Monday, February 13, 2017
Turns out that bigness and flashiness are features, not bugs. In a Parade interview host Chris Hardwick reveals that the sheer size of the show got him hooked. "When I was a kid, I watched a lot of game shows. And all those shows were big and flashy so I always wanted to do a big, flashy game show."
He's certainly getting his wish with the jumbo-sized, whiz-bang version of Plinko. Chris immediately qualifies his admiration of the sheer scale of the show by plugging the "very intimate" relationship between him and the contestants. (He put it that way, not me.)
This got me thinking - dangerous, I know - about my own preferences in game shows. My all-time favorite, Match Game, was hardly that big and flashy, unless you find flash in orange shag carpet. Some other shows on my recent top fifty list were also kind of quiet and small-scale. But I listed some pretty loud and elaborate ones, too. Variety is the spice of game shows.