a deep think article on the status of our little genre.
As deep think articles go, it's bearable. The title is a clever goof: "Trying to Restore the THRONE of GAMES." Okay, maybe the title isn't that clever but the writer, Robert Edelstein, is trying his best. He starts with a Box of Lies segment on Jimmy Fallon's show to demonstrate how game shows have morphed into talk show bits, YouTube videos, online streaming series, and even a cable network and a digital subchannel.
Edelstein admits that current game show stalwarts are doing fine, and newcomers like Celebrity Name Game and Hollywood Game Night have survived. But his overall theme is how reality TV - game shows' bastard offspring, you might say - has stolen much of the genre's cachet, at least compared to the supposed glory days of the 1970s and 1980s. (I guess the 1950s weren't so glorious because of you know what.)
There's something to the thesis, as I sure the board formerly known as Matt Ottinger's would agree. But the crepe-hanging may be a bit premature. In fact, toward the end of the article Edelstein envisions a possibility that "the pendulum will swing back," in the words of a Debmar-Mercury exec.
"It's all cyclical," chimes in GSN's Amy Davis with another groaner cliche. But some cliches are true, and who knows when game shows might again have a glory day. Or a better day, anyhow.