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Three Very Cool Submersible Vehicles on 'It's Worth What?' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 24th 2011 3:34AM
'It's Worth What?'Half the fun of watching 'It's Worth What?' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC) is to see all the fun things they spotlight for the contestants to try and guess the prices of. This week, we fell madly in love with the submersible vehicles they spotlighted for the mother-daughter duo.

The pair had to arrange the items in order from cheapest to most expensive, but they forgot one cardinal rule of automobiles: Luxury convertibles are always way more expensive than a recreational vehicle, even if it does convert into a fishing yacht.

While it sounds fun to be able to go below water in a convertible, the added need of scuba equipment takes some of the fun out of it, while the RV/yacht would probably blow your mind if you saw it while out on the water.. The dolphin diving recreational craft looked like the most fun. Where do we sign up for rides?

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We Want to Ride the Cannon Launch on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 27th 2011 1:01AM
'101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'The more of these '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) we get to see, the more we want to know where we can line up to get tickets for some of these rides. Our favorite this week was the cannon shot into the ocean.

With the harnesses attached, you know all these elimination methods have been thoroughly tested for the safety of these contestants. That tells us that these stunts are ready for the '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' theme park.

We think the guy who had the wrong answer was actually more excited than scared about getting shot from the cannon. It was a beautiful arc as he soared through the air. Do you think some people intentionally choose the wrong answer to enjoy the ride?

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'Wheel of Fortune' Wheel Designer, Ed Flesh, Dies Aged 79

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 20th 2011 7:20AM
'Wheel of Fortune' wheelThe man who created the iconic horizontally spinning wheel on 'Wheel of Fortune' has died.

According to 'The Hollywood Reporter,' art director Ed Flesh died in California on Friday of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 79 and is survived by his partner of 44 years, David Powers.

The prolific designer shaped the look of dozens of TV game shows including 'The $25,000 Pyramid,' 'Jeopardy!,' 'Name That Tune' and 'The Newlywed Game.'

Paying tribute to Flesh, Bob Eubanks, original host of 'The New Newlywed Game,' said "He truly was a master of his craft."

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Two Contestants Walk Away With $80,000 on 'It's Worth What?' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 20th 2011 1:06AM
Cedric the Entertainer, 'It's Worth What?'While it wasn't a million-dollar pay day, two women walked away with a pretty cool cash settlement in the inaugural installment of 'It's Worth What?' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC). When their earnings reached $80,000, Melissa and Annabel struggled to feel a strong urge to keep playing.

Even host Cedric the Entertainer's reminder that they could double that to $160,000 wasn't really swaying them. After all, if they were wrong on their next guess, their earnings would drop back to $10,000.

The format of the show has contestants trying to determine the values of various collectible and antique items. They have to then be able to compare two items and figure out which one is worth more money.

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The Best and Worst of This Week's '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 13th 2011 12:39AM
'101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'Let's face it, nobody's watching '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) for the riveting questions. It's all about the outlandish ways in which the contestants are eliminated. We find ourselves now trying to imagine which would be the most terrifying way to go, and the most fun.

This week, we had some good ones to choose from, but decided ultimately that being propped upright on top of a car smashing through containers sounds pretty terrifying. If you could keep your lunch down, you'd probably be convinced you're going to wind up with a concussion.

The guy who got launched off a building after getting hit in the face with his microphone was a little too cheesy to be scary, and it was otherwise just a bungee jump. The one that looked the most fun was the red carpet ride down the street, being dragged by a limousine. That's going out with class!

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Katherine Takes a High-Flying Ride on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2011 2:13AM
'101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'More and more, the eliminations on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) are looking like awesome rides for adrenaline junkies. We could see people lining up for Katherine's fiery exit.

After she wound up with the wrong answer on a question about movies featuring Tom Cruise wearing sunglasses -- surprisingly "All of them!" is not the right answer -- she found herself in the back of a pick-up truck barreling toward the edge of a cliff.

As the truck went over the edge, she got to watch from the air. She'd been secured to a helicopter flying above by a rope. This gave her a spectacular view of the truck crumpling, rolling and ultimately exploding. Sounds awesome, right?

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With Moves Like That, It's No Surprise This 'Circus Freak' Didn't 'Wipeout' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 1st 2011 1:14AM
Sarah Cooper AKA Circus Freak, 'Wipeout'It takes a 'Circus Freak' to handle the obstacles on the 'Wipeout' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC) course. At least, that's what Sarah Cooper proved this week as she made her way through the various stages with impressive strength, balance and agility.

John Henson was flabbergasted by one move that saw her hanging onto a rotating "dangler" by her feet, getting battered and beaten as it moved her from one platform to the next. The girl has some strong legs, that's for sure.

"She just blew my freaking mind," Henson said. "It's like the Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers had a freakish little baby."

For her accomplishments, Cooper walked away with a hefty $50,000 prize. We're sure she thinks it well worth any bruises she might have gotten on the course.

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Truck Norris Smashes Into a Contestant on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 2:07AM
Truck Norris, '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'There's another angle to consider with '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC). Not only is there the terror fun of getting eliminated in such outlandish ways, but because the contestants know how they'll be eliminated if they're wrong, there's that extra stress looming over your shoulder hindering clear thought.

One round saw them face off against Truck Norris, an enormous monster truck. You could see the contestants each second-guessing their answers and hoping they got it right as they sat there strapped into their cars, knowing the one who was wrong was about to have a monster truck drive right over them.

