto YouTube for his 4000th subscriber special. Later, on March 5th, 2023, Racelympics uploaded Episodes 28 and 30 to the Internet Archive after getting them from a private collector.
Racelympics made a document detailing the search for the Game Show Tape Trading Facebook community in hopes of recovering more episodes. Ryan Rinkerman, a private collector, made a comment on that post, stating that although he wished he had saved more of the show, it was the least favorite that aired on The Hub Network and was not a big deal for him. He promised that he would try to make the missing episodes from his collection found, while also try to hunt down others. Other than that, the remaining lost episode, Episode 29, has yet to resurface.
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- Episode guide that records the data seen in all of the episodes.
- Sizzle reel from Andrew J. Ciancia's website.
- All currently found episodes on the Internet Archive.
- The Futon Critic page that lists the airdates of the show. Retrieved 22 Jun '22
- An article announcing The Hub Network's lineup for the 2011-2012 season. Retrieved 22 Jun '22
- Promo announcing the show's official premiere. Retrieved 22 Jun '22
- Nickandmore!'s list that lists the show's last airing on the network. Retrieved 22 Jun '22
- Tubi's now unavailable page on The Game of Life. Retrieved 22 Jun '22
- Frank Nicotero's Instagram post where he states that he doesn't have any full episodes. Retrieved 22 Jun '22
- Racelympics' document that keeps track of the progress of the search of the show. Retrieved 22 Jun '22
- Racelympics’ tweet announcing the discovery. Retrieved 08 Oct '22
- Racelympics’ Instagram post announcing the discovery. Retrieved 08 Oct '22
- Ryan Rinkerman's comment regarding The Game of Life. Retrieved 22 Jun '22