New Year's Resolutions -
Welcome to 2007! It's the start of a new year, and we
all have the resolutions to make - and hopefully keep.
Mine is to continue to lose weight and to take life one
day at a time. I also, however, have resolutions for
both old shows and new shows alike. Let's look, shall
1 Vs. 100 - Resolve to add the Bailout. Give the
mob a percentage of the money if the contestant quits.
American Idol - two of the last four finalists
and last year's winner were pushing 30. This should be a
hint. Resolve to keep going for the more polished voice
and less of the raw voices.
America's Got Talent - Resolve to put something
else out there besides a child singer, or the child is
going to win again. Also resolve to give Piers Morgan
some happy pills before the auditions.
America's Next Top Model - Resolve to get the
writers back. The difference between the Writers and
Replacement Writers were VERY noticeable. If you can't
do it, then at least keep the same ones throughout the
The Apprentice - Resolve that the gimmick being
used and the drama that it's going to cause is not going
to overshadow the talent of the competitors.
The Bachelor/Flavor of Love/etc. - Resolve to get
rid of the marriage gimmick, because we all know, based
on the record, that it's never gonna happen. Make the
prize something like a two-week Caribbean cruise.
Deal Or No Deal - Resolve to quicken the pace of
the show and to continue to bring tricks used on the
foreign versions to our shores.
Grease: You're the One That I Want - Resolved
that we have 12 strong people who can give us a real
musical competition, instead of what I'm fearing - a
raw, non-polished mess that will turn into a sloppy
combination between Fame and The One and will be flatter
than a pancake.
Identity - Resolve to make the show and the
players more human and to speed up the pace.
Jeopardy! - Resolve to get celebrities who want
to be there for the Tournament of Champions and to get
contestants who can play more strategically.
Nashville Star - Resolve to take a cue from
American Idol and to start looking for older and more
talented, vs. a younger pretty face. The show was much
better (and got higher ratings) when you had the 40+ old
Playmania, et al. - Resolve to create games that
require intelligence instead of one puzzle that could be
solved in 50 different ways. That's just lazy gaming.
Poker After Dark - Resolve to bring something new
to the party that you can't find on any other poker
Project Runway - Resolve to have a winner that
doesn't need to bend the rules in order to win.
Pros Vs. Joes - Resolve to upgrade the production
values and make it this generation's American
The Price is Right - Resolve to have Rich Fields
as the next host. If not, then resolve to find the
Fountain of Youth for Bob Barker, because if the wrong
person becomes the new host, then inside the next spa
offered could be a jumping shark.
Survivor - Resolve that the same gimmick used in
The Apprentice is not used to excess here and that Mark
Burnett knows what he's doing.
Top Chef - Resolved that someone's personality is
not used to determine a winner as it was in the first
season. Sorry, but Tiffany should have won that hands
down. I can see how likeability should be a factor in a
model or a singer, but as Gordon Ramsay can tell you,
that should not be a factor in determining a Top Chef or
anything else in that specific vein. Yes, Top Designers,
that includes you.
Wheel of Fortune - Resolve to put higher
accompanying values on the Wheel in the later rounds, so
that Pat Sajak doesn't have to hit $5,000 in order for a
trailing player in a not so tight game can win.
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire - Resolved that the
MAWGS (and Chico Alexander) finally get their way this
season and we can emphasize trivia knowledge over looks.
Here are all of my resolutions. To everyone else, let
the new year be a good year to you and your family and
may you all fulfill resolutions of your own. Happy new
My resolution to get you
guys some more tips on how to beat the pricing games
will continue strong throughout 2007. Here are three
Flip Flop - It's real easy if you think that the
first two numbers should be left alone. For the bottom
half, try to get the last number to be a 5, especially
if it's 95.
Freeze Frame - Also another game where either a
95 or a number that ends in zero will work. Using logic
to find a number that would work in the Top 2 slots and
something that ends in 5 or 0 goes a long way to getting
the price correct.
Golden Road - No number will ever repeat in the
first 2 prizes. For example, if the prize is 3 _ 7 0 and
the choices are 7, 1 and 9, the 7 can not be a right
choice. It's also very rare that a number repeats in the
big prize, so try to avoid selecting that.
Gordon Pepper was in
New York for 2007's zero hour. E-mail him at
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