Thursday, December 24, 2015
Watch the people
A standup comic named Casey Jost, originally from Staten Island according to Wikipedia and this article on a local news site, will host Bet on Me December 30 on TLC. It's a people watching game show, if that makes any sense. Actually, the premise sounds kind of interesting. "People-watching is transformed into a game show where real people make judgments on the people around them based solely on watching them. What's their situation or relationship? Where do they come from? Where are they going and what they will do next?"
This seems like a distant cousin to Street Smarts, where contestants had to make snap judgments about people on the street based on little more than appearance and, well, street smarts. TLC hasn't bought the show yet. They're just running the pilot episode at a throwaway time of the year, which doesn't bode well for a pickup.
Wikipedia and the linked article also mention that Casey Jost has a more famous brother Colin, who works the Weekend Update desk for Saturday Night Live. You may know what I think of SNL from my rant a few posts ago. But I won't hold Casey's family relationships against him. I'll try to approach Bet on Me with an open mind, if I remember to watch it.