Dear Ben Silverman- Hire me. You cant do any worse. Sincerely, Lee DiGeorge.
Gordon: Welcome back to the really big show.
Chico: Or if you're just joining us, where've you been?
Gordon: And when you look at 2008, that's all you really can call it. It's
Chico: Especially the summer. Had a really big game summer. We had Wipeout...
that was a hit. I Survived a Japanese Gameshow... That was a hit... Celebrity
Family Feud... modest, but still a hit.
Gordon: Very true, but the biggest news in the Summer for game show fans would
be about a show in the Winter
Chico: And that would be... The Dob. Three days into the July, we find out that
TPIR's longtime producer, Roger Dobkowitz was let go for reasons... unknown.
Gordon: The Dob. Roger Dobkowitz and The Price is Right would, after 30+ years,
be parting. The fallout was immediate and vocal. It became clear, especially
into this regime early, that the expertise of The Dob would sorely be missed.
Chico: I can compare it to being a fan of the Chicago Bears, and having to watch
the Super Bowl and your team's not playing, and all you can say is... "But I can
bet your sweet bippy that the Bears could be kicking some serious ass right
Gordon: More like you see the Franchise is 6-10 after getting rid of the coach
that won you a Super Bowl.
Chico: Yeah, something like that. And now you have the quarterback, in this
case, Drew Carey, calling all the admin stuff... you know, going above and
beyond the call of duty when he's ill-prepared to do so.
Gordon: They may get back to the glory that they were, but they need to
seriously cut down the number of errors on the show and Drew needs to go back to
the happy host he was during his first season on the air.
Chico: He needs to find his inner Bill Cullen. Or someone needs to kick it into
him. Same crew cut, same horn-rimmed glasses...He just needs to find it.
Gordon: We know its there, but its not being shown.
Chico: We hope it'll be shown before it's shown... the door.
Gordon: Very true.
Chico: Meanwhile, TLC launched its first game show, the Singing Office. With
Joey Fatone, who, in two short years, has hosted more game shows than Richard
Karn. The hosting... good to adequate. The show itself... well, the players were
lively at least.
Gordon: The show sucked.
Chico: But the entire package left you remembering why you don't (^_^) where you
eat. Gordon, you sing... quite well, actually. Do you sing at work?
Gordon: No. No I dont.
Chico: And there is a reason for that. I'm sure, right?
Gordon: Of course. But we didn't have just dogs on the show. We had Project
Runway, and we also had the very funny and underrated Reality Strikes Back
Chico: Now that was a show that hit all the marks. Giving reality TV what for,
you know? Excellent casting, excellent satire... Michael Ian Black was just
smarmy enough to make the whole package work.
Gordon: Pretty much. It was a very fun show...which was good, because there was
not that much fun going on iun July
Chico: Well, paired with it was the Gong Show... with Dave Attell...Now I liked
the Gong Show. I got into the new version... but it wasn't without fault.
Gordon: It needed to get gonged off the stage.
Chico: First of all, any show with Andy Dick needs to go.
Gordon: It was a pale imitation of the original. The humor of the original gong
show was wacky and zany. This humor came off as staged and forced. But wait -
there's more lack of fun!
Chico: I blame dogs.
Gordon: We had some - The Greatest American Dog. High School Musical: Get in the
Picture. From Gs to Gents. And...our worst show of 2008....HURL!
Chico: That made me want to...Umm... I'm all for televised competition and all,
but... there are just some things you don't put on TV...Epigastric functions are
one of them. Unless it's the food going in part.
Gordon: We also had - the beginning of the rumblings of what may happen in
January - an SAG strike?
Chico: Now the SAG was part of a perfect storm that threatened to shut down
Gordon: Yes - but they didn't strike
Chico: Nope. In fact, AFTRA... bless their little Hollywood hearts... knew that
what happened in January couldn't be allowed to happen again, and they reupped
Chico: That move would put the SAG gambit in Jeopardy... Double Jeopardy.... and
Gordon: We'll see. I don't think there's any way they get 75% of the vote. I
also don't see how they renew Wanna Bet, which also debuted in July.
