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Paying homage to shows such as "Pardon the Interruption", "Around the Horn", "The Best Damn Sports Show Period", "Best Week Ever", and "The Soup", We Love to Interrupt is a weekly raw, frank, red-blooded, two-fisted, full-bodied look into the world of game shows. Comments are always welcomed here!

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June 18, 2005

Chico: Hello out there in game show land, I'm Chico Alexander... and I think I said my piece regarding Trista last week. I'm not sorry either :)
Gordon: This is Ryan Sutter, and I'm about to kick your butt.
Chico: Bring it, pretty boy.
Travis: And the smack begins.
Jason: DING DING DING...Ladies and Gentlemen....
Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and from somewhere in America, We have a bunch of different identities on this episode.
Joe: I've been gone I WANT to count how many episodes? And they're still talking smack.
Chico: It's what we do best.
Joe: :-D
Chico: First up, the latest employee of the California Gaming Authority, Big Joey Numbers himself, Joe Van Ginkel.
Jeff: Congrats.
Jason: Nice job.
Joe: Thank you. I'm glad to finally be gainfully employed at last.
Jeff: Always a plus.
Gordon: Now that
California just joined The Big Game, can you rig the lottery for us?
Joe: ROFL.
Chico: Second, a man who likes wearing his wife's mask, Jeff Suchard.
Jeff: Hello all. But her panties are binding my crotch.
Jason: WOW!
Travis: I second that... WOW.
Chico: That... was a little too much. Unless you're into that sort of thing.
Joe: Yeah, really.
Gordon: Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Chico: Third, a man who knows his way around a board game, Travis Schario.
Jason: (applause and TPIR Dings)
Travis: I thank you,
Chico: And finally, the not-undefeated-but-about-as-close-as-you-can-get welcomer of all challengers, 95.5 PLJ's Jason "Beat the" Block.
Gordon: And a person who will have his audition for the new Ken Jennings's show in... never.
Jeff: [polite applause]
Travis: [golf clap]
Jason: You had to bring that up, Gordon.
Gordon: Forever and ever, Amen
Jason: Thank you Randy Travis.
Chico: We'll get right to the matter at hand, which is the week that was. First up... Who wants to do something with a celebrity?
Jason: I do...but I can't say it here.. damn...
Chico: G-rated, you pervs.
Jeff: Ooh, me! Can I pick Angelina Jolie?
Jason: Get in line, Jeff.
Chico: I know how y'all's minds work.
Travis: I do.
Chico: Not that I blame you or anything.
Travis: I want to go bowling with Marc Summers.
Jason: LOL! Good one, Travis.
Travis: Well, it's true.
Jason: Does he bowl?
Travis: Actually, I don't know. Perhaps.
Chico: Well, this question pretty much covers three eras. First, the inexplicable popularity of ABC's Dancing with the Stars... how's it so popular?
Chico: It's one of ABC's top draws right now.
Jason: 1) Non-summer show. 2) Simple concept well executed. 3) Tom Bergeron.
Jeff: Every 10-15 years, whether we need it or not, ballroom dancing has an upsurge in popularity.
Travis: Probably for the same reason that "Circus of the Stars" was so popular so long ago. People enjoy seeing celebrities out of their normal environments.
Chico: You know something, you're probably onto something. Remember the swing upswing a few years back?
Joe: I sure do.
Travis: Ah ha.
Chico: Good times.
Jason: Squirrel Nut Zippers, and the movie Swing Kids. And the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Travis: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
Joe: I still have my copy of The Brian Setzer Orchestra's album. BBVD = the band from Big Deal.
Chico: Really? I didn't know that.
Gordon: It also puts celebrities in a different light where they do something that you are used to not seeing them do. The difference is that most of them are doing it well.
Jeff: It's the "Everything Old Is New Again" phenomenon. Things go out of style, everyone thinks it sucked, then they rediscover it. It was popular once for a reason, and people see that reason again.
Jeff: I can't wait for disco revival.
Chico: I can.
Joe: Ditto.
Jason: I can't...go Disco!
Chico: Let's have some of that funk revival, though :)
Jason: Barry White, Parliament and MFSB.
Chico: RIP Barry White.
Joe: Word.
Travis: Right on, Joe.
Chico: But let's see... Simple concept... broad appeal.. Tom Bergeron... No one screwing up. Sounds like a winner to me, leading to our next tier...Fox, being... well, Fox, has decided to fast-track "Skating with Celebrities". Well, their so-called "reality break" lasted all but a month, didn't it?
Jeff: I think I'll pass.
Joe: Run Away! Run Away!
Travis: Ditto.
Gordon: Since it's FOX, would they set it up so that if a pair stunk, they would unleash NHL Goon Chris Chelios to cross-check them into the boards?
Jason: I would go for Tie Domi myself.
Chico: Ron Francis, bitches :)
Jason: He was a bad ass on the ice.
Chico: Can you think of an actual Fox ripoff that actually worked?

