Love to Interrupt
The DiGeorge Files
A more-than-intentional homage to
"Pardon the Interruption" among others, We Love to Interrupt
is an original, raw, frank, red-blooded, two-fisted,
full-bodied look into the world of game shows through the eyes
of two discerning fans with high standards and short fuses.
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July 30, 2004
Special guest team includes myself, Gordon, Lee, Aldo,
and the Travis-meister. Welcome back. You know where I
went on vacation?
Gordon: Where did you go on vacation?
Chico: I actually went to Busch Gardens. And I
brought back an island we can use for our next act.
Gordon: Excellent. What's it called?
Chico: It's called the Loser's Lounge. I know, not
exactly original, but I'm going off the handle here.
Gordon: So the island, since you just got it, needs
to be populated?
Chico: Yeah. So it's time to call the first census.
First thing's first.. Alison or Donny... Who gets the
Gordon: Can we stick both of them there just for the
Chico: One's a three-time loser, having lost Big
Brother, Amazing Race, AND her boyfriend... That's
Gordon: And the other one was dopey enough to be on
the show with her.
Chico: Okay. Maybe we need a bit more challenge in
Gordon: I'll have to stick Alison on the island, due
Chico: Donny's merit or Alison's?
Gordon: Alison's - or lack of.
Chico: Right on. Next?
Gordon: Ok - next up - The 4 Horsemen or Lance and
Marshall. Which machismo group should get stuck in their
own little playground?
Chico: Well, you can easily say that Drew and Cowboy
cancel out Jase and Scott and therefore take Marshall
and Lance into the island, BUT Jase and Scott are
actually bigger bastards than their counterparts can
cancel out. Then comes the guilt by association factor,
and it's time to say goodbye to the horsies.
Gordon: Not all of the Horsemen are bad, I just
think that Cowboy and Drew are letting Scott and Jase do
the dirty work for them. Lance and Marshall are annoying
to everyone. They have to go take a time out by
Chico: True, but I can name a lot of Amazing Race
teams that are annoying. Okay, I can only name one, AND
they've already been eliminated, so it's down to
entertainment versus just-plain-wrong.
Gordon: Well, if we stuck Lance and Marshall there,
it would be boring
(since they have already dealt with Alison), so we'll
stick the Horsemen there for a Big Brother alumni
Chico: Now you're thinking.
Chico: Next up, old-school versus new-school. Ken
Jennings or John Carpenter. One's an annoying smart guy
and the other's... an annoying smart guy with an
infamous phone call.
Gordon: Another tough call. Do you exile the guy
with a bad personality or a guy with no personality?
Chico: Hmm... Who could bore Alison, Donny, and the
Four Horsemen to
Gordon: Yes - but it could be fun to see them rip an
IRS Accountant to
shreds. For that reason, JC gets to go practice the
numbers game on the island.
Chico: You just wanted to see some retribution,
Gordon: Retribution is always entertaining.
Chico: True. Okay, next up?
Gordon: Viviana or Bonnie McFarlane. Which female
Diva can we throw in there?
Chico: Hmmm... Funny or whiny. I like whiny. Let's
go with Viviana. We can do without her.
Gordon: Bonnie was funny? At least Viviana tried.
Bonnie was just annoying and succeeded in alienating
herself from everybody else. In the live show, everyone
stayed far away from her - I think that means a lot.
Stick Bonnie on the island.
Chico: Yeah, but can you say the opposite for
Gordon: Viviana did have some friends that she spoke
to. She did talk to Sean and John, and she didn't call
anyone the 'C' word
Chico: Oh, man, I totally forgot that. That's a
Gordon: Just for that, Bonnie should go to the
Chico: Okay, ready to shuffle up for this one?
Gordon: Shuffle up and deal.
Chico: Alex Borstein and Melana Scantlin. Both witty
banter chicks. One
flat, one dynamic but grating.
