The main disappearing act to talk about is this column.
Yes, it was three weeks between columns again. Your
humble columnist has been dealing with a few things --
including the potential for a job promotion -- that had
to take precedence. I know the lack of regularity in the
column is sometimes an issue...so for those of you who
do check it out, thanks! When the column does appear,
it'll be on Tuesdays. Next Tuesday, I'll have an instant
review of Deal or No Deal.
I'm excited about Deal or No Deal. The commercials have
been nearly goosebump-inducing, and don't seem to have
given away any gameplay information (like some
commercials for other big money games have in the past).
I expressed concern in a previous column about the
hosting skills of Howie Mandel. If the promos are any
guide, my concerns will be without merit. Just the look
and feel of the line "Deal.......or No Deal?" is
absolutely spot on. Again...instant review next Tuesday.
So Danni beats the odds, huh? I think if anyone had said
Steph and Danni would be the final two -- or even that
Steph, Danni, Rafe, and Lydia would be the final four --
they would have been called crazy. Lydia really did
prove that being a good person and a fun person can get
you somewhere in the game (although her weakness,
perceived or otherwise, also probably played a role).
Steph beat the odds too...as did Bobby Jon...both had
giant bullseyes on their backs from day one.
Next season looks really interesting, but Survivor
purists will probably not embrace all of it. The idea of
exiling someone for an apparently-indeterminate amount
of time is intriguing but certainly a big shift from
traditional Survivor fare. Don't get me wrong -- I'm not
suggesting this is a signal that Survivor is jumping the
shark -- but is there really a reason to fix what's not
broken? I guess we'll see...if it works, Mark Burnett
and his team will again look like geniuses.
Glad to see that both Lingo and Distraction are coming
back. Distraction, while quite possibly the strangest
semi-traditional game show since The Chair, is at its
core a good game and can be played along with at home.
Lingo may well be the spark that sends GSN more toward
traditional game fare and away (albeit slightly) from
the barroom and extreme games that it has leaned heavily
One final item: Don't read a ton into next season's
"Apprentice" not starting in January. The Winter
Olympics may well take a bite out of much of NBC's
series programming that has to be stopped for two weeks,
and using the opportunity to try to revamp struggling
Thursday nights is not inherently bad. On the other
hand, if NBC places Trump where the discussions have
been recently...Wednesday at 9 (ET)... against Lost and
American Idol... NBC might end up having to tell The
Donald "You're Fired."
Thanks for reading. Check back next time.
Jason Elliot forgot about that whole alphabet thing
he was doing. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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