May 21, 2005
Lan: LOL! If there's money in it, I'm in!
Jason: I'll do publicity.
Lan: What can I say, I'm a greedy bastard :-)
Chico: Heh. It's all about the money, ain't it?
Gordon: Id be a General Manager. BTW, everyone turn it to VH1 - NOW. Everyone
watching? If you are watching, this is 'Game Show Moments Gone Bananas', a new
series where we see the best in funny game shows and the audience gets to play
Chico: Family Feud/Fortune within the first 2 minutes and the original UK
versions of Distraction and Your Face or Mine.
Gordon: This starts off Push or Flush, where you decide if a show would be
Pushed... or... Flushed.
Jason: Got it.
Gordon: So - This, in my mind, gets a PUSH.
Chico: Big PUSH.
Chico: Game show throwback plus Ben Stein = good television.
Lan: I have no clue, so I go with the flow Push! Ben Stein always gets a push
Chico: Good call.
Jason: Next one...
Gordon: Before we go on, the last time we did this, here's what we got right...
Who's your Daddy (FLUSH), Sports Illustrated Model Search (FLUSH), Jep's UTOC
(PUSH), Wickedly Perfect (FLUSH), The Will (FLUSH), Dream Derby (FLUSH),
Bachelorette 3 (FLUSH), World Series of Black Jack 2 (PUSH), Iron Chef America
(PUSH), AI4 (PUSH) and Distraction (FLUSH).
Jason: Wow. We are pretty smart.
Chico: We're good.
Gordon: We only got 1 wrong. We pushed 'The Road to Stardom'.
Jason: Oh well.
Chico: Ehh, we wouldn't be who we were if we didn't own up to it. So we're
owning up to it.
Gordon: So Game Show Moments Gone Bananas should be happy with the push...
What will the people over at ...STRIP SEARCH...think?
Chico: No way. No more pretty boys.
Gordon: We're looking for the next male stripper on VH1. Bravo's Manhunt show
went down in flames. I'm expecting this one to do so as well. FLUSH.
Lan: That title is disturbing. Flush.
Gordon: Lan, anytime everyone agrees in unison, we call it a... DRANO FLUSH!
That same night, Jerry Hall turns American men into British tars in "KEPT"
Gordon: I don't want this one Kept. FLUSH.
Chico: FLUSH again.
Lan: I don't even know what that means, so flush.
Jason: Drano Flush!
Chico: Well, here's something you know, Lan.
Canadian Idol 3. You pleased with the first two?
Lan: I heard this weird story that winner number 1, Ryan Malcolm, was spotted
working a coat check in a bar in Kingston. So #1 was a flush, but #2 seemed to
do well. The girls like Kalan Porter.
Gordon: SO what do you think about #3?
Lan: Canadians are wishy washy, though, so if the pattern holds, flush.
Gordon: I'm going to push it. The Canadian version can't be worse than the
American version of Idol 3.
Chico: Nothing can be worse than season 3.
Jason: Should be fun...the Idol franchise doesn't lose right now. PUSH.
Chico: Umm.. I'm going to push it, but I won't know until the end of the summer
when I hop into Napster. I always hop onto the Napster to get the winner's
Gordon: So the Canadian doesn't want to see the Canadian version, but the
Americans do. Hmmm...
Chico: I like different.
Lan: That's pretty typical :-) The ol' Canadian inferiority complex.
Chico: I'm a different person. Jason can tell you that I like Britpop from the
Jason: I love Britpop period :-)
Gordon: Speaking of British...
Gordon Ramsay invades the kitchen as we see the first of the culinary
competitions with Hell's Kitchen. Is it food for thought?
Jason: Nope. FLUSH. This will the crappier of the two cooking shows.
Chico: Sounds like indigestion. But I could watch. I'm pushing. Because I like
cooking and British people.
Lan: Don't know enough about it, but cooking shows have a certain pull, so I'll
swing over to push.
Gordon: I'll push because it's culinary, but barely. Call is a pastry push.
Chico: Pastry push! Okay, the next day, Beauty and the Geek...
Beauties.. Geeks.. team up for competition in which the future of one rests on
the other. It's from the same minds that gave us "For Love or Money" and "Punk'd."
Gordon: What's good - Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd is a big hit. What's bad - the WB
has never had a big hit.
Chico: Outside of its pretty-people drammas.
Jason: This is going to shock people...even though I may hate it...this will be
a surprise hit. PUSH.
Lan: Reminds me a bit of Average Joe. I'm gonna have to flush.
Chico: This is one of those things that could work on paper... I'm going to
Gordon: I think it's going to get the Kutcher crowd, so I will push, I think the
ratings will be good enough (for a WB show) for this to be a hit.
Chico: And if it is, it's easily reproducible. Bonus points.
Jason: I won't watch it, but the WB viewers will. Next!
That same night, ABC offers Dancing with the Stars... and Trista Sutter.
