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The DiGeorge Files
my name is Lee
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
my living room couch.
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Episode 4 - "GSN's
Major Mistake" (July 2)
Welcome my friends, once again, to another Episode of
the DiGeorge Files.
Last week, the question was posed
"What is the WORST
Game Show Ever?"
Greg Seiden decided that "Dog Eat Dog" was one of the
worst ever. Kenneth Sokol believes the "Funhouse" was
absolutely atrocious. Scott Hempler went a bit older
school with the 1980's "Face the Music" and Jonathan
Friedman is dead set in believing that "For Love or
Money" is the worst reality/game show.
In turn, my answer may surprise you, my loyal readers.
This show is one of the most popular shows on GSN as we
speak. However, Chuck Woolery's "Lingo" ranks #1 as the
worst television game show I have ever seen.
Now, you may be wondering
Why Lingo? The premise is
terrible. Just go back and forth trying to guess a five
letter word with "Mastermind" type clues. Then, taking a
page from the famous TPiR pricing game, "Three Strikes",
the correct team dips their hand into a bowl to pull out
a "Lingo Ball", hopefully giving them a "Lingo" (5 in a
row vertically, horizontally or diagonally.)
What's wrong with that? Here comes the laundry list. The
contestants that the producers ultimately pick to be on
the show? Absolute MORONS. If you ever plan on going to
participate on a TV game show, make sure you can
identify your strengths and weaknesses quickly. The
truth of the matter is
you don't need to know ANYTHING
to be good at Lingo. However, it seems IMPOSSIBLE for
ANYONE to be good at the game. There seems to be an
overwhelming failure in the games mechanics.
Also, Chuck Woolery, how the mighty have fallen. Now,
you seemingly sleepwalk through the Lingo episodes. The
gusto and fire that made the game show public fall in
love with you
gone. Now, after the contestant-morons
try to guess the word for the 25th time
you quip "It's
gotta be that!" Way to go Chuck. Gripping TV. (Please,
please, understand the sarcasm there)
Lingo also took a page from the insanely popular
internet game "Slingo". This incorporation of Slot
Machines and Bingo (both games of luck), led to an
explosion in AOL's popularity. GSN, scrounging for a new
idea for prime time, took Slingo and decided to figure
out what we can create out of -INGO. Lingo was born.
Lingo outweighs other bad GSN shows like "Friend or
Foe". Friend or Foe, although incredibly
times, has an incredible premise AND an incredible
Is anyone hanging onto their seat with baited breath
waiting for the last Lingo ball to be pulled?
For some reason, I highly doubt it.
For next week, please e-mail me a response to this
"If you would find out that Who Wants to be a
Millionaire was fake (a la Charles Van Doren on the
$64,000 question), would you ever watch another game
Until next week, peace out, cub scouts!
Lee pines for the days of Michael Reagan, you can
tell. E-mail him at
June 25 - The Legend of Barker
June 18 - The Greatest Moment Ever Stunk
June 11 - The Greatest Champion Ever