Sunday, August 28, 2016
No respect, I tell ya
The basic "problem," if you can call it that, is GSN's need to compete in the real world of commercial television. To the everlasting displeasure of posters on Game Show Forum and other oldies-fan outlets, this means no 12-hour marathons of, say, Jackpot or Split Second. (These obscure oldies appeared on GSF's 2006 list of the 50 greatest game shows ever, as you would expect if you ever glance at the board).
But it's still a little annoying when this casual snobbery toward GSN crops up on the Internet. As I noted a while back, the board formerly known as Matt Ottinger's is running a second "50 greatest" list. The votes - numbering in the thousands, I'm sure - are all in but they haven't announced the winners yet. Apparently they're building the suspense, because the world is waiting with bated breath.
Okay, enough sarcasm. The results will roll out sooner or later, I guess. Meanwhile, we get these sorts of comments on the thread: "I could see someone tossing a vote to Gambit, but Catch 21? Really? For me it's not even best of breed among the GSN shows (and closer to the bottom of the barrel but for the end game.)"
Truth be told, Catch 21 isn't a big favorite of mine, either. But is it really all that much worse than Jackpot or Split Second...or Gambit, for that matter? And the hand-waving dismissal of "the GSN shows" is aggravating. I would seriously consider the network's Lingo (Woolery) and The Chase for top ten status. And my top 50 list would also include GSN's Russian Roulette, Inquizition, Chain Reaction (Catherwood) and Baggage.
If they'd consider it a game show, High Stakes Poker would get on there, too. But that's asking way too much of Game Show Forum. In fact, The Chase and Lingo in the top ten is asking way too much.
UPDATE: Happened to see a rerun of Catherwood Chain Reaction on GSN last night. What a terrific show! This episode was particularly good because it was close through the first three rounds. And the winning team almost nailed the bonus round speed chain, though they fell sadly short on the last word.
If Chain Reaction gets onto the new Game Show Forum list at all, it will only happen because of the older, duller versions from the 1980s. But no matter. Hey, GSN, make some more eps of the show with Mike Catherwood. Your version really is one of the top 50 game shows of all time.