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January 24, 2005
Chico: I personally would like to
see Mike Fleiss step out on stage for an
hour to apologize. But when is that's going to happen, huh?
Gordon: When flying pigs host lottery shows.
Chico: Pat Finn hasn't sprouted wings yet, sadly.
Gordon: True - but Jim Caldwell has hosted casino infomercials.
Chico: And the Rotozip. That thing was a godsend.
Gordon: Do you have a rotozip? What is a rotozip?
Chico: Motorized tool. Check out rotozip.com
Gordon: Will do.
Chico: Anyway, we're back, and it's time for a round of
This game is simple: we're basically playing around with
numbers and seeing what
we can come up with.
Gordon: What numbers do we have today?
Chico: We've got nine for you...
Gordon: Go for it
Chico: Starting with 3.
Gordon: The number of Apprentices - lol
Chico: We're GETTING there!
Gordon: Am I reading your mind too far in advance? The number
getting booted in the first episode.
Chico: I don't know about that, but I do know about this... 3
- the number
of shows set to premiere March 1.
Gordon: Ahh. What three are they?
Chico: You have Top Model 4, Nashville Star 3, and Amazing
Race 7. 4 + 3 =
7... That's incredible math.
Gordon: Incredible math from three incredible franchises.
that's also the order that the ratings should go, as Race
should get more
ratings than ANTM4 and NS3 combined.
Chico: Well, you have one franchise taking off all of a
plateauing, and one trying to stave off an aging audience. You
do the math. Wait... You
just did... Never mind.
Gordon: lol - Next number?
Chico: Okay, next... another 3.
Gordon: The number of Apprentices
Chico: We're GETTING there!
Chico: 3 - number of ripoffs currently in the mix.
Gordon: Explain, sire.
Chico: Celebrity Fit Club plays off the Biggest Loser, of
Gordon: Of course - though that show is doing well in the
Chico: Road to Stardom, that's just American Hip-Hop Idol.
Gordon: I would think that show would more be a rip-off to a
Model, to be honest.
Chico: And of course, SI Swimsuit Model Search... It's Top
Model without the
Gordon: yep - and nowhere near as good.
Chico: Not nowhere.
Gordon: With the exception of fit club, they need to shed the
Chico: Apparently, Ant is a good thing. Apparently.
Gordon: No comment.
Chico: Suppose we move right along... 5.
Gordon: The Number of people who are actually good actors in
Chico: I counted 2.
Gordon: I counted Michael Madsen (The Matador), Amelia Cooke
playing his daughter), and the three slot machines in the back
Chico: See, you counted the slot machines. I didn't =p. There
was also a
video poker machine, but I didn't count that either.
Gordon: I thought the slot machines were doing some great
Chico: Anyway, 5 would be... the number of games Kerry
Breitenbach won while
we were out. The most number of games won in a while.
Gordon: She also has the most money ever won by a women in the
Jeopardy. That's a not-too-shabby feat.
Chico: Yeppers. Now... 4. Any ideas?
Gordon: The number of Fame contestants that are now parking
cars in the NBC
Chico: I counted six :-) But you're in the right ballpark.
Gordon: Debbie Allen and Joey Fatone do not count as Fame
Chico: 4 equals the number of times the Contender has been moved
and/or delayed. We
started out "fall", then got "November," then "February" and
now March... and
good news, they moved it out of the way of Idol. It'll air in
at 9 out of the Idol's way.
Gordon: I'm still sensing a lot of trouble here. It's now up
Chico: That would be the bad news about the Contender/Lost
Gordon: Maybe FOX Sports Net will pick that one up to after a
Chico: I think they can only do that once per full moon. And
they wasted it
on the Next Great Champ.
Gordon: Waste does seem to be the key word there.
Chico: Mm-hmm... and now we go to the big numbers.
Gordon: Go for it.
Chico: 1.28 million.
Gordon: The Rating for Iron Chef.
