Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Once more, the old college try

It's February sweeps time, so syndie game shows are dusting off the stunts.

Millionaire is running Bachelor week and kids week and God knows what other weeks. Celebrity Name Game is bringing out new eps, which amount to a sweeps stunt for the (unjustly) doomed  show. And Jeopardy is trotting out the umpteenth college tournament next week. The contestant stories for the tourney have already started to turn up.

I've ranted before about Jeopardy doing too many special tournaments, but that won't stop me from doing it again. (Right, Britney? Or Steely Dan, for folks of my age.) The only tourney that means anything is the T of C, why does Jeopardy pull all these other stunts, blah blah blah, you've heard me before.

Besides that grumpiness, I've also noticed how chummy Alex gets with female contestants in their publicity pics. See the screenshot for a typical example. I guess the arm-around is Alex's equivalent to Richard Dawson's lip locking. No host could get away with the kissing bandit's antics nowadays. But Alex must figure he's a national institution and can at least get a chaste hug now and then.

7 comments:

  1. So will the Jeopardy TOC be for May Sweeps?

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  2. Alex should hand cyberial cigars out to the female contestants - that would be more classy. Lisa Schlitt gets cyberial cigars uno through seis for winning six games. Well done, my dear (lights Lisa's portofino).

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  3. WOrd is on Jboard that there'll be a Teacher's tourney in May. Jason Sterlacci on Twitter said that a friend of his is in the pool for the teacher's tourney and it is scheduled for May sweeps.

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  4. So we got the college tournament, the teachers tournament, the teen tournament, the kids tournament, and the grumpy old farts tournament (for people like me).

    Okay, I'm kidding about that last one. But how many more freakin' tournaments do we need? The T of C is the only one that's important.

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  5. The Seniors tournament retired in 1995. If it was on now music from the 80s would be a pop culture category as 50 year olds were born in 1966-67.

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  6. How many tournaments does Jep have? What's next? The NFL Players Tournament? Senior Citizen Tournament? Divorced Couples Tournament?

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  7. They won't bring back the Seniors tourney, it was retired after the last one in December 1995 due to their wanting to get younger demos.

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