More Random Thoughts of Randomness
Originally posted: July 15, 2011
Once again, my mind has wandered and has
thought up of some things that are crazy and insane at the same time.
Now some of these I can't say because they are too crazy and also to
personal to share with you, but here are some of the more PG thoughts I
had when it came to the game show world.
I was a big fan of Russian Roulette when it was on GSN in 2002. Seeing
people drop through holes was fun for me. But what helped it out was
that the game itself was sound and it helped cause excitement. So, when
we see news stories about I'm Still Standing, I can't help but think
that we might be seeing the drops, but the game play might not be there.
And without the good game play that Russian Roulette had, the show is
going to get boring, really fast. I'd also like to think Ben Bailey
would also do a good job hosting this show as he does hosting Cash Cab,
but that remains to be seen, because the show hasn't been given an
official premiere date yet.
Cooking has always been a passion of mine. I also am a big fan of Iron
Chef in any form and currently Chopped. However, I'm starting to think
that Food Network might be running out of ideas. Especially when they
are cranking out shows like Cupcake Wars, where it's just Chopped, but
with cupcakes. But currently, the new kid on the block is Extreme Chef.
The premise is that 3 chefs have to cook under "Extreme" conditions and
impress the judges to win $10,000. The show does little to shake up the
formula that Chopped has already perfected and can continue to improve
on as well. The host is this pretentious Aussie who loves to cause chaos
and personally, is just acting like a host instead of actually being
one. The judges are from the bargain basement and to be honest, the
X-Factors they present are just insane. Especially when you have to swim
to get your food and a couple of your contestants can't swim. I would
wish they would do background checks on the contestants and ask them if
they can swim or not. If they can't then don't do a swimming X-factor.
There's a thing called trying too hard to be extreme, and this is trying
WAY too hard to be extreme. I don't see this competition having a
lasting appeal that Chopped, Iron Chef or even Cupcake Wars has. I
honestly see this as a one and done.
For those GSN bashers out there that continue to watch it, you'll love
the next two thoughts. The first one that irritates me is that GSN seems
to be having "technical difficulties" when it comes to some of their
later night programming. During various episodes of Family Feud with
John O'Hurley and Richard Karn, the video during some shows becomes
super-stretched to the point where all we get to see is everything in
close-up to the point where all we see is just either one person very
close up, the board where all we see is the big X in the middle when
they get a strike, among various other problems. It really starts to
show in Fast Money where we can't even see all of the answers that the
contestants have given on the board, or even the points total when it
gets to the second person. Now I still enjoy watching GSN and I think
people should be watching some of their Original programming like The
Newlywed Game, Baggage, Lingo, Improv-a-Ganza and although I think the
host sucks ass, 1 Vs. 100, but if GSN is having trouble during the
technical sides of their reruns, then something might be more wrong than
And continuing on with GSN, Sony has recently taken over the day-to-day
operations of the network from DirecTV, even though Sony only has 40%
ownership and DirecTV has 60%. I hope this change helps bring about some
schedule changes from a truly stagnant channel. Since Sony is in charge,
they can air their archived shows for next to nothing. This might mean
that reruns of Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, among other shows will return
to the schedule. I mean, just having Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy back
on the schedule would breathe some live into a somewhat lethargic
lineup, especially when the primetime schedule are made up of only 7
shows. Starting at 6pm and ending at 3am eastern, they only air Baggage,
The Newlywed Game, Love Triangle, Lingo, Improv-a-Ganza and Family Feud
with both John O'Hurley and Richard Karn. Maybe with some more recent
Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, they could throw that in primetime and
the older episodes, from say, the early 1990s, would make a good fit in
the morning block, just to ease up on them airing 4 episodes of Match
Game in the early morning. Maybe we might see some more classics like
Tic Tac Dough, The Joker's Wild or heck, maybe we might actually get to
see more Bullseye on the Schedule. But small steps for now as just
getting Wheel and Jeopardy on the schedule would work wonders.
Thank you for reading my random thoughts.