Gordon: Melana does nothing for me - though she can
shuffle up and.. ahem... deal. Alex can't. Put her on
Chico: She better hurry up and finish those new
Family Guys, because it's boat time. Last one?
Gordon: Alien Vs. Predator is coming out. Which one
gets to go on the island and have a 7 course meal?
Chico: Predator! Predator! Got the razor claws and
Gordon: Are you kidding me? I want to see the Alien
go on the island. How much fun would it be to see
Allison's mouth stuffed with a face-hugger?
Chico: That would be fun, but the Predator ain't got
no love. Everyone loves the Alien. It's all about the
Alien. Where's the Predator?
Gordon: With 2 sets of teeth, acid blood and
colonies up the wazoo, it's all about the Alien.
Chico: I'll meet you halfway. Have the sequel to AVP
filmed on the island.
Gordon: Fair enough - as long as we have
Chico: With the baby Alien singing Michigan J. Frog.
Then we say "Check please" and go right to break.
Gordon: Check Please
Chico: When we come back, the big finish. We have
quickies and I have an
Gordon: Do it.
to you by the Four Horsemen action figures. Collect all
vote the Barbies out of the dream house!)
Gordon: They give JJ Dillon and Ric Flair a very bad
Chico: Time's running short, so let's go to the big
finish. Who will be the Last Comic Standing?
Gordon: I think it's Alonzo's to lose. You?
Chico: It's in the bag. I mean, look at him. He
obviously deserves... well,
Gordon: You better - or he'll track you down in the
Chico: Handpound, bro. Speaking of which, can ANYONE
stump the Schwab?
Gordon: No - but more importantly, is anyone
watching the show?
Chico: Probably not more than the average audience
for 2-Minute Drill, but still, it's good TV.
Gordon: It's on a Friday night (time slot of doom),
Stuart Scott is not a good fit for this obviously more
cerebral show than Dream Job (which I thought he did do
a good job at) and the Schwab suffers from Jennings-itis.
Chico: Well who would you suggest for the post of
Gordon: I think the problem lies deeper than the
host - the show is just not nearly as compelling at 2
Minute Drill or Dream Job. You need a Kenny Mayne, a
Trey Wingo, or a more 'Serious' personality in there,
but it's not just the host.
Chico: No one said this was serious, though.
Gordon: They are playing it seriously. If they want
it for laughs, you need
the Schwab to have humor and a personality, like Ben
Stein. The Schwab fails at both. There is no chemistry
between Schwab and Scott and it shows.
Chico: They just stuck them together... But it could
be a lot worse. One show that is serious but still has
problems.. Studio 7.
Chico: Problem isn't in the host, or the game, or
the players... So what's wrong? Blame the editing.
Gordon: Studio 7 has potential, and I like the game
format. It had one major serious flaw - there is no
reason to care about the people and the flashbacks
don't do any good. They need to make one change - you
make the first 15-20 minutes of the show the part where
we see the alliances and the back-stabbing, then we see
the game. That's a much better play because then we can
get behind the people and make them likable. The
flashback and forth from the game to the players after
the action just doesn't work, because we don't feel the
same emotion when the action happens.
Chico: Short answer: "Blame the editing!" That
Gordon: Actually the answer is - change the format.
Chico: Greek Games = train wreck.
Gordon: They both have 10 letters.
Chico: And they both share the same cultural impact.
A giant crunch at the front, and someone's respect in
Gordon: I can think of one word for the show -
Negligible. Worst game of the year?
Chico: Definitely the front runner. But hey, I could
be wrong. That's what
that's game called. Big thanks once again to Steve Altes
for answering our 20 Questions. Next week, the first in
a series celebrating GSNN's 5th Anniversary. Wow, five?
Gordon: 5 baby. We get to match Steve Beverly's
Gordon: We'll rock on next week. This is Gordon...
Chico: And this is Chico, and until next time....
June 28 - 20?: Aldo V.; Take A Side
July 4 - Ask Dr. Lee, We the Jury