Thursday, December 29, 2016


I checked Game Show Newsnet today, and five of the top twelve items were obits, with those huge black borders the site seems to like so much.

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Cindy Stowell and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The obit for Alan Thicke has just scrolled off the site's front page. Not all these people had close connections to our little genre. In fact, all I could find for Carrie Fisher was a single appearance on a Star Wars themed episode of Deal or No Deal (noted in a faux tweet).

Still, the black borders are piling up at the site. The genre seems to be closing the year with a grim death book. As somebody who just had a bad health scare myself, the effect is more than a little creepy.

I try not to dwell too much on obits here. At least I don't color in massive black borders, and I deal with most deaths in the faux tweets. (Of course, major figures in game shows get full blog entries.) But lately the distinguished thing insists on its importance.

SOMBER UPDATE: Game Show Newsnet has posted another obit with the usual thick black border. This time it's the entire death list for 2016. The grimmest year-end wrap-up you could want.


  1. ABC reran an episode of Match Game last night at 10 pm. It didn't do too horribly with 3.4 million and a 0.8 in the demo. Maybe it might do well on Wednesdays.

  2. It seems like many celebs wanted to appear on Celebrity Bucket Kickers before the end of the year.