April 11, 2005
HERE to continue
Rob: Ow! My ears!
Gordon: Speaking of Screaming, I hear we have a screaming Big Board this week.
Rob: Oh no.
Chico: Yep. In a world where change is inevitable, we have a Really Big Board...
Chico: Instead of the usual ones that we squeeze into act 1. Today, the topic:
GSN After Breakfast
Rob: Bring it.
Gordon: Lets do it.
Chico: Okay, the days of Star Search... Hollywood Showdown... 3's a Crowd...
Rob: I feel somewhat sorry for Hollywood Showdown.
Chico: Yeah. Todd was decent in that.
Gordon: I didn't like any of the shows. Sorry.
Chico: Format was decent. It was the first decent non-Inquizition quizzer.
Chico: But now we have, in a takeoff from Desperate Housewives... The Men of
GSN... We're doing this better/worse by show...
Gordon: Bring it.
Chico: We start with... Old School Match Game. Can't go wrong with Gene and
company. Anything with Match Game can only make the GSN sked better.
Rob: Not in my case. Worse.
Gordon: Of course - much better than Hollywood Showdown.
Rob: It's worse in which they went with the wrong Match Game. They should have
Gordon: Shaffer's version wasn't bad - but it was only on for one season and you
can't keep going without seeing the same repeats for 4 or 5 times.
Joe: Rob's right. All Match Game pre-1998 kicks booty.
Chico: So... BETTER.
Chico: 9:30... To Tell the Truth... With the five hosts of Shaolin death. That's
only if you count Richard Kline... So I'll say "four hosts of Shaolin death."
Rob: First it will be better with Elliott, the worse with Swann, the go back to
better with Trebek and Goodson.
Gordon: Better that 3's a crowd - but that's it. As a while - Worse. Bring back
the REAL old school TTTT.
Chico: I dont know. You can't really go wrong with TTTT no matter the version.
I think the 2K version post Poundstone proved that.
Gordon: Lynn Swann?
Rob: Yeah you can. Robin Ward's version.
Chico: Oh yeah... My bad. But still, I think Better.
Joe: That was Poundstone's fault, not Fremantle's, IMHO.
Gordon: Chico's been overruled - worse. Next!
Chico: Okay, it's time for the FAMILY FEUUUUUD!
Joe: No change.
Rob: Would have loved to see Hour Long Dawson or Combs.
Chico: Dawson version. No change.
Gordon: Not my tastes either, but based on what it's replacing - better. This
could be a little too much Feud for me, though.
Rob: Personally, Dawson Syndicated was the 2nd worst version. Louie's version is
Chico: Karn's version... somewhere in the middle.
Gordon: I wouldn't mind seeing - just for nostalgia sakes - the MATCH GAME
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES HOUR.
Chico: Watch that come and go in three months.
Joe: Neither would I, but somehow I doubt we'll see it.
Gordon: At least it will be 3 months of remembering Debralee Scott (we miss you,
Chico: *lights another candle, pours a 40 for his homeys*
Rob: Hopes for Angie to come out on DVD.
Gordon: Debralee is a homette.
Joe: That's too bad about Debralee. We'll miss ya, girl.
Chico: Back to the subject. Next up, The 1987 flavor of Blockbusters. Just like
how you remember it... only with one less person, more flying graphics, and
Uncle Bill. Crazy Uncle Bill.
Rob: New York Bill instead of Pittsburgh Bill.
Chico: Actually, sounds more of a Boston Bill. Well, a Bill of any other name is
smelling sweeter than 3s a Crowd. Better.
Rob: Much Better.
Gordon: For the same reason as Match Game/Hollywood Squares, I want to see it -
just for the nostalgia. Better.
Rob: However, they have now given us the timeframe that this schedule will last
only 4 months.
Gordon: Well, thats around how long Blockbusters lasted.
Gordon: So that works.
Joe: Definitely better. Bill Rafferty is a much better host than people give him
credit for. Not Bill Cullen by any stretch, but still.
Gordon: Come back, Bill!
Rob: He was given bad credit because he was constantly compared to Cullen on
Blockbusters and both Jim Perry and Bob Eubanks on Card Sharks.
Chico: Speaking of, we have another Bill Cullen hosted show, Password Plus.
Granted, only for the days when Allen Ludden was ill. We miss him, too.
Joe: Actually, they're airing Tom Kennedy episodes. And that is cool.
Rob: Ill say better, but did they skip the Charmin episode?
Joe: Much as I like Allen Ludden, and I REALLY like Ludden, they've run the
Ludden episodes into the ground.
Chico: I'm just stating fact here.
Joe: Of course.
Chico: But yes, they're airing Kennedy eps.
Gordon: Password is always fun - better.
Chico: Agreed. Next, the $100,000 Pyramid. No change. Seen it several times
Joe: No change.
Rob: Im going to say even, they are running the same episodes over again. Would
have been better if they had ran the $25,000 Pyramid eps.
Gordon: No change either - I'd love to see the version hosted by (don't hit me
Gordon: For nostalgia reasons - I never got that version in my area, and I'd
love to see what it was about.
Chico: Next up... Jeopardy! More Alex = better?
Joe: Worse. If I wanna watch J!, I'll watch it at 7PM.
Rob: Jeopardy-post 1996 was the beginning of the Dumbing Down era.
Chico: Agreed. As much as I like J!... downgr... wait. I can't say that. Worse.
Gordon: I think Jeopardy adds a nostalgia factor thanks to the tournament factor
- but too much is too much - same with Family Feud. Bring back another Trebek
show - CLASSIC CONCENTRATION!
Joe: YES! CLASSIC CONCENTRATION!
Gordon: It's a Goodson Todman show - it should be able to be picked up.
Joe: But NBC has the rights to it.
Chico: BUT GSN and NBC go WAY back. Who else would give them Average Joe?
Rob: Or Dog Eat Dog for that matter.
Joe: Then why in the world haven't we seen Classic Concentration?
Chico: Because no one thought about it until now!
Rob: They have the back eps.
Gordon: Well tell GSN to get on the phone with NBC, dammit.
Chico: Let's bring the hammer down!
Chico: And the hits just keep on coming. Next: Newlywed Game.
Gordon: Over. Saturation. Worse.
Rob: Well it's nice they just cut it to one ep.
Chico: Funny you should say that, Rob. Me, though? WORSE.
Joe: Worse. Bob was the only good thing about that show.
Rob: But still worse, but once again, wrong version.
Rob: That 85 season has been overplayed.
Chico: Next up, the Love Connection hourlong Love In... Uh.... no thank you.
Gordon: It was funny the first 45 times we saw those episodes. Worse.
Rob: Chuck was good on that show, but I want to see some older eps now, from
83-87 when they just got started.
Chico: Point well taken. Final hour. First, Super Password.
Gordon: Password love - better.
Chico: Password GOOD... Better.
Rob: Better, Password = Gold, no matter who or what network it's on.
Gordon: and these are episodes that we havent seen yet, so thats even better.
Chico: And finally... Card Sharks with.. Rafferty.
Gordon: Shows we haven't seen is a plus - and I like Rafferty. Better.
Rob: Nostalgia wins out on this one, plus I had more fun watching Rafferty's eps
than Eubanks' eps, so I say better.
Chico: Rafferty's just Mr. Happy Funtime. So all in all, the Men from GSN...
Gordon: So for the most part, the new manly daytime is a plus. Now let's see if
we can get some NEW classic shows...please???!!!!??!?!
Chico: And we get classic WLTI out of the vaults for Presents... After the
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