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The All-New Even Newer Newlywed Game ... new this spring on GSN

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 19th 2008 9:01AM
The Newlywed GameThe Newlywed Game was a staple of television on and off for 34 years, finally going off the air in 2000. After bouncing around the idea of a revival for awhile now, GSN is officially moving forward with their remake of The Newlywed Game, shooting for a spring launch. They admit that things will have to be revamped a bit as far as how they approach the couples with the questions because times and marriages have changed.

One of the biggest changes is that they're going to go ahead and build their set right next to the set for Divorce Court. Since so many marriages end up that way anyway, and The Newlywed Game is about testing how well the contestants know one another, it would make sense that some of the couples might want to head right over there. Hell, they could air the episodes back-to-back for a one-two punch of entertainment. Nothing like watching people's lives fall apart on national television.

I always liked The Newlywed Game. Even as a kid I used to watch it in syndication. My local station paired it with The Dating Game; back then the world was a lot more innocent and optimistic. At worst, the couples would glare at one another or have a sharp word. In this day of Jerry Springer we'll probably need bouncers and to make sure the chairs are secured to the soundstage.

Even our dating game shows have turned into things like Elimidate and those horrid shows on VH1 where sluts and whores try to get with the likes of Tila Tequila, Bret Michaels or Flavor Flav. Hell, maybe we should have a celebrity version of The Newlywed Game. Considering that celebrities like to get married and divorced all the time, they're constantly newlyweds. And they probably don't know a thing about one another, so we'll need to keep Celebrity Divorce Court on standby.

The Newlywed Game is most associated with host Bob Eubanks, and as he's still alive and kicking at 70 why not just let him get back in the ring. If Regis can still be hosting game shows and daytime talk shows and anything else that keeps him on television at 77, Eubanks can do it. Or maybe Bob Ueker. It sounds almost the same. Who would you get to do it? Craig Ferguson would be my choice.

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Preston

I don't think that Bob Eubanks is interested in doing it again. He does look youthful for 70, but the pattern of taping TV shows might not be what he wants to do now. He must have retired from the TV business. Craig Ferguson or some hip host in their mid 40s would be a good choice.

January 23 2009 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Preston

They can get away with it now with showing the updated Newlywed Game on cable. They couldn't say sexual things when it was on the networks. And with the Internet and how marriage is thought of today, they can get away with the making whoopee comments!

January 23 2009 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Meli

Your pick of Craig Ferguson as the host for this new version would be interesting. He's been divorced. Twice. He still carries bitterness about marriage. It would be hilarious to have him hosting The Newlywed Game.

December 19 2008 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paulo Rules

The revival was announced over the summer along with one for "The Dating Game." Judy Gold will host "Newlywed" and Kim Coles is supposed to head "Dating."

http://www.reuters.com/article/televisionNews/idUSN2539967820080626

December 19 2008 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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