Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nope - Still No Start Dates

Here's the final ISIHAC recap of the season:

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: “And always ready to keep a keen eye on the team’s points as they grow, please welcome the delightful Samantha.”

Game One: Uxbridge English Dictionary
Way, way, too many pirate jokes.

Game Two: Sound Charades
Lionel Blair, laser display board, and… Hamish and Dougal’s French equivalent, Marcel and Gaston (really!)

Game Three: Mornington Crescent
“The Mornington Crescent Handicap Hurdles”…basically, lots of sound effects are mixed in. Mrs. Trellis thinks she’s writing to the Prime Minister.

Game Four: The panelists must complete the titles of celebrity autobiographies.

Game Five: Just A Minim
We actually hear Colin shouting at Barry when asked where they are in the song. We also get the proper whistle at the end…when, naturally, Jack is the one talking.

Game Six: Beer Lover’s Film Club
“Bring Me The Creamy Head Of Alfredo Garcia” is included, of course.

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

Now, while we still don't have the start dates, I think now is a good time to, yet again, go through this fall's lineup and see what is happening to each show. I'll start by saying that we actually do have the start dates for two out of seven syndicated shows: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Family Feud start their new seasons on September 13. Let's see...

Wheel Of Fortune\Jeopardy\Let's Make A Deal: No major changes.

Family Feud: Steve Harvey is the new host, the show is now taped in Orlando, and the Bullseye round has apparently been dropped, with the Fast Money jackpot at a flat $20,000.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?: The format is being tinkered with yet again. There will apparently be a new lifeline (not that we know what it is) and a few other changes. Let's hope for the best.

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?: The rumor going around is that the board is going from ten questions to eight, with each question being worth a bit more money. We'll see if this turns out to be the case.

Don't Forget The Lyrics: The format has reportedly been changed heavily, with the show that offered $1,000,000 in primetime now having a jackpot of $50,000. The new host is Mark McGrath.

Cash Cab: Well, remember, these are reruns of episodes that have already aired on the Discovery Channel.

The Price Is Right: Rich Fields is no longer the announcer, and the plan is to try out a few comedians on the air.

I really, really hope we get the start dates soon, and that the BBC finally makes the inevitable announcement that Jack is the new host of ISIHAC. I don't want to recap that show forever.

I'll try to find an episode of Letters And Numbers (the Australian version of Countdown) next week.


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