November 29, 2004
Gordon: I hear Whammies
taste just like chicken.
Gordon: We are back here, and while that last segment
drove Ryan to discover his own island, James Dinan from
TRASH has joined us. Welcome, James
James: Hello there. Thanks for putting me on the Big
Chico: Before we get started, why don't you tell
everyone out in Webland who don't know what exactly
James: Well, TRASH is Testing Recall About Strange
Happenings. Since 1997, TRASH has written, promoted and
produced pop culture-themed trivia tournaments for
college students and alumni across the US and Canada.
Chico: Cool. See, I could've gotten into that if I knew
about it when I was at Carolina, and if I could've found
three other people who were into it.
James: Earlier this month, we held 10 TRASH Regional
tournaments, and this coming April, we will be hosting
our Annual XFL Million-Dollar Game of TRASH Trivia,
TRASHionals 2005: The Fish That 8 Pittsburgh, at the
University of Pittsburgh. TRASH is expecting 30+ teams
from across the US and Canada to converge on the Steel
City for TRASHionals. They'll be answering questions on
everything pop culture -- sports, TV, movies, pop music,
best sellers, kiddie stuff and "the unexplained".
James: For example, the first question read at TRASH
Regionals 2004 concerned a certain software engineer
from Salt Lake City whose obliterating the competition
Robert: Ken Jennings.
James: A later question made mentioned of Monticore the
bird from Joe Schmo II, while still another asked
players to name the Survivor season from tribes
Chico: Ah. So if I said "Chuay Gahn," you would say...
Robert: season 5
Chico: Cool, cool.
Robert: Can I try a question.
Robert: The name of Adam West's 1991 TV Pilot that is
getting heavy play on Trio.
James: I'm going to guess...Lookwell?
Robert: you Looked well
Robert: That's right.
James: You're a perfect fit for TRASH play! :) You and
your audience will be happy to know that there will be
plenty of game show and reality show trivia to ponder at
TRASH tournaments. We had plenty of game show vets
appear at TRASH Regionals as players and officials
earlier this month. WWTBAM multi-millionaire Kevin
Olmstead was an emcee at the Cleveland regional, while
$1.8 M winner. Ed Toutant competed at the Texas
Regional. 2004 J! TOC winner Russ Schumacher led his
team to victory in Colorado, while 1997 College TOC
champ Craig Barker did the same in Cleveland.
Gordon: Excellent - Good luck to all teams. There will
be a contingency of GSNNers there, as Jason Block and
myself are planning on going. If teams want to try to
get on the waiting list, who should they contact?
James: Contact yours truly, James Dinan, at
Gordon: Thanks for the report of the TRASH games - and
speaking of games, what's the next one, Chico?
Robert: What a segue-way.
Chico: Alright, it's the decision that justice is lost
in the game show world, therefore I have assembled this
jury, Gordon, Rob and James.. to weigh in on several
crimes... Gentlemen, this is... We the Jury..
Gordon: Either prosecuting or defending the turkeys,
James: I've digested mine.
Robert: Just finished mine last night.
Chico: Yes you will be. Alright, we have a blotter of
six to go through today, I have a golf game so justice
will be swift and certain.
James: Darn straight.
Gordon: Yes, your honor - who is the first Butterball?
Chico: First up, Ivana Ma is accused of being a sour
grape. In the last couple of Apprentice shows, she gave
us more than her fair share of grievances over the other
players. What say you, the jury?
Robert: I'm gonna say, Not Guilty - She had fair reason
to as Jen-Bot stole her thunder when being questioned
about the idea behind her design.
James: Not Guilty
Gordon: Well, she has done it, but I think it's been
warranted. Besides, she takes off her clothes in the
next episode, so I would have to charge her more on
public lewdness. Not Guilty
Chico: Alrighty then. Ivana, not guilty.
Robert: Next Case please, your honorable one
Chico: Next up, Jeff Gross, for fourteen counts of bad-assery
and one count of chickenheartedness. If you remember, he
went 14/14 going into the Million Dollar Question last
Gordon: Hmmmmm....it's a lot of money to be chickening
out on., so I'll go with not guilty
Robert: He's guilty on the first 14 counts but not
guilty on the 15th count
James: Guilty of being a BA, not guilty of chicken
heartedness. If you have no lifelines on the table and
don't know the $1M answer, it's too foolhardy to take
such a risk.
