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
Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and I am bugging
Chico in the middle of his vacation.
Chico: It's the end of my vacation, dude. I'm
Chico Alexander, and from back home, somewhere in
America... WLTI is on. Lots of stuff to get through, but
first, Drew has a vacation from his worst half to join
the brainy side of things.
Gordon: That would be the braindead one... Oh
wait, they are all braindead.
Chico: What do you expect from Big Brother?
Rocket scientists? I mean, you watch Big Brother, you
have an expectation. An IQ above 152... *raises hand*
isn't one of them.
Gordon: No - I am expecting entertaining hamsters
- and this year, for once, that is exactly what we are
getting. I hate to admit it, but project DNA is actually
living up to it's hype. How are you enjoying it?
Chico: Phased out after five seconds. Lame. Once
it plays out in its second
part, though, that's when it's gonna start getting
Gordon: Maybe it's because I'm following it on
the internet, but you actually have two solid alliances,
and a lot of counter alliances under them.
Chico: His first interesting decision is probably
the smartest I've seen since Jase put the Big Lubinski
Gordon: That makes it interesting - do you get
rid of the annoyance, or do you get rid of the strongest
threat in the game?
Chico: Hard call. The most annoying can become
the strongest in the long run, so you probably want to
get rid of them to hide under the radar. Goes back to
that old saying: "You shoot the queen, you better kill
Gordon: It's a must kill for the other team, as
they desperately try to get rid of the Horsemen.
Chico: And speaking of killing, guess how many
kills our man Jennings has
under his belt.
Gordon: Well, 76 kills for 38 games.
Chico: But now the question that's being arisen
from all this: Is it good for Jeopardy! Some say no.
Gordon: For the short term yes. In the long run?
No. I just saw a shark jump over the program. It's that
same time when John Carpenter won his million. You've
seen what could happen - what's the point in watching
Chico: Exactly. The novelty is only temporary.
Gordon: They better hope that there's a loyal
audience who won't mind going back to what it is - but I
will say this - this season of Jeopardy coming up will
be the best ever, as you probably have the best
contestants ever in their quest to take down Jennings.
Chico: We're going to see some fierce
competition, and I'm hoping that in that competition, we
see what Jeopardy is all about again.
Gordon: One of the biggest gripes is that
Jennings is going through a slew
of weak competition - you won't say that this time
around in September.
Chico: Now, interesting enough, I've been
flipping through this week's TV Guide, and I saw some
past big winners giving him some tips, including our
good friend Phyllis Harris.
Gordon: Do you think she will be at the Game Show
Congress in Los Angeles on August 16?
Chico: Wouldn't surprise me. Anywho, she says
"Don't freeze and have
Gordon: Sounds like good advice.
Chico: David Legler, who won $1.765 million .on
Twenty One, says "Don't
invest all your money at once."
Gordon: Anyone want to invest it in an action
movie with Joel Silver
Chico: Umm... No.
Gordon: We now switch gears to The Next Action
Star, which is getting such bad ratings that NBC is
going right to the final episode. What went wrong?
Chico: Not that much pub. Poor scheduling. The
people really suck ass.
Gordon: I thought there was a decent amount of
truth to your statements - I think that the scheduling
was bad, and the auditions, which was blatantly an
American Idol rip-off, let the people feeling that the
show was going to suck. It isn't a bad show, but the
first episode did way too much damage to the show for it
Chico: Very much so. I think the casting
"special" was a bit much.
Gordon: It was horrendous, and it put the show on
an awful start.
Chico: And putting it after a proven property (FLOM),
while a good idea on
paper, just proved that segueing into a mismatch.... Not
really good eats. But that doesn't mean that the winners
will not have a limited supply of potential.
Gordon: Nope - but surprisingly, FLOM is getting
nice ratings. Almost all of
the major game shows are getting good ratings. And here
we are to tell the winner of the Next Action Star what
to do - it's the BIG BOARD!
First of all: Don't run for public office. I mean, look
what it did
for the last guy
Gordon: What happened to the last guy?
Chico: Well, let's just say using the term
"Girlie men" in a political speech is not good PR.
Gordon: He's got a nice honey by his side,
Chico: Second, if GSN comes calling, don't
answer. Not to disrespect the motherland of game action,
but Darva Conger... Melana Scantlin...
Gordon: What about Jerri and Zach - and their
second season renewal for
Chico: Exceptions to the rule. But it only
applies to Zach. Jerri didn't do much.
Gordon: Next rule?
Chico: Don't expect to be famous overnight.
Gordon: Only one reality contestant (Survivor 2's
Liz Hasselbeck) actually has a full time TV gig. That's
out of 112 wannabe contestants.
Chico: Two gigs. I can't think of anyone who's
going to set their TiVos to record "Bet Your Life"
Gordon: I will - but I have to.
Chico: Why's that?
Gordon: I have to cover the movie review for the
Chico: Ah. Right. Four: If Tina Malave calls...
don't answer. The relative
failures of both NAS and Fake Out make her game show
poison. Not as bad as Skyler, but she's the freaking
Gordon: So you have someone worse than JD Roberto
to rip on?
Chico: ... For once! You have to admit that I
have a little bit of credence with that statement.
Gordon: I'm impressed.
Chico: And finally.... When all else fails...
Direct! Hollywood's a big town!
Gordon: It worked for Ron Howard.
Chico: And Henry Winkler. And Mel Gibson.
Gordon: and M. Night Shyamalan - speaking of
which, are you going to see The Village?
Chico: Oh yeah. That's gonna be good stuff right
Gordon: Do you want to know the twist?
Chico: Not now, anyway.
Gordon: The twist is that... he's a ghost! Oh
wait. Wrong movie.
Chico: I bet that would be more interesting than
the twists offered so far
this summer. I mean, can you imagine it: "One of your
fellow Houseguests... is dead." "The person you are here
to meet... is dead." "Marshall and Lance... You're
dead." "Next to sit in the hot seat is a dead guy." I
can go on and on.
Gordon: A great book on that point is something
called 24/7 by Jim Brown.
Chico: Explain that.
Gordon: 12 Contestants go to a reality show. They
find at the beginning of
the taping that the host has been killed and that they
have all been infected with a virus, which will kill
them if they don't get a dose of antidote every 24
hours. They need to find out who's doing this and how to
stop them before they all die. This is an excellent
book. I strongly recommend it.
Chico: Sounds interesting. Think I might pick it
up. Okay, when we return,
we've got one of the guys of the Certified Public
Assassins from Extreme
Dodgeball to play 20 Questions.
Gordon: We got that for you and we fill up an
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