Thursday, August 25, 2016

September follies

We're sitting around right now, waiting for new game show eps next month. There are two big debut dates on the docket.

Millionaire, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Family Feud all kick off on September 12. Buy a Vowel tells me that WoF will start with teachers week. They know everything about the show, so I believe them. Meanwhile, Millionaire debuts its new Vegas eps in what could be a make or break season. The elderly quizzer has taken up residence in the Nielsen basement. I've heard some rumblings about better timeslots in a few markets this year, so maybe Chris and Harrison and friends might survive. Or maybe not.

The CBS daytime epics, The Price is Right and Let's Make a Deal, begin their new skeins on September 19, along with Celebrity Name Game. TPiR became an institution decades ago, kind of like the Smithsonian. LMAD may be on the way to the same status. Craig Ferguson's lively Pyramid knockoff has somewhat surprisingly endured through the daytime syndie wars, where casualties are frequent and bloody. It helps that he's a very talented host.

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