(Crickets Chirping)

Chico: Didn't think so.
Jeff: I would watch, however, Celebrity Iron Chef.
Jason: That I would watch in a heartbeat.
Travis: Definitely.
Chico: I'd watch Iron Chef anything... but again, that's another show :)
Joe: WHOO IRON...okay that's getting old now.
Chico: Or rather, that's later.
Jason: Strip Iron Chef.
Jeff: LOL.
Travis: Don't fry bacon.
Joe: Iron Chef is one of the best shows out there. It just doesn't get old.
Chico: Once again, Jason has taken me to a dark place.
Gordon: Strip Iron Chef? Only Jason would want to see Mario Batali naked.
Jason: I was going for Cat Cora, dumbass :)
Chico: Again, later in the show.
Travis: The smack starts up again.
Jason: (SLAP)
Joe: No fun without it, Travis.
Travis: Good point.
Jason: It's all in love. How much lower can we go, Chico?
Chico: Oh, I can think of something... but I won't say it.
Joe: A Deuce!
Jeff: Necrophiliac Bestiality Celebrity Iron Chef maybe?
Joe: ACK
Jason: ewwww
Gordon: The loser has to make love to the dead food!
Jason: Jeff you are one sick puppy.
Jeff: You have to **** the animal carcass before you cook it.
Chico: Okay, Jeffrey Dahmer, let's move along. Back to our third tier of our star-studded opener: this week is the start of Celebrity Charades on AMC. Those who were expecting Jay Johnson in some sort of pivotal role.. will be sorely disappointed.
Joe: Which is...who?
Travis: The puppet-toting host of the first CC who also had a role on Soap.
Chico: He hosted the original 1979 version.
Jason: He did a great one man show here in New York last year...what was the name of it Gordon?
Gordon: The Two and Only.
Joe: Who's helming this one?
Bob Balaban is the host, while CHad Lowe is one of the producers.
Joe: Ah.
Travis: Fun stuff.
Jason: This is going to be like "Dinner For Five" meets Charades.
Joe: Interesting.
Jason: And they are playing for charities. Good short burst show.
Chico: Pretty much. And I liked that one episode of Dinner for Five.
Gordon: I'll have to catch the first one, just to see if they can pull it off.
Jeff: If it's just celebrities, it won't last If they have regular folks playing along, it will last longer.
Chico: We all know it won't last. It's only a week-long event. 9p on AMC.
Travis: Should be funny to just look in on. I can't see it going "full time".
Chico: Could work out for the best, because if you have a limited run series, and people see the appeal for it, then there's a chance for another limited run series. Millionaire syndrome, stage 1. As long as it stays at stage 1, then we'll be fine.
Travis: True.
Chico: Moving on, we actually see a second season... of a show... on the WB... that people like!
Jason: Beauty and The Geek.
Chico: Everyone loves the Geek.
Gordon: It's a show that...plays out like a real game show!
Chico: One of the better WB entries.
Jeff: Quite good. But some of the Geeks aren't all that geeky.
Chico: Hasn't supplanted Studio 7 in my book... yet =p
Jason: So you mean Ashton has a game show geek in him :)
Chico: I think everyone has a little game show geek in them.
Joe: Agreed.
Travis: Of course. It's inherent in blood.
Chico: It starts in childhood with sick days watching The Price is Right. Then it's all gravy from there.
Jeff: How did you like the Geek with two nosebleeds during the first episode? I thought it was a myth that geeks got nosebleeds easily.
Travis: Bingo.
Jason: I thought that was an anime thing...the nosebleeds :)
Joe: So did
Chico: Yeah, I thought that was a bit weird myself... And I haven't seen an anime nosebleed in a while, and we all know how much anime I watch on a regular basis.
Joe: I'm a Tenchi Muyo fan myself.
Chico: Old school or GXP?
Joe: Old school. OVA and Universe.
Chico: Old school :) Heh.
Gordon: As
Chico and Joe puts the rest of us to sleep, I'd like to ask you about 60's theme songs.
Chico: Quiet...
Jeff: Um....Courtship of Eddie's Father, and stuff like that?
Chico: Yeah, speaking of funk. It seems like the more reality shows we get into, the more 60s themes we hear.
Jeff: Examples?
Chico: Let's see, we all know about "For the Love of Money" from the O'Jays ...
Jason: "You can't always get what you want" from the Rolling Stones from the Cut.
Chico: And then, The old Ohio Players standby... "Fire" from Hell's Kitchen. Which got me thinking, what could possibly be next? I present: the Big Board. Subject: Name That Theme Song. Basically, you give an old pop standard a new life for an upcoming series. This is just mindless happy fun, so...
Gordon: For example, for the upcoming NBC Sci-Fi underwater show Fathom, could I suggest Barnes and Barnes Fish Heads?
Jeff: "Aqualung" by Jethro Tull: Gameshow of Underwater Treasure Salvage.
Chico: Haven't heard Hall & Oates's "Private Eyes" on Big Brother yet :)
Joe: How about "Luck Be A Lady," for a new version of "High Rollers?"
Chico: And where's "The Gambler?"
Travis: For any new Poker show.
Jeff: Hall and Oates "Maneater" for any dating show.
Jason: Yup.
Gordon: For What's My Line's Mystery Guest round, what about Men At Work's 'Who Can it Be Now?'
Chico: Maybe if MTV had a new game based on WML. And Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me"... now wait! That's Big Brother right there!
Travis: For the finals of "Dancing with the Stars," I submit "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats.
Jeff: "Turn, turn, turn" for WOF.
Gordon: Weird Al's 'I Lost On Jeopardy' for...well... you know.
Travis: Damn. Gordon beat me to it.
Chico: Of course. Heh. Well, we had our happy fun, now time for something... a little cerebral.
Gordon: Roll that Beautiful Brain Footage.
Jason: want the jackets?
Gordon: Sure
Chico: Jackets!

