Saturday, July 1, 2017

Buzzr musings

Haven't written much lately about Buzzr, our other little game show network. So I rustled up a comment from Game Show Paradise...

Also, regarding Buzzr's classics, there seems to be very little variety of new classics to launch on Buzzr as of lately.

Sorry, but Match Game and Family Feud bring home the most bacon, so you're going to see a lot of them. Not to mention that Fremantle won't give the diginet a bunch more shows and episodes until some more revenue rolls in. This is as close as the oldies boards usually get to a complaint about Buzzr's relentless rerun abuse. Complaints of all sorts about GSN are much more frequent, of course.

One fresh series that I know hasn't aired on Buzzr as yet is Bill Rafferty's Blockbusters, assuming classic TPIR is mostly banned due to fur coats, animal products and issues with certain cast members, and NBC is forbidding Classic Concentration from being rebroadcast. Wordplay and Trivia Trap can also be a candidates for a fresh new classic, since they were two of six choices in the Pick and Play Sunday night block.

Blockbusters was an okay quizzer, a little poky but passable. At least Rafferty moved things along a bit quicker than Bill Cullen. The oldies boards seem to be developing lots of theories on why Buzzr doesn't run certain shows. The Price is Right is the most glaring omission from the diginet's lineup. I'm sure that Fremantle could put together a package of eps to dodge the mentioned issues. Maybe CBS really is antsy about TPiR appearing anywhere except the Eye Network (Variety speak).

On the famous other hand, does anybody at NBC even remember Classic Concentration, much less care about it running on a sparsely distributed diginet? Wordplay and Trivia Trap would not be great additions to any schedule, in my opinion.

13 comments:

  1. Complaining about another message board. That's a drink.

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  2. You're drinking again? That's routine.

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  3. And imagining there were two different john Davidson Pyramid shows.

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    1. There was a Davidson $10,000 Pyramid! I remember seeing it! The website I linked backs me up!

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    2. Pure imagination. Find a YouTube of it. Oops. You can't because it didn't exist. You're too stupid to recognize a typo.

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    3. It's because of Sony removing classic game show episodes due to copyright reasons.

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    4. How can Sony remove shows that didn't exist? There are several Davidson 100k Pyramid shows there.

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  5. Sony doesn't own the tapes of the Cullen $25K, $50K, or $100K Davidson Pyramids(if the tapes/episodes do still exist) that is, the Sony lawyers who troll the YOutube page probably don't realize that if they're giving cease and desist orders to Youtube pages for having clips or episodes from those Pyramid version. Sony went after Joker's WIld episodes about two years ago, and IIRC at least one 1990-91 episode(which Sony does not own the tapes/episodes of) was deleted by them.

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    1. Does Sony own the Davidson $10,000 Pyramid?

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    2. An imaginary show? Doubtful.

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    3. Just because you have never seen it doesn't make it imaginary. A few people have confirmed seeing it.

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  6. "Maybe CBS really is antsy about TPiR appearing anywhere except the Eye Network"

    The prevailing theory seems to be that CBS doesn't want competition with first-run TPIR, which would also explain why Let's Make A Deal isn't on Buzzr anymore.

    And that's fine, if you're afraid your current product doesn't measure up to what it used to be.

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