Gordon: Ah HA!
Chico: And that's opposite Desperate Housewives. That's quite
a bit of coin
Gordon: I can get these right just as well as make snarky
Chico: So you make snarky remarks half the time :-)
Gordon: Ratings are over 164% higher than what they had there
before. I still
think the show needs to move to an 8pm timeslot, but that's a
Chico: But in case you're one of those people who simply HAS
to know what's
happening on Wisteria Lane, there's a repeat showing on
Wednesdays at 11.
Chico: Now onto... 15 million.
Gordon: Either the number of people who watched the
Apprentice, or the number
of signatures on the 'Make Ashlee Simpson Stop Singing'
Chico: No. That would be 16 million, including about 150 of
Christine Santos, Michael Fisher, Justin Bailey, Fred and
Ethel Mertz, Bertz
Convy, Bartz Simpson, and Jake Simpson.
Gordon: Don't forget James Bartlett and Richard Hatch. 'You
make me wanna blah
Chico: 15 million... number of people who caught The
Apprentice on Thursday.
Gordon: An increase, no?
Chico: Down from last year this time, but up from last season.
deserved, I think. Now if you can get those to stay, then we
may have something.
Gordon: I think the numbers will be good - and like the first
two shows, the
numbers steadily went up as the season progressed.
Chico: We'll have to wait until next week to see if that's the
big number.... 30 million.
Gordon: That should be American Idol's fans - or the number of
want to sleep with Ryan Seacrest.
Chico: Or both, but we can only prove one. The fourth season
better by about 4.5 million than the last season.
Gordon: Well, the people are better. This also looks like a
Chico: Oh yeah. And the numbers should only hold...
Gordon: I think they will, if the feedback is any indication.
Chico: What've you heard?
Gordon: The difference this year is that the voices of the
people who have
gotten in have been excellent, vs. last season, when they were
Chico: Ah. Right.
Gordon: We could see a return to megaratings here. Any more
Chico: 1 - number of psychos so far on Idol... Mary with the
voices in her
Gordon: I'm sure there will be more - I know with the advanced
age limit that
Edgar would be eligible to compete.
Chico: 25 - the least number of cents you can buy a car on
TPIR thanks to the
new game Pocket Change. Which is pretty nifty in play.
Gordon: I think the game is cool - we'll see how long is
lasts, but it's a
good thinking game, combining pricing strategy and luck. Last
Chico: And finally ...2 - the number of questions answered
Thursday's STYD Shoppers Challenged round.
Gordon: Were there any questions on One-A-Day?
Chico: Nope. The video's up on the Wall.
Gordon: While you watch the video, we'll take a break as we
break out a game
we didn't play at all last year - but we'll be playing today.
(Brought to you by Finazzle stain remover. We'll get any stain
anything... We got the Will out of Saturday, after all!)
HERE to continue
April 2, 2003 - GSN April Fools, Whammied!
March 6 - Big Board, Deserted Island
June 28 - 20?: Aldo V.; Take A Side
July 4 - Ask Dr. Lee, We the Jury
July 30 - 20?s: Steve Altes; Deserted Island
August 8 - Roleplay, Big 5 Part 1
August 22 - Game Show Congress, Big 5 Part 2
August 30 - Push/Flush, Big 5 Part 3
September 6 - Infiltration, Big 5 Part 4
September 20 - Whammyville!, Big 5 Part 5
September 27 - WLTI's Vs., Big 5 Part 6
October 5 - Accuracy/Idiocy, Trios
October 10 - Big Board, Take a Side
October 26 - Number Please, Who's Your Daddy
November 1 -
20?s: Millionaire, Ask Dr. Gordon
November 22 - WLTI's Vs., !: The Game
November 29 - Deserted Island, We the
December 8 - GSN
Accuracy or Idiocy?,
December 12 - 20?: Jay Lewis,
December 19 - Whammyville; Trios
December 26 - 2004 Year in Review
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