August 6, 2007
Chico: TODAY... Three game show premieres...ONE
involves the greatest game show players EVER... give or take a few. ONE involves
the greatest business schools ever... give or take a few...And ONE ... involves
Chico: AGAIN, give or take a few. :-)
Gordon: A few pints, that is.
Chico: And it might get you Mets tickets from what I hear... From somewhere in
America... you're in game country now... WLTI is ... ON!
Jason: WHoo HOO
Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and the Amanda Byram to my Dennis Miller is Chico
Chico: Only I don't have the sexy dress, mole, or accent. But I do have the
Gordon: You definitely do have the brain over Byram, as the broadcast of Grand
Chico: Thank you. Joining us is the questioner... Jason Block.
Jason: Thank you. Your time starts....now.
Chico: .... Beter hurry. Okay, GSN's newest original, another British
transplant, Grand Slam.
Jason: So Byram wasnt hired for her intelligence?
Chico: Well, she was hired for her expertise in presenting... but mostly to
serve as fodder for Dennis' banter while looking incredibly hot doing so.
Jason: Which is what we saw during the tapings. He cracked jokes and she
Chico: A far cry from her days on "The Swan."
Gordon: She wasn't. but the contestants playing our first show were. Sixteen of
the top game show players in America competed in the first USA version of Grand
Slam, a show that debuted this past weekend. I trust we all watched?
Chico: Yes. I'll review later, but first, here's a bit of how the game works.
Two people enter the thunderdome for four rounds. Round 1, General knowledge.
Round 2, the numbers and logic round. Computations, conversions, and all that
other righty-brainy stuff that we're good at.
Jason: Some of us are.
Chico: Round 3, words and letters. Anagrams, camouflages, speed chains, Now You
See Its. Round 4: The Mix round. A little bit of everything. Run out of time in
any round, and your opponent gets to bank any time he or she has remaining until
that final round. But you're not TOTALLY alone in battle, as you have three
switches. They do just that, SWITCH the question to your opponent, thereby
forcing him or her to answer. UNLESS he or she has switches banked and can
switch the question back.
Jason: The person asking the questions: World Series Of Pop Culture's Pat
Chico: Because, you know... he's good at that.
Jason: He has the "authoritative" voice down pat.
Chico: If Pat Kiernan is good at anything, it's delivering questions quickly and
monotonously. Dennis Miller and Amanda Byram... they were harmless. They were in
the booth (where they rightly belonged) calling the action, giving us the
analysis... although outside of who got what right, there really wasn't any.
SORRY. =p But this felt like a real sports match. With real players... and real
playbooks. Who wants a Big Board? You know you do...
Gordon: ME! ME!
Chico: You know you do...
The Grand Slam Playbook (or "Knowing is Half the
- Rule #1: Be smart... at something.
- Rule #2: Use your switches WISELY.
- Rule #3: Whatever you do, do it quickly.
- Rule #4: Helps to be a speed reader.
- Rule #5: Be well-rounded.
- Rule #6: Concentrate on your opponent.
Chico: The title: simple enough... The Grand Slam
Playbook. (or "Knowing is Half the Battle.") As displayed by the four players on
Saturday's show. To recall, it was Ken Jennings vs. Victor Lee ... and Dr. Kevin
Olmstead, good friend of ours, vs. Michelle Kitt. Obviously, you can't be dumb
and play this game. So rule #1. "Be smart... at SOMETHING." Some people have the
trivia going... Some have the computation. Some are good with words. This is
Jason: To win this thing you have to be good at all three.
Chico: You don't have to know everything, but you do have to know something.
Second play.. Using switches. Switches are your friends. Do not use them
Jason: They really are important.
Chico: You only start with three. For this... Think back to Double Dare. Either
the 76 version or the Nick version. Either one will apply.
Gordon: Yes - but switches are much more effective when you use them properly.
I's good to switch it when you don't know the answer. However, the most
effective way to use it is to force someone's time to expire if they are barely
holding on at the end of a round, which will either give you more time for the
final round or to end the match.
Chico: Or if your opponent is strapped for time, AND you can honestly think
about the question (which is what Kevin did... unsuccessfully, but he did it),
switch. If your opponent switches back, you'll be ready for an answer, or if
your opponent takes a guess and is wrong... They keep the box for that much
Gordon: Michelle scored the upset because she utilized the Switches better than
Kevin did. Plain and simple.
