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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's On Tonight: Miss America, Suze Orman, Spike Feresten

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 24th 2009 4:00PM
  • CrusoeAt 8, CBS has two new episodes of Game Show In My Head.
  • FOX has a new Cops at 8.
  • NBC has a new Crusoe at 8, then U.S. Championship Figure Skating.
  • Also at 8: TLC has The Miss America Pageant.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Lifetime has the movie Prayers For Bobby at 9.
  • ESPN has more Winter X Games at 9.
  • At 9:30, Cartoon Network has a new Naruto.
  • At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • ESPN2 has more Australian Open coverage at 10.
  • At 11, FOX has a new Talk Show with Spike Feresten.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Crusoe, Rachael Ray, Saturday Night Live

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 17th 2009 4:06PM
  • SNLAt 8, CBS has two new episodes of Game Show In My Head.
  • NBC has a new Crusoe at 8.
  • FOX has a new Cops at 8.
  • Nickelodeon has a new iCarly at 8, then new episodes of True Jackson, VIP and H20.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • There's a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Bravo has The Golden Globes at 9, if you missed it last weekend.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi has the movie The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake.
  • At 10, Food Network has two new episodes of Rachel's Vacation.
  • At 11, FOX has the season premiere of Talk Show with Spike Feresten, with guests Lisa Kudrow and Todd Barry.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live with guests Rosario Dawson and Fleet Foxes.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: NFL Playoffs, Suze Orman, Graham Norton

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 10th 2009 4:03PM
  • Neil Patrick HarrisUSA has a Monk marathon all night.
  • Food Network has an Unwrapped marathon.
  • At 8, CBS has two new episodes of Game Show In My Head at 8.
  • FOX has the Cardinals/Panthers playoff game at 8.
  • FOX News Channel has a new Huckabee at 8.
  • HGTV has a new Deserving Design at 8.
  • At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • At 9:30, Cartoon Network has a new Naruto.
  • At 10, BBC America has a new Graham Norton Show.
  • At 11, FX has a marathon of The Shield.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Neil Patrick Harris and Taylor Swift.
  • At 1am, Cartoon Network has a new Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Football Playoffs, iCarly, Smother

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 3rd 2009 4:01PM
  • Game Show In My HeadShowtime 2 is showing The L Word all night.
  • At 8, CBS has the premiere of Game Show In My Head (two episodes).
  • NBC has Football Playoffs at 8, the Colts vs. the Chargers.
  • There's a new iCarly on Nickelodeon at 8, followed by a new True Jackson, VP.
  • TCM has the Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • Lifetime has the movie Smother at 9.
  • TLC has two new episodes of My First Home at 9.
  • Also at 9: Hallmark has the movie The Nanny Express.
  • At 10, BBC America has a new Graham Norton Show.
  • At 1am, Cartoon Network has a new Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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ABC and CBS set their midseason schedules

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 2nd 2008 7:25PM
CastleWith all this talk that the fall season not exactly thrilling TV viewers (old shows losing viewers, not many new shows catching on in a big way, quirky favorites being canceled), it's probably time to start talking about what shows we can expect after the new year, at least from two of the networks.

On ABC we have Castle, with Nathan Fillion as a mystery novelist who helps police solve crimes (of course he does). It starts Monday, March 9 at 10pm. ABC also has The Unusuals, with Amber Tamblyn as a cop transferred to a new precinct filled with odd characters. It starts Wednesday, April 8 at 10pm. And as we've already told you, the new version of Cupid is coming to ABC too. It starts on Tuesday, March 24 at 10pm.

The new season of Lost premieres on Wednesday, January 21 at 9pm, and Scrubs comes back on Tuesday, January 6 at 9pm.

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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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Kutcher brings Brit game show stateside

by Julia Ward, posted Mar 5th 2007 6:26PM
Ashton KutcherAnother European import gets a stateside remake. In TV land, it's sometimes cheaper to buy somebody else's idea than to come up with one of your own. This would be funny principle if we started teaching it in schools. "I was going to do my own science fair project, but then I realized, I could just do a remake of the photosynthesis experiment that won two years ago." Kids could pay each other royalties for old book reports. I see a whole new economy in the works for the playground set. Anyway, these international translations are obviously working out quite well for the networks, Simon Fuller (American Idol) and Ben Silverman (The Office, Ugly Betty). So, why shouldn't they work out for producer Ashton Kutcher who has already made a bundle marketing Beauty and the Geek worldwide?

Kutcher is translating the British Game Show in My Head for CBS. While the production company has remained quiet on the details, we know that the show involves a hidden camera element and is casting "everyday people who are ready for a little fun in extraordinary situations." They're looking for people who considered themselves to be "daredevils, risk takers and great sales people." The pilot will be shot later this month. Anyone out there seen the British version? Got any insight for us?

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