The Fall Breakdown: 2011 Edition
Originally posted: September 23, 2011
Text by: Cyndi Seidelman
With the return of Fall, we have only two new
game shows right now in The Game Of LIFE and Scrabble Showdown. I have
already reviewed these two shows on the Game Show Garbage YouTube
Channel. And with 5th Grader and Don't Forget The Lyrics gone and having
not seen MTV's latest show, The Substitute, I'm left with the 6
currently either in syndication or CBS right now. So, let's get started
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The Price Is Right: With George Gray given the announcing position and the new updates to the set, with the two logos with the swirling dollar signs on the sides, they are going all out for the 40th year of the show. Sadly, Drew isn't as mobile as he was last year, but that's because of his broken clavicle, which has rendered his right arm nearly useless. Either way, it's still a great show, the liveliness is still there, and it's worth watching.
Let's Make A Deal: They decided to beef up the prize budget after 2 years of success and it has made the show that much more exciting. Instead of the $300-400 offers we're used to seeing, we are seeing more and more offers from the $1,000-2,000 range. The Big Deals are at a good amount in between $25-30k and Wayne, Jonathan and Tiffany are in good spirits together. It looks like it'll be another hit for CBS.
Wheel of Fortune: Not much to say about this one, except that Jim Thornton made his debut as Wheel's new permanent announcer, replacing the dearly departed Charlie O'Donnell. They have announced that a new wedge called the 1/2 Car will be on the wheel starting next week with Road Trip week. Aside from that, the show is still as great as ever, however, they could up the amounts on the wheel a bit and maybe up the cost of Vowels from $250 to maybe $500, so the grade suffers a bit for it.
Jeopardy!: Not much has changed since last season. The set is still the same, the game play hasn't changed, however they do plan on adding more tournaments this year, including bringing back the Teachers Tournament that debuted last year. And if Mike Klauss is reading this, Qualify for it and represent your school well! Alex is still sharp and the contestants are even sharper.
Family Feud: With the move to Atlanta, the show's set is now more compact, but that doesn't mean much else has changed. Sadly, Joey Fatone's intro sounds more like an edited version of last years intro, including the same vocal range and everything. The rest of the show has remained mainly the same, however Steve Harvey's hosting has gotten a bit better than last years, which is good. It's just as funny as it was last year, and I expect this season to be better than last season.
Millionaire: MINO still hasn't changed much, except for the fact we have the Club Millionaire crap being shoved down our throats, which is basically a blatant rip-off of the Wheel Watchers Club. I'm not interested in Meredith's hosting at all, and the set still resembles more like a mash-up of 5th Grader's old set and the set from Millionaire: Hot Seat from Australia. And with them shooting their load with a Celebrity Week right now, I'm not even interested the slightest at all.
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