Get into the TV Manager 2 beta (#1 competition)

In our newest upcoming game TV Manager 2, you take charge of a small and nearly bankrupt TV station and lead it to glory as the world’s biggest TV network! With the development of TV Manager 2 coming to an end, we are in need of beta testers.

To celebrate the new blog, we are running a small competition. In order to grab one of the few open positions for beta testing, all you have to do is to post two of your favorite movies or series, which you would like to appear in TV Manager 2. To post just click on “leave comment” at the bottom of this post. From all comments we will randomly choose one winner. The competition runs until Monday 9th November.

Should you not be chosen in this competition you can also get access to the beta test by regularly make posts and suggestions in this blog. We hand-pick the authors of the most frequent and helpful posts.

What is a beta test? Well, at the appropriate time between November and December we will give you access to an almost completed copy of the game for free. All you have to do is to play the game and report us any bugs or problems you encounter. Because TV Manager 2 is an online game you will not be able to use this copy of the game after the beta test. Depending on the amount and helpfulness of your feedback you might get a free copy of the full version.

Terms and conditions: We reserve the right to deny you or cancel your access to the beta test at any time and with any or without any reason or notice. If you decide to enter the beta test additional terms and conditions might apply, about which you will be informed before. The law of the European Union and Germany applies and court of justice is Freiburg in Germany.

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50 Responses to “Get into the TV Manager 2 beta (#1 competition)”

  1. Jhino Says:

    1. Transformers
    2. Harry Potter
    3. Public Enemies
    4. Blade Runner

  2. Gary Says:

    1. Star Wars
    2. Star Trek

    (ok, that was easy. :P)

    I’ll give you some more:

    3. Black Hawk Down
    4. SAW
    5. The Rock

  3. Sil Says:

    1 Desperate Housewives 🙂
    2 Sex and the city

    Had to do this 🙂 Ive read the posts above and I thought a feminine touch would be nice … 😉

  4. Tim Says:


    I can’t wait for this game. It feels like 10 years since the first one! This is the reason why I have never cancelled my subscription to the newsletter! Feeling more excited about this then I was about Football Manager Live.

  5. Kris Bennett Says:

    Mad Max – Beyond the Thunderdome
    Dances with Wolves

  6. mystikranger Says:

    1. Thank You For Not Smoking
    2. Zoolander
    3. Lion King
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. Bad Santa

    TV Series
    1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    2. The Office
    3. Reno 911!

  7. Thomas Says:


    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    2. I, Robot


    The Simpsons
    Lost in Space (Family Robinson) – if you’re old enough to remember 🙂
    Flash Gordon

  8. Barney Says:

    1. Cheers
    2. Seinfeld

    Both classic TV-comedy’s. But also:

    3. 24
    4. Lost

    There are loads more, but to give everyone an opportunity to name some great tv-shows or movies, I’ll leave it at this.

  9. Feras Says:

    1) 24
    2) Parks & Recreations
    3) Modern Family
    4) Big Bang Theory.

    I’m really looking forward to this release, Niels.

  10. Ed Says:

    1. Doctor Who
    2. Veronica Mars

    Some extras:
    3. Glee
    4. Princess Bride
    5. North By Northwest
    6. Clue

  11. Niels Bauer Says:

    Thank you. 🙂

    Just keep the movies and series coming. I can use MANY. You are not limited to post 4 or 6.

    Btw.: @Tim: ”

    It feels like 10 years since the first one!”

    Actually it´s 8 years! A really long time. But I’ll make it worth the waiting.

  12. Theodore Huck Says:

    Princess Bride
    The Shining

    I will like having another good game.

  13. Chris Says:

    Cool i cant wait for TVM 2

    Everything i have read looks so cool i cant wait. Great work.

