Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The distinguished thing

The title of this blog entry is what Henry James once called death. And on that lively note...

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.

14 comments:

  1. Just out of curiosity because I missed the airing, were there any post-editing mentions on the actual episode regarding Cindy?

    I'm talking like on Wheel of Fortune, for example, when Pat and Vanna acknowledged the passing of Charlie O'Donnell back in 2010.

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  2. One of the few things I regret about cutting the cord is my daily dose of Jeopardy. Can somebody describe how Ms. Stovall looked at that moment on Jeopardy?

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    1. Too cheap to buy rabbit ears? Not our problem.

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    2. Mind your own business, jackass.

      Not everybody lives in an area where there is reception via rabbit ears.

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    3. In fact, you can't get reception on rabbit ears. Not since 2009.

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  3. Sorry I misspelled her name. Anyway, a bit of video of Cindy Stowell...

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/tvshowbiz/video-1375951/Cindy-Stowell-fulfills-dream-going-Jeopardy.html

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  4. The person who does the "Celebrity Bucket Kickers" still lives with his mother who sometimes jumps to his defense on the computer when being picked on.

    That said, however.....even though some of your opinions draw much ire from a lot of people.........here's hoping that you're around for years to come, because the game show interwebs wouldn't be the same without you.

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    1. Zach Horan masturbates to his own posts.

      After you are done throwing up, read the rest of this. He would regularly have his mommy named Bonnie type his crap for him on Usenet. It would be written in third person by her. The running joke was "Bonnie, hand the keyboard back to Zach when he is done washing his hands"

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  5. Cindy Stowell won again on tonight's (November 14) Jeopardy episode. At JBoard.tv they suggest the show will do some kind of tribute when her run ends.

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    1. At 19 minutes of air time, how?

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  6. Cindy makes it three in a row today (November 15). Comes from way behind in Final Jeopardy.

    Oh, it would be no problem to slip in a brief memorial note during the closing credits when her run ends. We'll see.

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    1. They have a nice tribute to her on their website...I thought that was and is kind.

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  7. Cindy wins her fourth game today (December 16). Incredible.

    By the way, I'm having trouble with my months in the comments. It's December now, not November.

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  8. Make it five in a row for Cindy. Incredible.

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