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Is Game Show Hostdom Dead?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 3:10PM
Game show hosts Drew Carey, Wayne Brady and Guy Fieri
Game shows used to flood the dial of my TV back in the 1980s and '90s. And that was when my TV could only pick up eight channels, three depending on the weather.

Back then, almost everything from daytime fare to the occasional prime time bit of airtime starred game show hosts. Their purpose on television was solely to wear smart suits, make sure their teeth reached the optimum level of whiteness and keep the game moving but entertaining.

Now that game shows are making a slow but steady return to television, it seems the traditional role of "host" has turned away from the traditional "game" emcee like Chuck Woolery, Wink Martindale, Bob Barker and Art Fleming and more towards lively hosting personalities from other walks of entertainment life like Drew Carey, Wayne Brady, Howie Mandel and Guy Fieri. Does this mean that the role of the traditional TV game show has gone to that great big "Curtain No. 2" in the sky?

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What to Watch Weekend, Jan. 3-4

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 3rd 2009 5:00AM
rock of love'Rock of Love Bus'
(Sun., 9PM, VH1) 3rd season premiere
Yes, living it up with dozens of women in a booze-soaked, pimped out mansion didn't help Bret Michaels find love, so now he's hopping on his tour bus, with 20 eager-to-please women on board, in his third attempt to find a lasting relationship. Or, the reality TV equivalent.

Poison frontman Michaels embarks on a month-long solo tour across America, and the women are along for the ride, challenges, catfights, Mud Bowl 3 and all ... until they get their walking papers.

And this time around, Bret doesn't just confiscate their 'backstage pass' and kick them to the curb; the women who get the boot from the 'Rock of Love' bus are left behind at whatever city Michaels happens to be performing in that night.

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CBS gives thumbs up for more reality shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 21st 2008 11:37AM
JamieKennedyOnce upon a time, in the 1960's, the TV landscape was rife with westerns. In the 1970s, it was detective shows. Nowadays, the same can be said for reality shows, and it seems there's no end in sight to the genre. Today, CBS reported two new reality programs in development. Splitsville, which was previously announced, is now going into production. The marital-based series, which comic Jamie Kennedy is executive producing, is not about happy unions. It sounds more like Divorce Court meets Let's Make A Deal, with divorcing husbands and wives battling over their belongings in a series of competitive challenges. Hmm...can't wait to root for those people!

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