  14. John Says:

    How about:

    Animal House
    Men in Black
    Blues Brothers

    TV Series:
    Two and a Half Men
    Three Stooges Shorts

  15. Phatboydw Says:

    TV Series
    Stargate SG1
    Stargate Atlantis
    Stargate Universe

  16. Casey Says:

    1.) Firefly (series and movie)
    2.) Battlestar Gallactica (origional series)
    3.) House MD
    4.) Hawaii 5-0
    5.) Supernatural

    Now for movies

    1.) Origional Star Wars films
    2.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    3.) A Clockwork Orange
    4.) Where Eagles Dare
    5.) The Great Escape
    6.) Time Bandits
    7.) Payback (1999 Mel Gibson film)

  17. Casey Says:

    Oh and Running Man

  18. Vesa Says:

    1. Stargate
    2. Babylon5

  19. Percie Says:

    1. The Mentalist
    2. Matroesjka’s
    3. Las Vegas

    1. Loft (Belgian Movie, but great!)
    2. The Bourne Ultimatum

  20. Barney Says:

    You said you can use many different titles. Well here are a few more classic tv shows that are worth considering to put in the game.

    All In The Family
    Charlie’s Angels
    Happy Days
    The Muppet Show
    Dukes of Hazzard
    Incredible Hulk
    Love Boat
    Mork & Mindy
    Sesame Street
    Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    Buck Rogers In the 25th Century
    Fawlty Towers
    Starsky And Hutch
    The Cosby Show
    Tour of Duty
    Falcon Crest
    The Golden Girls
    Hill Street Blues
    L.A. Law
    Married with Children
    Miami Vice
    Murder, She Wrote
    Who’s The Boss?
    Family Ties
    Perfect Strangers
    St. Elsewhere
    Quantum Leap
    Magnum, P.I.
    Knight Rider
    The A-Team
    Home Improvement
    The X-Files
    Law And Order
    NYPD Blue
    The Twiglight Zone
    Twin Peaks
    Blue Thunder

  21. Niels Bauer Says:

    Now THAT´S what I call a list! Thanks a lot!

  22. Hugas Says:

    Tom & Jerry

  23. Rob v/d B Says:

    StarGate SG1
    James Bond
    Lord of The Rings
    World Funniest HomeVideo’s

  24. Nova Says:

    Sponge Bob
    Bob the Builder

    Harry Potter

  25. joopjr Says:

    I like to see:
    Doctor House (that emergency program);

  26. Gorron Says:


    Nausicaa of the valley of the wind
    Castle in the sky
    My neighbor totoro
    Kiki’s delivery service
    Porco Rosso
    Spirited away
    Howl’s moving castle
    Appleseed: Ex Machina
    vantage point
    black jack: the movie
    letters from Iwo jima
    swing vote
    startrek (the movies)
    the great escape
    we were soilders
    resident evil:extinction
    underworld: evolution
    V for vendetta
    the fifth element
    king arthur
    ghost rider
    the dish


    Ghost in the Shell standalone complex
    Ghost in the Shell standalone complex second gig
    the state within
    state of play(the bbc series not the movie version)
    last exile
    battlestar galactica
    star trek(from season 1 on)
    the IT crowd
    the office
    babylon 5
    space battleship Yamato
    band of brothers
    john adams
    generation kill

  27. TheBrak Says:

    Twin Peaks
    South Park

    Inland Empire
    Cannibal – The Musical

  28. Barney Says:

    I’ve come up with a few more titles. I think none of these series have been mentioned yet.

    The Addams Family
    Absolutely Fabulous
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    ‘Allo, ‘Allo!
    Alias Smith and Jones
    Blake’s 7
    Boston Legal
    Beverly Hills, 90210
    The Beverly Hillbillies
    Cagney & Lacey
    China Beach
    Coronation Street
    Dad’s Army
    A Different World
    Dick Turpin
    Dr. Who
    Father Ted
    The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
    The Fugative
    Full House
    Get Smart
    Grey’s Atonomy
    Hart to Hart
    The Honeymooners
    I Love Lucy
    I Spy
    It’s Garry Shandling’s Show
    Inspector Morse
    Larry Sanders Show
    Little Britain
    The Lone Ranger
    Lost in Space
    Lou Grant
    Mad About You
    The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
    Mission Impossible
    Mister Ed
    The Monkees
    Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    Murphy Brown
    News Radio
    Night Court
    Northern Exposure
    The Onedin Line
    One Foot in the Grave
    Only Fools and Horses
    Perry Mason
    Peyton Place
    The Rockford Files
    Three’s Company
    A Touch of Frost
    The Untouchables
    Upstairs, Downstairs
    The Vicar of Dibley
    The Wonder years
    Yes, Minister
    The Young Ones

