Thursday, September 5, 2013

Old college try

Happened to watch a couple of college episodes today from John O'Hurley's Family Feud on GSN.

That got me thinking, which I know is dangerous. Just why do so many game shows put on college specials? A couple easy answers suggest themselves. College kids tend to be cute and bubbly, and our little genre prizes the bubbly and cute. Game show are notorious for skewing older than Everest, so college kids might lure a few more of the young'uns so precious to advertisers.

To be honest, I'm not so sure about that second answer. The Feud episodes on GSN today featured a lot of ads targeted at the Social Security set. I doubt that college-themed shows turn GSN's ancient demos any less gray. But the eps may get a few more old-timers like me to watch and relive the misspent days of our higher education.

The prehistoric GE College Bowl was all college, all the time. Some bits and pieces of the moldy oldie still live on YouTube. Like this memorable 220-215 upset of mighty Princeton by tiny Agnes Scott College.

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