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
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.
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