Sunday, August 28, 2016

No respect, I tell ya

It's a truism that GSN gets little or no respect on the traditionalist game show Interwebs.

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.

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  1. I found that comment a little odd myself, just because of how long Catch-21 has run (and continues to run in reruns)...and because of the fact that Woolery Lingo was on the original GSF list (and it was pretty high, too, wasn't it?) So why not another, similarly long-running GSN original?

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    1. Lingo was well down there at 35th on the 2006 list. It was only one of two GSN shows that made the grade for what's left of what used to be Matt Ottinger's board. (Chain Reaction was the other, but it only got onto the list because of the older versions.) Of course, GSN's Lingo was far better than most of the oldies on the list, but this is the oldies board to end all oldies boards, after all.

      Ottinger even made a snotty remark about the GSN version of the show when he announced Lingo at 35th. "Though many (myself included) consider the remake a compromised version of the original, it is GSN's most successful original show, and you can't beat the play-at-home factor."

      This is an idiotic remark even by GSF standards. GSN's Lingo was a tremendous improvement over the slow, clunky (and cheating - the producers stiffed some contestants of their winnings) original 1987 version. But you expect this kind of ignorance from GSF. They only like musty relics that nobody's ever heard of.

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    2. Non related, but my local My Network TV affiliate is pushing back Celebrity Name Game to 5 am starting September 19th. Not a good sign.

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    3. Celebrity Name Game actually looks to be getting timeslot upgrades in New York City and Boston.

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  3. GSN has done more for game show fans than anyone could imagine. Who cares what now completely irrelevant game GSF thinks. They're a joke.

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  4. GSN would get more respect if their schedule had more variety in their schedule.

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    1. Of course, "variety" in these kinds of complaints about GSN is just code for "more old stuff."

      Funny thing, a lot of GSN's schedule is getting a lot of age on it, anyway. The first three hours tomorrow - Match Game, Card Sharks and Press Your Luck - all have thirty years or more on them. The next two hours - Lingo and Karn Feud - are more than ten years old. Three hours in the afternoon - Chain Reaction and Deal or No Deal - are more than nine years old.

      But that's probably not old enough for Game Show Forum. They like the dust a foot thick.

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    2. Oh, forgot 25K Pyramid in the first three hours on GSN tomorrow. It's also a real oldie.

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    3. One other thing. I just mentioned eight different shows on GSN tomorrow. And there are four other shows on the schedule tomorrow - Catch 21, Winsanity, Newlywed Game and Baggage - plus another version of Pyramid and two other versions of Feud.

      Hey, it's more variety than you're getting from the new Buzzr weekday schedule.

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  5. I personally think a new Split Second would pull some decent ratings. It took brains and didn't rely on cheap stunts. Basically Jeopardy w/ a car at stake.

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