It is a spin-off of Nickelodeon, which began airing on March 1, 1999. As its
name implies, its purpose is to broadcast game shows and sport shows that previously aired on Nickelodeon. Some of the first shows that began to air on this network were Double Dare (plus three of its spin-offs), Legends of the Hidden Temple, Nickelodeon GUTS, Global GUTS, Wild and Crazy Kids, Nick Arcade, Get the Picture, Finders Keepers, Figure It Out, etc.
During its run, this TV channel gradually acquired more shows, such as Make the Grade, Double Dare 2000 (the only Double Dare spin-off that was not airing since the inception of Nick GAS), and Robot Wars. The network even began to air its own original shows, such as Gamefarm, Play2Z, and Splash TV. All in all, Nick GAS ran about 26 different shows since it began.
However, throughout various periods of its run, Nick GAS has made some ridiculous decisions involving its shows. It typically pulled shows off the air before they were given a chance to gain a strong audience, namely all of its original shows and a couple of others that previously aired on Nickelodeon (Salute Your Shorts, for example). Many of the network’s shows, such as Global GUTS and the three original versions of Double Dare, were removed by 2006. Overall, after years of butchering the network, only six shows remain in syndication:
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Get the Picture
Figure It Out
Double Dare 2000
These are, arguably, the most-watched shows on the network. So, the executives in charge of managing Nick GAS felt that, because of these statistics, it was alright to bottleneck its viewing audience by cancelling all other shows on the network. Now, how far did this take the network?
Well, it apparently did not work. After the channel had been broadcasted for almost nine years, Nick GAS is being replaced by a different Viacom network: The N. Yes, starting on December 31, 2007, The N is breaking away from Noggin and having its own channel. But, what will happen to Nick GAS? Well, all six of those shows are expected to air on Nickelodeon’s Internet channel, TurboNick, once this transition occurs.
Bobby: Oh well, at least we still have Double Dare 2000!
Billy: But I hate that show! I only liked the original.
Bobby: Oh well, at least we still have Nickelodeon GUTS!
Billy: But I liked Global GUTS so much more, and they cancelled that, too!
Bobby: Oh well, at least we still have Legends of the Hidden Temple! EVERYONE likes that show!
Billy: I guess… *sigh*