March 12, 2005
This is Gordon Pepper and we are setting up our March
Chico Alexander: And then we're implanting some
pretty strange characters to line up against Ken
Jennings. I'm Chico Alexander... and from somewhere in
America.... We Love to Interrupt... is on!
Gordon: We will be rolling up the March Madness circuit,
but first, let's see
Chico: Some intros in order... First off, everyday and
twice on Tuesdays, 95.5 PLJ, Beat the Block, out of the
northeast bracket... Jason Block!
Jason Block: Thank you. I am here supporting my
University Colonials...go A-10! Buff and Blue Baby!
Gordon: From the West - Washington, to be exact - Travis
Eberle and Robert W. Seidelman!
Travis Eberle: I'm Travis Eberle, and I still
want to Win Ben Stein's Money.
Rob Seidelman: I think I lost my sanity this week
Gordon: Did you have any sanity before you came here?
Travis E: Heh. And a sing out to University of
Chico: And finally from the Midwest region... Two! First
ClassicGameShows.com, you know him. You love him... You
secretly want to be him... Cleveland's own, Mike Klauss!
Travis E: All Hail Klauss!
Mike Klauss: Glad to see my bribe money is
finally paying off I'm Mike Klauss and
I've got a secret! (Don't tell Joe but I'm secretly
seeing Amanda Avila!)
Chico: And finally, we have a newbie! Also from the OH,
if you don't know
him, you probably know this... New Price is Right home
game... Here's Travis Schario!
Travis Schario: Travis Schario, COME ON DOWN!!
(Oh, wait...did that once already).
Chico: Yeah, we went through that already :)
Gordon: Joe Van Ginkel may be joining us later, but
right now he may be in
mourning. That leads us up to the first topic - the 12
American Idols. Did America select wisely?
Jason B: I think so.
Travis S: I believe so.
Chico: Yes. Well, actually, I think they picked a hell
of a year to balance
out the sexes.
Travis E: I don't know. I think there were three rounds
too many there.
Jason B: This is the first time where I think the top 12
is the top 12.
Mike: I have no complaints.
Jason B: But the men are MUCH stronger than the women.
Chico: I mean, a strong case could've been made for both
Scott and Nikko.
Travis E: Hells yes to that.
Jason B: Although Gordon doesn't think so. Scott Savol
is a dark horse.
Chico: But all in all, America got it right. Now let's
see if they continue
to get it right.
Gordon: I would put Nikko in and get rid of Lindsay,
Chico: Lindsay's a shell, I think. Product of TRL
Rob: I agree with Mr. Alexander.
Travis E: I say end the thing now, give Carrie the $1m
check, and call
it a season.
Jason B: Sorry Travis...give it to either Mario or Anwar.
Gordon: I think she has a Melissa Etheridge sort of
voice - and I think she
and Vonzell are there because none of the other women
Gordon: I think it's going to be between Anwar and Mario
- though it wouldn't surprise me if it's between Anwar
and Jessica. I think Carrie has a LOT of work to do, or
she is going to match the place set by Carmen Rasmussen.
Jason B: Gordon and I agree,.
Chico: Anywho, we'll see who the real favorite is later
in the show. One
round that just makes you question your whole grasp on
reality. Somewhere in the middle, there's a round of
competition when something happens and the favorite is
all of a sudden in danger of elimination (see: Gray, Tamyra). When will that happen?
Gordon: I think the upset round is going to happen
rather quickly - a lot of people think that it's going
to be an all-male group, but more people have actually
seen the WOMEN perform (according to the TV Ratings) and
the first upset...will come when I good guy leaves
instead of a woman that people think may deserve to go.
Before we leave this subject - who is the first person
in the top 12 to go bye-bye?
Jason B: Constantine.
Gordon: I'll say Lindsay.
Travis E: Constant... whatever his name is. :)
Chico: Right. Moving on. Last couple of weeks had a lot
of premieres in primetime.
Gordon: Let's Start with Amazing Race 7. Was this the
Mike: Best ever? It's turning out to be unpredictable
Travis E: Meh. They still have a way to go to match the
Rob: The first race was the best, this one would take
Chico: Well, it's still early in my book. I couldn't
tell you if this was the best or the worst, but based on
what I've seen so far, probably top 3 seasons...
