July 4, 2004
How is that doing in the ratings?
Chico: Explosive :)
Chico: Welcome back to We Love to Interrupt,
where The WLTI Jury is now in session. I have with me a
blotter of charges that will be addressed by myself,
Judge Chico, and my trusted jury of experts, Gordon,
Lee, and Aldo. There are three of you, so no hung
juries, alright? I've got a golf game, and justice will
Gordon: Can I have it served on a bed of
Chico: We're fresh out. Sorry.
Chico: First case, the people vs. CBS. The
charges, conspiracy to commit
murder and attempted murder of a series. That series
being - the Amazing Race. Wins an Emmy, but still CBS
wants to bury it at 9 on Saturdays this fall. What say
Lee: CBS is Guilty of burying a great show in an
awful time slot. Some of
us aren't home on Saturdays. 9? They're killing their
own fantastic show.
Aldo: I'm never home .... Guilty. That is a time
slot of death.
Gordon: I'll say not guilty - for that same
reason. If you stick a show on
Saturday night, you are not expecting much, so if the
show doesn't set the world on fire, you can say, well,
it's on a Saturday night, it isn't going to do
anything. It doesn't need that high of a rating for it
to be renewed.
Gordon: A time slot of death could be this
summer, where it is going up
against Last Comic Standing. The only tough thing
against it on Saturdays is COPS - and AR should do
better than that.
Chico: So you're saying that CBS wants to do more
Gordon: It's not up against American Idol, or The
Apprentice, or The Bachelor, so it may have a shot to
grow and get people.
Lee: Isn't CBS sacrificing sponsor money there?
Gordon: You can't make it a hit if you put it
against a powerhouse - give it
Aldo: An audience that isn't home on Saturdays?
Lee: Regardless, guilty of stupidity.
Chico: 2-1, GUILTY. Sentence: The CBS heads have
to spend one night in the Big Brother house.
Gordon: A night in the house with the MIME.
Lee: Ugh. That's too harsh.
Chico: That's unconstitutional, Gordon, but don't
think I haven't considered
it. Next case, the People vs. Court TV for breach of due
process. Fake Out
was an intriguing game show with knowledgeable people.
Now the second season, with only one or two
knowledgeable people thus far and cash on the line. What
say you, jury?
Gordon: Not guilty. This is a simple game of
bluff which, although
intriguing, didn't do anything for me. I would have
loved to seen some theme and variation for this show,
but it seems like the show went backwards.
Lee: Not guilty. It's not that Court TV has, so
far, picked morons. The show
was doomed for failure.... just like Balderdash will.
Aldo: If they want to mess up their own show then
its fine by me. N.G.
Chico: Unanimous. Not guilty. That case is
dismissed. Next up: the people
vs. MTV for implication of a first-time host in a
mediocre format. "Your
Face or Mine" premiered off of a British format, and the
network placed a)
facially-unchallenged couples and b) an emo-style geek
host. Geekier than J. Keith on the first season of Beat
the Geeks. What say you, jury?
Lee: Guilty: Where was his pocket protector?
Gordon: Not guilty. You don't blame the rider if
the horse has three legs
Chico: Yes, but we're blaming the horse.
Lee: In this case, we blame the horse and the
jockey. The horse couldn't
run. The jockey can't ride it.
Aldo: Anything with someone geekier than J. Keith
Lee: By the way, Chico, who looks better, me or
Chico: Do I get iPods if I get this right?
Chico: Okay.... 2-1 Guilty vote and their
sentence: THEY have to decide who's better looking, Lee,
Gordon... or myself :)
Lee: That'll be an easy sentence... sorry guys :)
Chico: Everyone loves a bald man with a goatee.
Gordon: Dear ANT, just a reminder that the
correct spelling of the love note is either Chico
Alexander OR Lee DiGeorge
Chico: Next case: People vs. JD Roberto - charge:
masquerading as a good
host - and then riding said masquerade to increased
camera time. As if he
didn't get enough on Shop 'til You Drop. Now he has
Outback Jack. Jury, I know Aldo has probably something
to say here.
Aldo: I'm enjoying him as a host, and I like his
interaction with the
ladies when he shows up. Not guilty.
Lee: Guilty! Shop 'til you drop? Are you hot?
Food Fight? Outback Jack?
He's talentless. Everything is either overdrawn or
understated with him. Someone shoot the lame horse.
