Game Show Marathon: The Price is Right (Premiere)
(S01E01) When you think of game shows that Hollywood stars play in to win money for their charities, you think of shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire or Family Feud. You normally don't think of a show like The Price is Right as a platform for this type of event. In fact, as TPIR afficionados Joel Keller and Bob Sassone would probably attest to, The Price is Right should only be played by college students, senior citizens, and women who fall out of their halter tops. The reason? Well, let me get to that later.
In the meantime, let me pontificate a bit on the premiere of CBS's Game Show Marathon. I found it to be an interesting experiment. Here's how it works: six celebrities compete in a series of classic game shows to win one million dollars for their charity. Four semi-finalists are selected, then they play until two remain. The two finalists appear with their families on an episode of Family Feud (complete with classic sets) to vie for the million dollars.
I wouldn't have picked Rikki Lake as the host of the program, but she did show a lot of spirit in hosting The Price is Right episode of the show. Heck, many people have tried but failed to match the success that Bob Barker has had for over 30 years as TPIR's host. Hopefully she'll loosen up a bit more as the show progresses. I have a feeling she'll do a bit better in the Let's Make a Deal segment, which airs on Thursday.
I also wouldn't have chosen TPIR as the game to start the series with, despite is popularity and long network run. If you'd like to know the reason jump ahead by clicking the link.
The reason is that celebrities, even those like Paige Davis (Trading Spaces) and Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) whose prestige has dimmed a bit, have no concept of pricing in the real world. I'm fairly sure you wouldn't see Paige or former N'sync member Lance Bass at the local Acme, Albertson's or Alpha-Beta picking up a bottle of detergent. However, the college students, senior citizens, and women who fall out of their halter tops all shop at those stores, or their equivalents, and they have a sense of what items cost when they 'Come on Down' to be the next contestant on TPIR.
That's actually another reason why TPIR should not have been used as the premiere of Game Show Marathon: you win things. If you are trying to win money for your charity why the heck would you start off with a game show that makes you bid on products that the celebrities can't take with them anyway. Granted, cell phone user's could win the contents of the Showcase Showdown by answering a trivia question via text messaging, but they won nothing when Kathy Najimy played Hole in One, Paige Davis played the ever-popular Plinko and Brandie Roderick (Baywatch) played the Race Game. I just didn't understand the concept.
While I am being critical of the first episode I am going to stick around and see what happens. I did see a number of other celebrities in the crowd during this first show (Adam Carolla, George Foreman, Betty White) that may or may not appear in this round of game shows, so I'd like to see what happens. I'm also curious how they are going to work the shows like Match Game and Beat the Clock. So watch with me and we'll see how it goes.