Friday, January 13, 2017
Singin' in the car
There were a lot of other contestants, but the show insisted on cutting back and forth between them so fast that I almost lost track. As you probably know, the basic idea is a filch from Cash Cab, only with musical games instead of trivia questions. Somewhat suspecting people get into host Craig Robinson's taxi, where they play karaoke-based games mostly borrowed from Name That Tune and Don't Forget the Lyrics.
All told there were four teams of contestants, though the editing was so hyper-kinetic that you hardly got to know them. DJ Steve Aoki also showed up for a couple minutes, but you might have missed him if you blinked. Eventually the teams got whittled down to two, and Craig brought them to a bowling alley - where else? - for a final showdown to demonstrate their karaoke chops.
That's when black Bryan and Chinese Bryan - two Chippendales, by the way - wowed the assembled bowlers and won the night. (Okay, some of the bowlers just went on playing and ignored the karaoke.)
The real idea of Caraoke Showdown was to keep things moving so fast that no viewer would dare push a button on the remote. We'll see if the Nielsen Company thinks the idea works.
RELATED UPDATE: The show got so-so numbers by Spike standards. 441K viewers and a 0.18 18-49 rating. Spike averaged 817K/481K viewers prime time/total day in the latest week.
UNRELATED UPDATE: A faux tweet noted that TV News Check thinks Millionaire is safe for two more years. Now Deadline Hollywood says the show has gotten a 2017-18 renewal. It looks like Chris Harrison and company will be around for at least another year.