OK, I feel the urge to make a response to some developments in the game show community. I think it’s headed in some interesting directions.
* First off, The Hub has 3 new games coming this fall. One of which is a talent show, Majors and Minors. You’d think it would be about a college education, but nooooo…… it’s a freaking talent show for kids between the ages of 8-16. Adam Lambert’s going to be one of the mentors. Whoopee.
Next is a game that might disappoint a few fans out there. It’s Scrabble Showdown.That other blog has a whole story about it with Pat Finn, Bob Boden, and host Justin Williams. Let me see if I can get a photo of the set up here.
The video marquee in the back looks a lot like the one from Don’t Forget the Lyrics, don’t you think? Anyway, the reason this is a disappointment is because the last adaptation of Scrabble was a very popular show that ran on NBC from 1984 to 1990, and then again in 1993. It had the former host of Wheel of Fortune. Come on, you know what I’m talking about.
This version will not be a revival of the 80s show, and I think….. well, I think Bonnie Tyler can sum it up best.
If it’s any consolation, the son of Bob Stewart and the daughter of Dick Clark will be producing this show. Just the name Sande Stewart ought to bring this some class.
Finally, there’s The Game of Life, with Frank Nicotero (Street Smarts) as your host. You probably may not have known this, but Art Linkletter endorsed the first incarnation of the modern version of this game 50 years ago.
I don’t know the specifics of the rules just yet, but they’re offering a preview of all 3 on September 3rd.
* Next, Let’s Make a Deal has 2 new games that are major throwbacks to game show history. First off, there’s “Go For a Spin”. These pictures come to you through the courtesy of that other blog.
And this is what inspired that deal…..
The other new game is “Strike a Match”. This is what it looks like….
And here’s what may have inspired it (at least according to one person)….
Overall, I think it’s a great thing. This convinces me that Mike Richards has been paying attention to classic game shows. This is very hopeful.
* Millionaire’s starting to become like almost every other syndicated game show out there by offering a loyalty club, along with prizes and a chance to double your money on any one question (meaning one question could be worth as much as $50,000). Details here. As much as I’d like to see prizes being given away, Millionaire is not the place to do it. That’s my two cents.