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Episode 33.3 - Father Figures
June 17

Chico: This is Chico Alexander... and I just want to say a quick hello to all the fathers... the single fathers... the single mothers... MY father...Gordon's father...
Gordon: Hi dad!
Chico: Jay's father...
Jason: Hi dad!
Chico: And the godfather, Marlon Brando. Because I saw Superman. :-)
Gordon: Obviously not the new one.
Chico: That came later.
Jason: Yes.
Chico: Spoiler alert... Supes and Zod makes Peter and the Giant Chicken look like a polite disagreement.
Gordon: And that makes our conversations like a small spat. Speaking of which, let's get it started. From Somewhere in America, WLTI...IS...ON!
Jason: WHOO HOO :)
Chico: Just a reminder that as we do this show, we are also watching the Daytime Emmy Awards. If and when they award the game show prizes, we will break program and give you the results LIVE.
Gordon: We start with the Father of all TPIR shows.
Jason: OH

Chico: Interesting thing about this show, and if you will indulge me, I have to push my button.
Jason: Do it.


Jason: That's LOUD
Chico: That's the big daddy alarm. Because we have a big daddy who was on the show back in 1985. This week, he brought his daughter. Awwww.
Jason: Awwwww...
Gordon: ...Barf.
Chico: I think we all as men should adopt his example. Anyway, his name is James Schmidt. His daughter Katie & him make their way to the Showcase. Even though they couldn't avoid the Danger Price of $3518.
Chico: The prizes: a home gym, a Mac Pro, a pool table, and a mini-fridge.
Chico: The fridge... is good at $1050. The Mac... $3518. We ask you to do one thing, James... ONE THING! Anyone who watches TPIR knows that Apple products are pricey.
Jason: Very
Chico: Because they're Apple products. Anyway, they face Carlos & Jasmine Santiago in the Showcase. Let's play. First up, a trip to the 2013 NASCAR Whelan All-American series, $1000 from Rocketfizz, and a Toyota Tacoma. Gordon, you are the site's father. You go first.
Gordon: I'm bidding $28,282
Chico: He likes NASCAR.
Gordon: No. Just feel like torturing Jason.
Jason: Thanks a lot.
Gordon: :)
Chico: Jason, your Showcase has a lame Emmy opener.
Jason: Great LOL
Chico: Kidding. Actually, as we're recording the Daytime Emmys are airing, and as we get the game show awards, we will break into the show. Meanwhile... Jason, your Showcase...a man-cave with 70" 3DTV, home theatre system, and ski boat.
Jason: 27,500
Chico: Actual price... $30,406, a difference of $3000 give or take. Gordon, your Showcase... $27,760.
Gordon: Aw.
Chico: Jason wins... and so do the repeat offender Schmidts!
Jason: YAY! :)
Chico: They get $30,358, you get... nothing.
Gordon: Whoo hoo!
Jason: As always :P
Chico: you can give them this, though.

Gordon: Now if you want family singing, you don't look for a father/daughter team. You look for brothers.

Chico: And it looks like the Brothers Swon could be going all the way this year, the first duo to do it on The Voice. EVER. But they face stiff competition in Danielle Bradbery and Michelle Chamuel. Can we have a Big Board, please?

The Voice... Who Wins If...

 - Danielle Wins If... She shows up
 - Swons Win If... Danielle DOESN'T show up
 - Michelle Wins If... The Country vote splits

Chico: This is The Voice... Who Wins If...
Gordon: Danielle wins if she shows up.
Chico: She's been the favorite, even though if you ask me, she's peaked. It's been downtempo country classics aka bore snore.
Gordon: Yes, but she's catered to her audience. More importantly, when Blake has 3 people left out of 6, there's your voting block. This was determined weeks ago.
Chico: Hold your thoughts, J we have breaking news... LONGSHOT!


Chico: Outstanding Game Show...Cash Cab, Family Feud, Jeopardy!, Let's Make a Deal, The Price Is Right and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And the award goes to....


Jason: WOW!
Jason: HUGE WIN!
Chico: Accepting is Mike Richards, EP.
Gordon: Not a surprise at all. We have consistently said that this was far and away the most improved game show this year. It's nice to see that the show gets rewarded
Chico: He dedicates the award to his team at CBS and Fremantle. And much deservedly so.
Gordon: VERY well deserved award. Is game show host next?
Jason: Yes, the nominees are Alex Trebek, Steve Harvey, Billy Eichman, Wayne Brady and Ben Bailey. The award goes to...