Jason: There you go.
Chico: Then there's the deciding factor of game one... Speed.
Gordon: Rule #3. Whatever you do, do it quickly. The worst thing you can do is
to stay on a question, waste time, and get it wrong. Either guess at it quickly,
or just pass if it's going to be a problem that's going to take too much time.
Chico: Case in point: Ken vs. Victor.
Gordon: Victor Lee actually had the right idea by passing - and passing a lot,
but Ken was much quicker, answering the question even before it was completed.
Chico: At one point early on, it looked like it could go either way, then Ken
poured on the nitro, while Victor just... stood there.
Jason: Ken can do that
Chico: He has that ability, doesn't he?
Jason: He can talk trash too :-)
Chico: "Not so fast without your teammates, are ya?"
Gordon: According to some of the contestants who were there, they were told that
answering the questions midstream was a bad idea. Its bad for the viewer, but
for the contestants, its an excellent idea if you want to win the game
Chico: Screw good TV. This is a competition. You are there to win, by any means
necessary... and legal, of course.
Gordon: The questions, by the way, are posted across from the player on a
teleprompter, so they can read the question before Pat reads it, and the speed
readers, like Ken, will have a huge advantage.
Chico: So rule #4... Helps to be a speed reader.
Gordon: It does. It also helps to have that sort of experience. I also think
that Michelle had an advantage. If you think about it, this format is almost
exactly like the format in The Weakest Link, a game that Michelle won over
Jason: There you go.
Chico: A fact that Dennis and Amanda would NOT let us forget.
Gordon: True, but he's absolutely right. Kevin and the other Millionaire, 21 and
Greed players had no time limit on how long they can answer a question, so they
may not have the same speed gear that Michelle and the Jeopardy players have.
Jason: Speed is the difference here.
Gordon: Rule #5 - Be well-rounded. Sure trivia is important, but the numbers and
logic rounds are fun because not everyone is going to be used to that sort
Chico: Unless you're a fan of Countdown... Lingo.... that sort of thing. I said
it before. This is even keel. You have sixteen players of varying pedigrees
going at it. The BEST players will be able to take any game and make it their
Gordon: Actually, I disagree with even keel. The advantage here will go to
people who are educators or who are used to crosswords and word games. What does
Chico: She's a bodybuilder.
Gordon: Before that, silly
Chico: Didn't see teach?
Gordon: When she was on the Weakest Link, Michelle was...a teacher's aide.
Chico: Thought something to that effect.
Gordon: Michelle, Ken Jen, Brad, and Nancy all have teaching experience. Ogi is
fresh out of college.
Chico: And who did Alex Trebek say are the best Jeopardy! players? Teachers...
students... lawyers. Think about that.
Gordon: You also have 2 people from the armed forces in this tournament - Frank
Spangenberg and David Legler. Its a pity that they go against each other in the
Chico: Crazy, isn't it? Rule #6... this is almost contrary... but pay no
attention to your clock. Just concentrate on your speed.
Gordon: I think you need to pay attention to not your clock, but the OPPONENTS
clock. If they are in the red zone and you have a huge margin of time left, it
may be worth it to blow a Switch or 2 to knock them out of the game and get a
nice lead into the final round.
Chico: Absolutely. Last round is where it all counts and you'll need all the
help you can get. Then remember... never mind your clock, just concentrate on
doing your thing as quickly as possible.
Chico: Okay, we could go on and on about this show and how to win it and how we
all wish we were playing it, but we have two more reviews to get through. So
let's grade. Gordon?
Gordon: I love the premise to this game. I think The Good is the players, which
are great, and the questions which are challenging enough to play along but not
too ridiculously hard.
Jason: Critics excluded :P
Gordon: And as to the critics who thought that this game was hard, I'll say that
it's no excuse to fault a game to excuse the intelligence level of society.
Jason: Amen, Gordon...Amen.
Chico: Oh yeah. There are real Gomers out there.. Most work in network
television :-D Speaking of which, the bad... burying this show on a Saturday.
Jason: And Sunday.
Chico: Sunday, I can dig, but Saturday?
Gordon: It's not to say that this game doesn't have any faults. If you get a 30
second lead into the final round, the game is over. There needs to be a way for
a trailing player to come back.
Chico: I think that's where the extra switch comes in.
