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Hi… my name is Lee… and I'm addicted to game shows.

It all started when I was young, I guess… I would climb the stairs of my house and wait for Rod Roddy (God rest his soul) to scream "Come on Down!" Like the contestant that never was, I would sprint down the stairs and sit in my own contestants row… my living room couch.

written by Lee DiGeorge


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Episode 7 - "Celebrity Turn-Off" (August 4)

My loyal readers, thank you for dealing with my slight break! Unfortunately, life gets in the way of life, game shows, and the pursuit of happiness.

Now, to pick up where I left off:

Welcome to another episode of the DiGeorge Files. Two weeks ago, I left you with an easy question: Do game shows with just celebrities work? According to the wonderful chart on the website, you answered correctly! No, they don't. During this DiGeorge files, you will get a very angst ridden rant about one of the worst "game shows" ever… Tattletales.

Never saw Tattletales? Don't read any further. I would absolutely hate to ruin an untainted mind by exposing them to this absolute trash. However, if you're the type of person who loves looking at a train wreck… here you go.

Imagine an overly smarmy Bert Convy. Imagine a game show that people win money JUST for being in the audience! Imagine a game show where there is no skill involved. Bert would ask Newlywed Game type questions to B level celebrities, seeing if their spouses would be able to correctly predict that answer.

The Newlywed Game worked on many different levels. Bob Eubanks is a fantastic host, whereas Convy isn't quite stellar. However, the game failed for a greater reason than the host.

If you were looking for celebrity gossip, there are many different places to get it. To put it in the guise of a game show, though? It gives the genre a bad name. The celebrities looked lethargic and angry that they agreed to play this stupid game.

The Newlywed Game asked similar questions, but the home viewers were watching REAL PEOPLE answer questions. These people had a nice prize at stake… they didn't want to look like an ass on national television. Otherwise, when they returned home, the neighborhood knew their business… and they had nothing to show for it.

Instead, on Tattletales, we see celebrities who are used to making asses out of themselves on a regular basis. They aren't playing for anything… no matter what, no one cares.

Tattletales made it through four seasons in the 1970s and 1980s, winning one daytime Emmy. I say, my loyal readers, we all get together and put on a terrible show during the daytime. Even if we only make it one season – we can still win an Emmy!

For next time, please answer the following question:

Please e-mail me with your thoughts. Until next time, peace out, cub scouts!

Lee never sat in the banana section. You can send him tickets at
digeorgefiles@yahoo.com.

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