    I remember from the first game that daytime soaps were a good way to start atracting an audience to your station. Here are a few titles:

    As the World Turns
    Coronation Street
    Days of our Lives
    Another World
    The Young and the Restless
    General Hospital
    Santa Barbara
    The Bold and the Beautiful
    All My Children
    The Edge of Night
    Search for Tomorrow
    Sons and Daughters
    The prime-time soap series I have mentioned before (Dallas, Dynasty, falcon Crest and even older is Peyton Place)

    And in the afternoon it was good to air something for the young. Here are some cartoons that haven’t been mentioned:
    Beavis and Butthead
    The Flintstones
    Pink Panther
    The Jetsons
    Mister Magoo
    Vicky the Viking
    Dragon Ball
    Alvin and the Chipmunks
    Postman Pat
    The Smurfs
    The Care Bears
    Inspector Gadget
    Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies
    Woody Woodpecker
    Doctor Snuggles
    The Simpsons
    Cow & Chicken
    Super Mario World
    The Wild Thornberrys
    Totally Spies!
    Kim Possible

    I hope others will come up with a few more.

  29. Gorron Says:

    how about opera’s if you still have the live events thing like in version 1. it would be like the HD simulcast the met opera does.

    And if you look at the shortened version of the magic flute they did in English for kids, to the high tech almost like a movie version of faust. You can see a range of settings for your program.

    la traviata
    the magic flute
    la damnation de faust
    la boheme
    la fille du regiment
    hansel and gretel
    madam butterfly
    le nozze di figaro
    don pasquale
    la sonnabula
    william tell
    I purtitani
    the marriage of figaro
    don giovanni

  30. Barney Says:

    I remember that in the original game tv-series were limited at a maximum of 9 episodes (correct me if I’m wrong). Most of the tv series that are suggested here have a lot more episodes.A lot of succesful shows have up to 24 episodes in one season. But we almost forgot about the mini – series, they are made for TV-maneger2! Here are a few titles:

    The Thorn Birds
    North and South
    The Winds of War
    War and Remembrance
    Lonesome Dove
    Into the West
    Brideshead Revisited
    The Day After
    The Singing Detective
    I, Claudius
    Quo Vadis
    The Last Days of Pompeii
    The 4400
    Frank Herbert’s Dune
    World War III
    Salem’s Lot
    The Shinning
    Great Expectations
    The Jewel in the Crown
    Das Boot
    Band of Brothers

    I can imagine that it’s alot of work to come up with modified titles of real movies and tv-series. Maybe creative visitors can come up with a few alternative titles for well-known movies er tv-series.
    For example: Cheers – Malone’s (Bar)
    Sam’s Cafe
    Boston Bar
    I’m sure we can come up with a few titles you can use in the game.

  31. Luuk Says:

    Definitely Dexter and How I Met Your Mother!
    Can’t believe nobody has mentioned these two before me.

  32. Luuk Says:

    Oh, just saw we are making awesomely long lists now? Haha.

    Close to home
    Midsomer Murders

    God, it’s hard to think of some good ones while there have been mentioned hundreds of series and movies before me.
    Anyway, I would love to lend you a hand in making TV Station Manager 2 a great game. Let me know.

  33. Barney Says:

    Because live-tv was a way to attract a big audience in TV Manager 1, I think it will be important in TV Maneger 2. In the original game it was not available in many different forms. I remeber three different groups: sport-events, reality-shows, and music. Those music events were limited to classical music I think. I don´t recall the option to air a rock concert for example. It would be nice to have more options, because these two options alone will attract two very different kinds of audience to your station.
    But also in the type of sports you air you can get the attention of different audience groups. Take for example golf or wrestling, and tennis or boxing.

