Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spoiler Alert...

....Oh, who am I kidding. Everyone knows it by now: Watson won. Frankly, it seemed like Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter weren't even trying.

The event was taped in New York - I can only assume IBM didn't want to ship a room-sized supercomputer to Los Angeles. So how did they play two games over three days? The first game was split over the first two episodes, and the rest of the time was filled by IBM commercials - excuse me, little films on how Watson works, and how it was created, and all the test games it played. In other words...filler. Lots and lots of filler. Yes, we live in a world where the average big money primetime quiz show asks maybe five questions an hour, but Jeopardy's supposed to be the antithesis of that!

Now, to be fair to Sony and IBM, this event got the highest ratings Jeopardy has gotten in a long time. It also got the most hype Jeopardy has gotten in a long time. The sheer amount of coverage of this event approached that of the Super Bowl. Frankly, I don't think there's anything I can say about Watson that hasn't been said. Maybe Sony should just give it a spinoff series (hey, it wouldn't be the first Jeopardy spinoff).

Moving on...yes, there are other things going on right now, but really, could the Discovery Channel have possibly picked a worse time to debut Cash Cab Chicago? I thought Beth Melewski did an excellent job, so if you like Cash Cab, by all means, check this out.

Finally, Game Show Network has pushed the premiere of Improv-A-Ganza back two weeks - the show now premieres April 11.

I'll have my reviews of the new BBC Radio 4 game shows It's Your Round and The Third Degree next week.


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