Sunday, August 6, 2017

Get ready to match more stars

It's been no secret for a while, but ABC's press release confirms that Match Game will return for a third season.

The network has also signed Alec Baldwin to a deal on possible new projects. I think this might be an iffy idea, because Baldwin is an iffy kind of guy. On a good day he draws as many detractors as fans, and his personal life has been turbulent, to say the least. But maybe ABC has some iffy and turbulent projects in mind, and Baldwin might seem perfect for them.

The show itself is okay. It won't make anybody forget the Gene Rayburn 1973-82 classic, but it's a pleasant way to pass the time. Ratings for the second season were only so-so, but ABC can't afford to turn up its nose at so-so numbers. Anything that doesn't stink to Nielsen's high heaven might get renewed at the alphabet net (Variety speak!)

I remember seeing "sometime in 2018" as the landing date for the third season. I assume the orange shag carpet will be back.

A commenter points out that Celebrity Family Feud and 100K Pyramid got new seasons, too. These shows have usually pulled better numbers and were pretty close to locks for renewal.

10 comments:

  1. One show that still up in the air is Gong Show. It's put up blah numbers for summertime and it most likely ain't returning. But even with that, it's cheap so ABC will probably bring it back. But I'm not sure.

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  2. When I saw the renewal for Celeb Feud and Pyramid, I was pleased. Strahan said about the renewal by saying: "Returning for Season 3 definitely goes under the category "Things That Are Awesome". For Celeb Feud, Steve said the true reason why the show is successful because ABC went and got him to host. He did bring the ratings back to Dawson level, so it's a good point I guess.

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  3. Ok Steve Harvey. We get it!! Has there ever been a more over exposed full of himself personality??
    I am still rooting for Gong Show. Myers is so good as the faux host.

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  4. This version of The Gong Show is delightfully absurd to me. I hope it makes round two.

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  5. It's not the 70s, but shouldn't a prime time version have a higher caliber of celebrities?

    Baldwin should be able to help land better celebs. But he fails at that, too.

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    1. I'm not the biggest Baldwin fan, but it's not his job to land celebs for Match Game. And the '70s version hardly had a bunch of A-listers, either.

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    2. Sometimes I think you have the IQ of a squirrel.

      One thing I can count on when I visit your blog: laughing and cringing.

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    3. Um, okay. But it's the showrunners who get celebs for the show, not Baldwin.

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  6. Mr. Abell is right about the celebs on the 70s MG. The show made the celebs, not the other way around. Brett Somers and Scoey Mitchell were hardly household names.

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  7. i wonder if they might toy with the idea of daily strips of pyramid and match game in weekday syndication in the future even though it would get cheapened there

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