Wednesday, September 9, 2015
A word from our stars
Nowadays, the oldies subchannel Buzzr is trotting out the gobblers. One of them is the 1983 pilot for Star Words. This was a simple word association game, where a civvie and a celeb tried to come up with the same word associated with a pair of terms.
Usually they failed, which was only the start of the problems with the pilot. In fact, the bonus round got easier because the game was reversed. Host Nipsey Russell gave the associated word to the civvie and the celeb, who then had to pick the pair of terms from a list of ten. I honestly enjoyed the bonus round, which bumped up the pace considerably and at least had some correct guesses. Maybe they just should have played the bonus round for a half-hour and forgotten about the glacial front game.
But there were other issues. One of them was Nipsey, who was okay in small doses as a celeb contestant on shows like Match Game, but wore on my eyes and ears as the host of this pilot. The voice, the grin, the doggerel...it was too much for an entire half-hour. And there weren't many chances for laughs, though Charles Nelson Reilly tried his darnedest.
A couple other game show sites have trashed this failed pilot, and I can't really disagree with the verdict. Somewhere in the bonus round a viable game show might have been lurking. But the pilot overall was a dud.