Friday, May 12, 2017
I listened to an entire podcast!
Someone had posted a link to his podcast about game shows. So I decided to do something that very few people can claim: sit through a whole podcast. Turns out that it was number eleven in the series. So far it's gotten 128 views on YouTube. The unwashed masses haven't exactly been flocking to it.
The audio was extremely poor and the video wasn't much better. The podcasters chewed over various items that you've seen on this blog and elsewhere on the game show Interwebs. These guys had been googling game shows just like me.
They chatted about Judge Judy's game show, the fictional host of the Gong Show revival, the Daytime Emmys for game shows, Celebrity Family Feud's contestant list, etc. There was even a (negative) shout-out to Zach Horan somewhere in there. The podcast did have a Game Show Newsnet moment when it wandered onto the American Idol rewind, but by and large it stuck to the genre.
The #1 super biggie, astronomically most important topic, though, was the succession at GSN. With David Goldhill departing, the pundits palavered about the future of the network. Various ideas got tossed out, none of which seemed all that relevant to me. Interactive game shows? They've already got an extensive online gaming operation. Too much Harvey Feud? Guys, most of the network's lineup is not Harvey Feud. Check the flipping schedule if you don't believe me. They didn't even seem to know that Baggage, Catch 21 and Mike Richards' Pyramid are still on GSN, albeit in reruns.
More of this and that went by, but nobody really said anything that caught my attention as a brilliant forecast of the network's future. But you can listen for yourselves and decide. The little girl (see the screenshot) had a lot of fun.
SLIGHTLY RELATED UPDATE: Happened to watch a May, 1992 ep of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show last night. In his monologue Johnny mentioned plans to create an all-game-show cable network. He couldn't wait to satisfy his Wink Martindale craving at 2:00 AM.