Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Ten easy comments
#1 Let's Ask America. Okay survey show. Cheap as hell. Got good enough numbers to please penny-pinching Scripps execs. They replaced the much better Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on their stations with this low-rent Skype project.
#2 The Exit List. Brit show. Don't know much about it.
#3 Pyramid. My personal fave of the new shows. But it was so much like the Dick Clark version that viewers yawned. The format is still rock-solid but needs a few tweaks to make it work again with the Nielsen Company.
#4 Figure It Out. The literally slimy I've Got a Secret for kids returned to Nick. Not a bad revival if you're into kid shows.
#5 Blockbusters. Brit show. Don't know much about this particular version. Heard that it had the same problem as Pyramid. Too slavishly imitative of the old version.
#6 The Bank Job. Brit show. Don't know much about it.
#7 Breakaway. Brit show. Don't know much about it.
#8 Hip Hop Squares. Deserves a higher place on the list, I think. The contestants were kind of clueless and the hip hoppers were drunk as skunks. My kind of show.
#9 Match Game. Canadian show and predictably cheap. Pretty close to the original and the panel was more or less bearable.
#10 American Bible Challenge. Deserves a much higher place on the list but wasn't going to get it from Alex's bunch. A really quirky and innovative idea paid off huge for GSN.