Chico: So guilty on being a badass, not guilty on being
James: Although I'd love to hear that minor-key loss
music outside of a CD.
Chico: Alright, the next case: Frank Nicotero: three
cases of spoiling. On Friday's show, he ruined Fight
Club, The Sixth Sense, and Citizen Kane. The clip should
James: Not guilty. VH1 did the same with 6th Sense on
I Love the 90s, and no one went ape-doody.
Robert: Fight Club wasn't all that great, Sixth Sense
creeped me out, Citizen Kane is one of the best movies
of all time. Not Guilty as well
James: Besides, the target audience have probably seen
the first two films, and don't give a rat's patoot about
www.themoviespoiler.com. Not Guilty
Chico: Right. Not guilty. We just needed something to
pad the blotter, I'll be honest.
Gordon: We seem to be a nice and benevolent jury -
totally against character =)
Chico: Well, I've got something for you, then. NBC,
charged with one case of grand assault on good taste for
the reckless airing of The $25 Million Hoax.
James: I'm going to say guilty.
Robert: Not Guilty, This has been done many times,
although in different situations - Joe Schmo, My Big Fat
Gordon: Yes - but I am sick of seeing it done so many
times. When is mean-spirited reality going to finally
realize that the ratings for those sort of shows suck?
James: Not a smart idea during the November sweeps.
You're basically saying that you're sacrificing the
Monday at 10pm ET slot to CSI Miami and MNF
Chico: So guilty, guilty, guilty. NBC, you should be
bloody ashamed of yourselves.
James: NBC knew they had a bad show on their hands, and
should have either kept it in the can, dumped it to
Bravo, or waited until the summer
Gordon: You realize that even in it's worst moments,
Last Comic Standing had double the ratings of The 25
Million Dollar Hoax - and My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss. Can
we add FOX in there for My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss?
Chico: I'm going to allow it.
Robert: Chalk up another stinker for George Gray
Chico: Next - To flight attendants Frankie and Georgia:
accessory to a failure. While Rebel Billionaire is an
excitement to watch, the excitement hasn't translated to
Robert: I watched the first episode and stopped
watching. The show is an Amazing Race Knockoff mixed
with Apprentice - Guilty.
James: Also doesn't help that you're airing a show
mocking the genre at the same time. The only way you can
save this show is to change its title to "Brick" so you
can have a Brick/House programming block.
Chico: Hey.. are you knocking my House?
Gordon: This is actually a good show, which
unfortunately, they marketed it as a Mark Cuban-like
show. The show is better than that, but we have seen
Mark Cuban already. Perhaps if FOX raced THIS show up
before Cubans instead of Next Great Champ, then this
show would have hit good ratings. I agree with James
that MBFOB isn't helping. Not guilty on the show -
Guilty, however, on FOX's programming staff.
Robert: They've been eluding us since 2000.
Chico: I will reduce sentencing if Georgia and Frankie
meet me in my dressing room after the show.
Gordon: OK, Bill O Reilly, who's the last Turkey?
Chico: One final turkey...
Robert: Just insert our favorite Whipping boy, J.D.
Chico: Tom Bergeron, Bruce Vilanch, and John Moschitta
on this week's Balderdash for deliberately trying to
stage an H2 reunion and Steve Earley on
Friday's show for accessory to the fact.
Gordon: No JD Roberto? I'm shocked.
Chico: And tack on JD Roberto for overacting in an
emcee role - simply because I'm the judge and I can.
Gordon: Ahhh - There it is
James: Not guilty...I mean, you need witnesses to prove
that this occurred, and I don't know anyone that's
watching Balderdash, or PAX as a whole.
Robert: Earley to
bed, Earley to rise, makes J.D. Roberto one to dispise.
Guilty for everyone.
