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Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and we open up season 10 to a...whimper.
Jason: Not feeling good, Chico?
Chico: Nope. As you guys know I'm a lab tech. That means dealing with sick
people of all ages. A baby just passed along a cold.
Jason: At least a cold can go away, I have hayfever, and I came back from a
late night poker game. I am not doing well either. Gordon, what about you?
Gordon: I caught the current northeaster cold myself, thanks to my sick bowling
teammate who decided to show up with a 102 degree fever. How are you feeling,
Don: Allergies are threatening to get me, but I'm fine for now.
Chico: I'm still strong enough to say... "Celebrating 10 seasons... from
somewhere in America... WLTI... is... ON!" And I'm still strong enough to
introduce our good friends Jason "Beat the" Block and Don "Insert Amusing
Nickname Here" Harpwood. Guess we're all just sick and tired today, aren't we?
Jason: Yes, of a lot of things. Four words: Fluffy, the animated cat.
Chico: Fluffy the Wheel Watching animated cat.... and friends. A good way to
start our fall review, as we have seven shows premiering this week.
Jason: I love Harry. Harry is a friend...but Harry...WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?
Chico: Probably ran out of good intro ideas.
Jason: I mean, the animation is good. But I don't think it is in the right
Chico: I said this before, but "way to take something out of the Wheel before
going into the rigmarole of spinning."
Gordon: Well, it's...uhhh...different
Chico: Well, there's different and then there's.... different.
Gordon: My exact reaction when seeing the animation. What. The. F#%^$?
Don: I haven't seen any of the new season of Wheel yet, so I can't really say
anything about it yet...
Chico: Well, you know all the changes that were planned? We saw them... and
there's an animated opening showing animated denizens who are THIS close to
Jason: One is a working mom who uses a jetpack to get home on time, one is a
single guy who vacuums up half of his cat, and one is a family with a dog
leading the charge.
Chico: It's like Family Guy, only not as funny.
Gordon: Funny? Is that what it was supposed to be?
Chico: I don't know.
Jason: But the pacing is a lil different too, as the prize is added before
round one. It took me a day to get used to it for recapping purposes.
Chico: I know what you mean. That final "break," if you can call it that, threw
off stuff, if you ask me.
Gordon: I'm still wondering how the pace of the show is quicker. If anything,
it's slower and more disruptive.
Jason: It feels slower. It really does.
Chico: I know this is weird, but I actually agree with Gordon.
Gordon: It must be the cold, Chico.
Chico: Yeah. I must be delirious.
Gordon: Moving on - Jeopardy. David Madden once again gets through another week
- but it wasn't pretty.
Chico: Nope. We had a few closies, the closiest of which came on day 1 of
season 22. David was actually trailing at the end of Double Jeopardy! and if the
challenger didn't bet as much, perhaps he would've dethroned him.
Don: That was definitely a lucky break for David.
Chico: Yep. If lucky people were touched by angels, then David was touched by a
whole choir of angels.
Gordon: Conversely, Willy Jay is my first nominee for heartbreak contestant of
Jason: He did have Madden in his grasp.
Chico: He was there... He was SO there. Okay, how many knew that Final
Jason: I wish I did. I should have.
Chico: I'll refresh here... "'No matter how hopeless, no matter how far, to
fight for the right without question' is from this show."
Don: I had no idea.
Chico: Of course, it would've been easier if they finished it..."to fight for
the right without question or pause, to be willing to march into Hell for a
heavenly cause." Got it yet, Don?
Don: Maybe it's just because I haven't seen whatever it is that it came from.
Chico: "Man of La Mancha."
Don: Ah. Didn't see it.
Gordon: David Madden gets Final Jeopardy wrong, and doesn't bet much, hoping
that Willy gets it wrong and bets a bundle. That's exactly what happens and
Madden holds on by the edge of his teeth.
Chico: Well, if Monday's show is any indication, we're in for a hell of a
Gordon: 'The Impossible Dream' to be exact.
Jason: It's one of my fave shows...and I didn't know it.
Chico: Well, from the impossible dream to a highly improbable dream of $1
Jason: Meredith is back, and as good as before.
Chico: Very true.