Chico: It was hosted by one.. sorry, two, of our favorite MCs from across the
pond. The only problem this show had... was filed under "everything else". Do
you think there's any way we'll see Tila Tequila on TV after what happened on
the finale of her show?
Gordon: No I don't. After she gets a nasty breakup after season 2, leading to
the Ikki Twins taking over the franchise. We also had Big Brother 10 starting
this summer, with the winner being Dan.
Chico: Did he deserve it more than the winner of BB9? Certainly. At this point,
Gordon: Dan played a good game that actually required strategy and not calling
people retards. July also had the debut of the latest GSN show - Catch 21
Chico: Which is actually a redo of an old show - Gambit. Playing the role of
Wink Martindale... Alfonso Ribiero. Another shining example of "Game show
hosting... Looks easy... isn't"
Gordon: The show is the same show as Gambit, for the most part, which is good.
Alfonso is the same person we saw during Celebrity Duets...which is not so good.
Chico: But that gig translates into his gig on GSNLive, and that is basically a
crash course in game show hosting 101. So if a season 2 comes about, expect him
to be better. We're hoping for a season 2. Hell, if Chain Reaction got a season
Gordon: It will get a season 2. Its a cheap show to produce
Chico: Oh yeah.
Gordon: And we get one of our own on the show in August. Jason Block gets on the
show and wins $1,000. He also gets on GSN's radio version of their network and
wins (at least at this point) an additional $1,800.
Chico: GSN's just Jason's ATM at this point.
Gordon: We make fun of Jason - a lot - but there's a reason why he is a game
show ho. He will beat you up badly.
Chico: He knows his stuff.
Gordon: The Summer shows ended. Very sad. We have music singers that went
country, Glam Gods that went nowhere, and the Top 40 people left in America's
Chico: And Broadway had a new Elle Woods thanks to MTV.
Gordon: SuperCr3w wins America's Best Dance Crew, giving Jon Cruz his second
Chico: What was his first?
Gordon: Star Search
Gordon: Now we go to September, the changing of the leaves - and the changing of
a lot of rules on your favorite shows
Chico: I have a list.
Gordon: List away.
Chico: Jeopardy!... no change, but 25th anniversary smell. TPIR... New game,
some $10,000 prizes up to $25,000. Wheel... Million Dollar Wedge... won once,
heads up from their publicity brass was sent, we were angry. Que Dice la Gente...
new host, didn't last long. Millionaire... new clock, categories, and lifelines.
Gordon: Dame La Pista - Zombie food.
Chico: Nyam, nyam. But all eyes would be on two new entries. First up, Deal or
No Deal, syndie flavor, which is just the UK version with a wheel. And two
Gordon: Great version of the show, in my opinion. This is what the show SHOULD
Chico: Gone were the gimmicks and back was the strategy. It made you watch again
and the numbers showed, becoming the fall's killer app. Wish we could say the
same about the other two shows that launched in the fall.
Gordon: We wish we could...but we can't, because they are no longer on the air.
We start with Opportunity Knocks, which only knocked for a handful of epiodes.
Chico: But ABC swears they're going to air the rest in the summer... which they
should've done to begin with. Opportunity Knocks... it was a summer show. Come
on. It had all the earmarks of one. I think it could have been a hit if they put
Gordon: Now it's just a victim of Sloppy Seconds Syndrome.
Chico: Boo. Get off the bed, Opportunity Knocks. Trying to get my sleep up in
Gordon: But at least there was a show there. The same can't be said for Hole in
Chico: Let me illustrate what happened over at Fox and Fremantle for a moment.
I'll be the Fremantle guy. Gordon will be the Fox guy. Hey GORDON!
Gordon: Hey Chico!
Chico: Guess what I saw?
Gordon: What, Chico?
Chico: I saw this video on Youtube of an excerpt from a Japanese game show... We
could totally do a FULL HOUR of that each week! People will totally watch it!
And that'll make us millionaires.
Gordon: That's great. I'll take it. Everyone can watch it. By the way, what do
you think of these shares I bought from this Madoff guy?