    I´ve come up with a few live-tv events that could qualify to be in TV Manager 2. Some will only appeal to European audiences some will mainly attract citizens of the U.S.A. Maybe some can only be available on the USA map and some only on the European map. Though it might be fun to get the Americans to watch the Eurovision Song Contest.(I don´t think it will be a big hit)

    -American Football-
    NFL football
    College Football
    Super Bowl

    FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
    FIFA World Cup
    UEFA Champions League
    UEFA Europa League
    UEFA European Football Championship

    ATP World Tour
    French Open (Roland Garros)
    Wimbledon Championships
    U.S. Open
    Australian Open

    -Car and motor racing-
    Formula 1 Grand Prix
    Indy 500
    Daytona 500
    Champ Car
    Dakar –Rally
    Motorcycle Grand Prix

    WWE Superstars
    WWE WrestleMania
    WWE Great American Bash
    WWE Breaking Point

    -Road bicycle racing-
    Giro d’Italia
    Tour de France
    Vuelta a España

    U.S. Open
    Presidents Cup
    PGA Tour

    ICC Champions Trophy (cricket)
    Cricket World Cup

    -Sporting Events-
    Olympic Games
    Commonwealth Games
    Summer X Games

    National Hockey League (NHL)
    NBA Basketball
    Major League Baseball (World Series)
    Rugby League Four Nations
    Alpine skiing World Cup
    Ski Jumping World Cup
    Professional boxing
    New York City Marathon
    Red Bull Air Race

    -Award Shows-
    Academy Awards (Oscars)
    (Rose d’Or)Golden Rose of Montreux
    Golden Globe Awards
    Emmy Awards
    Grammy Awards
    Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts)
    Miss World
    Miss Universe

    Eurovision Song Contest
    Various Rock or Pop Concerts
    Music Festivals

  34. omid badvian Says:

    1 the lost 2 law and orders

  35. Barney Says:

    I think it can be a good idea to also let the player choose some art house style movies and even documentaries. These can attract the attention of what was called the ‘upper class’ part of the audience in TV Manager 1.Naturally these movies will not have a huge audience but it can be a cheaper way than lauching a marketing campain to get those people to like your station. Titles could also include black & white classics (Casablanca, Modern Times) or foreign language movies (Cidade de Deus (City of God), Der Himmel Uber Berlin, Seven Samurai) Here are a few more:

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Hard Candy
    Russian Ark
    Il Conformista
    Good bye, Lenin!
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    House of Flying Daggers
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    Blechtrommel, Die
    Broken Flowers
    Lost In Translation
    Night On Earth
    Room With a View, A
    Pelle The Conqueror
    Last Tango in Paris

    Bowling for Columbine
    Grizzly Man
    An Inconvenient Truth
    Fahrenheit 9/11
    Imagine: John Lennon
    Jesus Camp
    Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation
    Super Size Me
    When We Were Kings
    Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

    • Niels Bauer Says:

      Ha! I’ll never include documentaries of Michael Moore. This guy always thinks up the content of the point he would like to “proof” in his documentary and afterwards looks how to make everyone believe it´s the truth. On the other hand I do need some one star movies. 😉

      • Barney Says:

        Ha ha ha,but this proofs my point that it will be a lot more difficult to reach a large group of viewers for these kind of movies. The “upper class” group viewers is hard to please, in the original game it wasn’t a group that was needed to make your station a succes. I remember that most advertisers that were looking for a specific target group were looking for kids, teens, lower class and women.

        But the upper class is also interesting for advertisers, most of them will earn more money than other groups maybe more exclusive product producers will want to advertise for them. But also book sellers and theatre producers will be interested to reach that group.

        I agree that you also will need an amount of one star movies, they will be a lot cheaper and players will need them at the start of the game. Maybe in TV Manager 2 we will find the documentaries of Michael Moore beteen movies titles like Attack of the Supermonsters, Bloodsucking Freaks and Driller Killer.

  36. Niels Bauer Says:

    In TV Manager 2 we have the audience groups of: children, teenagers, women, men and seniors.