Chico: Not much you can say about Millionaire, except... It's good to have it
Jason: You can tell a show is good, when even after almost 6 years on the
air...you are still screaming at the TV when a person is using a lifeline at a
time when they shouldn't. I was watching yesterday and a woman was using a phone
a friend at $1,000! I was going...NO! The show is still good.
Chico: Which happened a lot over the past week. I remember while I was at the
gym yesterday, and I saw that woman...She also used a 50/50 at $4000 I believe?
Chico: The contestant in question was Brandi Conklin, a junior at Purdue,
studying to be a med tech.; Yeah, way to make the rest of us look dumb. =p
Jason: So audition Chico and make them look smart and take them for the $1M!
Chico: I DID! You forgot last November? I was this close! I passed the test and
Gordon: Don't knock on Brandi - it's very nerve-wracking to be on the Hot Seat.
Don: Don't forget the pinkeye she had that morning.
Jason: Personal experience included...it is.
Chico: I'll concede, especially given the circumstances. After all, this is
Millionaire we're talking about. So Brandi, if you're reading this, I apologize
Jason: That's a nice med tech.
Chico: I was just playing geek for a moment.
Gordon: If anyone who knows Brandi is reading it, have Brandi e-mail us so she
can come on the show and kick Chico's a$$.
Jason: That would be funny.
Chico: See, if a show can arouse that much emotion in the audience, then it's a
good thing. that's what Jason was saying before.
Gordon: I still blame your cold.
Chico: Yeah. Delirium!
Jason: #4 this week, brought back 2 families, Burton Richardson and Richard
Chico: And lots of flashing lights. That would be 100 Mexica... errk, Family
Feud. The sets look more or less the same now, you know?
Jason: But no candy bowl.
Chico: No candy bowl, just a bunch of colored cels from the Ballbreakers set.
You know they tape on the same soundstage.
Jason: Did not know that.
Chico: Both tape at Tribune.
Chico: Which we have to make a field trip of next Game Show Congress. You
Gordon: We wanted to do it this year. Nothing was taped when we were going down
there. Maybe things will change next year.
Gordon: They are planning to add things to next year's GSC - and are planning to
put it at the time when most shows are being taped.
Don: Note to self: Do whatever it takes to get to the next GSC.
Jason: Don, you have to go. It rocks.
Chico: You can hitchhike with Vickers, Don :)
Chico: Start saving, bro.
Don: I will.
Chico: Back to Feud, though. Do we all approve of this new year?
Jason: So far, yeah. Its the same show, just brighter!
Chico: Without succumbing to Wheel syndrome.
Don: Agreed with Jason.
Chico: Remember, G... Afternoon taping of TPIR. That's when the good stuff is
Gordon: Note made.
Chico: Alright! So we move from daytime to primetime. Three shows premiered.
First chronologically, The Biggest Loser.
Jason: Did not see it.
Chico: We have men vs. women. Challenges. I'm worried that it's become "Yet
another prime time competition series".
Don: Forgot to see it. I'll probably catch the Saturday encore, unless I
Chico: 8:30, Don.
Don: Got it.
Chico: Your thoughts, Gordon?
Gordon: It's good for what it was. I expected them to do more than just keeping
everything the same, though. I hope we get some more twists on this one.
Chico: I agree with that. I mean, you have to give it to NBC. Their heart is in
the right place, but the show brings nothing to the party. And the show's
ratings reflect that, as initial numbers were so-so at best.
Gordon: Next up - something that brought a lot of something different to the
party - Survivor.
Chico: As rumor becomes fact. Bobby Jon and Stephenie do return to the game,
and the show begins with a grueling 11-mile hike as a reward challenge.
Gordon: Another excellent opening edition with a lot of neat twists.
Chico: This would be "the Discovery Channel" portion of the opener. And while
it isn't the event television it was before, it's still appointment television.
Gordon: Not to mention the wide array of subplots this season.
Don: I was a little surprised at first that Bobby Jon was one of the guys
that weren't doing so well during that episode. But then again, that just shows
how much tougher this season is.
Chico: Yep. Vomit, anyone?
Jason: Explain, Gordon.