Chico: I wouldn't hold onto those too long. But you ain't heard that from me. By
the way, kids, what we just demonstrated was also "insider trading." Which is
illegal. Don't do it.
Gordon: No. That's bad. Very very bad.
Chico: Very bad. Moment of Truth was going there, but then Fox put Hole in the
Wall there, and the rest is history. Also in September, while I'm on history...
Gordon, when I say history... people & places... sports & leisure... Arts &
Entertainment... and wild card... what comes to mind?
Gordon: What comes to mind is Trivial Pursuit, the latest incarnation of the
Gordon: It's getting around the same ratings as what was there before it -
Temptation - but unlike Temptation, the show is making money for the game.
Chico: Now the game itself proves to be structurally sound... but it seems that
its host... one Chris Knight, former Brady kid and luckiest sumbitch to marry a
model...He likes playing it safe unless he has a wisecrack up his sleeve.
Gordon: Knight, unlike Ribiero, is getting better as a host.
Chico: Now how is the show making money? I'm curious.
Gordon: The board game sales have gone up. The video game and the cell phone
game (yes, there is a cell phone game) is doing well. And they have enough
confidence in the show that there will be a PS3/XBOX/etc. version of the show
coming out tentatively for March, 2009.
Gordon: Which leads to this - because of the money coming in, there are
substantial rumors coming through that this WILL be renewed for next season.
Chico: Well, it's always good when a well-structured game gets renewed, but more
people need to watch to seal the deal.
Gordon: Of course. So if you like the show, get more people to watch it.
Chico: Tell your friends... Tell your moms. Tell your friends' moms. Or just say
"Hey, I recorded a clue for it and it's airing tonight." Lots of people did
Gordon: Sure did. And people have made thousands from doing so - though we're
not quite up yet to the $500,000 that the TV show has claimed. Yet.
Chico: One of them wasn't Jessica Robinson... only because she was busy winning
a million* Yep. Deal or No Deal primetime flavor returns with its Million Dollar
Gordon: Jessica is the first *million* dollar* winner* on Deal or no Deal. So
why the asterisks? Because it was done via the Million Dollar Mission, and not
Chico: Now come on... Million Dollar Mission got people watching, but... TWICE?
That doesn't happen. And sure enough, that DIDN'T happen. So now NBC is airing
at least three more eps before the end of the year... and that's it for the
foreseeable future. Now it's a bad thing when a good game gets tossed to the
wayside, but you saw what happened to Millionaire when they got all crazy. You
elect to get all crazy, you do so at your own perils. End result... what you see
Gordon: Oversaturation = bad. But Haterade = good. We had ME on your TV, thanks
to GSN's Play it Back Documentary series.
Chico: It was a look back at the last 37 years of game show history told through
the eyes of pop culture panelists, game show hosts, game show contestants, game
show historians... and one guy who happened to be local. :-)
Gordon: Nothing wrong with that :)
Chico: No. Local's good.
Gordon: Jessica isn't the only person who won the million. Kathy Cox, a
Superintendent for Georgia's School District, also wins the grand prize on Are
You Smarter than a 5th Grader.
Chico: So far, she's the only person to do so, but she did it because she knew
the game. Even if only for an elementary education, there are things you have to
know for this game. And for the moment, it was the biggest game on primetime...
then Fox moved it to Fridays and all hell broke loose.
Gordon: The ratings for both 5th Grader and Don't Forget the Lyrics dropped
around 50% - then started to come back up when FOX put special episodes back on
Chico: Hmm... You think they had something with Thursday?
Gordon: Gee, you think?
Chico: Wow. it's like... something.
Gordon: They were a strong second. Now Survivor / Million Dollar Password rules
the roost on Thursdays. Speaking of which, Bob Crowley becomes the oldest player
to win Survivor.
Chico: And he did it by basically.... watching everyone else step over their own
toes. This led to a case of...
Chico: Last time we use the graphic, we swear.
Gordon: Until 2009, when we get a new crop of morons
Chico: Then came on the other big CBS reality game... MORONS ON THE RUN. That
enabled Nick & Emily "Starr" Spangler to win the Amazing Race.