Gordon: Fault #2, the Switch Back option. If you have more switches than your
opponent, then you can switch it right back. That switch back option should be
voided. You have to answer the question. That gives a better chance for players
to come back.
Chico: Why's that? I mean, it worked on Double Dare, right?
Gordon: There's no physical challenge in Grand Slam - nor would I want to see
certain people in a Physical Challenge.
Chico: Yeah, but enough about Ken Jennings in a speedo.
Jason: Way no
Gordon: The people in the booth are ok, but I'm wondering why Bil Dwyer and Zach
Selwyn are not in there.
Chico: I think Bil and Zach are good for one bit of schtick... but Dennis and
Amanda are good for another. This could fall under "another".
Gordon: Amanda brings NOTHING to the role (except her breasts) while Dennis
looks uncomfortable in there.
Chico: I think she does well with what little analysis she is able to do. But
that's just me.
Jason: It's called eye candy :-)
Chico: I mean, she's seen this sort of game before. She knows more than she's
Gordon: I would have like to see her be...and yes, this is a
Chico: Well, it's one show. Let's see what she does with the other seven. Please
be intelligent. I can only like Dennis Miller for so long... and this is coming
from someone who saw all of the Dennis Miller shows when he was a kid.
Gordon: I think she will be better, but I would have love to have seen
experienced game show hosts - hosts who may have hosted these players before -
be up there. Could you imagine the drool if you would have seen Alex Trebek/Meredith
Vieiera hosting this?
Chico: I could... but do they have the thunderdrome quality?
Jason: Not sure.
Gordon: What about Todd Newton/Chuck Woolery/Shandi Finnessey? Now THAT is a
good Todd Newton vehicle that I would have loved to see him in.
Chico: Although I will imagine the Chuckles and Shandi combination.... on second
Gordon: I have to take points off, but the gameplay is excellent and I like this
show - a lot. A-
Jason: I love my smart shows...but the banter is not that great...A-.
Chico: The best quiz show of the summer. Not the best show of the summer...
Thank you NBC... but what the hell, I like it. A- So this is a definite
"if-you-don't-watch-you're-laaaaaame" game. Second premiere of note... MURDER!
Jason: NOOOOO Not Murder.
Gordon: This is also a 'Smart Game', but its a game based on detective skills
instead of trivia skills.
Chico: Yes, murder. It basically puts the CSI syndrome to the test. Players
collect clues to solve real cases.
Gordon: A re-enactment of a real crime has taken place, complete with gore and
bodies. Two teams have to figure out who out of 3 suspects did it and why.
Chico: The good... talk about production values. There's prop clues... and
blood... and bodies... and blood. You can tell they were really pushing the
envelope with this.
Gordon: Amazing production values on this level of show. The gore and guts are
there for a reason, in CSI analysis. Once again, I'm going to disagree with the
critics who complain about the excess. This is real-life CSI work. When you
shoot someone in the head, you don't get lollipops and daisies pouring out of
Chico: No, that's only if it's hanging on your ceiling at your quinceañera and
you hit it really hard...Seriously, I have to agree. I've seen crime scenes once
or twice and I can attest that this is an accurate portrayal of a fictional
portrayal of an accurate portrayal. But plenty of product...And you have to be
product heavy on a show like this. I remember Murder in Small Town X back in
2001. Incredibly product heavy.
Gordon: True. I also like the fact that it's a 'smart show'. The facts are all
there, but they are only there if you can find them, buried in a sea of
misdirection and red herrings. The fact that the teams have to 'think' about it
is great for someone who is tired of 'pick a box and win a million' games.
Chico: Nothing against picking boxes of course. But yeah, we like to think once
in a while, too.
Jason: Do we? :-)
Gordon: Uh...yeah. lol
Jason: I do
Chico: If I had to think of something bad... Tommy Le Noir is a little bit...
err.. droll, is it? Of course you can't have any emotion when you're telling
your crew to pick up clues covered in the victim's blood.
Gordon: There's no real room for people jumping around and having a party. That
being said, you don't need it. They are trying to recreate the CSI feel, and
they have achieved it.
Jason: This is a show that is supposed to be lowkey.
Chico: It almost bastes itself in said feel.
Gordon: It's not for everyone's tastes, but it's for mine. I came in thinking
that this was going to be a hokey mess, but they pull it off.
Chico: Again, not for everyone, but hey... I like it. Grades?
