Looking into the Crystal
Christmas is over, and 2006 is just about over. 2007
looms and no one really knows what's going to happen? I
mean, at this time last year, we were lamenting about
how bad Howie Mandel was as host of Deal or No Deal, and
worried if Carrie Underwood would do well in her record
sales. Who knew?
So, without further ado...here are my Kreskin like
predictions of what I think will or wont happen in
2007. We can come back in about a year from now and see
I said it on WLTI and I will say it here. Jennifer
Hudson will be the first American Idol contestant to win
an Oscar. Critics have been calling her performance as
Effie in Dreamgirls nothing short of miraculous. Simon
Cowell and Nigel Lythgoe will be laughing all the way to
Speaking of American IdolSeason 6 will top Season 5
for both talent and ratings. And heres a total stab in
the dark here. We are going to have our first Hispanic
winner and he or she will be from New York City.
Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy will continue to be solid
performers throughout 2007. I dont see anything too
shocking accept adjustments and tweaks to make the show
even better than they are.
Here is what I think will be the biggest shocker of
2007. By the end of 2007, Bob Barker will be back
hosting The Price is Right. My reasoning? The person who
fills the spot will not be as successful ratings wise or
be as big a revenue generator. The suits will beg Barker
to come back, and he will do so.
Both the Amazing Race and Survivor will not come back
after their runs end in May. The ratings have been
stagnant in both shows, and the fans are tired of both
Meredith Vieira will sign a contract extension to do
Millionaire after her contract expires after the
2007-2008 season. The ratings explosion will fuel a nice
There will be no good interactive show in 2007. We will
still have to deal with the craptacularity of My Games
Fever et al.
Name That Tune with Donny Osmondratings bomb.
Poker shows will shows signs of flatlining and
stagnation in 2007, with some of the shows being
cancelled. However, I think we will see a $100,000,000
pot this coming summer for the main event of the 2007
World Series of Poker.
There will be even more live events around the country
where people will be allowed to play their favorite game
shows live. I believe we will see the debut of one,
possibly two new live casino shows.
No one will find love on TV. No dating show will be
successful in finding romance.
Dancing with the Stars 4 will be even better. Will
Cheryl Burke, tough as she is be dethroned? If a male
celeb wins, then yes.
All the niche shows, such as Project Runway, Top
Chef, and the Next Food Network Star will continue to
grow in ratings.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 will continue to have hot
ratings. With the growth of MMA, this show has no signs
of slowing down.
GSN will have a nice year of growthdue to the
introduction of more original programming in both
documentary and game shows. One of the shows will be a
Harry Friedmans double shot of Jokers
Wild/Combination Lock WILL get off the groundand will
both be hits.
Family Feud will be back for another year with John O
And finally, I predict that you the game show/reality
fan are in for a real treat. 2007 looks to be a banner
year for the viewer. Dont drink and drive...stay safe,
and I will see you in 2007!
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