Sunday, November 29, 2015

TPiR's got rhythm

As noted before, Golden Road is a board for those who pine for Bob and Roger and the good old days of The Price is Right. This thread about the supposedly screwed-up "rhythm" of the current show is typical.

Just about everything in today's version of TPiR gets dumped on. Best as I can figure, the posters want to slow the pace down and take some of the party atmosphere out of the show. Exactly why they want to slow down The Price is Right isn't too clear, except that's the way Bob and Roger did it.

In other words, it's just another day on the traditionalist game show Interwebs. But reality does intrude with the final poster, who types a lot of sense. The money quote...

Shorter attention spans and itchy "trigger" fingers mean people often pop by, rather than making appointment viewing. And they do it on whatever day it happens to be. Where you could once count on many people staying put through an up-and-down "natural" cadence of a full hour, that's far less true today. They'll just as easily pop over to something else--and there's a heck of a lot more "something else" if what they see doesn't amuse them.

Why, yes. In the world of 1200 channels, a game show has to hit hard and fast to keep people from pushing another button or three on the remote. The ancient broadcast triopoly, with ridiculously limited choices by today's standards, is long gone and it's not coming back. In fact, it's pretty remarkable that TPiR has managed to retain such a large audience in daytime, and slowing everything down wouldn't keep that audience more glued to the proceedings.

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  1. So, now, instead of showing the Gsf retards, you are giving free advertising to these mentally ills? Lol. Think before you post, dude

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    1. Maybe you haven't noticed the blogroll all these years. Golden Road has been in the sidebar for at least three years.

      Anyway, you're painting with too broad a brush. Some pf the posters on Golden Road have interesting things to say, like the guy I quoted.

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  2. Golden Road went off the rails years ago. I worry about the sad day when Bob Barker inevitably dies. There are some on that board who just can't and won't handle it well...their dream of a Barker restoration will come to an end.

    Nothing wrong with today's TPIR. They have done a good job on the show modernizing it while keeping the core of the game.

    (In open disclosure, I was banned in 2012 for suggesting that Dennis James was better with some pricing games on the night time TPIR, which I enjoyed more when I was a kid. Bob Barker, while OK, was too phony for me.)

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    1. Carey isn't bad. Sure he screwed up in his first year, but every new host does that. As the years went on, he got better and now he has seasoned. And the ratings have been good, in fact, it has stayed the same after Barker departed. God I can imagine when Barker passes, the blog will go nuts. The traditionalists won't like anything that is after 1990. Those are the same people who more likely crap over Family Feud because the show let's just say "changed". But ratings improved and is now regularly one of the top 5 most watched shows in syndication. Also, this past summer it beat out Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune for the #1 watched game show most of the time. I don't know why they hate Richard Karn. I thought he was a terrific host. He was miles better than Louie Anderson in my view. Now since Harvey has helmed as host, they think the show has entered the depths of hell with its crude humor and innuendo. Heck, Match Game did it and it worked beautifully.

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  3. TPIR will slow the game down when the commercials get scaled back from the current 20 minutes of the hour to the old days of about 7 minutes.

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