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Legal "Temptation"
September 11

This is Jason Block and I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. But I am a paralegal, and have been for the past year. But anybody with a legal background and a bit of game show fandom knows that the people at FremantleMedia and Fox Television are in a bit of legal trouble.

More succinctly, they flat out stole a game element from another production.

First of all, the "new" game show "Temptation: The New Sale of the Century" itself is a mish mash of about 4-5 different elements of different game shows. We saw the Speed Round of Wheel of Fortune masquerading as the Fame Game. We saw a bit of Bargain Hunters, Let's Make A Deal, Remote Control, and You Don't Know Jack in there. When I see Sale of the Century, I will let you know. And the home-shopping element is just dreadful.

But what struck me was the "Knockoff" and "Super Knockoff" Rounds. When host Rossi Morreale said the words "9 are right, 3 are wrong" on a board of 12 circling the center. I nearly hit the floor. I called up Gordon Pepper and said, "This is the Wipeout board."

Yes, I saw Wipeout on my trip to Spain last year under a different name. The credits on the show made sure that the format from Dames-Fraser Productions and Paramount was credited. And watching in it Spanish, I still remember how cool and underrated a show that was. And of course, the late great Peter Tomarken was so underrated in this show.

But the question I put to the producers of Temptation is this: Is Dames-Fraser somehow part of the FremantleMedia chain? If yes, then what this is just another part of the awful Americanization of this show. This is NOT the Temptation I have seen on Youtube and at Game Show Congress. This sure as hell isn't Sale of the Century. This is just an average show masquerading as one of the shows I loved as a child.

If it is NOT part of the Fremantle Chain... then I suggest... no I DEMAND that Viacom/Paramount sue the pants off of Fox Television and Fremantle for the stealing of their intellectual property. Because that isn't just bad game construction, it's outright theft.

Bottom line: Going once...going twice...NO SALE on this show. Time to go to court, Viacom. Show some stones Les and Sumner...I know you can.

Jason Block is not available to sue anyone for you, but he knows a few goo... err, a few lawyers if you'll fire off an e-mail to