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Chico: I'm Chico Alexander. In the next 1 million
seconds you're going to hear a lot of questions in New York City, and for once,
they won't be of the "What do you think you're bleeping doing here?" variety. Gordon: Or why the hell are you shoving when there's tons of room in the subway
car. Chico: Heh. Gordon: And we'll try to not make this show last one million seconds as from
somewhere in America, WLTI...is...on! Chico: Woo-hoo! Of course we are talking about the Million second Quiz, which
starts online... (checks watch)... NOW. Gordon: We'll have a full review on that next week. But first this week, we
start with something already on the air on GSN.
Gordon: We end the season of The Chase on a very happy note for the contestants. Chico: I would say so. It looks like they saved the best for last. It was a true
battle of quiz Titans. Remember this name. Raj Dhuwalia. Raj Dhuwalia scores
$55,000 on his cash builder. Decides to take it up a notch and ends up playing
for $125,000 in the Chase round. Gordon: All by himself, I may add Chico: Does not miss a single question. It should be noted that he is second in
the US as ranked by the World Quizzing Championships. Gordon: He's a stud Chico: And as far as the world ranking, he's up there with Mark Labbett. Mark
beat him at the last WQC. So you imagine its Rocky IV up in here. Gordon: Someone wanted a rematch Chico: Someone got his rematch. Its a one-on-one Final Chase for $125,000. Gordon: Raj ran the table. Chico: Raj ends up hanging 19 on the Chaser. Mark does not get past 11 between
pushbacks and just concedes the Final Chase to Raj. I want to say that was the
first time he's EVER done that. It is our pleasure to say that this clip is
courtesy of GSN and ITV Studio America.
Gordon: Raj gets a NICE gift of $125.000 Chico: And the Beast's respect. And ..oh yeah, have some of this.
Chico: Raj Dhuwalia. Remember the name. Gordon: So doing some math: The contestants have won $245,000, while Labbett has
gone 4-2. Chico: And season 2 is right around the corner. Final thought... would you say
that this is GSN's next great hit? Gordon: So far, yes. Keep in mind that it's only one season, but it kept the
ratings steady throughout the whole airing. I wonder if Only Connect is that far behind Chico: Pointless, dawg .... Pointless. Gordon: One more thought. This is another hit by Amy Introcaso-Davis. You know,
the same one you wanted to run out
of town before the American Bible Challenge and The Chase. Do you have anything
you would like to say to her? Chico: I will apologize for that as soon as she apologizes for Family Trade and
Beat the Chefs. Gordon: Trying to get an apology out of you is pointless. Chico: Likewise. Speaking of Pointless... time for some talent action.
Chico: Second half of semifinals action... the super-regionals, if you will. Gordon: I believe we have the quick recap? Chico: Hit me! Gordon: Here we go with a Big Board...
D'Angelo and Amanda: Shadow Dancing = Hit and save by the judges.
Marty Brown: Anything he could sing was overshadowed by his mess in the first
Chicago Boyz: The audience obviously ignored the errors made during the
Leon and Romy: Better act, but it was old and boring.
Anna Christine: A young singer means she had to avoid the judges round. She
didn't, so out she goes.
Kenichi Ebina: Dancing with himself was one of the best acts of the evening.
John Wing: It was good, but good isn't good enough.
Branden James: He escapes because of his fan base, because I wanted to be left
Alone after that solo.
KriStef Brothers: It's a funny skit that uses hand-balancing. Very creative.
Chico's Next Girlfriend Choir: The good news is she's now available because the
bad news was the song was
something you'd fall asleep to when you're 69 years old.
Timber Brown: TIMBERRRRRRRRRRR
Jimmy Rose: Saved because he was in the last spot. The song was generic.
