More Random Thoughts Of Randomness
Originally posted: June 15, 2011

Text by: Cyndi Seidelman

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 we thought.

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.

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