Monday, June 27, 2016
Rebuilding the pyramid
No doubt this explains why the show got nice advance notices from the heavily traditionalist game show Interwebs. And since Pyramid is one of my personal fave formats, I can hardly whine, either.
Michael Strahan was relaxed, friendly and competent as the host. The ABC hour was basically two half-hour eps smushed together. The celebs in the first thirty minutes were Sherri Shepherd and Anthony Anderson. Sherri has plenty of experience on Donnymid and Celebrity Name Game, and she played just fine. Anthony has no experience on any version, and he played...beyond godwaful. I actually felt sorry for the poor civvies who had to team up with him.
Things perked up in the second half-hour, with Rosie O'Donnell and Kathy Najimy doing well. Rosie did endure one crucial blank-out moment, but it's a tough format and I'm not going to be too harsh a judge. And a couple of the civvies went home very happy after the winners circle. ABC's Pyramid is a paint-by-numbers remake, but the numbers for this format are just swell, thank you.
UPDATE: Speaking of numbers, ABC's entire game show night got nice news from the Nielsen Company. Pyramid led a sweep of Sunday night for the alphabet net. 8.09M total viewers and a 1.7 18-49 rating. Celebrity Family Feud got 7.98M and 1.6, and Match Game did 6.64M and 1.5. A fine night for the genre.