Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The distinguished thing
As somebody who just had a serious health scare, I'm probably a little more sensitive to today's game show news. Alan Thicke, host of Pictionary and GSN's 3's a Crowd, is dead at age 69. He also wrote several game show theme songs, including Wizard of Odds and Wheel of Fortune. And Cindy Stowell won her first episode of Jeopardy, although the show aired after her death on December 5.
Sorry for all these grim tidings, but our little genre seems to have an affinity for the dark side right now. Critics usually regard game shows as somewhere between trivial and silly...except for Jeopardy, maybe, which wins Peabody Awards and other highfalutin' things. No doubt game shows are usually on the lighter side of the TV menu, though certain commenters on this blog like to remind everybody of the celebrity bucket-kickers club.
Still, time always wins. R.I.P., Alan Thicke and Cindy Stowell.