Chico: I'd have to say the acts that knew they deserved a place in the next
round... Kristef Brothers... Dangelo
and Amanda.... and Jimmy Rose because, and you put it perfectly, he was batting
cleanup. Chicago Boys got in on
story. Kenichi Ebina... body of work. And Branden James on fanbase. Gordon: So whos in the finals? Chico: Well we have THOSE six... plus...Innovative Force, Collins Key, Forte and
Cami Bradley Gordon: You can stick Kenichi, Cami and Forte in the Top 6. Chico: Taylor Williamson, and Jimy Rose too. Bold prediction time... Forte,
Catapult, Cami, and Kenichi make the
final 6. Its gonna be all singing, all dancing, baby. Gordon: I think a magician could sneak in there. Chico: Because hes dreamy. Gordon: If the voters think so, then he's in Chico: What do the voters say about Cedric the Entertainer? Gordon: Do they think Cedric is dreamy? Chico: I think Cedric's hats are dreamy. So who Wants to Be a Millionaire
returns for season number 12. New host
in tow, the always funny Cedric the Entertainer. Now hes got some hosting
ability, but the fear was that it
wouldn't translate well into the Ring of Fire. Judging by the crowd, that fear
was eased a bit. Gordon: Well the good - he's funny and clever. And some of his stuff did wind up
on the cutting floor. Chico: Granted if you were not a fan of WWTBAM, You're not going to be easily
converted with this. But he is
whipsmart and clever, and the pacing is improved. I mean hes flying by the seat
of his pants, but you can tell the
Millionaire crew are building the show around him. Gordon: He's a much better ad libber than Meredith Chico: So its making for a better show. Now there is one thing... You notice the
rating on the show changed? Gordon: I did. They are letting Cedric be Cedric, which is also part of his
appeal. That's the good. The bad - and
this is huge - he can't read. There were lots of retakes on his question
reading. Chico: Yeah I did know that. I mean, hes not going to get any practice in
because its all computerized by a guy
named Dennis apparently. That isn't going to change, but at least he's not to the
level of, say, Kenan Thompson on
SNL. Gordon: He doesn't get better during weeks 3 and 4. Chico: Yeowch. So overall then? He needs a little practice and perhaps a better
linguist. Gordon: He needs a cunning linguist. But overall, he's going to do exactly what
the producerds wanted when they
got him. Chico: He's going to get people talking and watching. Gordon: And that was the plan, so it's all good Chico: Very good. And hes on twice a day in some markets so its twice the good.
Now the episode Gordon watched...
that's going to air next week, right? Gordon: Yes. Chico: And we will cover it... NEXT WEEK. Next week, we will also have a brand
We are down to Luca and the lady Krissi loves to hate for some reason, Natasha. Gordon: Nothing like a good blood feud to keep the ratings going. Chico: Yep. So as we prepare to close the book on another weird chapter of
MasterChef history, its time once again
for... Gordon: Who wins if.... Chico: Now this is going to be rather easy. Cook the beset dish, play to your
strengths, and then win. Gordon: Agreed. This time around though, wouldn't you think that Luca has a huge
edge? Chico: I would think so. I don't think he's been on the receiving end of
anyone's wrath. And especially in the
later rounds, every time he was, he rose to the challenge. Gordon: However, Luca has been in the bottom 4 times, compared to Natasha's 2.
And she did win the last
competition. Chico: But is she consistent? Past seasons have shown that the most consistent
player is the one to take it home.
Luca has been boom boom boom over the last few rounds. Gordon: He has the edge , but I don't consider this a gimme. Chico: This is going to be a fight to the end. Gordon: It is. Any other fights brewing? Chico: a couple actually. First is a fight between geeks who love to okay
dressup. Gordon, explain to the nice
people what cosplay is. Gordon: it's Jason Block's favorite hobby...I mean when people dress up to look
like their favorite characters,
usually in animation, comics or video games. Chico: I believe we have a few examples here...
