August 30, 2004
This is Gordon Pepper, and I want to know if Chico has
from his hangover from the last show.
Chico: Perhaps yes, perhaps not... I'm Chico
Alexander, and from somewhere
in America, WLTI is on. And here's a change... it's just
the two of us to
Gordon: We start out with 2 - but we will get more as
we look at next season
and we aim to give out some whammies - but let's look at
what we got this
week, starting with Big Brother. The twins have been
separated - surprised?
Chico: Let me think about that... Okay, I'm done
thinking. Question now, is
the other twin on the way out now that Marvin's the man
of the hour again?
Gordon: It depends on the veto, but it surely isn't
looking good, as Nakomis
and company want her out for getting rid of Will, while
Diane and Drew may
use her as a sacrifice to keep their own under the
radar. How will Will
react to see Karma rebounding this quickly?
Chico: He's going to be pleased, of course. They get
the place by the porch
at the jury house, of course.
Gordon: maybe he'll have some time to explain to her
that karma does not
mean Carmen Electra.
Chico: He'll have to take up his whole week.
Gordon: Well, they have time. Who is playing the best
Chico: I'd have to say the relatively low-key Michael.
Gordon: I'm going to say his half-sister, Nakomis. I
think Michael is under
the radar - but the smarter thinking people have to know
that he is a
sentimental threat to win the whole thing and I would
think he would be toast as we get
to the final 5. If anyone who is not Michael or Marvin
wins the HOH next,
they should both be on the block.
Chico: We'll see in a bit. Other side of the CBS
Tuesday coin... Amazing
Race. Now it's the Dunder Twins who have to overcome the
penalty of poverty. Can
Gordon: Uhhh.....nnnnnno. I've been very impressed with
how the bowling moms
got out of a jam, but this requires something that the
dunder twins don't
have - intelligence. They will need a MAJOR blunder by
one of the other teams to
get back in it - and I don't see it. The only other
option - a Fast Forward or
Yield situation, which we haven't seen in a while, so it
could come into play
Chico: Well, there are two FFs in the race, and as for
the yield... well, I
don't know...That's something I haven't seen since
Alison and Donny elected
not to use it.
Gordon: I'm guessing one of them will come into play -
and the twins will
need it to happen on the next episode. Either that - or
a surprise team of Holly
and Jase entering into the race.
Chico: We're talking about a miracle, not an
impossibility. On the other
side, who is in a position to win this thing? I say
Chip/Kim, simply because
they never give up.
Gordon: The Amazing thing is that you will have at
least one woman winning
this thing - something that has only happened once in
the series so far. I
think Chip and Kim make the final 3 - but I'd have to
give first to Colin and
Christie who have been solid throughout the whole
competition, with Brandon and
Nicole in second.
Chico: They've also been solidly annoying. You know
this is why were in
deep with other countries around the world... Arrogant
Americans pushing other
Gordon: Unfortunately, you don't get penalized for
being arrogant or annoying.
Chico: Not officially..
Gordon: Could the yield play a factor in this?
Chico: I think so.. IF we get to see it.
Gordon: And if the right team is in the position to use
Gordon: If somehow, the moms, Chip/Kim or the
Wondertwins get in first when
the yield shows up, we could see a conga line
Chico: *starts singing conga song*
Gordon: Feeling hot, hot hot...
Chico: Okay, that concludes the dancing portion of the
Gordon: Someone who is feeling the heat is GSN, which
got universally panned
at the GSC. Do you think that the pool or horseracing
show will do anything
Chico: In a word... No. I don't think it could get any
worse for the
network... or could it?
Gordon: I will agree with you on the horseracing, but I
think the pool
concept could work. Besides cards, the second most
popular thing to do in college
atmosphere (besides getting drunk in frat parties) has
to be playing pool.
That is the demographic that GSN is exactly targeting.
Chico: I'm not doubting that. What I'm doubting is how
they'll be able to
incorporate something that will make people watch... You
know, outside your
usual run-of-the-mill poll game.
Gordon: They did it with Dodgeball and Poker. Pool is
not as much fun to
watch as the other sports, but if they really put the
characters into this idea,
I think it could work.
Chico: I'll hold off final judgment until I actually
see the show for once
:) Some good news, though... Dodgeball returns for a
second season! CPA, all
the way, baby.
Gordon: Well, the CPA , thanks to Steve Altes giving us
an interview, is our
biased favorite team to win again - but until the other
teams get women that
can match up to the CPA, there's good reason to think
that the CPA can win the
whole thing again. Is there any team that you think can
top the CPA?
Chico: Unless the devious and fickle GSN gods have
something up their
sleeve, no way. We'll have to wait until early 2005,
Gordon: Thought if the ratings for the other shows
falter, I can see ED very
quickly being recalled - speaking of which, we finally
get to see the Lingo
Tournament of champions.
Chico: Really? When?
Gordon: You don't know?
Gordon: Could it be because GSN hasn't advertised it?
