Sunday, June 22, 2008

GAME SHOW RANTS

I decided that the blog would give a rest to its continuing coverage of girls to follow some other stuff. First it was that Tom Brokaw announcement, and now I will comment about fun summer programming: game shows in prime time.

Noticed that CBS has a new game show on Sunday evenings these days. It's called Celebrity Password and it's patterned on the original Password show that aired during daytime that had Allen Ludden as host.

They've redone it with all the prime-time elements, including a set reminiscent of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Hey, even the host is from that show. Regis Philbin!

Meanwhile, the folks at CBS have been doing more Price is Right shows in prime time. Drew Carey has been hosting these Million Dollar Spectaculars, and has actually been giving away a million dollars on the show, believe it or not.

All the loot Drew Carey has doled out has made the folks over at Deal or No Deal look really bad. They tried one jump-the-shark tactic after another this season, loading up the board with several million-dollar cases as part of their "Million Dollar Mission." It was all in the hope that someone will have the guts to go all the way and take home a million dollar case. Instead, everyone chickened out and made deals with the banker. If Howie Mandel still had hair on his head, he would have been tearing his out.

I have mixed feelings about all the game shows in prime time. I personally think it's the easy way out for these networks to program these shows. The cheap way out. These shows really ought to air during the day or on weekends, and leave prime time to scripted shows that have a lot of effort put into them. Not that they don't put an effort into game shows - it's just that we get too much cheap stuff and not enough scripted shows these days.

At least some game shows we are seeing rolled out in prime time these days are more of the classic game shows. I'm not sure I like some of the ones on FOX, these ones like Don't Forget the Lyrics, the nauseating The Moment of Truth and especially that Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? show.

Forget that these shows make people in the audience feel stupid -- the people who like these shows ARE stupid!

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