Mike: This one has been great, just to see Lynn go
postal at the market.
Travis E: Aw, to miss a single episode...
Chico: One word says it all... B(^_^)hes.
Gordon: This has been great so far - and as much as we
have been b(^_^)ing on Rob and Amber, it's very apparent
that they have seen this show before.
Mike: We have an interesting scenario in my family. My
sister refuses to
watch AR7 due to Rob and Amber being on yet another
reality show. How did AR7's premiere rating rank with
AR6's premiere, if you have those numbers available? I'm
wondering if this is a trend or just isolated to the
black sheep of my family.
Chico: I believe AR7 outplaced AR6 - and every other AR
for that matter.
Gordon: Best debut numbers - ever.
Jason B: It was an 8.9/13 with 11 million viewers.
Mike: Wow. No pun intended, but amazing.
Travis E: Your sister is just close-minded, is all.
Mike: She's opinionated. I told her she's missing a
Chico: You know, speaking of sisters...My sister is
cheering on Rob & Amber, simply because they're the team
everyone is gunning to beat.
Gordon: Unlike Donny and Allison, Rob and Amber know how
to play this game and they have been doing a masterful
job so far. I am cheering for them, too - I want them to
Mike: Very true, Gordon, but everybody should know that
Rob (more so than Amber) is a backstabber.
Gordon: They should know..but based on Rob taking their
bribe money, they haven't figured it out yet.
Mike: What did Rob do this week? Bribe everybody to foil
the other nine teams' plans. He bribed a taxi driver to
go faster, a bus driver to open only the front doors...
Gordon: He collected a pool of other team's money to
bribe a bus driver to
only open the front doors - and then pocketed some of
the bribe money for himself.
Mike: Ah yes, he did pocket $5 for himself.
Chico: Uchenna & Joyce, I believe - that's their money.
Travis E: Not anymore it ain't.
Travis E: Brilliant. :) Hey, nothing's off limits.
Chico: The Robfather lives up to his name.
Mike: One more AR question... Does any leftover money
carry over to the
next leg of the race?
Travis E: Yes.
Chico: I believe so, yes.
Travis E: Unless you are the last to arrive in a Penalty
Mike: Wow. Interesting.
Gordon: So The Amazing Race is living up to everyone's
expectation. Is the
Travis E: No.
Chico: No. I mean, it got me there, but something was
Mike: No. Didn't somebody learn after FOX bombed with
"The Next Great
Travis E: Ooh, and the camps divide.
Gordon: Interesting. Explain, Rob.
Chico: Burnett and NBC are selling, but we ain't buying.
Gordon: We'll start on the Yes side.
Rob: They actually went in-depth with this show.
Instead of just showing
the bickering in the house, the challenge and match,
this shows everything-
The family life, training, and other assorted material.
It actually feels like
you are with them in this competition.
Gordon: Good argument, Rob. Now for the naysayers.
Mike: I just didn't like it. Then again, I'm not a
Travis E: It's Yet Another Adventure Game.
Gordon: Naysayers - what DON'T you like about the show?
Chico: I just didn't feel anyone. Then again, I'm not
that into boxing either.
Travis E: There are teams of eight; it's basically a
boxing tournament with a 'reality' theme slathered on.
Travis E: And the ubiquitous 'reward' challenges.
Chico: Trying to sell boxing to me is like trying to
sell the US on
mainstreaming soccer... Hey... There's an idea'
Gordon: So all I am hearing is that you don't like the
show, but you're not
boxing fans either.
Travis E: Don't put words in our mouths, please.
Gordon: With the exception of Travis.
Chico: That's all I'm saying that NBC tried selling me a
product and I passed.
Mike: If you don't enjoy a certain topic, how is someone
supposed to like it?
Jason B: Well, as I said before...no matter what ever
the family, the producers or anyone else says...the
suicide has put a damper on the show.
Mike: And Jason just beat me to the punch. That suicide
does put a severe
damper on the show.
