Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Well, they sort of relented. The playback crapped out after the first segment, and I got tired of waiting for the site to discombobulate itself. By then I had figured out the basic idea of the show, anyway. Which was pretty much to copy the classic format...a little louder than before.
Host Anthony Anderson brought along his mother (who I can live without) and Betty White as one of the panelists. The show started with a nice tribute to Betty, which luckily did not linger for too long. The other three panelists were the typical minor TV celebs. (They're still a lot more major than me.)
The first three civvie contestants included a guy who dated Taylor Swift in high school. The questioning was the usual hit-or-miss effort. One difference from the classic format was that panelists fired off questions more or less at random, instead of taking turns. This just made the process seem more meandering, which has always been my problem with the TTTT format.
When it came time to vote, the panel goofed completely. Nobody nailed the right ex-boyfriend. Even Betty got it wrong. Can't win 'em all.
Anderson was reasonably funny, the panelists were okay, and one of the civvie impostors had a thing for Taylor Swift's mom. Or at least that's what he pretended. He was lying, after all.
UPDATE: To Tell the Truth lost a little Nielsen altitude in its second week. 4.11M viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating. Not terrible for summer fare but hardly a hit.