Friday, August 5, 2016

Three obvious renewals and one not so obvious

In what has to be a clunking anticlimax, ABC has renewed all three of its Sunday night game shows.

This was a no-brainer because the shows usually won the night in total viewers and even the almighty 18-49 demo. A little more surprising was the renewal of To Tell the Truth, which got lower ratings but still did okay by ABC standards in its timeslot. Conspicuously absent was a renewal for 500 Questions, which performed worse than any of the more fun-and-games efforts. My intuition about the show's chances is not so positive.

The reboot trend in the genre may be spreading like buzzer fungus. VH1 is bringing back Hip Hop Squares, which was itself a rewind of Hollywood Squares. Wumors are wunning wampant (apologies to Baba Wawa) about new versions of everything from Press Your Luck to Password. Nick even trotted out a live version of Double Dare, and the Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie is bearing down on us. Nostalgic comfort-food TV looks to be in demand, at least in the summer months.

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  1. I wish they would stop trying to make Hip Hop Squares happen and just do a revival of Hollywood Squares. If I remember, Storybook Squares was a failure too.

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    1. "Hip Hop Squares" had one more season than "Storybook Squares" did. Doesn't sound like a failure to me.

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  2. Is it a rule now on Pyramid that the one-named civilian gives the clues in the Winner's Circle? I've yet to see a celeb ...or so called celeb...do so yet. Great series, though.

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    1. No, the contestant still has the choice. But I heard through a source that the contestant coordinators encouraged the contestants to give in the Winner's Circle, should they get there.

      But they still have the option, no doubt.

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