Thursday, September 22, 2011

Some September

Well, that's about it for the season premieres. Let's take a look show by show.

Jeopardy: Alex Trebek stated at the start of the show that there were two big events for him this summer. One was the Lifetime Achievement Award he received at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas in June; the other, of course, was injuring himself while hosting the National Geographic World Championship in San Francisco in July. The injury kept him at his podium during the contestant interviews, but I'm guessing that's temporary.

Let's Make A Deal: I can't say I'm a major fan of the new set, but given that that's the only change, I'll leave the show alone. That contestant who played Car Pong was a flat-out idiot.

Wheel Of Fortune: They're starting the season with Family Team Week, apparently. Jim Thornton is the new announcer and did just fine. Pat Sajak received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards also, but didn't even mention it.

The Price Is Right: It's Season 40! George Gray is the new announcer and sounds great. Seeing that contestant win four cars playing Race Game made my jaw drop.

Finally, we come to the big one...

The X Factor: Honestly, there isn't much to say. It's just American Idol, only with an even higher opinion of itself. I don't know how they managed to get an audience for the auditions that appears to be the size of the audience at the American Idol finale. Simon Cowell just looks like Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul just looks like Paula Abdul, LA Reid appears to have been cast to fit the Randy Jackson mould, and neither Cheryl Cole or Nicole Scherzinger stood out in the least. I would judge Steve Jones, but his appearance was so brief I can't figure out how to do that!

I feel terrible writing such a minimal review of such a hugely anticipated show, but's it's just another American Idol clone. It will last through the season, but there's frankly a part of me that hopes it flops, if only to deflate Simon's ego a little.

Then again, didn't Red Or Black already do that?


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