Jason: Ben Bailey wins again. That's his 4th win.
Chico: Well, now that Todd Newton isn't nominated. Seriously, good job, but I thought Cash Cab was cancelled.
Gordon: Keep in mind that these is for the 2011-2012, and there were still new episodes last year.
Jason: Yes.
Chico: Much deserved. He's got a future in the business.
Gordon: Hopefully in better vehicles than Still Standing
Jason: Agreed.
Chico: And meanwhile, Monty Hall and Bob Stewart are going to be honored with Lifetime Achievement awards later tonight. I expect to see son Sande accept for Bob.
Jason: Me too.
Gordon: Yep. Back to the voice. Next act: The Swon Brothers
Jason: They need to harmonize and do what they do best.
Chico: Why they should win? Because of the three acts, they are the most versatile and everyone likes harmony. They can do rock, they can do country, they can do folk. And folk is big this year.
Jason: See Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers.
Chico: Phillip Phillips.
Gordon: They NEED to do a country song and siphon some of the votes from Danielle. If they don't do that, they come in second
Jason: NODS
Chico: Finally, Michelle Chamuel. She wins if Danielle and the Swon Brothers split the country vote.
Gordon: She wins if Danielle and the Swon Brothers get swallowed up in the same hole in the ground that nailed Rihanna in This is the End.
Chico: That's what you get for making Battleship. So there you go. A case for each of the singers. Now a quick should and will.
Gordon: Should / Will: Danielle
Jason: Should/Will: Swon Brothers
Chico: Should: Michelle. Will: Danielle.
Gordon: Jason said Swon Brothers, so I feel good about my choice.
Jason: LOL
Gordon: Do you feel good about this week's America's Got Talent?
Chico: I do.
Jason: Do tell
Chico: Only because we were in San Antonio and no one of great importance got buzzed out. They're not showing much of that this season. Should I be scared?
Jason: No. Because they are focusing on maybe...the talent? WHO KNEW?
Chico: My god. It's as if they're trying to be relevant or something!
Gordon: You don't have anyone REALLY bad this year. Yet.
Chico: Anyway, let's talk content. We have our first magician/mindreader in Collins Key. He will get to the live shows, but that's pretty much it. Then there's Mariachi Nueve Stillo AVM, who added a Mexican spin to Flo Rida's "Low" and LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It."
Jason: They will be fine.
Chico: They will. Specially after what happened THIS WEEK, which we'll get to in BVN.
Jason: OH YES.
Chico: Gordon, you have another singing puppeteer.
Gordon: I don't think we've seen the winner yet.
Jason: Nope.
Chico: But how about this... Paul Thomas Mitchell, a student with a guitar and a John Mayer-like voice. He's a contender.
Jason: Should I be scared?
Chico: If you should be scared of anything.. Andrew Ward on a swaypole. 80 feet in the air. Balancing on his hand.
Chico: No tethers of any kind. I imagine that's the kind of act that you can only do ONCE.
Gordon: What can he do for an encore?
Chico: No idea. He has no follow-up act. So the auditions roll on to next week. Meanwhile, a singing competition of a DIFFERENT kind. You have a talent show in my game show! You have a game show in my talent show! Together it tastes like... "The Winner Is".
Jason: Concept?
Chico: Hosted by Nick Lachey, who looks like he never got his heart back from "The Sing Off", singers compete against each other in singing duels, to be judged by ... "The 101". A group of critics, bloggers, music fans, and music experts.
Jason: Hey Gordon...where were you in this?
Gordon: Heh. I wasn't. Though looking at it, I probably should have been.
Chico: Anyway, the 101 votes, and the results are made public. It could be 78-23, but they wouldn't say who won the duel until Nick gives an offer to bail out. If you take the offer, you leave the game with that money and the other singer moves on. If you don't take the offer, the result is made public. The winner moves on, the loser goes home. As the rounds progress, the money goes up.
Jason: Ah.
Chico: The six show winners move on to the "Million Dollar Finale" for one more game, where someone will win $1 million. And all you had to do is sing six songs.
Gordon: It's March Madness with a Buyout.
Chico: Gordon summed it up perfectly.
Jason: Gordon has skills.
Chico: As Nick says, "It's all about believing in yourself."
Gordon: I like March Madness. I don't like the buyout and I really don't like how it's clumsily executed.
Jason: It seems...disjointed. Like Peanut Butter and Motor Oil
Chico: I mean, you could apply this to any game. Why singing? Doesn't make sense.
Gordon: This is something they really needed to test out first before trying it.
Chico: That's the thing, It's actually the US version of a German show.