Gordon: I don't believe that I am doing this, but I am going to grade this over
Grand Slam. The only flaw is that the editing could be better and maybe a better
way to show who is on what team, but that is a very minor squabble. This is an
addicting show that doesn't have any visible flaws. Its not everyone's cup of
tea, but it is mine. A.
Chico: I can see Spike's audience getting into this. And paired with CSI? Let's
make this show happen. A.
Gordon: Chico, I'm scared.
Chico: What's wrong, dude?
Gordon: We've agreed exactly twice so far.
Chico: Let's see how we fare with the Fast Money MBA Challenge. You like Quiz
Gordon: I do
Jason: I was on a quiz bowl team.
Chico: You like the ethereal air of The Apprentice, right?
Gordon: I do
Jason: When it was done right, yes.
Chico: Well, here you go. MBA candidates take on each other in teams of four in
a single elimination College-Bowl style tournament. At the end of the rainbow, a
pot of gold, $200,000.
Jason: $50,000 a person.
Chico: And it's hosted for no other reason than he was there... by Dylan Ratigan.
Jason: Yes, who?
Chico: He hosts Closing Bell on CNBC and the original "Fast Money" show.
Gordon: Your thoughts, Chairman?
Chico: Well, the competition is barebones quiz bowl, buzz in before the other
guy, answer questions correctly. It's as primal as mental combat gets. But then,
I'm old school.. which is ironic because I'm the youngest, but hey, that's how I
Jason: and the subject is as dry as the Sahara.
Gordon: Its another 'smart show' and although it isn't my cup of tea, I got into
Chico: My only fault... is with Dylan. He kept things moving, no doubt... but
while most first-time hosts are as flat at plywood... He was as flat... and as
heavy handed... as sheet metal.
Gordon: I agree. With a dry show, the last thing you want is a dry host. You
needed someone to counter-act that and Dylan isn't it. I would have loved to see
a Suze Orman type - or even a Jim Cramer type - host this one.
Chico: I can see Suze Orman. I can see Jim Cramer. I can't see Dylan Ratigan.
Gordon: Heck, stick Dennis Miller in that role.
Chico: The very idea that the two of you don't even know who he is... it
Gordon: Well, the show isn't tailored to me. The show is tailored to the
business acumen of people who like a business game show, and in that aspect, it
Chico: That and people who are just into commerce and industry. Of course, you
don't have to be into that sort of thing to enjoy it, but hey... why take
Gordon: Right. Your grade, Mr. Chairman?
Chico: I'm going to give it a B, only because it's better to watch than Don't
Forget the Lyrics. Which, seven episodes in... isn't a hard feat to accomplish.
Jason: Too dry for me. And I love quiz Bowl. B-
Gordon: It doesn't bring anything new to the table, and the host choice is
questionable, but it's a solid game if you remember the College Bowls of old and
if it turns you on. Quite frankly, its something if I was channel surfing and
found it, I would stick around and watch the end of it, if only to learn
Chico: And in the end, isn't that what the game show is about?
Chico: We liked all three.
Jason: Hey, we like what we like.
Gordon: We agreed on all 3 shows, Chico...Wha?
Chico: ... Umm.. Gosh, I don't know what to say...Should we be scared?
Jason: Maybe it's my hayfever medicine.
Chico: So tell us, Gordon, what have we learned in the Big Brother House?...
that the houseguests may or may not have learned?
Gordon: So what have we learned? We learned to not make yourself a target.
Dick...has not learned that rule, as his tirades around the house have now
spurned everyone to vote him out. Fortunately for Dick, it's his daughter
Danielle who has won the Head of Household competition, and once again, Jen and
Kail (who have both been targets since the pennant chases begun) are back on the
Jason: Will Jen finally voted out - like we want?
Gordon: No, because like every other time, Jen wins the veto, guaranteeing that
we'll get another week of vapidness in the house.
Chico: This is getting more repetitive than Julie Chen's "But first" montage.
Gordon: There's only one person left in the Mrs. Robinson alliance left - Zach.
He looks like the choice to go up...HOWEVER...there has been some talk to
Jason: Not him!
Chico: He's the only sane one left!
Jason: He is America's Player.
Chico: By God no!
