Sunday, September 13, 2015

Survey says...this board?

I was surprised to see a thread about GSN's upcoming Hellevator on the board formerly known as Matt Ottinger's.

After all, this is the board that picks nits over Buzzr possibly skipping a thirty-year-old episode of Body Language. It's a ginormous understatement to say that Game Show Forum's interest in any new show tends to be rather limited. But somehow a six-message thread about Hellevator did appear on the board.

Of course, the thread begins with a putdown. The show is new, which makes it automatically suspect. And for the most part the thread predictably grumps about how lousy we can expect Hellevator to be. (There's one exception. A brave poster allows that the show "might be quite watchable." Bold words on that site.)

But here's the thing. The original poster mentions that Sony actually surveyed him for his reaction to the show's proposed format. I mean, seriously? Sony asked somebody on what's left of what used to be Matt Ottinger's board for an opinion on a new game show? What did they expect, a favorable reaction?

Naturally, Sony got a dump in return. The poster grumped that Paranormal Activity blew - a shot at Hellevator showrunner Jason Blum - and that the show's hosts would be annoying. Next time, Sony might as well ask for my opinion on an upcoming show. At least the results might be slightly less forseeable.


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  2. The show doesn't look that bad. It looks way better than Steampunkd I can tell you that much. GSN is allowed to try something different, even if it is not a studio based game show. Ever since Skin Wars became a runaway hit for the network, they've been trying more variety. If this though flops, then shows like Idiotest and Chain Reaction squeeze by for additional seasons.

    1. It doesn't matter what the show looks like. It's just that the idea of surveying members of Game Show Forum for their opinions on a new game show is weird. What do you expect those guys to say? A new show looks really great? Those guys are too in love with eighty-year-old tapes to give a new show an unbiased opinion.

    2. I don't mind then loving the old days, but they can't expect us to agree with them on everything. Some modern game shows are good, like The Chase.

  3. I am actually looking forward to seeing this one. By the way, Casey, Thank you for all the "side" game show entries. They are so often very interesting and keep me coming back.