Travis E: Even with or without that, it's still
Gordon: I side with...Rob. As a boxing fan, I am
enjoying the show, and I
think Burnett is smart by looking at the big picture
instead of just the fighting aspect.
Jason B: Even though I personally believe that the show
caused him to go off the deep end...contrary to what the
Gordon: You can't base the show off of a suicide.
Chico: No, but you can't discount it either.
Gordon: I can.
Chico: For the entire run?
Chico: Not one iota?
Gordon: It doesn't affect the show - but there is
something I don't like. I don't like about the show is,
ironically, the fight itself.
Travis E: Explain that....
Gordon: If they approached it like a real fight, then I
would be ok with it.
It doesn't. With annoying rotoscope slow motion footage,
a non-stop repetition of the same music in the back and
with cut-off scenes that are obviously not being shown
at the exact moment of while the fight is going on, the
fight is shown to be as dramatic as possible - even
showing it movie-style - which I find incredibly
annoying and insulting to boxing fans.
Chico: Now if I was to watch only for the fight, then
yeah, I'd enjoy it.
But then again, I'm a tech head, so. :)
Rob: But then again, unlike most reality shows, this
actually feels like a
Chico: Reminded me of why I watch the Rocky movies.
Gordon: I think that's what Burnett wanted. He wanted
the 'Rocky' feel - and I think he succeeded.
Travis E: It's not just the boxing, it's also the
accoutrements that make it a show. If it were sixteen
guys in a single elimination tournament, I could dig it.
Gordon: We get a split decision as we move on to the
next show... Celebrity Pool. Is this the next new craze?
Jason B: Nope.
Mike: No. Too confusing.
Chico: It's like the Weather Channel... Padding a five
minute local news segment into an hour.
Rob: I watched Celebrity Pool, 3 minutes in, I was
Mike: The layout of the game was like that of Now You
See It, where you had teams play against each other and
ultimately, the members of a team went against each
other for the title.
Gordon: I liked it for what it was - cute fluff. I
didn't like the execution of the show, and based on the
reaction of the panel, we may not be seeing Celebrity
Pool 2 in a while.
Travis E: The 'hose your partners' final round?
Travis S: I thought the Celebrity Pool format is
actually pretty good.
Gordon: Format - good. Switching back and forth between
matches - bad.
Mike: Also, there were some horrible pool players on
Travis E: That really wrecks the momentum.
Mike: Joe Rogan was great. Sadly, almost everybody else
Chico: So it's another case of "Do they screen these
Travis S: Exactly. But, I'm a billiards fan. So I
immediately got into it. And I'm not so good myself, so
I related to some of the contenders.
Mike: Do they screen Celebrity Poker Showdown players?
Gordon: If you've seen the shows - apparently, not.
Rob: They should.
Mike: I'd say no, given we've seen people who just
learned the game a day
or two ago on the show.
Travis S: I don't think they do.
Chico: Don't think so, but at least they have fun. And
that's what it's all
Travis S: That's why they always talk about all the help
they get from Phil Gordon.
Mike: The set was decent and the professional...she
wasn't bad to look at either.
Rob: I don't know, she was nice eye-candy, but that
doesn't cover up from the botched execution.
Travis S: Oh yeah...forgot about Jeanette Lee. I think I
like her about as much as Joe like Amanda Avila.
Chico: But based on what we saw... and what we
thought... and there being no more airings... Prognosis?
Mike: But I think the game does have some flaws. Like I
said, the Now You See It-style of tournament
doesn't sit well with me, especially when you had Joe
Rogan, a great player, going against Debra Wilson, who
is slightly better than me.
Travis E: So, they could stand to tweak the format.
Gordon: Ok concept - but they need to screen the show
for players or it's
going to get ugly.
Mike: I doubt we'll see more eps.
Travis S: I believe that Bravo should retool it, screen
the players, and bring it back.
Gordon: Lets move to the Jeopardy Tournament. Good game
play - and much better wagering this week.
Travis E: I was unaware that poor wagering was going on.
Chico: Last week.
Mike: This was indeed a fun week.
Chico: Brain farts, poor wagering, owned.
Jason B: Nothing bad this week.
