We start this time
around with the Big Deal that legendary game show host Monty Hall is
going to co-host one segment with Wayne Brady on “Let’s Make A Deal”
during the week of March 22-26. According to the press release, he
will play one game on his own with an audience member or members of
his choosing. For game show fans and fans of Monty Hall this is
I have to touch on new spokesmodel Tiffany Coyne, who has replaced
Alison Fiori on the show for the past month. She is much better and
more interactive than Alison ever was. She is funny, gorgeous and
has a great sense of humor. I believe the cast and crew on the show
is now complete.
What else is complete is the top 12 on American Idol. Last week, I
got 3 of the 4 eliminated people right as John Park, Jermaine
Sellers, Haeley Vaughn and Michelle Delamor went home. This week,
Alex Lambert, Todrick Hall, Katelyn Epperson and in a huge shock,
Lilly Scott were the last eliminated before the top 12. Your top 12
are Michael Lynche, Casey James, Lee Dewyze, Andrew Garcia, Tim
Urban and Aaron Kelly for the men and Krystal Bowersox, Lacey Brown,
Paige Miles, Didi Benami, Siobhan Magnus and Katie Stevens for the
ladies. The Round of 12 theme will be the Songs of the Rolling
I caught the premiere of “Instant Recall”, the new hidden camera
game show on GSN. Wink Martindale hosts this show where two
unsuspecting “contestants” are put in a wacky situation. When the
cue of “Do You Like Game Shows?” is spoken, Wink and crew come in
and transform the site of the situation into the “Instant Recall”
studio where the contestants are quizzed on what happened while they
were there. In the first episode, there was a fake intervention and
a fake love seminar.
The best part of the show is Wink Martindale. He is being Wink
Martindale and is not taking himself seriously at all. Everything
else about the execution of the show is not that great. The
situations themselves are not funny, and the “Blind Date/Pop Up
Video” pop ups were too dirty and sexual for an 8:30PM show. They
were trying way too hard to force the humor.
And the game show itself was 3 questions long. That was very
disappointing, as it felt like they were doing way too much setup
for not enough pay off. It’s very hard for me to trash a show like
this, because I like Wink here. The show itself is not worthy of
Block Party Quick Hits Time:
--ABC greenlights a pilot from Mark Burnett called “Trust Me, I'm a
Game Show Host." In a format twist, the show will have two hosts who
will match wits about various subjects with contestants culled from
a studio audience. One of the hosts will be telling the truth, the
other will be deceptive, and contestants will have to figure out
which to trust. Casting is under way for the two hosts.
--Season 5 of “America’s Got Talent” started taping this weekend.
--Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals will not only be on DWTS,
he will be on VH1 rumored to be called “The Tournament”. The series
will be a mix of Ocho Cinco's on-field charisma blended with the
drama of the dating pool played out in a bracket-style dating
tournament. The 10 episode, one-hour series is set to premiere in
--The rumors are now finally true! According to USA Today, Betty
White will host NBC's late-night veteran show Saturday Night Live on
May 8. The Mother's Day episode also will feature a reunion of six
former female cast members, most of them moms: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler,
Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch. SNL
executive producer Lorne Michaels says he has "always wanted" White
to host. "Years ago, I turned it down three times," White says.
"It's so New York, and I'm not New York at all. But my agent said
he'd divorce me if I didn't do it, and I love my agent." (That
agent, Jeff Witjas, says he was only joking, but "it's perfect
timing for her career right now. I said, 'Do it now, or when you're
--Bravo renews “The Fashion Show”
--Bob Barker donates $2.5 Million to PETA to open and renovate a new
location on Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street in Los Angeles. The
building will be home to the group's media, marketing, youth
outreach and campaign departments.
--As we set the clocks forward this weekend, it’s time to look at
summer schedules on the major networks. Fox has “So You Think You
Can Dance," which bows Thursday, May 27. It will air Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays until June 10. That's when "Hell's Kitchen"
returns on Thursdays with two-hour episodes all summer long. On NBC,
America’s Got Talent gets a two-hour debut on Tuesday, June 1 from
8-10 p.m. It will also air Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m. The Tuesday
edition of "AGT" will face ABC's "Wipeout" starting June 22. “Last
Comic Standing," After a two-hour premiere from 8-10 on June 7, it
will air Mondays at 9 p.m. And on ABC, we see the return of two
summer reality shows: Season 2 of "True Beauty" and Season 3 of
"Wipeout." “Beauty” will debut at 10 p.m. Monday, May 31, following
the "The Bachelorette." “Wipeout," will be back Tuesday nights
beginning June 22. Themed episodes will include "Ladies Night,"
"Family Edition" and "Wipeout Blind Date."
--A new season of Pros v. Joes will be on July 14th on Spike.
--Brooke Burke is the new co-host of DWTS.
--While we had an non-elimination leg this week on the Amazing Race,
one of the members of the detective team has something bigger on his
mind. According to TMZ and Examiner.com, Louis Stravato has been
taken off the streets and assigned to desk duty due to an internal
investigation into a major police-operated cocaine ring. Rhode
Island State Police arrested three Providence police officers on
drug-related charges on March 4 in what is now known as "Operation
Deception." Although just three officers were arrested in the drug
sting so far, four additional officers were put on desk duty as of
Friday pending further investigation. One of the officers put on
administrative duty was Amazing Race contestant, Louis Stravato.
--Kids Week returns to Jeopardy in July.
--Alton Brown will speak at the commencement at the University of
Georgia on May 8th.
--Megan And Cheyne, who won Season 15 of the Amazing Race, are now
--Meredith Vieira is now on Today through 2011.
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