a press release for the new season.
Which is a little remarkable, because lots of people (I plead guilty!) were afraid there wouldn't be a new season. The downgraded timeslots in many markets, particularly New York City, crushed the ratings. Yes, the numbers were still pretty much on par with Celebrity Name Game, and that show never seemed in too much trouble. But the Nielsen downdraft did carry the stench of (TV) death with it.
Somehow, though, the show is back for another go-round. This time the money tree grows in Las Vegas, land of last hopes and long shots. The new eps on September 12 can't arrive too soon, because the telltale household rating is barely holding in the low ones. Sure, we're now in the 2000-channel universe - not to mention over-the-top delivery and the Internet in general - and ratings in the low ones ain't nearly as bad as they used to be. But they ain't great, either.
There don't seem to be any changes in gameplay, and the show will run through the usual specials. The bachelors and bachelorettes from host Chris Harrison's other life will return. There's a kids week and a Vegas celeb week (with Wayne Newton!) and a vets week and a hometown heroes week.
Let's just hope this won't be the last set of weeks for the venerable format.