NBC - 8p ET Tuesday
D C- D D+

Gordon: Because Jason put the best analogy out here - this isn't motor oil and peanut butter. This is Mentos and a Car Tail Pipe. D.
Chico: It's a game that works on paper. It's not terrible, but you ever want to know where all the singers from all the other talent shows go? RIGHT HERE! C-
Jason: Exactly. It feels like two shows that could be better...mixed not so much..D
Chico: It'll give you a headache.
Jason: Sorry.
Chico: You want to make it up to me?
Jason: How so?
Chico: Let's go over America's Game one more time.

(Divided by 10)

Jason: May I?
Chico: Go ahead
Jason: Tasha Trujillo from Bermuda Dunes, CA did OK in the front game, winning $10,850 including a trip to the Dominican Republic. She lands on the M in AMERICA'S. Her category is THING. With the RSTLNE and her choices of M D C O and her WC choice of H we have:

C O M _ L E T E
O _ E R H _ _ L

Jason: Guesses?
Gordon: Omelet Oatmeal!
Jason: NO!
Chico: It's what Gordon's guess needs...a COMPLETE OVERHAUL
Jason: Which is what she does. She wins $100,000 - the 5th person this season to do so.
Chico: So in total, over $10 million this season. Six big money winners...
Jason: 76 bonus round winners. 39 cars between the 1/2 Car and the regular bonus round cars. What did you think of this season?
Chico: It was a season that had a little bit of everything and a whole lot of what made Wheel so great in the first place.
Jason: It was like looking back and looking forward
Chico: Precisely
Gordon: This was a great season of the show.
Jason: And we know where Season 31 will start
Chico: Las VEGAS!
Jason: Yup.
Gordon: It does. Drew the Bookworm has sent in puzzles for Season 31. I don't think this is going to work, Drew. Sorry.
Chico: How do you mean?
Gordon: ...I don't think Botulism will be accepted as a bonus round puzzle.
Chico: ... Yeah, no. How about...Strongyloides stercoralis?
Jason: Too cerebral
Chico: Yeah.
Gordon: (reads through) Stephan Hawking's Theory of Existence...Revenge of the Cybermen...um...no.
Chico: Oh, here's a nice one. "Free beer"
Jason: WHERE?
Gordon: Sillies. Roll That Beautiful Brain Footage.

(Doug: Live, local, and latebreaking... From the four corners of the globe to your frontal lobe, this is WLTI Brainvision News, and now here's Gordon Pepper, Chico Alexander, and the award-winning Brainvision News Team)

Chico: Thanks, Doug. First up, I'm going to need the question mark.
Jason: The Sylvester McCoy question mark bat?
Chico: Yup.
Jason: (hands the Chico the ? bat)
Chico: I have two hosts and a list.
Jason: Alright

The two hosts: Alfonso Ribeiro, hosting Spellmageddon for ABC Family July 24, and Stacy Keibler, mrow, hosting "Supermarket Superstar" for Lifetime July 22.

Jason: Well someone had to
Chico: Basically
Gordon: They put in a veteran host and a nice pair of legs.
Chico: I approve.
Jason: (rimshot)
Chico: As for the list... if you remember... back in 2001...TV Guide listed their 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time. TPIR was #1 then.
Jason: Right.
Chico: Fast forward 12 years...

TV Guide has ANOTHER list of the 60 Greatest Game Shows of All Time. #1.... Jeopardy!.

Chico: If you remember, Jeopardy! was #1 on OUR list of greatest game shows of all time back in 2008,
Chico: Hell yeah.
Chico: And American Idol has a new producer... Per Blankens from the Swedish version. He replaces Ken Warwick & Nigel Lythgoe.
Gordon: (plugs in vacuum cleaner) I'm looking for any more old producers (lifts under the rug)
Jason: Oh man
Chico: Hey Gordon, why don't you explain why you have a bucket of slime on the Datebook.
Gordon: And 'lll explain why I have a bucket of blood next to it.
Jason: Ewwww
Chico: This show just gets better and better.