Based on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, it's dancers, right? And they dance
with stars... and Trista Sutter, right? And you vote for them, right?
Jason: Another surprise hit...and I like Ballroom dancing. PUSH.
Lan: Yeah, I think they might tap into that older demographic, so push as well.
Chico: I think this has enough push behind it to make it a success. Push.
Gordon: Yikes. This would be worse than a pastry push. Make this a paltry push,
though I have a feeling that at the end of the Summer and we're going to be
looking at this and saying, we pushed THAT!!??!
From dancing, we go to singing, as we say to some famous pop-acts, "Hit Me Baby
1 More Time" Pop acts from the past get one more shot at stardom.
Chico: Although it won't be the same without all four members of Boyz II Men.
Jason: FLUSH. Sorry. Not for me.
Gordon: I like the concept - and it would be cool to see what else they can do.
Lan: I think there's enough nostalgia there to give it a borderline push.
Chico: Nostalgia push. And speaking of nostalgia, Jason, you remember Marc
Jason: Yes I do.
Chico: He has a new show.
Jason: Which is?
The Next Food Network Star. They will look for the next Bobby Flay... or Giada
deLaurentiis... or something.
Jason: Big PUSH. Food Network just won 2 Emmy's last night and will continue to
go the high class route.
Gordon: More cooking shows, more pastry pushes.
Chico: That and Iron Chef kicks ass... but that's not until later this year. For
Gordon: Next up -
We see who the brightest kids are in the U.S., Canada and everywhere else as we
see The Scholar compete for a free college education. Does this entertain a
Jason: PUSH--big time. I am liking a lot of what we have here.
Chico: Steve Martin's involved. You know what I'm going to say.
Lan: I can see the scary stage parents from that Fox show about smartest kid in
America, but with Steve Martin and high school age contestants, push.
Chico: Three pushes. Gordon?
Gordon: VERY cautious push. I'm really hoping that this show is based on
education and not on voting off the brainiacs. If it is, then I will turn off
this show in a second. Next show?
The Real Gilligan's Island.. season 2... One word, TBS... WHY?!
Chico: You said it was over...You lied...
Jason: Coconut Radio Flush
Chico: You're a liar...
Lan: I can't believe that survived. Likewise a flush.
Chico: Coconut milk flush.
Gordon: Don't blame TBS. Blame the record audience who watched it. And they will
watch it again. Push.
Chico: Sure it was received, but it was critically reviled! FLUSH THAT S(^_^)!
Gordon: Finally -
The Cut. It's the Apprentice, fashion style. The Apprentice worked. Project
Runway worked. Wickedly Perfect...didn't. Where will this one fit?
Jason: Mild Push. It has the Tommy Hilfiger name.
Chico: It's on Thursday... I withhold judgment until Big Brother airs. It'll get
an audience push from there. For now, though, flush it.
Gordon: I think it's going to be one of the better shows on in the Summer. Push.
Lan: I say flush, simply cause I think we may have hit saturation.
Gordon: We'll save the rest for when we start season #9?
Chico: We're going to have to. It's a big list!
Gordon: We'll get to the BIG FINISH as we wrap up the season - but first, this!
(Brought to you by "Beauty and the Freak". Watch pageant winners and goths team
up for cash, prizes, and a share of our sanity.)
Lan: I'd prefer if the chicks were goth... :-)
Gordon: Didn't they try this already in Greek Games?
Chico: Yea, they did... But then again, is anything REALLY that original?
Gordon: The Chicks were Goth...but we now go to THE BIG FINISH!!!!! American
Idol - Is anyone thinking that Carrie wins?
Chico: How can I put this slightly.. BO WINS!
Jason: Bo wins in a romp...but both get huge record deals...and sell a ton.
Chico: Carrie becomes the next Faith Hill and gets cast in a horrid remake of an
actually-good movie. Hmm.. Haven't remade "Mannequin" yet, have they?
Gordon: Unanimous for Bo. Who wins Jeopardy's tournament?
Chico: I'm going with Brad.
Jason: Ken, but the fight is a game show viewer's wet dream.
Gordon: I have to go with Brad - wouldn't want to upset the guest star.
Lan: Thanks :-)
Gordon: Will there be any show that is the blockbuster summer hit of the season?
Chico: I'm hoping Rock Star makes it.
Jason: I am calling "The Cut".
Gordon: I'll say Hell's Kitchen, since I think that Gordon Ramsay will live up
to his billing.
Chico: CBS knows how to do summer, apparently.
Lan: Not much of a summer reality show watcher, but that 'Hit Me Baby 1 More
Time' sounds like it might hit it off.
Gordon: I like that one too.
Chico: No shortage of good stuff to watch over the summer, it seems. Okay, not
much time left, so we go right to the mail box.
Gordon: Any mail?
Chico: Yes we do! And it's what you think it is. This from Cary Buchanan, thanks