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Episode 38.1: Big January
January 19

Gordon: See? Resolution broken.
Chico: Sad but true, but they can only go up from here. And I won't say anything about your Giants. Because I'm a gentleman. Welcome back to the World's Strongest Game Show Webcast. Thanks for being a part of our show and allowing our show to be a part of you.
Gordon: Grazzi. Now as this is a new year, we have lots of new shows.
Chico: Speaking of shows, we had six premiere over the break, and we're going to review all of them. First is Framework, Spike's search for the next great Ethan Allen, Michael Amini, or Laszlo Mattressfirm.
Gordon: The good. If you're into furniture, this is your show.
Chico: It's a furniture show. And it's well balanced between game, art, and show.
Jason: It is very niche
Chico: Common is a surprisingly adept host, but I wish he could take you into his depth of expertise instead of just being a conduit. Jason is a big fan of Common
Jason: I am. And he was very good.
Gordon: Common wasn't that bad. However, everything else was clicheinc, and there's almost no demystification. So if you didn't know anything about furniture making, you're not going to know much more after the show.
Jason: This throws you into the deep end
Chico: Another bad thing; It's verse chorus verse for this type of show. Nothing seems to stand out from a quickfire to an elimination. It's like every other show that preceded it.


FRAMEWORK
Spike
10p ET Tuesdays
Gordon C-
Chico C-
Jason C
AVERAGE C-

Jason: Sadly. C. Verse chorus verse
Chico: Because it can be so much more. I mean, at least Flea Market Flip had a bit of you-can-do-this-and-here's-how.
Gordon: If anything, they repeated the motion twice, so it's even worse because it's padding instead of teaching. C-.
Chico: C-. Okay, but could be a lot better. Next is Child Genius on Lifetime, The search for the smartest kid in America. I went into it preparing for the worst, I didn't get King of the Nerds so that's a plus. You can't say the show doesn't play to its audience, asit's hosted by a REAL LIFE ASTRONAUT! Who isn't that bad. The challenges, all designed to test a prodigy's creativity and intellect, also not bad. Neither is the prize, A $100,000 college scholarship from American Mensa. I guess the problem I have is? To be a game show, you have to satisfy both the game and the show. The game is fine, The show is troubling.
Jason: How so?
Chico: For a show that's all about the kids, we sure spend a lot of time on the parents.
Gordon: And none of the parents are likable.
Jason: AH.
Chico: And the parents may get a relatable kick out of it, I as a recovering child genius think it's off-putting.


CHILD GENIUS
Lifetime
10p ET Tuesdays
Gordon C
Chico B-
Jason C-
AVERAGE C

Chico: If I were a kid on this show I'd tell my mom to step back and let me do my thing. So take that away, and it's a pretty decent show. B-
Gordon: There's too much reality in my game. C
Jason: Way Too Much C-
Chico: Next is a revival of one of our favorites, GSN's Baggage on the Road. It's just like the game we all know and love, a) with more relevant filler, b) with an added hitch in the deal breaker round, and c) obviously, On the road.
Gordon: I like the on the road aspect the best. it shows how different we are, yet the same.
Jason: I love this. It doesn't pretend. It's great.
Chico: Everybody's got baggage. If you don't have baggage, chances are you're dead. And then you have the baggage of being living impaired.
Gordon: The other thing is that it's not in LA, so we're no longer trying to be movie stars.


BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD
GSN
9p & 9:30p ET Wednesdays
Gordon A
Chico A
Jason A
AVERAGE A

Chico: These are real people, the game is being taken back by the people. It's authentic. It's relevant. Gosh darn it, it's Baggage the way it was intended. A.
Jason: It's an A.
Gordon: Make it a trio. A.
Jason: It's not everyone's show. But it is what it is right in front of you.
Chico: Indeed. Next, anybody hungry?
Jason: Sort of
Chico: I could eat. Here's Bravo's Best New Restaurant. Based on Ramsay's Best Restaurant, Tom Colicchio is looking for America's best new restaurant. The winner gets $100,000 and a feature in Bon Appetit magazine.
Gordon: This makes me nore sleepy than hungry
Jason: Again nothing new
Chico: This is also as genuine as it gets, and it also puts the food and the business front and center, but again, it's nothing new. It's familiar. Not dangerous at all, no clutter,
Gordon: Its restaurant vs. restaurant (something we've seen in 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, except with real establishments), which feature on all aspects of the business, not just the food. So you can get killed by bad service just as quickly as bad food.


BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Bravo
10p ET Wednesdays
Gordon B-
Chico B
Jason B-
AVERAGE B-

Chico: Plus the original series aired on BBCA but in a sea of food shows, this is a solid sandwich. It's comfort food. B
Gordon: Seen it before, but the production values make it better than most, so B-
Jason: B- it is.
Chico: Next up, a similar show on Travel called Hotel Showdown.
Gordon: See Best New Restaurant? Apply it to this show.
Chico: Yep.


HOTEL SHOWDOWN
Travel
9p ET Thursdays
Gordon C
Chico B
Jason B-
AVERAGE C+

Jason: Same idea. Same grade. B-
Chico: B
Gordon: C. Production vales are not as good here and the cast is as bland as the towels most of us steal from the hotel rooms.
Chico: At least it doesn't have a bad case of bedbugs
Gordon: As far as we know.
Chico: And finally, Time for dessert. Remember the American Baking Competition?
Jason: Yes
Gordon: Oui
Chico: The show that gave birth to that show airs on PBS as part of its Masterpiece block. Only they had to change the name of it. Thanks, Pillsbury. Anyway, rules of the Great British Baking Show have not changed.


THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW
PBS
8p ET Sundays
Gordon B-
Chico A-
Jason B
AVERAGE B

Jason: I like this one. Very staid. Very British. B
Chico: It's well put together for the Downton Abbey crowd. A-
Gordon: It's alright. Again, produced very well, but I'm a rotten spoiled American that wants more out of his baking shows. B-
Chico: 'Murica.
Gordon: That's it for capsules. And with all these cooking shows, they make me want to go to the toilet.
Chico: TMI
Jason: Yeah
Gordon: But we'll get that - next!

(Brought to you by Jeopar-wheaties! The breakfast of returning champions)

Gordon: I think the shelves need to be restocked with that
Chico: With Brad Rutter on the box. And when you're finished, you'll feel regular AND intelligent. Speaking of, I say that too much. Oh well. Speaking of, Let's get into more happy Toilet time.
Gordon: And then want to go poop (wheels in SuperToilet 8015)
Chico: You know how it works. We're using standard Bergen County rules. No hits below the belt, push, pastry, jiggle, flush, three flushes is a clog. Getitgotitgood.
Gordon: Ya
Chico: First...


AMERICAN IDOL
Fox
8p ET Wed/Thurs
Gordon PASTRY
Chico PASTRY
Jason FLUSH
AVERAGE PASTRY

Gordon: You won't know anything until we get to Hollywood Week to see if they got rid of the stupidity that's been the finals for the past few years. I'm not going to flush it, but I'm not impressed so far. Pastry.
Chico: You know what I like about this show. You also know what I hated about the last few seasons. That said, I'm going to give this show one more chance. Pastry.
Jason: Hell no. This show passed me by a long time ago. Fake Fake phony crap. FLUSH THIS AS HARD AS A POSSIBLY CAN.
Gordon: I don't think he wants tickets to the finale.
Jason: Hell no.
Chico: Next...


BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD
GSN
9p & 9:30p ET Wednesdays
Gordon PUSH
Chico PUSH
Jason PUSH
AVERAGE PUSH

Chico: You saw the review. I think the audience is still there. PUSH.
Gordon: We reviewed this earlier. PUSH
Jason: Said earlier. Not pretentious. Doesn't hide anything. It's CHEESE FOOD. Delicious Cheese Food. PUSH
Chico: (Fanfare) Next...


