Atonement, Part 2
I offered the chance for you guys to write in to find
things that I had to say nice things about, boy did you
ever. I got the most feedback yet, which seemed like a
combination of you wanting me to say nice thinkgs about
maligned people or shows and people who just wanted to
see me suffer. Well, I did say I would take this on, so
Before I start though, I would like to make my very
first atonement to the fans of Jim Caldwell, as I put
his show Top Card on CMT. It was actually on TNN, as
pointed out to me by a number of people. With that out
of the way, we'll take some of the suggestions that I
In order to make the list, it had to be something new.
For example, I will not find a second thing good to say
about Card Sharks 2001, as the penance was bad enough.
Here we go...
1. Throut and Neck
This is an easy one. For
those people who have been following my columns, you
should know that I actually LIKE this show. I thought
that the cartoons were silly in a fun way, and I loved
how if the player stunk, that he would know about it via
the cartoon characters. And what's not to like about a
skimpily clad female host?
2. Greek Games
This show got an F from
me as one of the worst games of 2004. It wasn't going to
get that grade from e at the beginning, though, as they
actually had athletic events. You also had George Gray,
as his hosting efforts was the only thing that made this
show watchable. The fact that he knew that the show was
going to be a mess, yet continued to make it
entertaining was a key reason on why the show was
Who was actually for
love? Who was actually there for the money? Although the
show was poorly executed (and hosted by Evan Marriott),
I happened to like the concept of the show. After all,
Elimidate and 5th Wheel were more successful with less,
and all you need was better execution of the premise,
which I happened to have enjoyed.
4. Pat Bullard
He was the host of the
ill-fated Card Sharks 2001, but he is also a comedian. I
think that he gets a pass from me because of his writing
- he was a writer for Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, and
now, for the television show Reba. Catch the show and
you'll see why Pat got pegged unfairly.
5. The Joker's Wild 1990
The problem itself was
the title. If they didn't use the Joker's Wild name and
made the show it's own, with a finite number of answers
per category, then you had a winner. This was also the
show that Pat Finn finally came into his own and showed
the world that he can be a very solid host.
6. Rapping Dragon
When he wasn't bouncing
around the Tic Tac Dough boards, he was rapping. Besides
the fact that no one likes the villain, maybe the dragon
was misunderstood. The objective of the rapping was to
bring the little kids into the game, just like another
little rapping creature did the trick 7 years earlier in
a show called Press Your Luck. The idea didn't work
nearly as well, but at least gives Tic Tac Dough credit
for trying to push the show to a new generation of game
7. Who's Your Daddy?
WLTI voted this the
worst show of the past season. Although there was a lot
to hate, there was actually something that I did like -
grouping people into halves and then have a wrong guess
on what group that the guy who was the girl's father was
in cost the girl money from the pot. I liked the concept
- and if you wanted to turn the 'Who am I' Idea to a
half hour format with people, trying to figure out who
is in what group would be a fun exercise to accomplish.
So there you have it - not just seven, but 14 things
that I can find the good in. Thanks for all of your
contributions, and we'll start getting down and dirty
again next week.
Last week, he was a
fan-man. Today, Gordon Pepper
is a fan-man among men. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.