Lots of new stuff this Monday in syndication. Reminds me of the good 'ol
days in the '80s when you'd have a couple of Mondays of all new shows. Classics like '87 Truth or Consequences, the Gene Rayburn Break the Bank, Headline Chasers...yeah, maybe I should quit while I'm ahead.
Anyways, the best moment today for me was Deal or no Deal. Wow, the show as it always should have been. Breeze through a game in 22 minutes. No bogus family member drama. Real contestants holding the cases. If I weren't so burnt out on the show from the last 2+ years of drawn out bogusness
, I'd be more interested. But still, if this ends up being the future of the show in the US (it's destined to get knocked out of primetime
soon), I think it will run a better chance of surviving. Of course in LA it's in a dreaded double run, but that's another story.
Wheel's million dollar wedge was a lot of hype but no action, as of yet. I predict a once every 2 years win rate on that, so when it happens it should be darn exciting.
Millionaire's changes were neat, I suppose. Replacing 50/50 with Double Dip as a lifeline is kind of a wash in my opinion. The categories are neat, although somewhat of a waste as you can already see the questions ahead of time without risk, and it's not likely a contestant is going to invoke serious strategy by seeing 3-word topics 10 questions in advance.
What bummed me the most here is the timed questions. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't like the drawn out drama the endless questions allows. And we've all heard horror stories of contestants literally taking hours to answer a question (all edited out, thank God). Unfortunately, it seemed today like a lot of the time saved by timing the question was replaced by filler, including showing pictures of kids and dogs back home. Yawn.
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