*Move Closer to Your World plays: From the four corners of the globe to your frontal lobe... This is Brainvision News! With Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Gordon Pepper, and the award-winning Brainvision News team...*

Travis: (insert Cheesy Teletype sound here)
Chico: With apologies to the city of Philadelphia.
Jeff: I'll update you from the Weather-Maker 3000.
Jason: (in cheesy announcer voice) What is our first news story this week?
Jeff: Now with Doppler.
Gordon: We start with Ken Jennings and his new show.
Travis: (echoing) Doppler...Doppler...Doppler...

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Jeff: Personally, I think all the Ken Jennings Losers should get an automatic spot on this show.
Jason: I agree.
Chico: Yupe.
Gordon: Works for me =)
Chico: You'd have enough of your runthroughs there.
Jason: And the guys who beat them at the personal appearances.
Joe: Agreed.
Jeff: yep
Gordon: Come on over and try out, Jeff
Jeff: I'll tryout for the actual show. Too far to go for just a runthru
Gordon: Next?

The Cut is getting the Move... Starting in July, we see Tommy and co. at 8p on Wednesdays. Now there is actually a pre-planned move to spur this on. That being... Big Brother in the coveted Survivor spot.

Joe: Big Blah-ther.
Travis: With Mrs. Moonves.
Jeff: Big Brother is Survivor for wimps.
Chico: With the Super Julietron 6000...
Joe: ROFL.
Chico: Think of her as Rei Ayanami from Eva (warning, that rant may contain spoilers).
Jeff: with Doppler so you can tell if the contestants are walking TOWARDS you, or AWAY from you.
Jason: The Cut deserves to move. Not a Thursday show.
Travis: The Return of Doppler.
Chico: You think this will make the audiences explode?
Travis: Doubt it.
Chico: Okay, sell the Doppler, while Gordon gets the next item.
Gordon: It will avoid first run programming, so it has a shot, but I can see this thing settling down there. Next story. How many people have seen Fire Me Please?
Chico: *raises hands*
Travis: I have.

Would it surprise you to know that the 'contestants' aren't who they say they are and are actually "comedians"?

Chico: No, not really.
Jeff: No
Jason: Nope.
Travis: There was a guy on the last one that was a former contestant on the American version of "Distraction."
Jeff: Still a good idea for a show, even if they are 'professionals'
Gordon: Well, if that was the case, when do we get the funny comedians to be on the show?
Chico: In short, the second coming of Skyler Clipner. Shudder.
Joe: Doesn't he have his own show already?
Gordon: Next article?
Joe: ROFL.

Fox has named a host for "So You Think You Can Dance" in its sports/entertainment reporter Lauren Sanchez. Which begs the question... who the hell is Lauren Sanchez?

