Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Another one bites the dust
Apologies to T.S. Eliot. (Special bonus question: what did his initials T.S. stand for?) But TV shows have been coming and going ever since commercial television dawned back in the late Jurassic period. As a faux tweet noted, yesterday brought news that Monopoly Millionaires Club will soon breathe its last. The show vanishes after the weekend of April 30-May 1.
This project was always something of an odd duck. It was not so much a normal game show designed to sell advertising time. Instead, it was the creation of a bunch of state lotteries that wanted to sell tickets to the associated lottery game. But ticket sales were always disappointing. The state lotteries cut the show back from an hour to thirty minutes in its second season. Now they've cut it back to zero minutes.
Monopoly Millionaires Club wasn't the worst effort ever in our little genre. Sure, it was a pure luck format without virtually no skill involved. But the set was sumptuous, Billy Gardell did a good job as host, and the studio audience was plenty enthusiastic because they got a cut of the winnings. Hail and farewell.