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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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Can Primetime Game Shows Stop With the 'Millionaire' Look Already?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 15th 2010 4:23PM
Episode one of 'Minute to Win It'
I've been a game show fan for as long as I can remember. I can recall obscure games from the '70s like 'The Better Sex' and I revel in the classics, from 'Match Game' all the way up to 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire.' So I'll watch any new game show at least once.

All of this is how I explain to myself how I blew two hours watching the first two episodes of NBC's 'Minute to Win It' last night. It's a pretty straightforward game: complete ten physical games, win a million bucks. The games themselves use everyday household items, and variations of them could be found at carnivals, state fairs and church festivals around the country. In fact, there was a game show on for years called 'Beat the Clock' that had a very similar premise.

But 'Minute to Win It' was important. Why? Because of the dark, space-station set and swirling lights. Because of the female British voice that felt vaguely futuristic. In fact, the show felt a lot more like 'Millionaire' than a carnival game. And it was so not necessary.

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Three M&Ms, Two Pencils, and $50K on 'Minute to Win It' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 15th 2010 2:04AM
Minute to Win ItTalk about pressure! 'Minute to Win It' (Sun., 8PM ET on NBC) is a new game show that really turns up the tension. Contestants can win up to $1 million by completing tasks involving common household objects – in one minute or less.

One lucky girl won $50K with a task that involved three M&Ms, two pencils, and a mini-pulley of sorts. We love seeing people do fun stuff under pressure, and predict this show will be a winner.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa Compete in Cookie Challenge (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:30PM
Guest co-host Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa compete in a cookie-eating challenge with celebrity chef Guy Fieri acting as judge on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). Although Cooper wins the challenge, Ripa clearly has the best technique.

Fieri has Cooper and Ripa balance Oreos on their foreheads, then move the cookies down to their mouths without using their hands. Cooper wins the challenge by muscling his way through it, dropping a great many Oreos on the floor in the process, but Ripa is slow and methodical and wins points for being graceful ... sort of.

Watch the video after the jump.

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AOL TV Interns Have a 'Minute to Win It'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 10th 2010 12:00PM
If you watched NBC's coverage of the Olympic games then you probably saw commercials for 'Minute to Win It' (Sun., March 14, 7PM ET on NBC), the network's new game show hosted by Guy Fieri.

Well, the anticipation was too much for us, so we pitted our interns against one another in a battle of the fittest. Each came away humiliated, but there was only one winner.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Kim Kardashian Deep-Fries Oreos on 'The Jay Leno Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 6th 2010 9:13AM
Socialite Kim Kardashian earned a plug on 'The Jay Leno Show' by cooking her favorite junk food for the very first time with an assist from celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

Kardashian dipped Oreos in milk, flour and tempura batter, then deep-fried them in oil. Afterwards, all three sampled the artery-hardening treats.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Why You Can't Watch Food Network and HGTV on Cablevision

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 4th 2010 2:30PM
The price battles between TV channels and cable service providers continue. While Time Warner Cable and Fox have called a truce and reached a temporary agreement that allows TWC subscribers to keep watching 'House' and weekend football, the dispute continues between Cablevision and Scripps over fees for Food Network and HGTV, leaving 3.1 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut without access to Bobby Flay or 'Design Star.'

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Food Network and HGTV pulled off Cablevision in Northeast

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:31AM
scripps_network_chartRepeat after me, "I want my Food Network, I want my HGTV!" That's what the disgruntled Cablevision subscribers might be shouting soon if Scripps Networks and Cablevision don't reach a deal on fees.

As of 12:01 on New Year's Day, three million TV subscribers in suburban New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were shocked that Food Network and DIY and HGTV and all the Scripps networks were off Cablevision.

I don't know how the corporate folks feel about this kind of negotiation, but as a TV viewer I think it sucks. I used to live in that market and if I was expecting to watch Food Network, I would expect to see it.

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The Next Food Network Star's Ten Dollar Dinners debuts

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 9th 2009 6:02PM
melissa_darabian_food_NetworkA week ago -- in TV time -- Melissa D'Arabian was crowned the winner of The Next Food Network Star. Presto-chango and one week later, her new show debuted on The Food Network, called Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa D'Arabian. That wasn't the concept she was talking about during the competition, but within hours of last Sunday's finale, FN had decided that this would be the format for Melissa.

It was with a lot of curiosity that I checked out the debut of Ten Dollar Dinners. Would Melissa be able to adapt her "kitchen survival guide" and perky homemaker style to a skin flint, sawbuck a dinner concept? Would the personality -- that the judges harped on wanting to see -- come out in a slickly-made premiere episode?

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Food Network cooks up new concept for its new star

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 4th 2009 10:02AM
melissa_d'arbian_food_networkIf you watched the finale of The Next Food Network Star, you know that homemaker, non-pro cook Melissa D'Arabian was the big winner. Hopefully, you really, really like Melissa and not just the pilot she created for the competition, Kitchen Survival Guide, because Food Network has shucked the concept.

That's right, less than 24 hours after cleaning up the confetti, Ms. D'Arabian was handed a new show with a new angle. The title will be Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa D'Arabian.

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