May 25, 2020 / 10:17 AM CDT:
Chicago's WGN Morning News invited comedian Jeff Rogers, host of Jeff's Homemade Game show, to join the the morning program. News anchor Ana Belaval started with the big question, did we come up with the idea because of COVID? The answer is no, that the idea was developed a couple of years ago as we saw the opportunity to help families engage with each other outside of the digital space. First they can have fun together watching the show, then play the games. Jeff added that the concept was a perfect fit fo him because he had such a large family that his dad use to make the daily chores a game.
Anchor Dan Ponce asked Jeff to show the audience a few of the games they might see on the show. Jeff's wife and daughter joined in the fun playing 3 games, the third testing the anchors on their memory skills. You'll see, it wasn't so easy.
The interview concluded with Anna being so excited about the concept she said, "when this (COVID) is over, I want you to facilitate this at my house, can you come over and play at with my kids? ...I love it!" Dan added, "These are fantastic!"
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‘Homemade Games,’ ‘The Great’ very entertaining
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Posted: May 15, 2020 / 11:31 AM PDT / Updated: May 15, 2020 / 11:32 AM PDTBAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – In my search to find entertainment you can watch while stuck at home, I like it when I discover a program that is not only entertaining while you watch but can spark more fun after the show is over.
Jeff Rogers set out to create a game show and ended up developing a program that can provide relief for those at home who have become bored with their board games. Rogers is the host and co-creator of BYUtv’s latest family friendly show “Jeff’s Homemade Game Show,” a competition series played completely at the homes of the contestants.
The games began May 12 on BYUtv. Don’t worry if you do not have the cable channel, the BYUtv app is free to download.
The 10-episode season uses common on-site household objects, locations and activities for each contest specifically designed for the family hosting the show. Family members can win cash and prizes by participating in homegrown challenges such as stacking cans from their kitchen into a pyramid, returning items that have been removed from their living room to the correct locations, catapulting cereal into a milk-filled bowl, collecting as much loose change as possible and guessing the expiration date of a condiment in their refrigerator.
Jeff Rogers said he played a lot of games growing up in Mount Prospect with 10 siblings — but those were more like chores disguised as games.
The 51-year-old comedian said his dad encouraged the kids to race to clean their bedrooms and make their beds. Now Rogers hosts his own competition show where he visits Chicago-area families and uses their household items for games such as catapulting cereal into a milk-filled bowl or stacking canned goods into a pyramid. The contestants can win hundreds of dollars. If they lose, they get junk from Rogers’ Northwest Side garage.
“Jeff’s Homemade Game Show” is scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday on BYUtv, a family entertainment network. Rogers hopes the series, which will be available live and on-demand for free on BYUtv’s app, inspires families to play along.
Ten local families are featured on the first season. Rogers said there were several hundred applicants. Families living within 100 miles of Chicago were selected.
“It’s been great to be able to bring this show here and really generate it here, produce it here, edit it here with all Chicago talent and crew,” said Rogers....Read the rest of the article here.
Check out Jeff's Homemade Game Show Tuesday nights, 8pm CT on BYUTV, or stream anytime at www.byutv.org/jeffsgameshow
Perfect Time for this Game Show in Homes
The suburban trio created and filmed their TV game show before anyone had heard of COVID-19, wore masks or stayed at home, but their timing couldn't be more serendipitous. "Jeff's Homemade Game Show" features comedian and Mount Prospect native Jeff Rogers hosting family members competing in wacky challenges for the chance to win money, prizes or a piece of junk from "Jeff's garage." All without leaving their homes.
Co-creators Bob Maraist, 57, of Grayslake, whose work on documentaries such as "American High" have earned him four Emmy Awards, and longtime collaborator Bob Kopach, 56, of Elmhurst, who conceived the idea for the show, say it couldn't be more relevant in an era when many families are stuck at home. And Rogers, 51, has been prepping for his game show duties since his childhood as the 10th of 11 children born to Robert and Margaret Rogers.
"My dad made a game out of everything,....
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Jeff Rogers, host of our show, Jeff's Homemade Game Show, had a great time with the anchors of KTLA's afternoon show. When asked how Jeff got involved with the show, Jeff answered, "when Bob Kopach & Bob Maraist came to me with the idea of bringing a game show to peoples homes, and using their stuff, it was a perfect fit. My parents use to get us 9 kids to do chores around the house, by making it a game. They'd say, 'whoever cleans up their room first gets a prize!' Well, at first I'd think he's just trying to con us, but all it took was for one of the kids to start cleaning their room faster, and suddenly, the game was on!" As everyone laughed, anchor Glen Walker replied, "You guys were getting snookered!" Jeff agreed, but everyone acknowledged that it was a lot more fun way to go about connecting with kids.
It must be very trying to report on the current events day after day, with little good news, and the serious nature of how it effects people. As the segment wrapped up, it just seemed the anchors were very thankful for the opportunity to laugh about something that could bring joy to others.
Jeff’s Homemade Game Show, Premiering May 12, 8pm CST on BYUTV. https://www.byutv.org/jeffsgameshow
Here's a link to a BTS interview with our host Jeff Rogers:
Comedian Jeff Rogers knows how to turn family time into game time: he shows up at a family's home and hosts a game show right in their living room! The family competes in a series of crazy and hilarious challenges with items from around the house. If they win, they get some amazing prizes. If they lose, they get junk from Jeff's garage. Jeff's Homemade Game Show is fast, funny, and all about family—staying home has never been this much fun! Premieres May 12 at 9 pm ET | 6 pm PT.
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