Friday, October 25, 2013

Trust Me...I'm Trying Again

Something like three years after first being discussed, Trust Me I'm A Game Show Host has finally premiered...and wasn't really worth the wait.

Where to begin?

The eponymous game show hosts are Michael Ian Black and DL Hughley, which I suppose makes as much sense as anything else (lest we forget, one of the unaired pilots featured Bill Engvall and Mo Rocca). There is a single contestant, who walks onto a set that is brightly lit, but is otherwise your basic 2013 game show set with all the chasing lights and what-have-you. At least there isn't your basic 2013 game show music...instead, there's a voice repeating the show's title over and over.

In each round, a category is revealed, followed by Michael and DL each stating a fact in that category - one is true, one is false. The two banter back and forth for a while, citing evidence to back up their facts and making lame jokes. The contestant then locks in his\her decision, and the correct answer is revealed via your basic 2013 "dramatic game show reveal". If correct, the amount of money the round is worth is added to the contestant's...wait for it...Trust Fund.

You know, ITV just announced the cancellation of the British version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire after fifteen years. Surely that means it's time to move on?

Round one is worth $1,000, round two $2,000, round three $3,000, and so on for five rounds. In the final sixth round, one more category is revealed, followed by five facts in that category - one is true, four are false. The contestant can remove one wrong answer for the price of $1,000 out of his\her Trust Fund, a second wrong answer for an additional $2,000, and a third wrong answer for an additional $3,000. When you finally lock in your answer, getting it right adds an additional $20,000 to your Trust Fund. The end.

Now, I will give the producers credit for one thing: the show is a half hour long. Go ahead and try to imagine the game described above, with a grand total of six categories, being played over an hour...on second thought, don't. As it stands, the show is enjoyable enough, but can we be honest? It won't stick. They never do. After eight episodes or whatever, trust me, nobody's really going to miss Trust Me I'm A Game Show Host.

Too critical? Absolutely. That's what I do. Trust Me...I'm A Game Show Fanatic.