Friday, May 26, 2017

I can name that tune in 1.42 seconds

Just watched the debut of Beat Shazam, Fox's computerized reincarnation of Name That Tune.

To kill the suspense, I liked the show more than I thought I would. Sad confession: I was never a big Name That Tune fan, because I'm not the most musical guy on the planet. In fact, my singing voice can neuter dogs from thirty feet away. But Beat Shazam kept up such a brisk pace of song-guessing that I got into the swing (couldn't resist) of things. Of course, the older the song, the better my chance of guessing it. I'm a certified old person.

Three teams of two contestants competed. They were gradually whittled down to a final pair who faced off against the dreaded Shazam itself. I'll spoil things a little by revealing that the final pair didn't take it to the limit but walked away from the last song, which could have doubled their winnings. Turns out they knew the tune. Cue the sorrowful irony.

Jamie Foxx hosted in an enthusiastic manner. I got a little annoyed when he indulged in some mildly racial banter with one team of contestants, but he didn't push it too far. A while back there was a rumor that Meghan Trainor was "in talks" to co-host. The talks apparently didn't progress, because October Gonzalez showed up in the role. She provided some eye candy and a bit of dancing and otherwise didn't get in the way.

Empire's Terrence Howard also turned up briefly in a plug for the Fox show. The network has to do some business here. Next week I'll take in Fox's Love Connection and blather about that remake.

UPDATE: Beat Shazam beat everything else on broadcast network TV last night in the Sacred Demo. 3.64M viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Love Connection also fared well in the demo. 3.29M viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating.

2 comments:

  1. Overall I thought it was alright, though I do think Mark Burnett should've come up with more ways to differentiate the main rounds instead of just increasing the dollar amounts and switching the song category. Maybe something like changing the number of possible answers displayed per round (start with 2 answers, then 3, then 4, similar to The Wall), or maybe having trivia questions that had more than 1 possible answer (similar to Greed and Divided).

    Also, maybe this is why I didn't find it as exciting as it should be. Aside from the fact that my music knowledge is horrible (I remember lyrics, but I have no clue about the name of the singer or the song title), there's basically no risk involved until the final question at the end of the hour, which either doubles your money or cuts it in half. The first 55 minutes is basically teams just randomly guessing song titles, with no risk/reward setup. If you get the song title right, you earn money. If you get it wrong, then nothing happens. It's not like there's a situation in the main rounds where you will lose money, or have a chance to walk away with the money you've earned, versus risking it by continuing. In fact, even the team in 2nd place still walked away with half their bank, even though they lost.

    At least Jamie was a good host. Made some jokes along the way, kept everything going at a nice pace... well, for the most part... aside from the dragging-out parts with the dancing and all.

    If I had to compare the primetime game shows this summer, I'd say The Wall is more exciting, Beat Shazam and Love Connection fall somewhere in the middle, and Candy Crush (just on first impressions) is the least interesting to me, though I'll watch the premiere anyway to see how it is.

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  2. Looks like viewers didn't want to beat Shazam last night. 3.5 mil tuned in and it had a 1.2 in the sacred demo. Love Connection had 3.3 mil and a 1.1 in the demo. For FOX standards, I guess that's okay.

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