Gordon: They did it - but they pulled it off well. Not
James: Heck, it took me 2 weeks to find PAX on my cable
system. I can't even go after JD, since his show is
getting higher ratings than Balderdash. Don't ask me
Robert: Because most of the viewing audience of PAX are
families, and they think a show about lying isn't fit
Chico: So to sum up the case... Gordon, not guilty, Rob
guilty, and James?
Gordon: Wait a sec - you switched your vote!
James: Oh sorry...not guilty
Gordon: I accuse Chico of Jury Tampering!
Robert: Next time J.D.
Gordon: Runaway Jury!
Chico: Boy, I have the gavel, I'm bout to beat you with
Gordon: I may enjoy it, in a sick perverse way
Chico: We have a mistrial because Gordon wanted JD on
the blotter and that just complicated things :)
Gordon: Suuuure - blame the jury, not the host.
Chico: That's the show, I'm outta here! When we come
back, it's the big finish!
Robert: There go da judge.
(This break has been brought to you by I, JD. It doesn't
matter what JD Roberto says, Chico and Robert will be
throwing items at him. Items supplied by Pepper's
Chico: The Triple P store... Throw (^_^) :) Oh wait, I
can't say (^_^), can I?
Gordon: You want the FCC to go after us as well as MNF?
Let's quickly run over to the BIG FINISH! Ivana bares
all - will she be bearing right out of the competition?
Robert: Yes, it almost happened to the ladies on the 4th
ep of last season.
Chico: Although if anyone deserves it, it's Jennifer.
Gordon: Survivor - Will the new alliance hold or will
Robert be right and Ami will take control of it once
Chico: I doubt Ami'll get control of the game back. I
think the last vote did enough to jar her collective
conscience. But even if she does make it to the final
two, she will not win the money.
Robert: I'm right.
James: Given Survivor, it wouldn't surprise me if the
alliance changes again
Chico: You can't assume anything with this lot, can
Gordon: I think she could win the money if she gets to
the final 2 - depending on who she brings - but I don't
think she's getting to the Final 2.
Gordon: Jeopardy - we predicted that this week, Jennings
loses - what will happen to the ratings post Jennings?
Robert: Lower than wheel and Oprah
Chico: It's like a turning point: everything that
happened before Jennings, and everything that happened
Gordon: BJ and AJ?
James: Ratings will fall, but won't collapse... it will
return to its distant 2nd/3rd position
Gordon: I agree with James - the world won't end - only
wait for the next monster to rule the roost.
Chico: Well, we've got another date for you. January
16: Iron Chef America.
Gordon: Iron Chef - I'll be watching it
Robert: I'll watch the first ep, although this might be
a hint that they are losing the Japanese eps.
Gordon: You can only repeat the Japanese episodes so
many times before you lose ratings
Chico: Little bit of a change from the original lineup.
Puck is out, and in... Morimoto... Booyah.
Robert: Japan's Iron Chef: Japanese
Gordon: Booyah indeed - Morimoto was my favorite Iron
Chef. He rocks.
James: As long as they stay miles away from the UPN
special, it will be just fine.
Chico: If it's anything like the original four eps...
You needn't worry. Well, one more bit of Viewer Mail
time...This one comes from Brian B...It reads:
My co-workers and I were trying to remember what were
the questions that
Robby Roseman and Brian Fodera missed to lose on ABC's
Millionaire show. If you
have the time could you please let me know what the
questions were. Thank You.
James: Roseman's question had to do with the animals
Hannibal used to cross the Alps. Correct answer:
Elephants. Incorrect answer: Llamas.
Chico: Thus the birth of the term, "llamaed out"
James: Brian Fodera was the Little Jack Horner
question. Correct answer: Plum. Wrong answer: blackbirds
Chico: Thanks again Brian for the mail. And if you want
to get in on the love, you can always punch up some
mail... Show'm the addy, Gordon.
Chico: We'd love to hear from you. And that's game
called. Big thanks to James Dinan for hanging with us.
Gordon: and also thanks to Robert Seidelman and Ryan
James: Had a great time...thanks!
Chico: Drop in any time, man.
Robert: We gotta do it again.
Chico: For Gordon, I'm Chico. Don't get trampled in
your shopping or it just may be... Game over.. See ya!
Gordon: That's a wrap.