IDIOTEST
GSN
8p & 8:30p ET Wednesdays
Gordon PUSH
Chico PUSH
Jason PUSH
AVERAGE PUSH

Jason: PUSH. It's cheap good fun.
Chico: Indeed. PUSH.
Gordon: It's cute, but again, I'm not the biggest fan of some of the game play. Pastry
Jason: Understood
Chico: Right. Next up.


TOP CHEF ESTRELLAS
Telemundo
9p ET Sundays
Gordon JIGGLE
Chico PASTRY
Jason PASTRY
AVERAGE PASTRY

Chico: It's celebrities! It's cooking! It's in Spanish!
Jason: Dice PASTELES. (PASTRY)
Chico: S. Pasteles. Y pantalones.
Gordon: No tengo Pantalones. El Jiggle.
Chico: Ay coo. Proxima...


FACE OFF
Syfy
9p ET Tuesdays
Gordon PUSH
Chico PUSH
Jason PUSH
AVERAGE PUSH

Chico: Always good for an hour after the Chase. PUSH.
Jason: One of the best shows on TV. PUSH
Gordon: Great show. PUSH.
Chico: (Fanfare). There we are. Next...


RESTAURANT STARTUP
CNBC
9p ET Tuesdays
Gordon FLUSH
Chico PASTRY
Jason PASTRY
AVERAGE JIGGLE

Jason: PASTRY because I love the inside baseball. Too slow though
Chico: Indeed. PASTRY. Like shoot the damn dog already.
Gordon: ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzflush
Chico: Two more...


BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Bravo
10p ET Wednesdays
Gordon JIGGLE
Chico JIGGLE
Jason JIGGLE
AVERAGE JIGGLE

Jason: Jiggle. Nothing new.
Gordon: Seen it. Done it. Eaten it. Jiggle.
Chico: Got on TV for it. Jiggled Seriously, where the heck is the clip for that? And finally for now, Until next week...


KING OF THE NERDS
TBS
9p ET Fridays
Gordon FLUSH
Chico FLUSH
Jason FLUSH
AVERAGE CLOG

Gordon: ...no. FLUSH
Chico: I know how Jason feels. Want to watch a real nerd fight? That's what Jeopardy! is for. FLUSH.
Jason: Hate the concept hate the games. FLUSH One,
Chico: Two,
Gordon: Threee!
Chico: PLUNGE!!!!!!!!!!
Gordon: WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! And the scent of the week, New car smell. While I expunge THAT from the office, we go to a break.

(Brought to you by The Biggest Loser, Football Edition. Footballs try to lose weight while the NFL tries to fatten them up. Which side will prevail?)

Chico:
Cheating is bad.
Gordon: Very. But the Speed Round is good.
Chico: Speed Round very good, And it starts , Now! Next week is the new season of The Chase and a redemption episode. How do the runners do?
Jason: I say the beast gets them again
Chico: I say it's going to be close but the Beast bests them.
Gordon: Feeding time for LaBett. Idol: Wil we see anyone memorable?
Chico: Nope. Will they become memorable?
Jason: Nope.
Chico: Apprentice: who gets fired next?
Gordon: Sig and a Goesselin
Jason: Please let it be a gosselin
Chico: Please Kate, I don't want her on my TV no mo'. Mail?
Gordon: None here - any there?
Chico: Nope. But they can get up with us on Twitter @wltiongsnn, on Facebook at WLTI, gsnn or by plain old email at wlti@gameshownewsnet.com
Gordon: Nice. next week, more fun, but this week, we're done. Special thanks to Jason Block for joining us.
Jason: Thank you! Always fun to be around
Chico: And until next week, for Gordon and the entire team, I'm Chico Alexander. Our time is up, we thank you for yours. Game over,and spread the love.