Gordon: ...I'm so glad I don't have my Master Pic from 4th grade on the net. Chico: Get a scanner. Gordon: ....no. So tell us how this new game works. Chico: Its not just a dress, though, its an attitude. That attitude forms the
basis on Syfy's new series, Heroes
of Cosplay. Its a cross bbetween a geeky Project Runway and "DJ Games" if you
remember that far back. Gordon: I do. Which makes a pretty bizarre combo. Chico: Well, 9 cosplayers travel from convention to convention entering cosplay
contests in the hopes of winning
cash money and ascending to cosplay supremacy. The good... there is a lot of
creativity and a lot of thought on
the player side of things, perhaps because they're semi professional and, in the
case of Chloe Dykstra, a
modeltress. (Not taking her geek cred away, just pointing out fact) Gordon: The people obviously know what they are doing. And give this credit for
being original. But that also
leads right into the bad. Chico: If I may start. Gordon: Please do. Chico: This is supposed to be a bit of insight into the geeky sundry of people
like you and me. However, these are
clearly NOT people like you or me. They're established, semi-professional, and
frankly, you have to wonder if this
is real or Hollywood real. Again, not taking away geek cred from anyone. Just
pointing out facts. There is a
marked diffrence between geek and Hollywood geek. Gordon: In other words, can a layman like me win these, or is this only reserved
for the people with gobs of money
and experience. Chico: Bingo. Gordon: This aparked 3 emotions from me. #1. I have zero chance going to any
of these competitions. Chico: There's something not quite genuine at work. Gordon: #2. And I agree with you Chico, this doesn't feel 'authentic'. This
feels more like 'lets get some of my
friends who are really good at this and get them their own show' Chico: Yep.
HEROES OF COSPLAY
Syfy - 10p ET Tuesday
Gordon: #3. As this wasn't really a 'game show' with any playability for me,
this was sleep inducing. So this
doesn't work as a game show for me - nor does it work as anything else. Sorry.
D+ Chico: Okay, first up, I have some friends - Good friends - Met them through
Carolina Otaku Uprising. They would
fit well into this. They've been to all the big ones... Comic com, Dragoncon,
AWA, Animazement, you name it. Gordon: ok Chico: You could never catch them on this series. It's just too exclusive and
frankly, not that darn entertaining.
D- You want to talk about entertaining feuds, though? Gordon: Surely Chico: Feuds between familiars maybe? Gordon: I like it Chico: Maybe with a one Steve Harvey? Gordon: What'ya got? Chico: I've got five questions is what I've got.
Chico: First question...
1) This season features a special episode: Cake Boss vs. Here Comes Honey boo
Gordon: You had these sort of events liberally sprinkled through all of the
Feud's runs. I think Duck Dynasty
would have been the better play, but for a demographic touch, this works out
well. Chico: Its the family way. Its a race to the bottom of the pop culture barrel,
but if it gets eyeballs, then what
of it? Its just a celebrity show, not unlike previous runs... Karna, O'Hurley,
we love the Dawson all star
editions. Gordon: I remember when they did WWE Vs. WCW, WWE Vs. Divas, divorced men Vs.
divorced women, and the Playboy
playmates Vs. Playgirl. Whats the difference? Chico: No difference here. Next question? Gordon: Next one...
2) Obviously Steve Harvey is going nowhere, but with Cedric in the house, are
they going to let him get more dirty?
Chico: Nope. Why change a winning formula now? Gordon: Because it may be more socially acceptable to do it. but I think right
now, they keep it sort of squeaky
clean. Though I'm sure they will eyeball Millionaire. Chico: Like yeah, I see what y'all be doing. But yeah, were not going blue.
Steve has a reputation. Hes a family
man. Hes a man of the church. He just won't cross that line. Next question...
3) Family Feud is a monster now. Does Fremantle use it to revisit another long
Gordon: I don't know. The other classics are currently on the air in some form
or another or have been on
recently. Chico: If I were to throw out an idea, which you know what I'm about to say
here. Press. Your. Luck. Gordon: Well it's Freemantle's now. I can see a higher money version - but
again, keep it faithful to the 80's
version. Next one...
4) Do we see a higher money version of the Feud?
Chico: I can see a big board with 18 42-inch industry grade HDTVs. We actually
asked this.a long time ago and did
the calculations on it. We will have a couple.of Big Money TOCs, maybe a
Tournament of Losers. Sorry G, but in the
end, a loss will still be $5 a point. Gordon: I was thinking more like a Million Dollar moment: Get all #1 and #2
answers on the board in Fast Money for
a bonus. Chico: That would be nice. I'd like to see it. Is there money in the bank for
it? We will see. Finally...
5) Last year Family Feud got a 4.5, making it easily the.third most popular
answer in game shows. This year...
