Chico: Fiona, for those who didn't know, was one part of the Mad Mad House,
which also came and went in 2004.
Mike: I thought you were making a Shrek reference :-P
Chico: You know... that would also work. We're back on the Year-End
Clearance with half the year to go.
Gordon: As we go into June, we see many shows do well during the Summer, but
the Summer was highlighted not by a show, but by a person.
Chico: Ken Jennings... Go.
Mike: What can you say that wasn't already said?
Gordon: He may be at Trashionals in April of 2005. That was a challenge, no?
Ryan: Indeed. 75 games, $2.5 million in winnings... ONE Ken Jennings.
Chico: That... was a challenge.
Gordon: Challenged answered, for the 1,147th time.
Mike: It might not be fair to say he's the best player ever but, until we
could get Chuck Forrest, Bob Verini, Frank Spangenberg, and other superchamps
in Jeopardy's history in a competition of some sort, Chuck reigns supreme. I
guarantee he'll never forget about H&R Block, both because of his final Final
Jeopardy! and because he might have to employ their services come January.
Chico: Or the other way round.
Gordon: Not a bad problem to have. Also not a bad problem if you are Alonzo
Bodden, who won $100,000 on the last episode of Last Comic Standing. Great show
in the Summer. Lousy ratings in the Winter. What happened?
Chico: Only to get tuned out come fall.... along with all the OTHER comics.
Mike: What happened? NBC did a stoopid. They pulled the show before the
finale. Wasn't Last Comic Standing a highly rated show?
Chico: Over the summer, yeah. Other stuff was on television. See, this was
fall, and LCS is NOT a fall show.
Ryan: They tried to put the finale in the middle of Father of the Pride to
save that show. And we all know what happened to Father of The Pride...
Mike: Moral of the story--show your Summer reality show finales before
Chico: And you know where most of the comics ended up?
Mike: Someone has to employ Tammy Pescatelli
Chico: Unfortunately... I was serious.
Ryan: (pleads for Pax)
Chico: They don't swear, but this isn't a Pax show... You can tell.
Gordon: With the end of Last Comic Standing, we got the end of Hollywood
Squares and Pyramid. I won't miss the new version of Pyramid, but I will miss
absence of Pyramid, if that makes sense.
Chico: I didn't think Pyramid got a fair shake.
Mike: The judging was so crappy on Pyramid. The game was fine. The
judging was horrible.
Ryan: Not really.. but if we open up the can of Pyramid worms we'll be here
for quite awhile!
Joe: That much is certain.
Gordon: Well, I didn't like the new version of Pyramid - but the ratings it
got is more than double of the ratings of the shows that replaced it.
Mike: Did Pyramid get canned prematurely? Look how its replacement is
doing. What's the show Sony replaced it with--Life & Style? That show is getting
like a 0.6. Pyramid was getting easily 1.5 to 2.0s, I do believe.
Chico: What would you rather see, Pat Croce or Donny Osmond?
Ryan: Ooh. Donny.
Mike: Pat Croce is a good basketball owner.
Joe: Dick Clark.
Ryan: Yeah, what Joe said.
Chico: Not an option, Joe.
Mike: We have videotapes. Dick Clark it is!
Gordon: Three words. Get. Well. Dick.
Ryan: To GSN: Please bring back $100K Pyramid. Pretty please.
Gordon: Three more words. Get. Returning. Champions.
Mike: Good idea but the era of the returning champs is gone
Joe: The heck it is.
Gordon: How can you say that with Jeopardy and Family Feud? They both have
returning champs and Jennings as a returning champ gets the monstrous ratings.
Mike: I say that because Sony or whatever production company doesn't have
to show the shows in order.
Gordon: H2 had returning champs too.
Chico: And speaking of which, the other side of the coin... It was time for
H2 to go, even though they managed to get everything right. What sucks for me
is that they didn't tell me what they were going to do with the last set of
champions. They just said, "Thanks for playing. Bye!"
Gordon: We say goodbye to Pyramid and H2 - and hello to the Summer of Love.
Ryan: What? Bob Bergen is back on the air? lol.
Gordon: Let's see all of the love shows in the Summer, shall we? For Love or
Money (HIT) Who wants to Marry My Dad (HIT).
