Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bring On The Wrath Of The Hardcore Game Show Fans

I have some news I want to look at, but first here's my recap of the ISIHAC episode broadcast July 19:

Opening: “We present I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, the antidote to panel games. At the piano is Colin Sell and your chairman is Jack Dee.”

Recorded at: Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Panelists: On Jack’s left, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden. On Jack’s right, Tim Brooke-Taylor and David Mitchell.

Scorer: “Please welcome the lady who loves to score wherever we go, the delightful Samantha.”

Game One: Round One
Jack says that the first round is called “round one,” but it’s actually the movie prequels game again.

Game Two: One Song To The Tune Of Another
The lengthy explanations are back!

Game Three: Spot The Connections
Jack reads a list of seemingly random things, and the panelists must find the connection between them.

Game Four: The “continuity announcers introducing TV shows with catchy names” game again.

Game Five: The panelists play guests at a party boasting about their accomplishments, and each try to outdo each other. They must change what they’re boasting about every time Jack bangs his gong.

Game Six: Hospital Songbook

Closing: “Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and David Mitchell and being given silly things to do by Jack Dee, with Colin Sell setting some of them to music. The program consultant was Iain Pattinson, and the producer is Jon Naismith.”

Now, a few bits and pieces of news:
  • Rich Fields has been let go of as announcer on The Price Is Right, and the plan is to replace him with a comedian who will serve as a sidekick to host Drew Carey. We don't know who it will be yet. I'm going to stop there before I entice the wrath of the hardcore The Price Is Right fans.
  • Carnie Wilson is leaving The Newlywed Game. We don't know who's replacing her, but the rumor going around is that Bob Eubanks will be coming back. Needless to to say, if it's anyone but Bob Eubanks - it doesn't matter who - it will entice the wrath of the hardcore game show fans.
  • Hole In The Wall, a game show so frequently reported as awful that I never watched it when it was on Fox, is being revived as a kids game show on Cartoon Network. The very mention of that show entices the wrath of the hardcore game show fans.
  • Finally, the really big news appears to have arrived: this isn't 100% confirmed yet, but according to more and more reports, As The World Turns is being replaced by...a talk show in the vein of The View. I'm disappointed, but I can't say I'm surprised, and I'll be even less surprised when this entices the wrath of the hardcore game show fans.

If you're wondering, we still don't know the start dates for five-day-a-week shows this year.

Hopefully we will next week.


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