Gordon: 4.7. it rises. Chico: The party still jumping. 5 bagger. You know something... in the Raleigh
market, they are moving it out of
the morning and into early evening. What does THAT tell you? Gordon: it says they want greater ratings and they'll get it. Sort of like what
Hans wants. He wants a bigger
trough. Chico: He'll get it. Because hes a GOOD pig... yes he is.. yes he is... 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: And thank you Doug Morris. Now... hmmmmm....I need a bat. A sexy bat. Gordon: (Gives Chico a Madonna-curved bat) Chico: Damn that's sexy.
Season two of the Face means two new judges. And season 3 of Project Runway All
Stars means a new host. For the
Face we have models Anne Vyalitsyna and Lydia Hearst. For Runway, stop at Alyssa
Gordon: Screeeeeee. Chico: Perhaps you have a cool cat or two in the datebook Gordon: I do in fact
Monday is Let's Ask America and the Million Second Quiz. Wednesday is the X
Factor. You seeing any online Million
Second Quiz matches yet?
Chico: Actually no. I hope they fix it but its going to be a category 5
you-know-what storm if they don't. As for
the other two, I can see where this is a make it or break it season. Gordon: Nice. Let's get fully loaded. Chico: I have a good thing and a bad thing.
The good thing - Wheel's tribute to Mark Corwin (insert YT clip
here). The bad
thing... Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire - AND FRIENDS!
Gordon: ..and friends? Chico: It's like similar Ludia and Friends gameshow games in that it looks
pretty, it replicates game play from TV,
and its buggier than Anthony Weiner's bedroom. Gordon: So stick to the classic. Chico: I wouldn't even bother with it. But, God help you, if you want to, it's
available on the Apple App Store,
Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. Gordon: I see. So not a smart move just quite yet. Chico: Nope... and not a smart move coming... Gordon: Sure is (wheels in Whiteboard) Are YOU Smarter than...Comcast, who fired almost all of their on air staff in
preparation of the whole network G4
being dropped...except they weren't dropped, so now they have an empty network.
Chico: Yeah its really one of the.most bizarre TV stories of the week. Gordon: Though the decision makes sense, now its time to pick up the pieces. Chico: Comcast was ready to jettison all of G4's shows and personalities to
parts unknown... in fact I believe the
quote was "Put down the controller and groom." Then they decided that they were
going to switch off Style instead. Gordon: Wha? Chico: Can we give them the Haterade too? Gordon: We could...but I have something better
Gries' mommy has decided that it's BIG BROTHER and THE MEDIA's fault
for her daughter's mess, (and not
what comes out of her daughter's mouth), and she has made no bones about letting
Chico: That's the biggest non-apology I've ever heard. *sigh* Gordon: Can you send her mom on vacation? Chico: I'd like to send her to the fifth circle of Hell. But instead lets go to
QI. Its on Hulu now! Just go to hulu.com/qi You will lose half of a day watching
Gordon: And you can see a lot of media hoes. Chico: Yes you can (plays Luda)
In this week's Media Ho report, Betty White breaks a Guinness record for
Longevity, Jerry Springer hosts TPIR Live,
Wayne Brady gets a condo...Screech gets booted out of the Big Brother House,
Cher, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder and
Miguel join The Voice, and Barack Obama's speech means that AGT will get punted
around 30 minutes later.
Gordon: But Barack Obama isn't your ho of the week. Chico: Who is? Gordon: Your hos is Jackie Fuchs. She is the singer of the song 'Cherry Bomb'.
In the span of 2 weeks, she goes to
The Chase and loses, and then she goes to Millionaire and loses (only winning
$1,000), creating her own Cherry
Bomb. Chico: She's from the 70s band The Runaways Gordon: She is. And thats what happened to her game show winnings. They ran
away. Chico: Yep Gordon: And those...are your hoes. Chico: And that's Brainvision. Shut it off, G Gordon: (shutting down) Coming up - the revenge of the toilet. Chico: But first... What! Happens! First! This is WLTI, the 34th season
opener... You give us 22 minutes... Gordon: and We'll give you 22 pepole who we can't want to see go into the Big
Brother house next season...oh wait,
that's the Carolina Panther's starting squad. Chico: I still think they give Seattle a fight and then lose. I'll find out in
about an hour, give or take. Gordon: And when we do, you may see an ad later on in the show. Chico: ...yeah.
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