Joe: Is she hot?
Chico: She's hot.
Joe: Hmm...
Jason: Ok.
Travis: Don't know that person.
Gordon: Is she hotter than Amanda Avila?
Jeff: Why her? Is she a dancer?
Chico: Neither do I. All I know is that she's hot. And she is on "The Best Damn Sports Show Period."
Chico: That's her alright.
Jason: She is on the Fox 11 team in LA as well.
Joe: Aha.
Travis: Not bad. I approve.
Jeff: She's no Ryan Seacrest though.
Jason: LOL!
Travis: Ryan Seacrest is no Ryan Seacrest.
Jeff: But he thinks he is.
Travis: Well, true.
Chico: Good luck, Lauren! Okay, Gordon, you're up.
Gordon: Next article...

Bo Bice is quoted as saying that he would prefer to have lost to Carrie Underwood in the American Idol 4 Finals, because he now has more liberty to put in the music that he wants. Accuracy or Idiocy?

Jason: Accuracy!
Jeff: Agree
Travis: Agree.
Chico: Accuracy!
Travis: It seemed to show through when he was on the Daily Show.
Jeff: Almost as much publicity, with less corporate control.
Jason: Bo can be the rocker he wants to be.
Joe: Don't care. He still sings like a damned Basset Hound.
Chico: And he's gonna kick that much more ass for it.
Jason: (howls at the moon)
Joe: I'm sorry. I must be in the minority here, but to my ears, Bo Bice is AWFUL. Positively terrible.
Gordon: I think he's talented and I think he will sell more than enough albums to be able to create whatever sort of music he wants.
Joe: I think yer on crack.
Travis: I agree with that. I don't even like him as a person.
Chico: Joe, I think YER in crack!:)
Travis: Fair enough.
Chico: Okay, I've got one more...
Gordon: Next one?

Iron Chef America has been in production for a second season for some time... Now we have a date... July.

Chico: That's next month. Good times.
Jason: I can't wait.
Jeff: I've only seen Japanese version. I love the dubbing. And again, we need Celebrity Iron Chef.
Chico: Well, the US version is pretty much the same, save for the absence of story lines.
Jason: They took out the story and the death of Chairman Kaga.
Jeff: Pair up Rachel Weisz with Wolfgang Puck, for instance.
Travis: QUOIS?
Jeff: And then they cooked him up in a bechamel sauce.
Joe: What? Who? Where? Hunh?
Chico: I thought he just left the original Kitchen Stadium in his nephew's hand...his Japanese nephew.
Jason: In the last show of the Japanese series, the actor who played Chairman Kaga couldn't schedule his time anymore. So they killed him off eating a bad piece of fugu.
Jeff: Perfect! Poison, poison...tasty fish!
Travis: How very soap opera-ish.
Joe: But Takeshi Kaga is still alive, though, right?
Chico: Yes.
Joe: Okay.
Jason: Very much so.
Joe: Scared me for a second. :D
Gordon: And on that note, the final Article....

Tying everything up in our theme, we have a new dating show coming from the Style Network. The Title of the show? 'Cook Your Way Into Her Pants!' Yes. this is a real upcoming show. Thoughts?

Jeff: Great news!
Travis: Where does one sign up?
Chico: Food... Sex.... Style... I'm in. I'm SO in.
Joe: Hmmm....I'd be on it...if I was cooking for Amy Jo Johnson. :-D
Jason: You have got to be kidding.
Joe: No I'm not. :-D
Gordon: Nope - go to the Style Network Site to cook your way into someone's pants.
Chico: I remember this show back when it was called "Date Plate" =p
Travis: I'm guessing a ham and cheese omelet wouldn't be enough.
Joe: That much is certain.
Gordon: Maybe stick some Ambrosia and oysters with that omelet, Travis =)
Jeff: They always say, "The way to a woman's hootchie is through her stomach."
Jason: I thought it was Spanish Fly, Gordon.
Gordon: Well, that is the drink you serve it with.
Travis: Hmm...ambrosia and oysters...
Joe: I'll stick to Italian, thanks.
Travis: with a side of Spanish fly with just a HINT of Rophynol.
Jason: Oh geez...
Gordon: And with THAT, we end Brainvision.
Jeff: I'll turn the Doppler off.
Travis: (BOOOOOooooooooooooooo)...Doppler powering down.
Jeff: lol
Jason: I'll take the jackets back gentlemen.
Joe: Here.
Gordon: We'll take a break on this VERY punchy edition of WLTI. When we come back, we get even PUNCHIER!
Travis: Cyberspace, you stay classy.
Chico: March Madness and Infiltration after the break on Distract... err, We Love to Interrupt.

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