Someone posted this
on the (new) Let's Make a Deal Facebook page OVER A
"This is the
loudest most annoying game show host in history. He is so obnoxiously loud
and annoying I turn the sound or tv off. Horrible.
Not to mention his condescending sexist names for women. Keep the show,
change the horrible host."
Is anyone monitoring
this?? Fremantle should be concerned with letting fans get this direct on
what is essentially a company-sponsored page. And for the record I don't
really agree with the poster.
I haven't really done much game show trading
in the last few years. It's not that I'm stingy or hoarding my tapes or
anything, it's simply that I feel like the market may be a bit saturated
right now. I realize there are a lot of young traders out there, and I'm
happy that the number of such traders is high enough that this group can
sustain itself and continue to experience new shows that they're not familiar
The problem for me is that the items that interest me now are getting harder
and harder to come by. I've had GSN for over a decade now, and anything
they've aired I've either seen already, recorded already, or am not really
interested in. Unfortunately, their library of classics continues to shrink
as they attempt to save money by reducing licensing fees.
In addition, as time goes on, the likelihood
of "surprising" rare finds dries up. There's
still a few people out there who had a VCR in the early 80s, recorded some
since-destroyed show, and will uncover it while cleaning out the attic. If
you're one of those people, by all means send me a note. In addition, there
are probably some full sets of shows gathering dust in production warehouses
somewhere (such as the original CBS run of The Joker's Wild a few years back)
that may be uncovered. If such a find crops up, I'll be happy to see it.
But if all that remains to be added to the
growing list of tape collections going forward is current programming or
is showing, I will probably be sitting on the sidelines of trading. I've got
4000+ episodes on tape and DVD already, spanning six decades and six
continents. As of now, it's going to take something eye-popping to drive my
interest. The good news is, I'm not the only trader
out there. :)
I felt like coming out of semi-retirement to
talk about the new Let's Make a Deal. First off, how surprising is it to see
a new network game show in daytime? Caesar's Challenge was, IIRC, the
last new game show to premiere in network daytime, and that was 15+ years
I am bummed about a few things with the new LMAD, but
overall I'm pleased. First, the bad. I really feel like this shouldn't be an
hour long show. The reality of TV these days is that everything is an hour.
It's just cheaper that way I guess. Nearly every show gets stripped as an
hour long format, even if it means airing two thirty minute shows back to
back. It's just lazy programming in my opinion.
I'm not blown away by the set or music cues,
but I'm glad they kept the original logo. I guess the biggest disappointment
is Wayne Brady. Is it me or does he seem like he's going at 50% speed? The
Wayne Brady that became famous as on Whose Line is it Anyway? was a bundle of energy who never stopped, sometimes to the
point of annoyance. But hosting LMAD Wayne has for some reason decided to
play the role of a debonair smooth talking dealer, who throws in the
occasional "holler!" moment when a contestant says something funny.
He does a good job of moving the show along (the pace could be faster, but
it's an hour, so who can fault them?) and he doesn't seem to fumble much
given the considerably hard task of managing the various permutations of the
deal. Still, I was expecting more from him.
What's good? Well the format has been
maintained practically to a T, which should sit well with viewers put off by
the 2003 NBC debacle. I don't mind the abandonment of the 2nd dealer
in the Big Deal, because it practically almost guaranteed a winner every show
and I don't think the format requires that. The supporting cast is
surprisingly good; I like the announcer and especially the foxy assistant who
was carrying the tray table out with surprising ease. The games on the
episodes I've watched seem like they're taken right out of the original
format, which is refreshing. And I think the biggest surprise has been the
contestants. The contestant coordinators have done a great job of picking
some really good players on the first week, and their enthusiasm more than
makes up for Wayne's half-speed performance.
All in all, it's a solid B, and it's found a
place on my DVR.
The true test will be the ratings. I'm admittedly worried about this show's
success. It's getting decent, albeit inconsistent timeslots
across the country (9am out here in LA, 3pm in most places back East), and I
can see CBS (and its affiliates) having a quick trigger finger to get that
prime real estate back.
I don't normally recommend watching GSN's
infomercial block overnights, but there's a new one with Bowzer,
aka John Bauman. Yikes. He hasn't aged well.
Haven't posted in a while but I'm bummed to see that Password is pulled from
the CBS lineup. It also makes very little sense to me -- ratings have been
very solid and similar to what it got over the summer. Yes the younger
demographics are awful, but come on, what were you expecting?
I don't watch Price is Right every day.
Maybe I should.
I got clued into Tuesday's amazing finish by, of all things, a blurb on the
awful-yet-captivating TMZ on TV where they showed a blip of the
reveal. I couldn't believe my eyes. I also couldn't believe that nobody had
spoiled it for me before.
Clearly what happened is that someone (or someones)
with a savant knowledge of the prices on the show (and let's face it, if you
watch for a month straight you know how much some things cost) was able to do
some quick adding and help the contestant out. You simply don't come to a
number than random by chance.
The question of rigging has come up but, to simplify things, this is simply
Michael Larson part two. The audience is encouraged to, not prevented from
helping. Apparently the show has caught some "good bidders" before
and marginalized or even banned them from tapings.
While some people may consider that bad behavior, in the end its their show, its not a public
good, and its within their boundaries.
Drew claimed this had happened before (back in 1972 or 1973, when showcases
rarely topped $3000). If it has, I haven't seen a clip. This very well may be
the first time. And yes his reaction was muted; even TMZ picked up on that. I don't think it speaks
to him being a bad host, I think it was simply an awkward situation that was
hard to get excited about. Keep in mind that Peter Tomarken's interview of Larson himself
was muted somewhat given the fact that everyone in the studio figured the
show had been rigged.
So what does CBS do now? Advice like "get more prizes" is a bit
short sighted; the show DOES recycle prizes quite a bit. Adding more
distributors would require more research and more staff, and it has a cost.
If someone hits a showcase on the nose once every 30 years it's probably not
a budget buster.