Dysfunctional Couples, Horrid Hostess, & No Play-along
2010 - March 2010)
GSN in the year 2010 has it's
ups and downs. I mean, quite literally. 2009 was a decent
year, but was marred by two big-budgeted failures in the 2009 Game Show
Awards & Big Saturday Night. Big Saturday Night was worse because
it also brought down two good shows in 20Q and The Money List. In
2010, GSN tried to rebound from it. The way they started to
rebound in 2010 gave way to two more of their biggest failures.
The first one, Carnie Wilson: Unbearable caused so much harm and foul
that Carnie up and quit GSN and is currently suing GSN for back wages
that she wasn't given for the show. I mean, the only good thing
about that show is Diamond Dallas Page verbally telling Carnie off about
her not following a basic exercise program that he set up & telling her
to pretty much F-Off.
Now while that show was bad,
this show was much, much worse. How bad you ask? Well, you
got Michael Davies, who's brain must have been in a permanent
off-position ever since 2006 when he revived Chain Reaction with the
blandest host this side of Pat Bullard. He pitches to GSN, "I got
a great idea for a show. We're going to use the hidden camera
format & make it into some sort of couples therapy. The wife has a
problem with her husband. So, in order to get him cleaned up and
stop acting like a pillock, we're going to make him do all sorts of
stupid stunts in order to earn money for his wife. Not only that,
we also have a crackerjack of a host, who is probably going to be the
next Betty White & it's so good, that the audience at home will laugh at
everything on the screen."
GSN, in their infinite wisdom
said, "We'll take 8 episodes, here's your budget."
And now, the torture that was
The host for this show, the
crackerjack that was going to be the next Betty White...
No, that's not Pat Bullard in
drag, even though that would be a major hosting improvement. Her
name is Debi Gutierrez. She's mainly known for being a comedienne
who's specialty is her life as a mother. To be fair, she sucks
there too. I sat through a few videos of her supposed material
that instead of making me laugh, it made me want to have a vasectomy so
I wouldn't be a father. It also doesn't do her much favors that
she doesn't really know what the hell to do. She stumbles on the
simplest of tasks & isn't worth watching.
I should get to the premise of
the game, if you can really call it a game. Quite simply, the wife
has to humiliate her scumbag of a husband by getting him to do stuff
that he doesn't want to do. In this case, get to be somewhat
gentlemanly and use his manners. For instance, he has to watch
this Mr. Manners DVD and be somewhat gentlemanly by putting on a dinner
jacket, setting the table, drinking with his pinky out & doing the
dishes. And I thought Hold Everything! had a vapid format.
This pretty much has no format.
What makes it even more
unappealing is that not only is there no gameplay to follow along with,
you have two family stooges there to see what else is going on and
supposedly laugh along with us. They give some comments on the
goings on and somehow this is even worse than what's going onscreen.
It's just one big failure after another.
What makes it even more
demeaning is that most of the time in order to get the husband to do
anything in this game, without suspicion of course because if they don't
do the tasks, the wife gets no money whatsoever, the wife gets the
husband a bit liquored up. What makes this even more sickening, is
that the host actually encourages this behavior in order to win the
money. That, my friends is an all-time low in game shows. If
you can't get your louse of a husband to do the slightest decent thing
in his life, get him blitzed with various alcoholic drinks. Yeah,
that's a great message to send out there to the wives that are having
problematic relationships: Liquor up
your husband or mate and you can get him to do anything.
At the end of the show, some
"actors" including a family member, gets involved in the act and tries
to get the lazy bum of a husband to do more stupid stunts for more
money. Yes, because there isn't enough stupidity floating around
this show. Anyways, it's the same thing, the husband does them or
Then Debi comes out, wait...Debi
is in the house...
contestants feel even more stupid for signing up for this show & the
credits roll and this show never sees the light of day again.
GOOD GOD, DID THIS SHOW SUCK!!!
It's not bad in the little
things that make it bad sense. It's bad in the GOOD GOD, KILL IT
WITH AN H-BOMB!!!!! sense. The hosting is beyond terrible, the
gameplay is completely non-existent, the couples are completely
tasteless, tactless & unworthy of even being on The Newlywed Game &
probably the most disgusting part of it all is the blatant use of
alcohol. Thankfully, the viewers of GSN turned off any notion of
this show being a success after a couple episodes. Ratings of this
show were so bad that McEnroe would have beaten it in the ratings.
Yes, on average, it got around 50,000 viewers during its run. I
would imagine that the last episode got about 10 viewers, and that's
just Debi and her family. May this show never be brought up again.