Chico: Gordon, break the tie.
Gordon: It's always up to me, eh?
Gordon: Is the charge based on his history or
Gordon: Well, I think that he has been horrible
in the history - but the
games that he has been stuck with don't help. He has
been good in Outback Jack - probably the best ever. Can
I motion for a hung jury?
Chico: You can't! There's three of you! You gotta
have something. I am the mother(BLEEP!)ing judge and
there will be order, dammit!
Lee: Anyone could be a reality show host! Look at
Anderson Cooper! What about Julie Chen? She's
Gordon: Fine, fine, fine. He has a young career
and I see potential from him, and he is trying. Not
Gordon: He's been getting all of the gigs - that
has to count for something
Lee: Gordon, there goes the respect I had for you
Gordon: And what fun is it if you can't stir up
the pot once in a while? I'll
give you something to make you happy. Julie Chen and
Anderson Cooper - Guilty
Chico: So we have a not guilty vote for JD
despite all logic, and a guilty vote for Julie and
Anderson. They have to share a room at the Stone-Stanley
megastore with JD and the mime. Either way, JUSTICE!
Gordon: It's not fun if you go with the obvious -
it makes it fun if you can
go with the unpopular point and defend it successfully.
Chico: That's true.
Gordon: Besides, you get to roast Julie Chen and
Lee: They were so awful :) The Mole was
Gordon: The Mole was a great idea - but lousy
execution - which is why it got executed. Heh.
Chico: Anywho, next case: People vs. ABC for one
count of wrongful
imprisonment and one count of possession with NO intent
to give a rat's ass. ABC is sitting on six episodes of
Deal or No Deal, which they have not aired yet. But they
have dug out Whose Line is it Anyway. Jury, dispense
with the justice.
Gordon: I am one of the 4 people who like WLIIA -
even if they don't fly out Tony Slattery to make the
Chico: But we're talking about ABC's Deal or No
Deal here. Your verdict,
Lee: Not Guilty - Remember Fox's "It's Your
Chance of a Lifetime?" It was another import that
flopped mightily. Deal or No Deal is strongly
reminiscent of Winning Lines (to an extent, which had
many starters, but only one winner).
Gordon: Who's Line Is It Anyways? gets aired due
to the contract agreement with Drew Carey - and you have
to give them the props to do it. As for Deal or No Deal
- ABC's biggest shows has been game shows - The
Bachelorette and Super Millionaire giving them the
highest ratings. Unless it reeks to high heaven, If they
pitch this correctly, there is no way that this should
be in the can. Guilty.
Lee: Deal Or No Deal has the distinct stench of
Chico: Aldo, you're the decider.
Aldo: It's their show. Who knows if these
episodes are good or not. So they have all the right to
hold it back. Not Guilty.
Chico: But will they give us a chance to find
out? We'll see. But right now,
not guilty, 2-1.
Lee: I still wanna see it though, even if it's
Chico: Next, People vs. Pax for providing safe
haven for really bad game
shows. I could write a book on this, but I'll just hand
it to you guys.
Lee: Guilty, Guilty, Guilty. The only reason
David Ruprecht still has a
job is because of PAX.
Chico: Not true. 1-800 Dentist
Aldo: Guilty, do I even need to go into detail?
Gordon: What's wrong with Supermarket Sweep?
Lee: What's RIGHT with Supermarket Sweep?
Gordon: I can find out what my groceries cost.
Besides, it's one of my guilty pleasures. Guilty except
for Supermarket Sweep - which isn't even a PAX show to
Chico: That's true.
Lee: I really don't know why I've been so mellow...
I better run to the
store to get some Lemon-Lime ___________!
Gordon: For Aldo, Jello, For Lee, Sardines.
Chico: Three votes in, Guilty as charged. Their
crime: having to watch an On The Cover marathon over and
Gordon: All two episodes.
Chico: Now, the biggie...The people vs. Fox. The
charge: at least six counts of grand larceny within the
past five years. What say you jury?
Gordon: Lets rip off The Contender, Wife Swap,
Millionaire, Extreme Makeover, and The Chair (why?) and
air them before the competition to make it look like
they are stealing from us. Guilty.
Aldo: I'm watching Fox right now. Doesn't that make
Lee: Not Guilty. Imitation is the sincerest form
of flattery. So what if
Greed looked an awful lot like Millionaire? They are
still shows that stand on their own merits.