Gordon: How far can Bobby Jon and Stephenie, as returning contestants, stay in
the game? How long can Gary Hogeboom keep his identity a secret? Has Margaret
already paved her way to the final four as being the only nurse (and it's
evident her skills will be immensely needed) as a contestant? Will Bobby Jon
ever win a competition?
Chico: Not before being voted off. Margaret's definitely proved her muster as
she actually serves a purpose. "Without me, you're going to die."
Don: Maybe. Her skills will definitely keep her in for a while, but as the
game gets closer to the end, we'll see...
Chico: The final premiere of the week - our good friend Todd Newton has a new
game out, "Made in the USA", where inventors' inventions go to be judged.
Jason: That I don't know. But I like the concept of the show. This is like Food
Network Star, where the challenges are tuned more towards the competition.
Chico: Yep. I can see this being a favorite. In fact, this is my pick of the
Gordon: I like the show, but I want to see more meat on it.
Chico: Well, there's another episode this week. Now I talked to Todd about it
(or rather, he talked to us about it) over Congress. He seemed to like it.
Gordon: I think it will be good. I need another episode for the show to grow on
me. As we see the new shows coming in, there will be 1 show leaving us next
week. That would be Big Brother. The finalists have been cast, as Ivette decided
to get rid or arch-rival Janelle and keep her friend Maggie with her. Is that a
Chico: In a word... Yes
Don: Sounds like it to me.
Chico: Ivette once again manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Gordon: This reminds me of Colby's fatal move on Survivor: Australia where he
threw away a million by keeping the lovable Tina over the annoying Keith. May I
have a Big Board, Chico?
Chico: *Jeopardy! noises* Done.
Gordon: Ok - the subject is... Let's Guess the votes! Let's get the easy ones out
of the way.
Let's Guess the Votes!
- Maggie: April, Jennifer,
Howie, Janelle, Rachel
- Ivette: Beau, James
Jason: Yup. Ivette.
Jason: 4 for 4 ...Maggie
Jason: Ivette made a lot of enemies. Maggie.
Jason: Maggie...this will come back to haunt Ivette.
Jason: Maggie for a 5-2 win.
Gordon: Agreed. That's our guess. We'll see what happens. Would Ivette
have won, 5-2, if it was her Vs. Janelle?
Chico: Yes, with Howie & Rachel being the lone voices of dissent.
Jason: That final reminded of a final the year before with two very
Gordon: Big Brother 4, with Jun Vs. Allison.
Don: As you guys were guessing the votes, I was just
talking with my mom about what would have happened if Ivette picked Janelle,
and my mom says Janelle would have won.
Chico: What does she say?
Don: She says that April said something about voting
for Janelle, and that James would essentially be a swing vote.
Gordon: I think James would have voted for Ivette - she seemed to
be the only person James really talked to while he was in the house after
Chico: So she went from a one-vote favorite to a three-vote dog.
Yeah, I'd call that a $450,000 mistake. Okay... Jason, once again...
Gordon: Jackets, Jay.
Jason: Jackets tossed and mice fed.
Gordon: Roll that beautiful brain footage.
Chico: New beautiful brain footage coming...
Real news... real fast... real brainwaves... This is WLTI Brainvision News with
the award-winning Brainvision News Team)
Chico: Starting off with something hot off the presses thanks to our good
friends at Buzzer: The Game Show Blog.
Jason: This is literally minutes old.
"Deal or No Deal" is starting a second wave of contestant searches,
and this time the top dollar value is known... The US version will offer a
top prize of, surprise, surprise, $1 million.
Jason: Unfortunately, if you don't live in the LA area...you are out of luck.
Chico: You must be 21 years or older to apply, which means that myself, Jason,
and Gordon can apply.... I don't know if Don can.
Gordon: Where do they go to apply?
Don: I am 23 years old. But it also says you have to be a U.S. resident, and
that puts me out.
Gordon: I think you and Ryan need to start lodging complaints.
Chico: Heh. Here's the link:
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/tfr/97114165.html Thank God for Craig and
Gordon: It's weird that they have to do another contestant search, isn't it?
Chico: Kinda sorta, yeah. Could mean a number of things.
Jason: It means they reformatted the game...Or the people who were in the first
group weren't that great.
Chico: We'll see. Okay, NEXT!
Gordon: This is for Jason.
