Monday, September 28, 2015

Open up

A thread on the board formerly known as Matt Ottinger's discusses opening spiels on game shows.

As you might expect from Game Show Forum, most of the discussion revolves around shows from long ago. That sort of includes Jeopardy, which has been going for a few years now. I have to agree with the poster who comments: "This is Jeopardy!" is up there for me. I actually like it in its current form better, because it seems that Johnny Gilbert puts even more punch into those three words than back when J! still had the swooshy globe thing on their logo.

It's a little odd to see a comment on the good-old-days board that something might actually have improved on a game show in recent times. No doubt Johnny still puts plenty of punch into Jeopardy's intro, despite his 91 years. I also liked Craig Ferguson's goofball openings on Celebrity Name Game in the show's first season. He would call the civvie contestants "frisky possums" or some such. Too bad, but he seems to have switched to a more canned and staid opening for the new season, along with the more canned and staid category names.

The Game Show Forum thread eventually wanders off into a discussion of British game shows. One poster sighs: British game shows as a whole tend to put me to sleep, unless they involve the phrase "let's rotate the board". Too broad a generalization, but I have little patience with pundits who find Brit game shows superior in general to the Yank variety.

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  1. "Too broad a generalization, but I have little patience with pundits who find Brit game shows superior in general to the Yank variety."

    Reminds me of Alex Davis, and his Anti-American "The British are Better Than Us" articles on Buzzer Blog.

    If he hates America so much, and wants to move to the UK, then go and do so already.

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    1. American game shows will always be the best!

      To Alex Davis's credit (and I know, because I frequent BuzzerBlog), he's stopped doing that "The British are Better Than Us" crap. IMO, I honestly can see why he did that for a while, or maybe it was just an immature phase he was going through.

      BuzzerBlog is still WAAAY better than GSF, that's for sure. GSF, is now just a bag full of whining irrelevant hacks who are isolated from the real world, and don't get it anymore.

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