Gordon: Nick and Starr won the game...by intellectual default.
Chico: And perhaps cemented themselves as the best team to play the game...
maybe. I'd like someone to prove one way or another.
Gordon: More September Debuts - My Family's Got Guts, The Biggest Loser,
Ultimate Fighter 8 (with Junie Browning)
Chico: All good stuff.
Gordon: Maybe. Brooke Burke debuts with Dancing With The Stars
Chico: She ends up winning the whole thing, doesn't she
Gordon: She does. Another woman who is a financial winner this season...Paris
Hilton. We get the debut of My BFF from her. And we get Inside The Box, which
also makes it's debut in September.
Chico: And... promptly repeats.
Gordon: A bunch of times. Then we had MTV's Top Pop Group, which lasted 4 weeks.
Chico: And never repeats.
Gordon: Nope. And we get a bunch of The Price is Right episodes that are labeled
as Do Not Repeat.
Chico: So sad. I'd be a tad miffed if I was a legit player on one of those
Gordon: And with that, we move to October, where we get more shows that we won't
see repeated - because they won't ever see the light of day again.
Chico: Bye bye Dame La Pista.
Gordon: Gimme My Reality Show
Chico: Search for the Next Elvira.
Chico: Or some such.: Ironically, a contestant on Elvira would make an
appearance in another game show...This time as one of the Hunters...But we'll
get to that later. October also saw a passing of a legend in Jack Narz.
Gordon: We miss you, Jack
Chico: Michelle Loewenstein wins a million on Wheel of Fortune thanks to a Leaky
Faucet. With a million, she can afford to have it fixed. Tee hee.
Gordon: Sure can. Ken Jennings almost joins her, but he doesn't pull the trigger
on a Million Dollar 5th grader question that he knew the answer to. Leann
Marshall wins the current (and last for a while) title on Project Runway.
Chico: And another person joins the winner's club... Tomorrow Rodriguez. She too
wins a Million* on Deal or No Deal. More memorable than that, though... someone
who won a 10th of that amount in half the time...John Hanlin of GSN's Bingo
America. He is the first to fire the Superball for $100,000. And that moment was
Gordon: Sure was. We catapult into November.
Gordon: And crash-land right into The Money and The Power
Chico: 50 Cent's opus. The less said about it, the better.
Gordon: Ken Jennings, who gets a lot of play the second half of 2008, shows up
as an expert on Millionaire. He helped a family get to $250,000.
Chico: Cementing his status as trivia go-to guy.
Gordon: We celebrated Speed Dealing with DOND's 200th episode
Chico: Well, there are a few episodes in between, but they were all played for
$2 million. Do you even count those?
Gordon: No. No I don't. Especially since they didn't win. Meanwhile, we get a
flurry of good new shows. Cha$e. Estate of Panic. Top Chef NY...
Chico: Hey Gordon? Remember the chick from Elvira we mentioned about 15 minutes
Gordon: I remember that.
Chico: She turned up as one of the Hunters on Cha$e. As does a dodgeballer, a
few actors, a ninja, and Icey from Cram. I can just see myself on the game
field... "Pretty girl running after me for a change."
Gordon: And they make good TV. 8 owners and their cats walking down a green
platform or looking at a red chewy toy...does NOT make good TV.
Chico: ... No.
Gordon: The runner-up for worst game show of 2008, The Meow Mix show, shows up
on November 15.
Chico: But seriously, you can't help but think... What was (insert principal on
this show here) thinking?
Gordon: Meow Mix wants to do a game show. I can use the money. Sure, lets air
Chico: But GSN... no excuse whatsoever. You made me hate cats. I'm a cat hater
Gordon: Yay! Do you like Ohio State?
Chico: They're alright.
Gordon: They win The Family Feud College Tournament.
Chico: The first ever FF college tournament. And we hope it isn't the last.
Gordon: True. And finally...December.
Chico: It brings me back to you. THE story of December was, and we talked about
it at length last week...Terry Kneiss. Perfect bid on the Showcase. Some said it
was rigged. We can tell you... it wasn't. S&P would have TPIR's ass if it was.
