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"I Love That Guy!"
July 26

With five episodes of eight having aired, I figure now is as good a time to get in a good word about GSNís most recent effort, Late Night Liars. I applaud the network for trying something as different as it is. If you havenít seen the show, it is clearly homage to Liarís Club, but replacing four celebrities with Muppets.

Thatís right. Muppets. Caricatures of various celebrities and personalities are the panel for the game. In the first two rounds, host Larry Miller reveals a category and each member of the panel gives an answer. Two (very human) contestants must figure out which panelists are lying. Round three is a one-on-one affair where a correct judgment earns a spin of the Randomometer. The player with more money goes on to the Two-Topic Showdown, a rapid-fire true-false quiz where eight correct answers in forty-three seconds wins a cash jackpot of $10,000 or more.

As you can tell, the show is light on gameplay and heavy on humor and interaction with the Muppets. If youíre OK with that, then youíll dig it. If you want more questions and answers, you wonít. And I havenít even gotten to The Weasel. The Weasel steals the show regularly: whether announcing why the round one question is worth $561, or describing the consolation prizes, he reminds me of an announcer but while being a terribly cute rodent. After the show is done, that little guy needs to get his own show, quickly. Larry Miller, the perennial obsequious yes-man character, shines as host; alternating between dialogue with the Muppets and explaining the rules and choices to the players.

The problem is that the show started out with a big push of 250,000 viewers, and then the ratings fell off. Sure, thereís some repetition to the game, and if you donít like filthy-mouthed puppets, you donít have much reason to buy in, but give the network some props for going off the board and trying something new. (Granted, I would feel burned after Hidden Agenda, Instant Recall and Unstapled, but still, this is way out in left field.)

If you want to know why round one is worth $573.00, you can send an e-mail to the author at traviseberle@gmail.com