Hi again. There doesn’t seem to be much news today, but I’ll see what I can find.
* This one comes to us from Playbill.com, of all places. Marc Summers, of all people, is currently portraying DJ Vince Fontaine in an off-Broadway version of Grease, currently playing in the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ. This role was originally portrayed in the 1978 film by Edd Byrnes, who also has a game show connection. He infamously hosted the pilot of Wheel of Fortune. More info about Edd’s short-lived hosting career here.
* We’re continuing to hear information about the return of The Moment of Truth. I checked BuzzerBlog’s original page, and his sources are telling him that CBS Television Distribution is in talks of syndicating the series. CBSTVD also distributes Prime Access champions Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, so I think this is a brilliant move. Let’s hope stations give this show a decent time slot. (Here’s a hint to any local TV execs reading this blog: Don’t try putting it against the Merv Griffin Suite.)
* We have the ratings from last Thursday, and ABC’s Wipeout and Expedition Impossible each won their timeslots, with a 2.3 rating and 7 share. (This is according to TV By the Numbers at Zap2It.) Wipeout I can understand, but Expedition Impossible I can’t.
Allow me to explain. Expedition Impossible (airing Thursdays at 9/8c) is essentially a smaller-scale version of The Amazing Race. It’s set in one country (Morocco) and involves 13 teams of 3. Not teams of 2, teams of 3. These teams don’t have to deal with things such as airline reservations or taxis. No, this is strictly by foot or by camel. There are checkpoints, but they open scrolls and not envelopes. And get this….. the winning team gets $150,000 and a trio of Ford Explorers. Watch the trailer and you’ll get a good idea.
This leads me to beg the question: Why is this on ABC? This would be perfect for the National Geographic Channel or Discovery, but not ABC. However, I must say Mark Burnett did a good job distinguishing it from its competition. Well, maybe not good per se, but still. All in all, in my opinion, this version comes off as cheap but somewhat interesting. It focuses a lot on the players and the actual challenges, but it just seems a bit too drawn out. Of course, your mileage may vary.
* And finally, a bit of sad news from The Los Angeles Times. Fred Steiner has died at the age of 88. He was best known for composing the themes to Perry Mason and The Bullwinkle Show.
It is with a heavy heart that I say I never knew the man. I don’t know him personally at all. However, it is plain to see that celebrities these days are dropping like flies. First Peter Falk, now this man. Once a person slips out of the public’s memory for an extended period of time, they just die.
I’ll let you think that over.