November 11, 2005
Life is an
Sorry, that was
truly a Gordon Pepper-quality joke. I won't subject you
to such horrible entertainment in this column again.
Speaking of Mr. Pepper...thank goodness he doesn't have
a Ph.D. Think about that one.
across what I believe may be the first-ever public
picture of our esteemed WLTI hosts and webmasters
together. You can look for it on your own, but let me
just say, Hello Odd Couple!
In about two weeks, these two men...and all the rest of
us who even occasionally work on GSNN...will become the
primary voices (or keyboard-ites) of the primary
one-stop shop for current game shows. You'll read more
about that in an upcoming "State of Play," so I won't
steal that thunder. Look for my thoughts both there and
here within a couple weeks.
Now, let's talk games:
* I stated in this column sometime in the horribly
distant past that I was looking forward to the new game
"Deal or No Deal." Since my last column, Howie
Mandel was chosen as host. I'm a fan of Mr. Mandel,
but please, don't let the comedy overpower the game. If
Mandel can make the game fun and about the
contestants, then this could be a great thing. The
thing to remember is there has to be some fun
involved...because the base gameplay itself doesn't
exactly lend itself to enthralled viewing. Here's the
Channel 4 website for the across-the-pond version if
you're not familiar.
* Is the announcement of Regis Philbin taking
the hosting reins of "This Is Your Life" a sure sign
that "Super Millionaire" won't be back....ever?
"Millionaire" EP Michael Davies insists that
talks about the show's return are frequent. But I can't
imagine that it would return until at least after "This
Is Your Life" has aired its six weeks sometime next
year. And if you're a big fan of the series, you have
to believe that with ABC's ratings turnaround, and
"Millionaire" having not aired a single episode in 18
months...that it just ain't happening. Prove me wrong,
* One final note about this season's "Survivor":
Gary Hogeboom's finding of the hidden immunity idol
may have saved him in the game. But there are still
people who can beat him in challenges. If the Survivors
don't/can't get him out of the game...and fast...he may
start sliding toward the finals even if the numbers are
against him (ahem...hi, Kelly). It's not likely, but
the chances are certainly higher than they seemed before
the last episode.
Here's this week's random game show from the past,
starting with B:
THE BIG MOMENT
We're not going back very far this time. In 1999, "The
Big Moment" launched on ABC with host Brad Sherwood. It
featured families of contestants who most complete a
difficult stunt, with time to practice it beforehand,
for a chance to win $25,000. The series was based on
the Japanese program "Happy Family Plan Show."
See you next time.