Monday, August 29, 2016
The spice of life
One of the comments was the old chestnut about how GSN needs more "variety" in the schedule. As I replied in a comment of my own, the v-word is just code for "more old stuff." (Used to see this complaint all the time on GSN's old Internet board.)
And as I also pointed out, a lot of GSN's schedule has gathered a lot of dust, anyway. Today, for instance, the first three hours are more than thirty years old, the next two hours are more than ten years old, and three hours in the afternoon are more than nine years old. This has to be one of the older schedules for any cabler outside the dedicated oldies networks. (I also mentioned that Game Show Forum likes the dust a foot thick, so the schedule probably looks fifteen minutes old to them.)
As for variety, today GSN runs twelve different shows: Match Game, Card Sharks, Press Your Luck, Pyramid, Lingo, Family Feud, Chain Reaction, Catch 21, Deal or No Deal, Winsanity, Newlywed Game and Baggage.
But as the infomercials say, wait, there's more. The schedule also has two versions of Card Sharks, two versions of Pyramid and three versions of Feud.
It's certainly more variety than the new Buzzr weekday schedule has on tap. If out of all these GSN offerings covering nearly forty years of game shows, you can't find something to like...well, maybe you should try soap operas or sitcoms instead.
rolling out their top 50 list. Looks like it will take a while to get through all of them. The bottom five 46-50 are Twenty One, He Said She Said/Tattletales, Win Lose or Draw, College Bowl and Weakest Link. I would have left the first three off my list entirely. One was rigged and the other two just weren't good enough. (Win Lose or Draw did not make GSF's 2006 top 50 list, by the way.) But all three have plenty of age on them, so it's no surprise to see them on GSF's 2016 list.
The average age of these selections is a whopping 42 years, dating from the year of the first regular U.S. TV run. My guess is that the average age of the entire list will end up close to this number. By and large I expect a moldering list from deep in the game show crypt. This is the oldies board to end 'em all, you know. Only four dozen people voted in the poll, compared to 80 in 2006. Which shows that Game Show Forum itself is starting to wither on the vine, as one brave poster points out on the thread.
A funny note: at GSF almost all the objections to the bottom five selections center on Weakest Link. Hey, the show is only 15 years old. How dare such "modern" stuff sneak onto our list!