Gordon: Greed was a great show. Defend It's your
Chance of a Lifetime and The Chamber.
Aldo: I cant find it in my heart to find the
people who did Married with
Children guilty. Not Guilty - sorry
Gordon: And you wonder why FOX does it - it's
because they can get away with it!
Chico: So in a shocker, we have a 2-1 upset. Fox
is not guilty, thanks to
Married with Children... Although we might have to toss
that juror out for being biased.
Gordon: Who's the substitute juror?
Chico: An inanimate carbon rod.
Lee: I'll take a "Pick your Side" against you,
Gordon: You're on, rookie.
Lee: Bring it, punk.
Chico: Alright. Quickie. Lee, go.
Lee: Granted, FOX has "borrowed ideas" from other
stations. In America, we borrowed ideas of our
constitution from other countries! Are they guilty as
well of larceny? NO! Instead, they do their best to give
the public EXACTLY what they want! (at least in
execution!) Imitation, as said before, is the greatest
form of flattery. The truth of the matter is... They
aren't doing ANYTHING wrong by trying to see if it works
for them, too.
Gordon: Part of the demise of any genre is the
popping up of inferior products that sets the genre
back. It happens all the time in the video game genre
when a lot of bad products destroys a genre or a system.
It happened with Millionaire when Greed and Its Your
Chance of a Lifetime popped up - and that helped kill
off the show. It almost happened to Survivor, whose
ratings went down after No Boundaries, Under One Roof
and other 'clone' shows popped up. The only thing that
saved it is that the people who created the show created
new subgenres for it to go to. Even shows like American
Idol are being threatened when Super star USA pops and
makes a mockery of the genre. As of right now, William
Hung is a bigger name than Fantasia Barrino and people,
in order to make a fast buck, wind up crippling the
genre by creating clones instead of coming up with
original concepts to improve the genre.
Chico: Okay.. Gordon made some excellent points
there, even going so far as to say that while the genre
is "growing", the quality is being thinned out. I'd much
rather watch one or two quality shows than several
Aldo: I agreed with Gordon. Big difference
between taking an idea for
society like the constitution point and a show.
Gordon: 2-0 Me. Yeah baby =0)
Chico: So Gordon gets this one, and we still want
to hear your opinions.
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with the Big Finish after this.
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Chico: Welcome quack... Back. Big Finish time,
and today, since we have a captive audience, I'll give
each person some time to just say what's on their minds
a la Tough Crowd. Aldo, you're first.
Aldo: TV needs to stop taking ideas from other
shows. Be original. Same
thing with the Mets.
Chico: Of course the Mets are original. They
bring their own ideas on how
bad they want to suck every game.
Gordon: METS - My Entire Team Sucks.
Aldo: Are we isolating some are your viewers?
Gordon: Is there anyone we didn't isolate today?
Chico: I dunno. =p. Gordon, your final thoughts,
Gordon: There was one winning ticket worth almost
300 million dollars (the numbers were 10, 25, 38, 39, 50
and the Mega Ball was 12. The winning ticket was sold in
Massachusetts, so it wasn't any of us. I would request
that the winner spend the money on the following...
1. A real show for GSN,
2. To somehow get GSN to get the airing rights for
Gambit or The Price is
3. Shows for Todd Newton, Geoff Edwards and Peter
4. An original prime time traditional game show on a
and finally - 5. a hefty donation to Game Show News Net
Chico: We'll give you details later.
Gordon: Chico - you get the final word
Chico: Well, I had to say goodbye to an old
standby recently. When G4 merged with TechTV, they each
posted a list of shows that would make the new network.
Starcade was not one of them.
Chico: Any old-school gamer loves the Starcade,
it was one of Geoff Edwards' finer moments. Now I'm
going to have to go into trading to get all of them.
Gordon: I watched that show every Saturday
morning religiously on TBS
Chico: So Comcast, thank you for screwing with a
major part of my daily game show routine, you little...
Anyway...Big thanks to Aldo Villalona and Lee DiGeorge
who's out somewhere getting a haircut. Next time, we
break down Celebrity Blackjack, Big Brother, and the
Gordon: And we break the rookies in TRIOS
Chico: For Gordon and everyone here at GSNN, I'm
Chico, wishing you a very happy birthday America. Hey,
be careful on the interstates or else it will be... Game