Chico: I had Mark Dawson as an early favorite. =) And
not only because he
used us as source material for his page (Mark, if you're
reading this, e-mail us).
Mike: I think a real contender after 23 eps. is Michael
Rooney. I thought
he played a spectacular game.
Travis E: The man has won $350,000. He has to be high up
there. Michael Rooney by all rights should have been in
the TOC finals that year.
Chico: Oh yeah.
Rob: Albeit they are great players, the final 3 will
be Jennings, Rutter, and my dark horse Robin Carroll.
Travis E: I hope Robin Carroll got LOST on the way to
Mike: A good friend to several will be on the show next
Chico: Yay Eddie!
Mike: I would love to see him advance. I believe his
show is on Wednesday
Travis E: HELL YEAH!
Travis S: Eddie is the man.
Travis E: 16-March. Be there or be ELIMINATED!
Chico: Would be a treat to see the guy in action.
Jason B: Absolutely.
Gordon: Timanus, as he has been in our end of the year
WLTI special, is a
personal favorite of ours.
Travis E: Eddie all the WAY.
Mike: Dunno about Eddie all the way, but I'd like to see
him make it past
Travis E: Cripes yes.
Chico: Indeed. Well, taking a break from the action for
a bit, let's talk to our special guest Travis, who won a
Cadillac playing Lucky 7 on the actual Price is Right.
Tell us about the Price is Right home game that you
Travis S: Well, it's from Endless Games...retails at
$13.88 at Wal-mart
(cheaper at Kmart)...
Travis E: That's my kind of ARP.
Travis S: Took me 5 years of tinkering with the format
to have it where it is now.
Jason B: It debuted right around the time of Game Show
Travis S: That's right.
Mike: I have my copy on my computer desk.
Gordon: How many pricing games are in the TPIR box,
Travis S: 45.
Chico: Any personal favorites?
Travis S: Lucky $even, of course.
Mike: Shoulda guessed. :-)
Jason B: I guess that is the Cadillac of games :)
Chico: Of course.
Travis S: Whoever has the game, check the Fun Fact on
page 30 of the instruction booklet
Rob: What is the Rolls Royce of pricing games.
Jason B: Golden Road.
Travis E: Double Prices.
Mike: Telephone Game....er...
Rob: That's not the Rolls Royce.
Travis E: Says you.
Travis S: Plinko is the Rolls Royce...by most fans.
Chico: Shower Game.... SHOWER GAME! :)
Travis S: I'm working on it.
Gordon: Which game would be the biggest Zonkmobile ever?
Travis E: Double Digits.
Rob: Bullseye 1.
Jason B: Did you ever consult with Roger or the TPIR
crew for the game?
Travis S: Actually, no. I presented my plan to Endless
Games, and they went to Fremantle with it.
Chico: So it was pretty much a format deal with no
production staff involved?
Travis S: Pretty much.
Jason B: How well is it doing?
Travis S: It's in the second printing now. From what I
can tell, it's selling well.
Travis S: Since Wal-Mart has it now, it will sell
Mike: Excellent. Does this mean a follow-up might be in
store for 2006?
Travis S: The next "PiR" game EG has coming out is the
DVD edition, slated for July release.
Jason B: WOW!
Rob: That's huge.
Chico: Quality nice.
Jason B: Bring some to GSC4 will you!
Travis S: They've kept me close as a consultant for it,
and if it's out by GSC4, I'll bring some.
Mike: Oh yes, bring some to GSC4. We love freebies! :-D
Travis S: I'll see what I can do about getting home game
Jason B: So how does the DVD edition work?
Travis S: The DVD will contain 12 pricing games (I
believe that's what I was told) out of the 45 in the
Jason B: Is Bob doing some filming for it?
Travis S: I don't believe so. But, I believe it's
Fremantle's wish that the games be filmed instead of
Travis E: It would be a plus, but it comes back to the
Mike: It sounds like an interesting endeavor, similar to
the VCR games from
15-20 years ago.
Travis S: Exactly.
Jason B: Put me down for a copy!
Chico: Although it's more interactive, with DVD
technology being what it is.
Jason B: I can't wait.
Chico: Me neither.
