Sunday, June 26, 2016
Return of the greatest?
No surprise, but I can report that my favorite remains unchanged after ABC's remake of the blank fest. But the new version with Alec Baldwin was hardly a disaster, in my blanking humble opinion. In fact, I downright enjoyed the premiere.
It will probably be impossible for any remake to live up to the '70s version in the estimation of the Internet. Gene and Brett and Charles and Richard (at least before Mr. Dawson went sour) exist in some unapproachable pantheon of MG wonderfulness, and any new version has to fall millions of light-years short. Fair enough, but the ABC hour produced some genuine humor and a nice surprise from the host. Alec Baldwin can actually crack wise without irritating everybody or causing lawsuits and police action.
The panel was fine, even if JB Smoove showed camera-hogging tendencies (which were not allowed to get out of hand). Rosie O'Donnell took over the Dawson role as the go-to panelist for the super match. She came up with the best answers for the big money, but the civvies couldn't get the hang of it. Too bad, though the failures helped keep the prize budget under control. The other panelists played reasonable supporting parts, and everybody looked happy enough.
The questions were raunchy, of course, as they should be on Match Game. No, Uranus should never appear as a gag line anywhere in game shows. But I got an evil snicker even from the unfortunately named planet.