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Leaving in a Fiery Car Crash on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 22nd 2011 12:16AM
'101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'If you love quiz shows but hate all those boring questions getting in the way, '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) might just be the cure for your summer snooze. With its emphasis on flashy exits for contestants, there's hardly enough time to get through any questions.

That doesn't make the exits any more exciting or crazy to watch. This premiere episode was packed with dangerous stunts that make us think you have to go through a grueling physical to even be allowed to compete.

Our favorite was the car flip exit, where the contestant who had the wrong answer was flipped and wrecked in a car that burst into flames. Absolutely do not try this at home.

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'Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza' to Premiere Monday on GSN

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 8th 2011 2:00PM
'Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza' will feature performers from 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' 'Drew Carey's Green Screen Show' and 'The Drew Carey Show.'For more than a decade, Drew Carey has been connected to the world of televised improv in one form or another, whether it be hosting the U.S. version of the program 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', on ABC from 1998 to 2004 or 'Drew Carey's Green Screen Show,' which aired on both the WB and Comedy Central in 2005 and 2006.

Now, after taking a few years off while hosting 'The Price Is Right' and losing nearly 100 pounds, Drew is back on the improv circuit with a new show for cable network GSN titled 'Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza.' Question is, what exactly is 'Improv-a-Ganza' all about?

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'Jeopardy!'-Playing Computer Owns Two 'Jeopardy!' Champions; Is Humanity Next?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 14th 2011 3:00PM
Ken Jennings vs. Watson on a dry run of Awhile back when news of IBM's "Watson," the computer designed specifically to compete as a 'Jeopardy!' contestant, first surfaced, I actually tried to reach out to champion Ken Jennings for his reactions to it. He declined the opportunity saying that the people at 'Jeopardy!' had asked him not to speak on the subject for the time being.

He was very nice and cordial, but there was a weird omniousness in his letter, almost a twinge of fear in his voice. Something tells me if we had spoken over the phone or in person, his voice would have cracked more than a teenager tenor in training.

Now I know why. IBM held its first public demonstration of Watson against Jennings and 'Jeopardy!' champion Brad Rutter, who holds the show's record for the most money won and the computer absolutely cleaned both of their clocks.

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The 5 Greatest Game Show Video Games

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 31st 2010 1:00PM
The Jeopardy home game for the Nintendo WiiIf you're one of the lucky few selected out of a crowd of giddy housewives and Spring Break college students to appear on a game show, you've got to be ready.

You've got to have your hand ready to strike every buzzer the moment the host stops reading the question.

You've got to know the suggested retail price of everything on the market from a 2010 Chevy Volt to a box of Low Sodium Rice-a-Roni.

You've got to know where those annoying Whammies or dragons are hiding. Hell, you've got to do better than just know. You've got to be able to smell them like a great white shark sniffing out a drop of blood from 500 yards away.

Fortunately, technology has allowed mankind to prepare for these unholy battles of knowledges, reflexes and luck with the game show video game. Of course, the market is flooded with remakes of your favorites, so we've picked out the best of the best for the shows that are still around if you're headed down Contestant's Row.

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Wayne Brady Is Not a Game Show Host ... Just Ask Him

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 29th 2010 3:20PM
Wayne Brady with a contestant on 'Let's Make a Deal' on CBSThere's no doubt that Wayne Brady is quick on his feet, but what I found out when I spoke to the 'Let's Make a Deal' host earlier this month was that he's also quick to make sure his career isn't pigeonholed.

Mention that an improvised rap he did on the CBS daytime game show reminds you of one he did on Drew Carey's version of 'Whose Line Is It, Anyway?' and he'll take pains to mention that he's been honing these skills in his stage show and elsewhere for years. Ask how the chemistry between him and announcer Jonathan Mangum came about and he'll make sure to tell you that the two of them have been performing together for close to two decades.

But, most of all, Brady refuses to define himself as a game show host. "In my head, a game show host is the guy that stands there and just goes, 'And now, what are you doing, Jim?' And that's not me. I was hired to bring something else to it," he told me.

Brady and I spoke about the show's second season, its move from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and what he thinks of Carey's recent weight loss.

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Meredith Vieira on the Changes to 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 27th 2010 4:00PM
Melora Hardin and Meredith Vieira during the Celebrity 'Millionaire' weekIf you haven't watched the syndicated version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' lately, you might not recognize the show if you've tuned in since the ninth season began earlier this month.

Questions and dollar amounts in the first round are now randomized. And there's also no more Hot Seat. Both the contestant and host Meredith Vieira both stand, either behind or around a 'Deal or No Deal' -style podium. When Vieira first heard about all the potential changes, she felt that they shouldn't fix what wasn't broken. But she quickly came around when she realized how much excitement it brought.

"I realized that I had become complacent, particularly (during) the first five questions," she told me last week. "They were almost tedious. When you get in a game you want to be in the game. It was almost as if you were waiting for the game to begin."

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A Surprise Winner on 'Wipeout' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 24th 2010 10:36PM
So here we are in Season 3 of 'Wipeout' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC) and each week we watch 24 contestants -- all ages, shapes and sizes -- hoping to make it through the world's largest extreme obstacle course. They get smashed, beat, pummeled, muddied and generally physically assaulted in an attempt to make it through the course, be named "Wipeout Champion" and, of course, come away with some cash.

[Spoiler alert]

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