Thursday, November 26, 2015
Those were the days
Well, I should have known better. There is a thread about Perry, but it's hidden from the prying eyes of humble outsiders like moi. You need the secret decoder ring before you're let into the SOOPER SEKRET playhouse. But another thread, which somehow is visible to the mere hoi polloi, quotes this comment from the hidden Perry thread...
These very qualities are, sadly, lacking in practically all the current crop of hosts (at least those who started their gigs this century, with few exceptions). It's one of the big reasons why today's game shows, rather than being something I look forward to watching and consider an enhancement to life, are just "there", easily ignored/ignorable, and practically irrelevant to me.
As the 77 bazillionth expression of older-is-better on the oldies board to end all oldies boards, the comment is hardly worth noticing. You were expecting something different from Game Show Forum? Interestingly, though, a few posters reply that some of today's game show hosts might not be full blown terrible. The posters toss around names like Mark Walberg, Todd Newton and Tom Bergeron.
Frankly, I think that Walberg is better than all but a very few of the hallowed names from the past, and Newton and Bergeron are "competitive," as they say in sports punditry. One of the odder comments from the thread: "There's not that many game shows on anymore." Oh, really? There's this cable network that runs nothing but game shows, and other cable networks that try game shows now and then, and plenty of other outlets - like streaming services and this newfangled Internet thing - where our little genre lives on.
But when you fixate on the past of three broadcast networks and nothing else, I guess it's easy to miss all those other places.