Chico: FLOM was a hit, but it was becoming inane to the point of
self-parody. Marry My Dad... was a bit more heartwarming.
Gordon: Outback Jack (HIT)...But then, with the hits, there are...misses.
Chico: Goes to show you people truly will watch anything... and the
following misses are examples.
Gordon: Playing it Straight!
Chico: Cute, but uninteresting.
Gordon: Boy Meets Boy!
Chico: ... not even going there.
Joe: No thanks.
Gordon: Anything with Mike Fleiss, like...Bachelor 6!
Gordon: Big Man on Campus!
Ryan: Chico? Your fave, isn't it??
Chico: No, you're confusing that with "Dead Man on Campus"
Gordon: And with that, we have people come back to love...The Amazing Race.
Chico: I heart Charla... I really do.
Ryan: Yay!!! Let's fawn! They finally made it to Canada this year - PLUS.
Gordon: Charla and company made The Amazing Race THE hit of the Summer as AR
6 gets moved from the projected night of Saturday to a nice spot in Primetime
- where it's also getting good ratings.
Chico: And then, it's back to the unlovables that we're accustomed to.
Gordon: Along with Amazing Race 6, which also got the good ratings - BIG
Chico: BB didn't do anything for me this year.
Gordon: Love it or hate it, 'Project Do Not Assume' also got huge summer
Chico: Sorry, man.
Gordon: It wasn't horrible, it wasn't wonderful, it just...was.
Ryan: BB just sort of exists right now... that's about it.
Chico: Kind of makes you wonder what the hell is in store next... Pets?
Ryan: Shh!!! Moonves could be listening. Or Shapiro.
Gordon: Then, there were Summer shows that just didn't cut it
Chico: Studio 7. Seemed like a good idea.
Gordon: The most talked about failure here - Stump The Schwab.
Ryan: Schwabbing the deck, eh? A show that TSN didn't pick up.
Chico: It was interesting to see, at least.
Gordon: Next Action Star!
Chico: So bad that GSN picked it up... and then dropped it.
Joe: Nope. No interest.
Ryan: None here.
Chico: *raspberries* AT least Studio 7 had something.
Gordon: I love the idea, hated the execution.
Ryan: Save for dropping the next to last episode, it was a good concept.
Joe: A sad state of affairs.
Chico: It would've worked if people gave it a fair shake.
Joe: Or if it had been on a better network.
Chico: Oh yeah. The WB did have that non-Smallville factor going against it.
Gordon: Greek Games!
Gordon: And then the show that won't die...Kenny Vs. Spenny!
Gordon: One of the lowest watched shows on GSN - and it's coming back in
Ryan: Sorry. So sorry.
Chico: Which goes into my next point. Lingo's ToC finally aired on Labor
Day. Yet it didn't get the attention it deserved.
Gordon: Agreed - it was a great competition and Joe and I got to actively
root for our buddy Ben Ziek.
Chico: To quote the penultimate letter of the alphabet... Y?
Joe: GSN was looking to unload it I think.
Gordon: Why are you looking to unload something that consistently brings in
Chico: And then ring in a loser? A KNOWN loser?
Ryan: I heard that the choice was made to make CBJ2 over Lingo IV, correct?
Chico: So what got the cut that Kenny vs. Spenny got airtime?
Ryan: Street Smarts reruns?
Gordon: Street Smarts is a great show - going into possibly it's last season.
Chico: But it's going out with a bang.... $100,000 baby! IF in fact it does
Ryan: Let's hope not.
Joe: Agreed. Frank Nicotero's a good man.
Gordon: But that brings us to shows that came into September - that will be
leaving us quicker than sooner, starting with...The Benefactor.
Chico: Wasn't that bad.... It just wasn't good.
Joe: Never saw it.
Gordon: Hated it - Why have a game when the person can change the rules.
Here's the biggest difference between Cuban and Trump - structure.
Chico: So what's the difference between Trump and, say... Branson?
Gordon: Same thing with Cuban and...Branson. THIS is the show that they
should have moved up - The Rebel Billionaire a good show, but got caught as the
last stepbrother to show u pat the dance - and got ignored.
Chico: Rebel Billionaire... I can dig.