Figure It Out has new (or burnoff) episodes this week. And on Sunday: The debut of Whodunnit.

Chico: I remember that show back when it was called Murder in Small Town X.
Gordon: This is goint to be Mole in Small Town X
Gordon: Maybe they'll go to different places around the world. Like where, Chico?
Chico: We're going to Canada. AKA Ryan Vickersland.
Jason: Hi Ryan

We have pickups for Whodunnit, Wheel, Jeopardy!, Feud, and for the first time since I don't know when, it's Millionaire in primetime after the Mark Burnett created Spinoff. Also, Comedy is prepping season 2 of Matchgame.

Chico: Pickup, GSN? HELLO!
Jason: Agreed :)
Gordon: Um...I thought Canada didn't like Jeopardy
Chico: CHCH does. They LOVE it. And they'll be celebrating year 30 with us.
Jason: This is red state/blue state stupid LOL
Chico: So *raspberries* to CBC for that. So Gordon... *rolls in whiteboard* Name and shame your stupid for the week.
Gordon: This one makes me sad. First listen to this.


Chico: Who is Tulisa?
Gordon: That song got her to be a judge on The X Factor. And it's one of my favorite songs of the year.
Jason: A ha
Gordon: And this may be the last time you see her for awhile, because...

Are YOU Smarter than...Tulisa, who got busted for alleged drug running?

Chico: CAREER! OVER! As for the Haterade... mind if I?
Gordon: You may start
Chico: Okay, who remembers last year's AGT. There was a young mariachi singer, Sebastien de la Cruz, aka Sebastien "El Charro de Oro" from San Antonio. He got to sing the national anthem for the NBA Finals Game 4.
Gordon: I remember him
Chico: Almost immediately, we have a handful of morons taking to Twitter voicing their disapproval using words and phrases that we will not repeat HERE. Now most of those Twitters if not all of them were deleted out of shame of being named and shamed by Public Shaming over on Tumblr.
Jason: However, The Spurs hired Sebastian to do the anthem the next night. :) That was the biggest **** you to all of them
Gordon: Very nice heartwarming story. That being said -

Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli get divorced. Heartwarming moment over.

Jason: BOOO
Chico: Go get'er, G. She's all yours.
Gordon: I would. But I prefer my women fully loaded.
Jason: HIC
Chico: Staying on the subject of people who should not be fighting on Twitter.. Donald Trump voiced his opinion on "Modern Family".
Jason: oh

A writer for said series voiced his opinion on said opinion. The rest plays out in typical Trump Twitter war fashion. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

Jason: Just dumb.
Chico: That said, if somehow you are reading this, Mr. Trump. Go ahead and call me every name in the book. I've heard worse by better people.
Jason: oooooh.
Gordon: My favorite is the picture of Trump's clothes with the 'Made in China' tag on it.
Jason: BURN
Chico: Boom. *drops mic* Speaking of media hoes... *plays Luda*

In this week's Media Ho Report, Cher, Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly perform on the Voice finale, Jeff Probst does kiddie books, J- Lo says No no to Idol...Steve Harvey gets renewed to 2016, Betty White plays God, Gordon Ramsay gets sued by his own employees for his previous management...Get Out Alive teams have been announced, same with Summer Camp, and Farrah Abraham gets a boob job.

Gordon: But none of those boobs are the ho of the week. Your hoes are Bob Stewart and Monty Hall, for winning Lifetime Achievement awards.
Chico: And rightly so.
Jason: (standing ovation)
Gordon: And those.,..are your hoes,.
Chico: And that's Brainvision. Shut it down, please.
Jason: Shutting down
Chico: Still to come, we wrap up our look at the summer. But first... I see a shark.
Jason: uh oh
Gordon: Its one of our newer games. We debuted it on the podcast and now we're going to bring the winter debut to you. You're reading WLTI. You give us 22 minutes and we'll give you 22 things you shouldn't give your dad for Father's Day. Like head lice.
Jason: A DNA Test
Gordon: Paris Hilton CD

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