The Next Food Network star has been renewed. You will see them look for more
television talent in October. Meanwhile, the winner's show will be seen in
mid-September. Also getting a renewal - Celebrity Poker on Bravo, as they enter
Jason: YES! More good shows to recap.
Chico: Actually, if memory serves, the show, Party Line with Dan & Steve.. is
on right now... or on tomorrow.
Gordon: Well, that would be mid-September, no?
Chico: That would be, yes. As for Celeb Poker Showdown - I still can't see it.
Chico: Because TWC-NC doesn't carry Bravo, the dastards.
Gordon: But because of the renewal, somewhere in Florida, Chris Wolvie is
Chico: Rejoice some for me, Chris!
Gordon: What's the next Brainwave, Chico?
Chico: Okay, next up...
If you're living in Dallas or the New Orleans region, you'll notice that Wheel
and/or Jeopardy! have new homes. In the New Orleans area, the two move from WWL
to WVUE after a week delay due to Katrina. In the Big D, we move from WFAA to
KTVT that move took place this week.
Chico: Meanwhile, if you're still living with an ABC O&O like Gordon, Jason and
myself, they're still there. Nice and convenient. Prime access and such.
Chico: You learned a new broadcasting term today, Don.
Gordon: There you go.
Jason: It runs on the DirectV feed on WLNY 55 at 6:00 and 6:30 then 7PM on WABC
Chico: And now, I shall play Ludacris, because it's time for the running of the
(*plays Area Codes*)
Gordon: We're in Pamplona?
Jason: Yes, we are
Gordon: It would be nasty to get gored by Evan Marriott, no?
Chico: Yes... yes it would.
In this week's Media Ho report, we see Jenna Morasca hosting Survivor Live, The
Donald hosts the Friar's Roast, Naima, Toccara, and Shandi from America's Next
Top Model do a media appearance, as does Phil Laak for Poker Royale
and The Donald also going to be on Days of our Lives on October 24, but perhaps the most interesting ho this week, a dog on the
Gordon: woof woof woof
Gordon: We have our first dog to appear as a media ho.
Chico: If it's female, that would make it a media bitch.
Gordon: Oooh - a Media Bitch.
Jason: This dog was part of a trip to Paris.
Chico: The dog came with the trip?
Jason: No the dog was part of the description of the trip. The dog kept
barking. It was hilarious.
Gordon: Next Brainwave...
One of the Donald's apprentice hopefuls was described as being "tough as nails".
We now know why Alla Wartenberg was described as that, as she used to be a
stripper who was linked with a crime lord. This from TheSmokingGun.com. Said
crime lord is on Death Row now, meaning that she is now free to be a contestant
on a game contest.
Jason: You think Donald is afraid of a crime lord?
Chico: Not free of public opinion, though. It will be interesting to see if she
becomes a character. The Donald can buy and sell him on a whim.
Chico: A WHIM, Jason =p
Jason: I don't get it.
Chico: See, Donald Trump is rich, right? And he likes to buy and sell things on
a whim, right? Er go, he can buy and sell crime lords on a whim.
Gordon: Uh, I don't think it's run that exact same way, Chico.
Chico: You don't? Oh well. Final blip, Gordon?
From across the pond, Ant and Dec have a Game Show Extravaganza! Ant and Dec
will be hosting a marathon of classic games where people will be competing
against each other in a tournament format.
Jason: Sounds mighty familiar to me.
Chico: Kinda like the Game Show Tourney at the GSC, only not, rght?
Gordon: Pretty much - now when do we get one of those things in the US?
Chico: As soon as Dunkleman comes back =p
Gordon: Trivia Question (Albeit an easy one) - What show hosted by Ant and Dec
was aired in the U.S.?
Chico: World Idol 2004.
Gordon: Good boy.
Chico: Now let's never speak of it again.
Gordon: Fair enough.
Chico: That's Brainvision News, and when we return, you're going to get two new
games for our new season... But first, we're going to try and sell you stuff!
Chico: This is the 10th Season of the Fan on WLTI. Where every season is a
season of the fan.
(Brought to you be Media Ho-Hos. New chocolate cakes with a
candy coated Media Ho face on top. Now YOU can eat The Donald!)
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