Hosts with the Most? - February 21
If there's anything more important to the
success of a game show than the format, it's the host.
How many game shows can we count that were absolute
crap, but we watched anyway because Bill Cullen was at
the helm? I tried to watch the second go-around of
$100,000 Pyramid, this time starring John Davidson,
but I couldn't stomach it, even at the tender age of
ten, because I knew that Davidson could not host his way
out of a paper bag.
This brings us to today, and two hosting
choices that are being made while a show is still in the
early stages, before it will ever see air. In the first
case, a new version of Sale of the Century set to
air under the moniker Temptation (the current
version airing in
goes by that title) will be hosted by Rossi Morreale.
Let me say at this point, I have no clue who Rossi
Morreale is. I'm not the most well-versed pop-culture
nut, but I do have a head for names. This guy has a
smattering of "host" credits, but is most well-known for
his stint on
I could be completely wrong on this, and I fully expect
that I will get a huge amount of mail on it if I am, but
I bet the guy will completely bomb as host.
as Sale of the Century requires a host who is
adept at reading questions, able to play along with the
Instant Bargain bits, along with all of the other
qualities that hosts should have anyway. We have no idea
if Morreale can do any of those things. Presumably he
can read cue cards, since he does have a few hosting
credits, but none of those are game shows. Why the
company went with an unknown host when there are many
known properties to choose from is beyond me.
On the other handand make a note,
friends, because this is probably the only time you'll
ever see thisThe FOX network did something right for a
change. While the concept for Are You Smarter than a
Fifth Grader? sounds utterly asinine and I bet the
show will go the way of The Rich List, FOX chose
Jeff Foxworthy as host. The guy has name recognition
from here to the trailer park, and his "You might be a
redneck if..." shtick falls right in line with a game
show that asks if your intelligence is on par with that
of an elementary school student. For all of their
boneheaded decisions, FOX made a good call in going with
a known entity, instead of a pretty face who the network
suits hope will draw young demographics.
A great host can salvage a bad game more
often than a great game will be able to endure an inept
host. For all of the other lessons that MyNetwork has
learned recently (first and foremost, there's a reason
that the telenovela never caught on in mainstream
America) they're going to learn another one very soon.
Hopefully it stays with them for a good long while.
If you have a better idea for who should host the
revival of Sale of the Century, send your idea to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The best ideas will get a pick
from the Fame Game board.