Naughty & Nice
- December 19
Welcome back to the Block Party where my sister had her
birthday on the 17th, and we are fully into the holiday
swing. And with Hanukkah already underway and Christmas
Next week, I would think it would be appropriate to see
whoif I were Santa Clauswas naughty and nice this
year. Who gets the good gifts and who gets the lump of
First off the good girls and boys:
Cheryl Jackson for proving that $5 can make you richer
than winning the whole million.
Howie Mandel for showing us that you can be a damn good
host. And for that matter, Deal or No Deal for being the
best of the Endemol crop of shows.
Ken Jennings and Bob Harris for showing us that us
trivia geeks have personalities, lives and experiences
that can be a lot like us.
Paul Bailey for continuing to carry the torch of us
fans and honoring the game show as a whole with the Game
Aaron Huertas, Jason Hernandez and all my game show
peeps around the net for making it on shows and WINNING.
GSN for at least trying to put out new product other
than just gambling shows. The documentaries are really
cool. And even though Starface wasnt that great, That's
the Question was OK and Chain Reaction got a season
2give us more shows. Fans are starving for it.
American Idol for making season 5 the best ever. Now,
can Season 6 be even better.
Jennifer Hudson for showing that losing Idol was the
best thing that could have happened to you.
Bob Barker for going out on top. And for all the
reasons mentioned in a non-block party column.
Bianca Ryan. All the people can hate on her all she
wants for being a public relations tool. But she has the
pipes to back it up.
Regis Philbin for saving another network.
CBS for keeping Survivor and Amazing Race still on the
The Food Network and Marc Summers for making The Next
Food Network Star the best reality show competition on
cable TV (sorry, Project Runway)
USA for making Nashville Star. Country fans need love
Harry Friedman who continues to make Jeopardy and Wheel
of Fortune appointment TV over 20 years later.
Meredith Vieira who makes being a newswoman and a game
show host look too damn easy.
Dancing With the Stars. Who knew that Ballroom Dancing
would be so cool. OkJason Hernandez did.
And to Spanish and International TV for giving us
versions of beloved shows. Its the best reason to be
And now, the lumps of coal.
Endemol USA. Oh yeah, they make Deal or No Deal and 1
v.100. But they have foisted Midnight Money Madness,
Show Me the Money and the future Set For Life on us. And
also, the contestant coordinators on your shows are
looking for people who are characters, not people who
can play the game well. Tone down your application to
something a little less prying than a government
homeland security test and maybe we will apply.
ABC. You put on the crapitude that is The Bachelor
and Show Me The Money, but you dont put back Super
Millionaire? Are you kidding me?
Any interactive game show that is on now or has been
on. From Playmania to MyGames Fever...the production
values suck, the questions are idiotic, the hosts are
vapid and the games stink.
Game Show Marathon and Ricki Lake. Dont blame Todd
Newton and Rich Fields for this mess. This falls
squarely on the feet of two distinct groups. The
celebrities were there for themselves and didnt know
the games...and Ricki didnt either.
Fox for putting on the abysmal Unan1mous, Skating
with Celebrities and Celebrity Duets. You cant hitch
your wagon to American Idol and put crap next to it.
People will know that is.
CBS for putting on Big Brother-All Stars. Did we need
this? No. Did anyone care? Nope.
Any music show like The One or Rock Star:
Supernova. I know American Idol...and you guys werent
Piers Morgan for ruining the voting system of
Americas Got Talent. You put in two acts that didnt
deserve it because of you trying to be Simon Cowell.
Turned out you were just mean spirited, not critical.
Richard Hatch. Pay your taxes and you would not have
gotten into this mess.
Any American Idol voter who bitches, whines and moans
that their candidate didnt win and they didnt vote.
It happens every year. Chris Daughtry got the #1 album
because of his fans. The calls for the FCC investigation
made me laugh.
The last lump of coal goes to all the people who
criticize just for the sake of doing it. This website
tries to be as fair as possible without going the route
of the personal attack. And my column is my personal
opinion as to the game show world around me. But there
are a lot of people who just bitch and moan to make
themselves heard. That doesnt work.
So, ho ho ho and if I missed anything go and email me
and tell me that I need a lump of coal...or a good
present. Anyone got a leftover PS3 lying around?
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