Gordon: The problem is that Dick figured out correctly that Eric is the person
who has been voting against the group
Jason: oh boy
Gordon: He doesn't know that Eric is doing it because America wants him to, but
if he can convince everyone else, then Eric is in deep doo doo. If he can do it,
than once again, all of the twists will be played out long before the half-way
mark of the show.
Chico: Bad players. No home game.
Gordon: The problem for Dick is that he has antagonized everyone in the house,
so they may be more fixated to get him out first.
Chico: End result.. Dick's out. Daniele's in.
Jason: Pretty much
Gordon: We'll see what happens here.
Gordon: Also on the bad boy list - Dustin, who took goodies instead of securing
the Veto, which allowed Kail to stay in the house and Nick removed from the
Chico: Guess we'll see what happens.
Gordon: Also being booted this week - Chico's lost brother.
Chico: You mean Man-Spears?
Jason: Poor Man-Kira
Gordon: Yes folks, Britney Alexander did not get enough votes to make the Top
10. So Chico, why did your brother not make the Top 10?
Chico: First of all.. I don't claim him... Second of all.. he's a joke, a
Gordon: I actually thought he was more entertaining than 2 of the acts who DID
Chico: And let's face it. This show, although good.. doesn't have the pull of an
American Idol to skew the outcome. As for the two acts that were less
entertaining.. well, there's already going to be two, that's just law of
Gordon: I blame Vote for the Worst for not giving Man-Spears enough love. Terry
Fator - deserved to get in. Calypso Tumblers - deserved to get in. Cas Haley -
deserved to get in. Then there were The Duttons and Jason Pritchett - did they
get in because the deserved it, or because all you have left to vote on was
Britney and acts that didn't perform up to snuff?
Jason: The latter...the act qualities were not up to snuff this year
Chico: Yeah, what Jason said
Jason: I mean there was no GOOD water cooler act this year.
Chico: ... There really isn't.
Gordon: Of the 5 who didn't get in - Faultline, 2nd Story Guys, Southern Girl,
Popovich Pet Theater, and Chico's brother, who should be in the Top 10?
Chico: Fault Line
Gordon: Agreed. They did not have a great performance, but I thought the Fault
Line should have gotten in. Even Britney would have been more entertaining than
Celtic Spring 2007, who proves to us why they shouldn't be there by a
half-hearted Devil Went Down to Georgia. At least Jason Pritchett somewhat
Chico: And Cas Haley? He ain't chopped liver neither.
Gordon: Cas and Julienne Irwin are probably the people to beat, followed very
closely by Terry Fator and Butterscotch.
Chico: It's going to be an...adequate final. And I can honestly say that.
Meanwhile, I have the sensation of next season... The Singing Hamsters! And
their vocal percussionist... Eve.
Gordon: Actually Chico...I got a letter from the Hamster Union
Chico: Really? What do they say?
Gordon: They are no longer content with just singing. They want a contingency to
direct decent but unwatched 5 minute movies, and another contingency to tell
jokes that we have heard at least 20 times. And they want a Text-In Contest to
determine which Hamster has pressed the 'X' buzzer.
Chico: How about they get to judge which out of five unemployed college students
Gordon: I'll relay it by them and see what they think
Chico: Meanwhile, the Choppler is ready for your command, Gordon.
Gordon: Roll That Beautiful Brain Footage
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 story, Gordon?
Gordon: Who wants a date with a band comprised of 5th graders?
Gordon: Though not at the same time
You Smarter than a 5th Grader moves to September 13th, but it now airs on both
Thursdays and Fridays. Thursdays its on at 8pm leading into Don't Forget the
Lyrics (which will now be expanded to an hour) and Friday its the lead-in - but
only until we get The Search for the Great American Band, when it shows up on
October 19th. After 4 weeks, 5th grader will only be shown on Thursday.
Jason: Schedules are flexible and subject to change and ratings.
Chico: Can it survive the regular grind of the fall sked? I think so. Lyrics...
ehhh... too soon to tell.
Jason: Lyrics...not sure.
Gordon: I think it will have no problems on Thursday/Friday. Im much more
concerned about Lyrics going up against the heavies on a Thursday at 9pm slot.
Chico: Agreed. Grey's... CSI.
Gordon: I'm also concerned about Great American Band. The last band competition
- StarTomorrow, which got a miserable 1.7 on NBC when it aired the premiere show
there before going off to internet land Now the contest itself was supposed to
be an internet competition, but you don't want the premiere show on TV showing
up with a 1.7.
