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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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July 23, 2005

Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and the tide is high.
Chico: And the weather's hot. Hot town, summer in the city...
Gordon: Have you learned any new dances this week?
Chico: I'm Chico Alexander, and from somewhere in America, WLTI... is on. I learned the "fall on your butt" routine.
Gordon: Many people learned that on FOX this week, but before we get to that, let's say hi to Travis Schario. Good morning, Travis.
Travis: Morning, gentlemen.
Chico: Anywho, we'll get to some dance routines in a bit, but first... a siren! *siren*
Gordon: Put on the spoiler helmets on again. Once again, we have another tidbit that may or may not affect your television watching habits.
Chico: That would be the spoiler siren. The following bit contains spoilers. DO NOT HIGHLIGHT if you do not wish to be spoiled by any information, thank you. We've been getting a lot of these lately.
Gordon: But those are fun, aren't they?
Travis: Of course.
Chico: Oh yeah. Alright. Spoiler fields up, gentlemen.

Chico: As you may know, we as a network have a network of field agents bringing you news before anyone else.
Gordon: As you may also know, one of the highlights of our GSC4 trip is a Jeopardy taping. I don't know who will be the champion when we are there. I do know, however, who will NOT be the champion.
Chico: This is the spoiler. Yesterday's taping... Friday's taping... Our spies saw David Madden take a dive.
Gordon: Clear out the pool! Splash! Thoughts, Travis?
Travis: Wowzers. I didn't think he'd "Go the distance."
Chico: Neither did I, especially seeing last week in action.
Gordon: It looked like he was fading a little, and as we all know, the September competition is much tougher than the Summer competition.
Travis: What number does his win count stop?
Gordon: He loses going for win #20, and the air date, based on when the show starts up again, should be September 19.
Travis: One week after the new season starts.
Gordon: Yep. So this would be a great time to place some bets with your college buddies.
Travis: Ooh. Good idea. I could make beaucoup bucks off of my friends.
Chico: Not that GSNN endorses gambling.
Gordon: Never, what's the Vegas odd on that?
Chico: How the heck am I supposed to know?
Travis: You're the smart one.
Gordon: I figured you would have already placed a bet on that on the UK sites.
Chico: Would've, but I don't have the time.   Oh well... Repeating once again, David Madden loses on his 20th match, September 19. Okay, Spoiler fields down.

