Is a new Match Game on the way?
That's right folks: in this era where no section of TV history is left unscathed, everyone's favorite shag-carpeted, wokka-wokka game show from the seventies might be coming to a TV near you soon. Fremantle is currently talking with cable networks about a revival of the show and is also looking for an executive producer, and will hire talent after the EP is brought on board.
The last attempt at a revival of Match Game was done in 1998, and, well... let's just say that it wasn't a success. In fact it was such a disaster that many markets didn't air it until the wee hours of the morning. It had five guest panelists instead of six, and the best regulars they could come up with were Vicki Lawrence, Nell Carter and Judy Tenuta.
Will this new incarnation be as good as the classic version from the seventies and early eighties? Probably not, mainly because Gene Rayburn, Brett Somers, and Charles Nelson Reilly are no longer with us, and Richard Dawson is retired. The chemistry among the four of them is what made the show so good. And, to be honest, the impact of the word "boobs" isn't quite the same as it was back then. But if they do it right, and pick the right celebrities, a Match Game revival might at least be decently entertaining.
I say they should make comedian Jeffrey Ross a regular, given his skill at even the lamest of roasts. Who do you think would work well on a Match Game panel these days? Let me know in the comments.
[via Pop Candy]