    • Barney Says:

      In that case, forget I mentioned this. Thenart house movies and documentaries are not of intrest in the game. Or just maybe a one star Michael Moore movie can be in the game, ha ha ha!

  37. francoisbagkus Says:

    1. Arrested Development

    2. Der Untergang (Downfall)

    And I would hate to be the party pooper, but will there be legal issues in using the title of the games?


    • Niels Bauer Says:

      We will be going to use slightly different and funny modifications of the original titles. However I also have the legal opinion of an international law firm stating that mentioning trademarks in games as part of the game content is not a use of those trademarks and as such cannot be a violation of the trademark ownership. Still I believe that slight modifications might even be more fun. AND everyone will have the ability to edit the movie titles.

  38. Marko Djordjevic Says:

    The Ugly truth – a comedy movie about the rules of man and woman relationships with Katherine Heigl.

    Couples retreat – A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort’s therapy sessions is not optional. Starring beautiful Krisetn Bell and fatter than ever Vince Vaughn.

    Charmed – teenage series about three sisters who are witches and fight evil warlocks and demons with their powers and spells, while trying to live as normal life as possible…

    That 70’s show – a comedy series put in hippies time about 6 friends who are trying to live their high school life as googd as possible in small, boring town. Main character is Eric, a clumsy mamma’s boy star wars fan in love with his best friend Donna, the girl next door.

  39. Niels Bauer Says:

    Thanks a lot. Tomorrow I’ll announce the winner. You can still write additional comments and suggest titles, but the competition is closed.

  40. Niels Bauer Says:

    And the winner is … due to the computer program I´ve just coded to draw a random number … so the winner is … number 3 counted from above. That’s Sil.


    Additionally I am going to select Barney and Garron for their efforts. Especially Barney wrote *a lot* in this and other threads.

    You’ll hear from me. That is if you entered your correct email. ^^
    A short test of the network code will possibly start as early as next week and a playable beta in late November / early December.

  41. omid badvain Says:

    1 irnman
    2 white rose
    3 heros
    4 shotgun
    5 lionking
    6 america
    7 seventh in heaven.
    8 lost in space
    9 24
    10 hellboy

  42. jas84 Says:

    full house
    the 70s show
    the simpsons

  43. Jeb Says:

    Hi, Niels,

    I cannot wait for TV Manager 2 (the first game was incredibly addictive).
    Here is a diverse list of American TV shows:

    King of the Hill (comedy)
    Arrested Development (comedy)
    Malcolm in the Middle (comedy)
    Glee (comedy/drama)
    Survivor (reality show)
    Big Brother (reality show)
    Top Chef (reality show)
    Hell’s Kitchen (reality show)
    The O’Reilly Factor (opinion news show)
    CSI (mystery/drama)
    Project Runway (reality show)
    Dancing with the Stars (reality show)
    The Office (comedy)
    Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (gameshow)
    Cops (reality show)
    American Idol (live reality/competition show)
    WWE Raw (live wrestling show)
    60 Minutes (news show)
    48 Hours Mystery (crime-related news show)
    How I Met Your Mother (comedy)
    Two and a Half Men (comedy)
    Everybody Loves Raymond (comedy)
    The Price is Right (daytime gameshow)
    Late-Show with David Letterman (late-night comedy show)
    Tonight Show with Conan O’ Brien (late-night comedy show)
    Community (comedy)
    30 Rock (comedy)
    Fraiser (comedy)
    Scrubs (comedy)
    Wife Swap (reality show)
    Curb Your Enthusiasm (comedy)

    And here are some movies:

    No Country for Old Men
    Brokeback Mountain
    Diary of a Mad Black Woman
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Running with Scissors
    Dead Poets Society
    Shrek (family/children’s movie)
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    The Truman Show
    Dumb & Dumber
    The Parent Trap (family/children’s movie)
    A Beautiful Mind

    Of course, there are many more shows and movies out there (especially classic shows and movies, which I am less familiar with). These are the ones I could currently think of. If you have any questions about the shows or movies, feel free to ask me.

    Thank you.

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