Gordon: Do we have Doppler Spoiler capacity?
Travis: Booooooooooooooooooooooo! I just upgraded it last night.
Chico: *makes the "too expensive" finger gesture*
Gordon: ok - Shut it down, Travis.
Travis: BOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooo...pop
Chico: This is what happens when you spend company funds at the casino, Gordon.
Gordon: As long as I win, the company shouldn't care =). Who wants to talk about Fox, competitions, and cranky British judges?
Chico: Why not?
Travis: I'm game.
Gordon: But it's actually not American Idol we're speaking about.
Chico: This week saw the premiere of Fox's much-hyped dance series "So You Think You Can Dance". Good news: it's not a rip on "Dancing With the Stars".
Gordon: The bad news - It's a Rip on American Idol, which is ok, since Judge Nigel Lythgoe is the producer on American Idol.
Chico: Ah, one of the judges/creators and voice of snarkiness the world over.  One such gem: "If you were really a statue and I was a pigeon, I would've shown you exactly what I thought."
Travis: Woo hoo. More dancing and rips. Can this world get any better?
Chico: How about another summer appearance by "Dancing With the Stars" Judge Carrie Ann Inaba? Girlie sure gets around, doesn't she?
Travis: Carrie Ann likes the sunshine.
Chico: Yeah, so she can rain on it :-)
Gordon: From dancing to ball breaking, we move on to GSN's new shows. I trust both of you have seen both Ballbreakers and Extreme Dodgeball 3?
Chico: Yep.
Travis: Of course.
Chico: And if I haven't said before... Adrianne Curry is my new game show hussy.
Gordon: Your hussy for the 45 seconds that you saw her on TV?
Chico: .. yep. Pool action wasn't bad either.
Gordon: What did you think of the show, Travis?
Chico: I'm more of a cutthroat guy myself, but nineball is good, too.
Travis: Nineball is definitely my game of choice. So, to see it on TV, and not ESPN, and money being thrown around, made it that much more appealing.
Chico: Don't forget the trash talking and side betting. It's not a game, it's a hustle :-)  The game's a hustle. Everything's a hustle.
Travis: Of course.
Gordon: I liked the show - and I also liked the fact that the sidebets add a new dimension to the game.
Chico: The metagame, if you will.
Gordon: Yes - but no one has used it strategically, yet. I'm waiting to see if someone will use it to drain out a shark so they don't have to face him at the end of the game.
Chico: It's still early. But good things.
Gordon: On the second show, they have...celebrities! Is the second show too early to have a celebrity edition of it?
Chico: Well, one of two things. a) This was preplanned, so there is not reason for worry...  or b) Expectations were maladjusted to start.
Gordon: GSN seems to be convinced that this would go into season 2 - and it certainly looks like it will.
Chico: Think they're obligated re: the battle of the bars tour.
Gordon: Yep, I do - but I think the show should easily get to a second season. What do you think about the third season of Extreme Dodgeball?
Chico: More of the action I was craving for.
Gordon: Talk about your cravings, Chico
Chico: My only qualm.... two of my favorites are gone. Slim McKinney and Handsome Costanza. Gone.
Travis: Along with the CPA official team.
Chico: But the new system of game play works a lot, ensures classic competition.
Gordon: It's now 4 quarters. Each quarter is 6 minutes and all of the action fits neatly into an hour.
Travis: Especially with their "Beyond the Ball" feature at Halftime.
Chico: How many eps do you give before they pull a kamikaze kill for a win?
Travis: Didn't the Hurlers try the suicide kill last episode? I thought Spaz Tried it.
Chico: Oh yeah... Forgot about that.
Gordon: The problem with the suicide kill is that you are automatically giving a point to the other team. The only way reason to do it is if there's either only one person left or if it's to get rid
of the Dead Man Walking.
Chico: Oh yeah.
Gordon: But thumbs up so far for both GSN shows?
Travis: Definitely.
Chico: Unfortunately, Kenny vs. Spenny also got a second season in late night. SPEED DOWN...
Gordon: Does anyone remember seeing any promos for the new season of Kenny Vs. Spenny from GSN?
Chico: ...No.
Travis: Sure haven't.
Gordon: I think that's all that needs to be said there.
Chico: Oh well.  Shows what confidence they have...
Gordon: Let's chat more on GSN. They are bringing in five poker shows, stacking up as much shows as Phil Helmuth (who is a player GSN will be promoting) stacks up chips. Is this a wise idea?
Travis: Seems like they could be flooding the market...not like it isn't flooded already.
Gordon: Is poker truly that powerful? Or is GSN asking for problems in 2006 for not being shored up?
Chico: My guess... Historically, oversaturation has not been a good thing. I think GSN needs to concentrate on variety before they become "The poker network".  I mean, we need a poker network.. but not GSN.
Gordon: I also worry that all of these poker shows are almost exactly the same. With no variety, that could be trouble brewing ahead.
Chico: Exactly.
Travis: Poker was powerful. Now, in the words of Jon Stewart, ehh-not-so-much.
Chico: You get a mention on "The Bernie Mac Show", you have to question your power.
Gordon: It still is very powerful in the right way. I just think that GSN is bringing out the same sort of formatting.
Chico: The same sort of formatting?
Gordon: WSOP and WPT and PSI are all different. World Poker Tour is down and dirty Texas Hold 'Em, World Series of Poker covers the main event, but they also cover different styles like Omaha and Razz. Poker Stars Invitational is a 24 person tournament.
Travis: Exactly.
Gordon: Poker Royale works the same way as PSI, but smaller.
Chico: Poker Royale is basically a gimmick a season. But in tournament form.
Gordon: Annie Duke's Tournament is just a miniature version of the finals of PSI.
Chico: Annie Duke vs. the World or something is kinda like Win Ben Stein's Money... Anything else is just straight poker.
Gordon: Phil Helmuth is...well..who would want to learn mental tricks from Phil Helmuth?
Travis: I wouldn't mind learning a few.
Chico: Two words: stone face.
Travis: Oh, nuts. I can't do that. If I have someone trying to stare me down, I always turn to them with a big stupid grin.
Gordon: We'll see what happens there. I still think the jury is out. On that note, warm up the Doppler, Travis!
Travis: **Fires up the Doppler** boooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Gordon: Roll that Beautiful Brain Footage.

