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Game shows are really stupid nowadays

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2007 1:01PM

Howie MandelThat's not me saying that, it's The Los Angeles Times. But I have to agree.

As several of us here have pointed out in the past, just look at the shows that pass for game shows nowadays. Deal Or No Deal has the gimmick of hot chicks and shiny suitcases. So far, so good (every show needs something). But then we get the most annoying guests in the history of television. Seriously, these people are so OUTGOING and have big PERSONALITIES, all of them, that the producers must give them a test before the show and won't pick anyone normal. Even their family members are this way. This was never the case on game shows before, and if you got an episode where it was like that, it stood out.

Now all of these contestants are the same, and so are the shows. After all, what is Identity but Deal Or No Deal, only with humans instead of suitcases? More annoying guests, more luck, and more stupid decisions (honestly, quit while you're ahead). And the l.......o......n.....g, drawn out pauses and "suspense" each show tries to build. Ugh.

1 vs. 100 is slightly better, but only because the mob of 100 (Ken Jennings, strippers, actors, etc) adds a little fun. But too many are dumb as doorknobs. Actual question (the first question) from last week: "If you saw Vanna White at a white sale, what would she be buying?"

a. linens
b. a used car
c. a vowel.

36 people got it wrong. 36! I don't see how these people even made it to the studio on their own. Seriously, after they walked off stage they should have been knocked out and sent back to school.

And the promos. My God, the promos. They actually give away what is going to happen in the show! They might not give away whether or not someone wins, say, the million dollars at the end of Deal Or No Deal, but they tell you who the contestant is and show several key moments from their game and how far they've gotten. I mean, I know movie trailers for comedies give away all the best jokes, but is NBC so desperate for viewers that they show what's going to happen on a game show?

Show Me The Money, thankfully, didn't last too long.

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? seems to really love that adults can be dumb. But as the article says, the kids aren't all geniuses, they're given workbooks to study before the show. Maybe it should be called Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader We Helped Find The Answers To The Following Questions?

Somewhere, Bill Cullen is turning in his grave.

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Just wait Bob, BINGO is coming to a television near you!

March 18 2007 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was forced to watch 10 minutes of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" - it was the most shockingly awful television I have seen in my entire life.

March 16 2007 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The article, by Paul Farhi, started life in our "local" paper, the Washington Post. He and TV columnist Lisa de Moreas are two of the sharpest television writers in the country. The paper should put their current "senior" hack Tom Shales out to retirement and let the two of them rotate coverage.

March 16 2007 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The questions in "1 vs. 100" are written in a clever way... But if you figure out what they're actually asking, it's usually something ridiculously simple.

What's really annoying about these shows is when the answer is incredibly obvious, but still have the ten-second music delay in an attempt to build "suspense."

Frankly, I never watch any of these shows without Tivoing them first... And then it takes about 10 minutes to view the highlights of the entire hour.

March 16 2007 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

I agree that NBC does go a little far with their
promos on Deal Or No Deal, but just this once, I'd
like to see somebody finally crack the code that's
been so diffacult to crack, break that one giant
block of ice that's been so hard to break, achieve
something that NOBODY in the history of Deal Or No
Deal has been able to do, and often that goal is
right in front of them, but the contestants are so
chicken, they let it slip out of their fingers. To
pick the lucky case, keep it throughout the game,
no trading suitcases or taking bank offers, and
actually win the $1 million suitcase for themselves.
Their promos drag me into believing it will happen,
but it never happens, and yet, Howie Mandel, the
models, and those shameless merchandising plugs,
not to mention the family distractions (surprises)
are just there for strictly entertainment purpouses.
Sometimes, the contestants aren't even in this for
the money at all, and they want other things in their
life, like a car, a pony?, and even marriages. Why?
I don't know, but if something isn't done to improve
the chances of actually winning the $1 Million, Howie
Mandel might as well find another line of work. Deal
Or No Deal just isn't cutting it for me, anymore.

March 16 2007 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Finally, someone speaks. Now. I just watch the shows to see people who could've won 200,00 dollars and wind up winning 5....they really need to put some actual shows on television...

March 16 2007 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Watching some of GSN's classics really makes me miss the good old days of 70s and 80s game shows. I was watching Super Password the other day and thinking how classy it all was. I miss that from TV these days. *nostalgic sigh*

March 16 2007 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not sure if I actually miss Card Sharks, or if I was just young and watching it instead of going to school absolutely ruled.

March 16 2007 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Let's make a deal! Do you want door number one, or the crate of eggs? OK, if you take the eggs, I'll give you $500! No? You really want the door? OK.....A DONKEY!

March 16 2007 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think they need to bring back Press Your Luck and the one where the contestents dress in dumb things.

March 16 2007 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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