National Bingo Night is its name-o
My first inclination was to scoff at the idea of a primetime gameshow based on Bingo, but the more I think about it the smarter this idea sounds.
Think about it: one of the most popular and enduring game shows of all time is essentially based on the children's game hangman. Sometimes, the simplest approach can work quite well.
Production has already begun on National Bingo Night, with six episodes set to begin May 18 on ABC. In keeping with the new trend of home viewer participation, the show will allow folks at home to print out bingo sheets from their home computers and then redeem them online for prizes. Ed Sanders will host the show.
When I was young, I would sometimes accompany my grandfather to bingo nights at the local community center, which mostly consisted of other senior citizens. If ABC manages to make bingo a national craze, you might be seeing more and more young people at these events, which means the elderly will have to find new activities to keep them away from those annoying kids. The result: young kids playing bingo and elderly people playing XBox. Just wait, it'll happen.