(Move Closer plays: "From the four corners of your globe to your frontal lobe, this is Brainvision News...")

Gordon: Whats our first brain wave, Chico?
Chico: First brain wave...
Travis: Boop.

ABC finally renews Dancing to the Stars this week, ending a long two weeks of speculation that ABC has lost its marbles.

Chico: Why'd they wait so long to renew it? .... Got me.
Gordon: The ETA for the second season, I believe, is early 2006.
Chico: Right.
Gordon: Right in time for February Sweeps.
Chico: And American Idol. I'm guessing that there's gonna be a turf war.
Gordon: I don't think ABC would be dumb enough to place DWTS2 at 9pm on Wednesdays or against Idol, as they have the exact same audience.
Chico: You know that, and I know that, but does ABC know that?
Gordon: Monday night, however, would be a nice spot, as there is no must see TV there. And football would be over. We'll find out soon if ABC is listening to us. Next Brain Wave...
Travis: Boop.

In the Media Ho report, Survivor's Tom Westman will be doing a guest stint on The Bold and The Beautiful... as a fireman. He'll be starring alongside Are You Hot ex-judge Lorenzo Lamas. Real stretch, Tom. American Idol's Carrie Underwood will also be having a show on CMT as a reality special. Finally, American Idol's Ryan Seacrest pulls a Regis, rolling out his own clothing line of overpriced junk.

Travis: Yeesh. Is he calling his clothing line, "OUT"?
Chico: Bad joke! =p
Travis: I had to go there.
Gordon: Would that mean this his clothing is coming out of the closet?
Chico: Worse joke!
Travis: **TPIR Losing Horn** for that one.
Chico: Ouch.
Gordon: Rescue us and give us the next Brain Wave, Chico.
Chico: Done and done.
Travis: Boop.

Janice Dickinson has told several media outlets that she would return to America's Next Top Model, but not as a judge.

Chico: Gee, what's left? Host? Contestant? Voice of reason and support?
Travis: This could prove to be interesting.
Gordon: Definitely not the voice of reason or support. Supposedly, she's going to be a commentator. Commentator? do we need one of those?
Chico: .... No.
Travis: I take back my comment.
Chico: Basically made some wrong career choices and crawled back like a serpent. The Surreal Life... Bad career move. Unless your name is Adrianne Curry or Danny Bonnaduce or Flavor Flav.
Travis: Or Chris Knight.
Chico: Grr... That Brady took my hussy =p
Travis: Or Dave Coulier.
Chico: Still more popular than Bob Saget. Okay, next brain wave!
Travis: Boop.

Needing Brainwaves - CBS's crack contestant background checking staff. Once again, they let someone with a criminal record into the Big Brother house. This time, it's Janelle, who has, among other things, a shoplifting and DWI record.

Chico: Hmm... I could mention something about her statuesque figure hiding something... but I won't.
Travis: Oh, go on. Force yourself.
Gordon: You are no fun, Chico. What does this say about CBS's Background Checking team?
Chico: Obviously run by men. :-)
Travis: nnDUH
Chico: Men who haven't had any in a few years. :-) There, I said it =p
Travis: And you're most likely right.
Gordon: Good for you. Next!
Travis: Boop.