Gordon: Defin9itely wasn't rigged. But TPIR has to do a better job with the
items in their showcases.
Chico: Yep. And Drew has to keep his game face on at all times. Even when he's
bummed about it. It's good that you're bummed, it shows you're human, but you
are a showman.
Gordon: A rule for Drew to learn as he continues to host. The other big story in
December - Mark Coyle and the return of Million Dollar Password
Chico: A big hit of summer becomes a big hit of winter.
Gordon: Sure does. And in 2 episodes, they give out $325,000.
Chico: It's a game show fan's dream come true.
Gordon: Mark Coyle is happy, because he avoided the bad celebrity of the hour
(William Shatner). Chad Mosher...not so much, because he doesn't avoid Phil
Keoghan, who deep 6's him.
Chico: Still, $25,000 for a college student goes a long way.
Gordon: Sure does. Anything else?
Chico: One of our favorite shows from the UK is getting a little bit of a face
lift as we say goodbye to Carol Vorderman and Des O'Connor... and hello to Jeff
Stelling and Rachel Riley on Countdown.
Chico: Will they have the staying power of Whiteley and Vorderman? Only time
will tell. But I will say this... Rachel Riley... Rowr.
Gordon: Hi all! You have a big torch to carry. We also get the debut of Momma's
Chico: Ugh. Ryan Seacrest laid a big ol' dookie on the NBC schedule.
Gordon: I don't even think Michelle Aguilar, who won The Biggest loser, could
work that one out.
Gordon: We had a family affair on 5th grader. Rick Miles and his daghter Meghen
both see a million dollar 5th Grader question. Meghen goes for it...and misses.
Rick stops at $500,000 - and would have gotten it right.
Chico: I believe Rick's two for two in that department, as he knew Meghen's as
Gordon: He sure is. He also probably knew that Paris is not a country.
Chico: A classic Feud boner.
Gordon: What's up with Family Feud contestants not knowing geography?
Chico: I have no idea.
Gordon: Europe is not a country. Africa is not a country. Paris is not a
Chico: Paris Hilton is not a country either.
Gordon: Depends on which tourists you ask.
Chico: Europe is a band who sang "The Final Countdown". Africa is a song with a
hell of a falsetto (I have firsthand experience)
Gordon: And Canada - is where they cancel their version of Idol.
Chico: Citing economic woes. Not citing ratings woes, which were... well, there.
Gordon: And Ben Silverman, who may be getting a new contract, fiddles as NBC
Chico: Again... live by the deal, die by it...And that leads us... to TODAY.
January to December. We made the jump.
Gordon: Yay! I feel Quantum Leaped
Chico: Alrighty, Scott Bakula. Can I be Dean Stockwell?
Gordon: Sure you can. Can you warp us to break?
Chico: Sure do. Still to come, we bring our toilet out of cold storage.
Gordon: But first, the last Brainvision of the year. This is WLTI. you give us
22 minutes, we'll give you a flashback.
Actress, Goodson-Todman panelist
Creator, "It's Academic"
Contestant, "The Name's the Same"
Host, "Win Beadle's Money"
Fashion critic, played "What's My Line?"
Design guru for CBS
Actress, game show panelist
Actress, game show panelist
Actress, "Super Password" player
"Mayor of Hollywood"
Host, "Man O Man"
Singer/composer, Hollywood Square
Contestant, "Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist"
Actor, Hollywood Square
Sportscaster, host of "Pro Fan"
Actress/singer, Hollywood Square
Announcer, "Boot Camp"
Announcer, "Do You Trust Your Wife"
Actor/comedian, Hollywood Square
Host, "Make the Connection"
Creator, "The Newlywed Game"
Host, "All-American Girl"
Legendary host, "Concentration", "Now You See It", "Video Village"
Actress, game show panelist
Actor, game show panelist
Actress, Hollywood Square
Creator, "Words and Music"
Journalist, "Jeopardy!" celeb champion
Actor, played Mark Van Doren in "Quiz Show"
Host, "Just for Fun"
Set Designer, "Wheel of Fortune"
Host, "Everybody's Talking"
Game Show Forum moderator and our friend
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