Saturday, January 9, 2016
Game show goes south
This is the TMZ product that's getting a test run on various Fox O&O's around the country. For what it is, it's not terrible. South of Wilshire is just a humble pop culture quizzer where contestants try to identify various celebs revolving around the media junkosphere.
Three civvies battle it out at Dulan's, a soul food eatery in LA that is, indeed, south of Wilshire Boulevard. They listen to clues delivered on tape from various other south of Wilshire locations and try to guess the celebs being described. There's a final betting round ripped off totally and shamelessly from Jeopardy. (In an odd moment, a plug from Alex for that freakin' life insurance company preceded the round on KDFI.)
The best thing about the show is the reasonably authentic LA street scenery. The worst thing about the show is the pop culture obsession. Man, I could have used a Jeopardy category on classical music after all the celeb trivia.
Well, the absolutely worst thing about the ep I saw was TMZ honcho Harvey Levin making himself one of the celebs described on the show. I don't mind a little self-promotion but let's not get too obvious. Adam Glyn hosted competently if loudly. There was a female co-host whose name I missed. She didn't get to do much except stack money in front of the contestants.