Sunday, February 11, 2018
A night with GSN
John Davidson hosted, and I'm sorry to say that most of his comments were, to be charitable, not so insightful. He did get off one good remark about how classics are great because they don't get old. Speaking of which, his own long-ago appearances on What's My Line and I've Got a Secret were just fine, especially the latter. He brought out baby pictures of the panelists and had a lot of fun with them.
The rest of the block was Match Game '77. Richard Dawson was pretty deep into his grump period by then, though he hadn't turned as completely sour and silent as in his last days on Match Game '78. It's always easy to date Match Game 7x eps from the length of Gene's hair and the depth of Richard's grumpiness. (By the way, Richard was his smiling life-of-the-party self on the John Davidson IGAS episode.)
While we're on grumpiness, one poster on Game Show Paradise complained about the "film look" of the WML and IGAS eps. I don't have any idea what he's talking about. GSN's video quality for both shows looked really good to me, especially with material nearly a half-century old. And I've seen a lot of truly bad video quality on YouTube oldies. Oh well, Game Show Paradise will always find something to complain about with GSN.
The oldies block will now shrivel to just a couple hours of Match Game. GSN is still desperately trying to find something that works in prime time besides Harvey Feud.
UPDATE: Over at Game Show Forum they're grumping about audio issues on the WML and IGAS eps. Again, I had no trouble at all with the sound. Sometimes I think that GSN can't win with the oldies boards. Other times I'm sure of it.
GSN dusts off rarely seen oldies - Buzzr never runs syndie What's My Line or color I've Got a Secret - and gives them prime time exposure. They bring in John Davidson to host and give the shows a lot of promotion. They do everything the oldies boards supposedly want, right? Then the boards whine and moan about, well, everything. No good deed goes unpunished.