Mike: A 21st century version of those games. Right on,
Travis S: Well, since DVD players don't have a CPU like,
let's say, a GameCube, it won't be THAT interactive.
Chico: Yeah, but way more advanced than VCRs at least.
Travis S: When I met with them about my home game a year
ago, I mentioned that I had a Press Your Luck game in
the works...they seemed interested in that as well.
Travis S: Those of you who were at GSC3 remember the
game, and those of you going to GSC4 will see it again.
Mike: A Press Your Luck home game? Interesting.
Jason B: That was fun.
Chico: How does that work actually?
Travis S: A spinner to determine square on the board,
and a die to determine slide in the square.
Chico: So it would be more like Spin and Roll Your
Luck... But then again, that doesn't fit on a game
Travis S: Right right. And I've got several other home
games in the
Chico: Anything you care to divulge?
Travis S: Tic Tac Dough, The Joker's Wild, Bullseye, and
a retooling of Scrabble...and one of my own creation
(that's TOP SECRET).
Jason B: WOW BABY!
Chico: They already have a Top Secret game. Wasn't sold
past pilot stage :).
Travis S: No no. The game idea itself is top secret.
Chico: I know. Just funning around.
Gordon: Good luck on that. I also hear that you will be
one of the emcees for this year's Game Show Tournament
at Game Show Congress 4?
Travis S: Yes, I will be an emcee for "Price is Right",
an assistant emcee for "Remote Control", and emcee for
"Press Your Luck" (who woulda guessed?).
Chico: So you'll be Bob Barker, Colin Quinn, and Peter
Tomarken. Talk about a winning combination.
Gordon: And I get to be Adam Sandler.
Chico: Gordon as The Stud boy... there's a thought..
Travis S: I'm actually going to be Barker at my
University twice next quarter.
Jason B: So who is your hot woman assistant?
Gordon: The Game Show Convention will be the weekend of
August 19-21, in the Las Angeles area.
Jason B: Location almost finalized.
Travis S: Sweet.
Chico: More as developments warrant?
Gordon: We'll have more on this next week/
Chico: Okay, Idol Brackets and Jeopardy! infiltration on
the other side of the break. Right now, though,
Travis... are you ready for... the questions we ask
Travis S: Eh?
Chico: We ask our guests five questions. Very simple.
Travis E: I'm guessing No. :)
Travis S: Oh, like Kilborn.
Chico: Yeah, but these are literally "the questions we
Travis S: Go for it. I'm a fountain of useless
Chico: 1) Past or present, your favorite emcee.
Travis S: Barker
Jason B: Dull surprise :)
Chico: 2) You're the EP. Which show do you bring back
Travis S: I would bring back Blockbusters. It had a
solid game format, and was too quickly dismissed.
Travis E: <swoon>
Chico: GOOD CHOICE!
Mike: I applaud him.
Chico: Gordon knows I'm a Blockbusters fiend.
Travis S: *Bow*
Mike: Same here.
Chico: 3) Right now, what are you watching gamewise?
Travis S: The Price is Right
Chico: No surprise there :)
Travis S: Taped it during the week, catching up...
Chico: 4) What game would you see yourself hosting
(yeah, we know, just say it).
Travis S: Press Your Luck.
Mike: Ooh, a surprise!
Travis E: ?
Chico: ... That REALLY was a surprise.
Gordon: PYL over Price?
Travis S: I play the computer version from BigJon and I
can't HELP myself to announce like Tomarken.
Chico: And finally, 5) The Create-a-Question. If you
have something you want to get off your chest, now is a
good time to do so.
Travis S: Actually, I have nothing to get off my chest.
I'm good. The span of time talking about the home game
Gordon: I have one question.
Travis S: Ask.
Gordon: At GSC, will you be going to the casinos for our
Super Pan 9 run Travis S: I'm gonna pass on that one. No
casinos for me and my limited
Gordon: Jay - let's boo him. Booooooooooooooooo.
Chico: Good call. Okay, WLTI is back after the break.
Travis S: RA's don't get paid a lion's share.
Mike: Casino runs at the GSC? There goes my bank
Jason B: Booooooooooooooooooo.
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