Gordon: I like the show a lot, instead of moving this up though, they moved
up...Next Great Champ.
Chico: Which begat a battle of "Who's Vrooming Who?"
Joe: Next Great Chump you mean.
Gordon: That it was, Joe, That it was
Chico: I oughta knock out Fox for even thinking about it...
Gordon: Other Winter Turkeys....25 Million Dollar Hoax!
Chico: Grrr.. George Gray.. How could you? I believed in you... I was a believer.. and then... ugh.
Gordon: My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss!
Ryan: And it's still going!
Joe: I made a point never to watch that.
Chico: We haven't seen it for a while.
Gordon: It's going down the toilet. Waiting for the mysterious 'Benefactor',
like waiting for the...'Player Operator!'
Chico: Don't remind me.
Gordon: Anyone for the Player?
Joe: Nope, sorry.
Ryan: Boston Rob... pass.
Chico: Hate the Player. Hate the Game. Hate Dawn. Hate the Twist. Hate
Twists! Hate Twizzlers. Hate licorice. Let's get
into something worth watching... if that's at all possible.
Gordon: Do you like men wearing women's clothes on He's A Lady?
Chico: See above plea.
Gordon: Well, one theme that did work was the return of nostalgia. Gilligan's
Island, though a hopeless Survivor retrend, got monster ratings on TBS.
Chico: And a second version is in the offing, believe it or not.
Joe: I can hardly watch the sitcom.
Chico: Pretty much what I said.
Gordon: I can believe it - if the ratings warrant it, they will come. What
about those wacky Partridges.
Joe: WHOO TODD NEWTON!
Chico: We saw a contest. We saw a family. WHERE IS THE SITCOM?!
Ryan: Joe just answered my question :)
Chico: Good to see Todd Newton working again. No, seriously.
Gordon: Speaking of families, there are some shows that are doing well - like
Chico: Yep. I'm hoping for another go-round of that. Nick@Nite has something
there. Also... Good to see John Salley hosting. He's underestimated.
Gordon: He was awful in All-American Girl, but redeems himself nicely here.
Do you want to see another round of I'd Do Anything?
Joe: I liked I'd Do Anything alright. Wouldn't mind seeing another of
those. George was good on that one.
Chico: As for I'd Do Anything... sure, why not?
Gordon: Good - you may be seeing another season of that.
Chico: Speaking of the British, BBC America also intro'd us to four of their
finest.. First, Weakest Link. Yay.
Joe: WHOO BRITISH WEAKEST LINK!
Chico: Then, Without Prejudice... Not bad. Weird, but not bad. Third. The
Enemy Within. Nigel Lythgoe before his Idol-producing days... and probably just
Chico: And finally, Dog Eat Dog... Ulrika.... swoon...
Gordon: Road Rules Vs. Real World also did well, as does the (Ugh) Battle for
Ozfest and The Assistant.
Joe: Can we please kill that Victoria/Veronica woman on RW vs. RR?
Chico: And on November 30, it happened... just like the news said it would.
Ken Jennings lost.
Gordon: Finally, we get the current shows going into 2005. We see more
Dodgeball, weight loss on The Biggest Loser, more racing, and the end of
and Apprentice 2. Well, no, the news said it would happen on November 3rd. WE said 30th
Joe: And I saw it IN PERSON on September 7th.
Gordon: Yepperz. Your thoughts on Dodgeball?
Chico: I can see a CPA vs. Bling final.
Gordon: I would agree with that.
Joe: Blah. You can have XDB.
Chico: Biggest Loser can only get bigger in 2005... until NBC decides to be
greedy about it.
Gordon: Finally, we have at least 12 new shows coming up in January. So who
says the Game Show Genre is fading?
Joe: Those who don't call "reality" shows game shows.
Chico: Ouch =p
Gordon: Will we see a new studio show in 2005?
Joe: If we're lucky.
Chico: Celebrity Charades is coming to AMC in 2005. When, we don't know.
Ryan: Hope so.
Gordon: I'm sure there will be...somewhere....
Chico: But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Push or Flush will be later in
the show. First up, it's a visit to one of the more memorable players in
2004... Eddie Timanus is answering 20 Questions... NEXT.
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