Monday, November 23, 2015

Game show connections

Game show relationships seem to turn back in on themselves sometimes. This item about Carmen Sandiego from The List brought to mind a few connections.

First, The List itself was part of Scripps' effort to replace Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on their TV stations, including WMAR in Baltimore, the source of the linked story. The other show used as a replacement was, you guessed it, a game show called Let's Ask America. Remember it? The show suffered through three so-so rated seasons before expiring this year. The List continues on Scripps stations somehow, maybe because it's so cheap. All the show does is run lists of factoids about pop culture memes. Like Carmen Sandiego, for instance.

The most obvious connection is the PBS game show based on Carmen's geographical exploits. The List says that Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego was the network's first and longest running game show. Even this non-fan of geography can agree that there have been worse efforts for kids in our little genre. Wikipedia says 295 episodes appeared over 1991-95. The show won some Daytime Emmys and even, ahem, an august Peabody award.

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