Gordon: The Lingo tournament will be aired on the Monday
of the Labor Day
Chico: Yay! But how'd you find out?
Gordon: I found out from covert spy camels, who were
carrying the information
in their humps.
Gordon: This is a complete example of what I'm talking
about from GSN's
mismanagement. You have the special event from the show
which gave GSN the highest
ratings up to date and it's the staple of the network,
yet NO ONE knows about
the event that was the highlight for the third season.
The show, BTW, that
carried them through some bad times and is still one of
the highest ranked shows
on the GSN schedule. What is GSN possibly thinking here?
And why are you stick
this tournament on a weekend where everyone is out and
no one would be
watching TV in the first place? Wouldn't you want
maximum viewership by airing this
as an all-week tournament special event?
Chico: You know, this isn't the only type of
mismanagement that the big
black box has to face. I submit for this week's big
board, the next GSN sked. If
you're playing along at home, head over to
Gordon: Set up the board, Chico.
Chico: The subject: The Network for Game
Let's take a look at the
trumpets and the fallouts one by one. Monday, World
Series of Blackjack. That
will return this fall. New episodes, you think?
Gordon: Absolutely. These shows are funny, entertaining,
and are about
gambling - which 20-30 something males can't get enough
of. They would be idiots not
to renew this.
Gordon: This is how a game show should work.
Chico: That and, and everyone knows this, you have a
very big gambling jones
Gordon: Profit in my pannnnnts....
Chico: doo bee doo be doooo..
Gordon: Watch out for the penguins. Tuesday, Extreme
Dodgeball and The Mole.
Dodgeball - enough said.
Chico: Ratings for the Mole... well, needless to say,
Gordon: We'll be repeating this phrase over and over
again, but reality show
serials do not work in repeats. CBS aired the whole
first season of Survivor
mode in repeats against the Olympics in 2000 to dreadful
Chico: Once the result is publicized, expect the
novelty to wear thin. I
think GSN knew this (in a rare fit of brainpower) and
decided to give ED a rest
before its new season. Wednesday - We only see six of
the Fake-a-Dates, and
judging from public outcry, I think that's all we need
Gordon: Well, they only made 6 Fake-a-dates, and
although I liked the
premise, Marriott will not be making any millions on tv
as a reality show host.
Chico: Well, Fake-a-Date worked in that it had a
blind-date setup that even
GSn couldn't screw up.
Gordon: But they did
Chico: By adding Joe Millionaire. It could've worked if
they had someone
with a little bench experience... But they were clearly
going for novelty over
Gordon: Thanks to Marriott. Unlike Jerri Manthey, who
actually has acting
talent, Marriott doesn't, as he contributes nothing to
the screen and delivers
his lines as exciting as cardboard, which in this case
left us feeling cardbored.
Chico: Now we go to Thursday.
Gordon: WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY???????
Chico: Kenny vs. Spenny was to be GSn's token bit of
Gordon: Going back to what I said earlier, if you must
do that, then air
repeats of shows that people haven't seen before that
are very entertaining.
Chico: But apparently (and rightly so), we didn't get
the joke. I still say
best Canadian humor for my money... Kids in the Hall.
Gordon: Best Canadian Humor is Colin Mochrie.
Chico: Dinosaurman!!! =p
Gordon: Does Alex Trebek on the last episode of High
Rollers count for
Chico: Anywho, end of the week woes in SpyTV, which is
still on the
schedule, but relegated to weekends. You know, it was
funny when it aired on NBC, but
at the same time, felt disjointed, even by newly enacted
Gordon: When it was on NBC, it was new, and when you
have something new as a
novelty, you manage to overlook the flaws in the armor -
but in a repeated
situation years later, you see everything - and SpyTV
did not age well.
Chico: And Vegas Weddings Unveiled? Well, we just don't
like talking about
Chico: No no no no no no no...
Gordon: So if there was one show that should be n GSN's
lineup that isn't -
what should it be?
Chico: I wouldn't mind seeing the Amazing Race on GSn,
BUT as the Mole
proved, quality doesn't translate well into quantity.
Gordon: Two Words. Fear. Factor.
Chico: You know, GSN actually foguht for Fear Factor..
But FX won that
Gordon: They should have been very aggressive to get
that show. We don't get
that - instead we get Next Action Star, whose ratings
were so bad that they cancelled a Next Action Star
Chico: And Average Joe.
Gordon: AJ, which also got delegated to weekend mom-up
Chico: Altogether now... *raspberries*
Chico: But all is not lost... at least for now. In
their place: Greed,
WSoBJ, Dog Eat Dog (which has turned into somewhat of a
success story... not saying
that they could order more...) and Weakest Link.
Gordon: They do have some good stuff - but they could be
much, much better -
and PLEASE add some new classic studio shows to your
Chico: He's saying please, GSN. Gordon NEVER says
Gordon: And PLEASE stay with us, as we switch from the
past to the future
with the new shows coming in - and we continue the Big 5
with results and another
Chico: But now... we dance again.
Gordon: Conga music please!
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