Jason: However....with Rock Band coming out on the Xbox 360 and being the
favorite of E3....I am going to give this show the benefit of the doubt.
Gordon: As FOX is sticking this show on Fridays, I don't even think that FOX is
giving this show the benefit of the doubt.
Chico: That, and the Idol producers are behind it, so they'll pimp like crazy.
Next, sad news from Pirate Master...
old Cheryl Kosewicz, a contestant on the now-canceled CBS series "Pirate
Master", was found dead in her home on Friday just two months after her
boyfriend took his own life. Authorities believe it to be a suicilde, but an
investigation is ongoing... She will be missed...
Jason: oh my goodness.
Chico: A moment, please...
Chico: Thank you. Next?
Gordon: Next one... The Haterade Column this week goes clearly to Brian
Dunkleman, who apparently still has issues over the whole American Idol thing.
Jason: You are not kidding.
Chico: Monkey. On. Shoulder.
who's career is now relegated to cameo appearances and weekly comic stints, used
one such stint to hope that Ryan Seacrest gets AIDS and adding that Seacrest
probably already has the disease.
Jason: Brian...not funny. Just not funny. Stupid.
Chico: Dude. No.
Gordon: According to TMZ.com, "If wishes came true Ryan Seacrest would have
AIDS," the laughter stopped faster than it does at a screening of "I Now
Pronounce You Chuck and Larry."
Chico: No, Dunkelman, that's a BAD DUNKELMAN!
Jason: Oh. Snap.
Jason: As someone who lost a friend to AIDS...that was just sick and wrong.
Gordon: Not only does that diatribe possibly take Seacrest right out of the
closet, it also is a slap in the face to people who have AIDS - and there are
plenty of HIV+ people out there who are not gay. AIDS is not a gay disease,
Chico: That's right. See, we're all in the fight together, against the disease,
not the person. Remember that.
Chico: Okay, moving on to happier news... if you have a DS or a PC. Sorry,
are you a fan of Are You Smarter Than Brian Dunk... err, a 5th Grader? THQ is
developing a game for the DS and the PC to be released this fall.
Chico: The game features 3500 questions from the show, as well as Jeff
Foxworthy berating you.
Jason: Any cheat sheet?
Chico: The cheats on the show will be in the game, but that's it.
Chico: It's $30 for the PC, $20 for the DS.
Jason: Not bad.
Gordon: Does it come for MAC?
Chico: Not yet, no. Or if you think technology is the work of the Nintendo
devil.... there's a home game out. Complete with fake money. Review next week.
We promise. Stop laughing at me.
Gordon: (snickers) sorry
Chico: *buries head in pillow*
Jason: (chuckles) ok
Chico: *plays "Pimpin' All Over the World"*
Gordon: We'll stay in FOX mode as we bring out the Casting Couch.
will host open auditions for the culinary competition series Hell's Kitchen.
Aspiring chefs should consider attending one of the upcoming open auditions and
please note you will not be demonstrating your cooking skills; an interview
session will take place instead and interested cooks should come prepared to
discuss their experience and why they want to appear on the show. Applicants
must be at least 21 years of age, U.S. citizens and come with a completed
application form. Applications, information and the full list of open audition
cities and exact contact information for each can be found at
Gordon: Note that the cooking skills will NOT be put to the test here. Does
the fact that they are looking for personality over skill surprise anyone here?
Chico: Why absolutely not, Gordon!
Jason: Not a one
Chico: If they did that, it would be Top Chef!
Jason: Or Next Food Network Star!
Gordon: You don't think that they are purposely looking for non-pro chefs, do
Chico: Why of course they are. To create the conflict.
Chico: And to give Gordon Ramsay something to take his aggression out on.
Jason: Pretty much.
Chico: Let's just say you can't cook, but you have personality... and you're
taller than me. And you're female. And you live in either Seattle or Raleigh.
Gordon: And you're young.
Chico: Can't forget that.
Jason: and amazingly hot...
Model is casting for their upcoming season. The Raleigh open call is August 11
(at NC Central), while the Seattle open call is on August 15. Go to the CW's
website for all of the Top Model auditioning schedule at cwtv.com.
Gordon: As for the hoes this week...
Doug Davidson talks about Drew Carey and approves, Dennis Miller talks about
Grand Slam and approves, the Biggest Loser Season 5 contestants are revealed...