Last week, TLC, whose R U The Girl premieres this week, refuted comments that they were looking for a replacement member on this show in an article in this week's TV Guide from the Television Critics Association Tour.

Gordon: So what exactly are they looking for, a singing valet?
Travis: Who isn't looking for a singing valet?
Chico: Quoting the TV Guide article: "Nobody is ever going to be in TLC but us. Basically it's just an opportunity to give a fan a chance to do ONE song and a performance with us.... It's kind of a way to give back to the fans because if it wasn't for them we wouldn't be where we are."
Gordon: That sounds like MASSIVE backpedaling.
Travis: Yep.
Chico: Mm-hmm.  For this, I give you the Big Board.
Gordon: Which could mean a number of things, which I am sure the Big Board is in use for...
Chico: Use away.
Gordon: Topic...

WHY TLC Just Gave Us That Quote.

1) Public backlash
2) Subpar singers
3) Expectations aren't high to begin with
4) Fear of commitment


Gordon: 1. TLC saw the reaction of the public when they said that they were looking for a replacement and they saw that the public reaction was to curse them out.
Chico: That was certainly MY reaction.
Gordon: 2. The singers that they did wind up with were, shall we say...not exactly up to TLC standards.
Travis: TLC isn't Destiny's Child. They can't just have a replacement.
Gordon: I don't know that for sure, but we'll find out rather quickly next week.
Chico: 3) Expectations for this series aren't THAT high.
Gordon: Certainly not high enough to base a tour from. Remember, that was the plan for The Road to Stardom. What happened there?
Chico: *shrugs*
Gordon: Good-bye, Yelawolf Brick Road.
Chico: Har har...
Gordon: 4. After going through the show, TLC saw that this may not be a good thing and they may not want to get stuck fulfilling a requirement like recording an album that may tank once released.
Chico: See reasons #1 and #2.
Gordon: Check the editing on the first episode and see what exactly the prize is - and how choppy the editing is on that episode.
Chico: UPN did say that they wanted TLC to produce a record with the winner, right?
Gordon: UPN did say that, yes - but we'll see how far the backtracking goes.
Chico: My guess is UPN is scrambling for spin control. You've got the series. You look into it.
Gordon: I'm getting stuck with it, aren't I?
Chico: Yep.
Gordon: Oh Joy, oh melodious rapture. Final Brain wave...
Travis: Boop.

ESPN is rediscussing talks to the NHL on getting their games back on the air. The ratings of all of the game shows that they aired have beaten the NHL ratings, which is quite evident as you see them constantly repeated on ESPN and the Deuce.

Gordon: Based on the ratings of everything, should ESPN be competing that hard for the NHL games?
Travis: I think so. Now that the Lockout is over, hockey fans are going to be clamoring for their beloved sport.
Chico: I think this reasoning is based on faith that fans will come back. I won't be one of them. I'll watch a 'Canes game once in a while, but the league lost me.
Gordon: If you gave me the choice of 2.5 hours of NHL game or a 5 episode marathon of Teammates episodes that I've seen 3 times already, I'd select Teammates.
Chico: Same here.
Gordon: I'll watch the NHL - but not as often as I did before, and I'd only watch as a last resort - like if what was on GSN was Kenny Vs. Spenny.
Chico: And if WPT isn't rerunning.
Travis: I'm gonna be ants at a picnic on this one. I just got into hockey after going to see my college team. Now, I can watch the pros.
Chico: But props to Pittsburgh for getting the Sidney whatshisface... Okay, shut it down, Travis. We gotta go to break.
Travis: BOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooo **Doppler off**
Gordon: Well, at least the NHL will have one person watching their games.
Chico: When we return, we have numbers and lack thereof. Number Please, and Whammyville after the break on We Love to Interrupt.

(BrainVision News was brought to you this week by the School of Background Checkers. We are starting our Fall Classes soon, and apparently, there are more than enough people who need to relearn how to check. )

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