Gordon: Now a point on this.
Gordon: This is the 4th time that they are doing this competition style, but
Season 3 was more of a series of 1 episode one shots, so this is actually Season
5, not 4.
Chico: Good math, Gordon.
Gordon: And there are already ads out for Pairs of contestants for the next
season of The Biggest Loser, so NBC is obviously expecting the ratings for this
edition to be worthy of a renewal.
Jason: So Season 6 is a done deal.
Gordon: 5/6, assuming that the ratings dont go in the toilet, yes.
Chico: We all remember the debacle that was the Ballbreakers season 2 calls.
Speaking of which, Sal Masekela is doing both the X Games and the Daily 10.
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell is producing a fictional movie about a singing
competition. Does this sound familiar?
Chico: As for Simon Cowell's movie... Wow, it's American Dreamz... without the
president... and even LESS funny!
Jason: oh boy.
Corey Clark is jailed for Drug Possession. Oopsie.
Jason: Corey Corey....
Gordon: But none of those are the Hoes of the week. This week, we got...Media Ho
on Media Ho love!
Chico: ... I think I know where this is going.
Gordon: Did anyone see the first episode of Dr. 90210?
Chico: That would be where you were going.
Chico: Imagine one reality show... two game show hoes. Will Kirby's on the show
Gordon: Dr. Will Kirby of Big Brother fame.
Chico: ...and his new patient... holds briefcase #21.
Gordon: Tameka of Deal or No Deal fame.
Jason: What was she getting?
Gordon: She was getting rid of a back tattoo that was costing her modeling gigs
Chico: And boobies.
Gordon: So basically, her suitcases felt the power of financial inflation :-)
Gordon: And those...are your hoes.
Chico: After that, I HAVE to go global. First trip will be.... to Canada.
we haven't satiated your thirst for comic antics involving 5th Graders, you'll
love this. Are You Smarter is planning a Canadian edition.
Jason: Nice, eh.
Chico: Five shows will be taped at the Global studios in Toronto, but Jeff
Foxworthy will not host it. Makes sense. Canadian show has to have Canadian
talent. I think it's law there.
Jason: I agree.
Chico: Which would explain the improbable rise of one Rod Charlebois. From one
end of the commonwealth to the other...
So You Think You Can Dance is coming to Australia, with Bree Amer as host.
Chico: That version will launch next year.
Gordon: That's cool - but we need to take one more trip
Chico: Where that?
Gordon: We go to the UK, for some good news...and some bad news.
Jason: The good news....
Identity is coming to the UK.
Jason: Cool :-)
Chico: Let me guess... Donny Osmond is signed to host.
Gordon: That would be correct
Chico: Yeah, that's been in the books now.
Gordon: The bad news...
National Bingo Night is ALSO going to the UK - AND Australia.
Jason: NO BINGO!
Gordon: As representatives of the states, we would like to apologize in advance
to David Howell and anyone else who is going to be unfortunate enough to see
Jason: Actually there is one more big news on the UK Game Show Scandal
Channel 4 is doing away with all of its phone-ins except those involving Big
Brother and Deal or No Deal.
Jason: Here is the news link -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6926148.stm It's a bad time for
fans of interactive quizzes over there
Gordon: And if you've seen Quiznation lately, it's a bad time for interactive
quizzes over here as well.
Chico: See, Game shows are like politics. Better when they're conducted out in
the open and honestly. Confidence is going to take a serious hit.
Gordon: I agree with that. And 4 games for 2 hours isn't going to bode well for
Gordon: and with that Brainvision is over. Shut it down.
Jason: (shutting down)
Chico: Okay, a new game and an old fave are next, but first.. I have news..
Gordon: Let's hear it
Chico: 43% of the voting public APPROVE of Drew Carey as the new host of TPIR.
41% kinda approve. 11% are broke even. 5%... are Barker's marks. Double Overbid.
This week's question also involves Drew Carey.
Chico: Which is worse than zero. You have to try to get a -15. JD Roberto...
Talking to you. Results next week. Up next, we go to court, and to the theatre.
This is We Love to Interrupt, celebrating five years of... those ... kind of
Jason: There you go
(Brainvision has been powered today by GSNN Pictures' DVD release of Jeopardy!
Summer Games: The Musical!... It's like "High School Musical"... except people
actually get it... and that kid from Thunderbirds isn't in it. yeah, you know