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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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The Best "Come on Down" Ever on 'The Price Is Right' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 3rd 2010 8:35PM
The Best 'Come on Down' Ever on 'The Price Is Right'Come on down! You're the next contestant on 'The Price Is Right' (weekdays, syndicated). Excessive, unbridled enthusiasm has long been a hallmark of contestants on the game show. But on the latest episode, a woman named Carlin takes it further than most.

When her name is called out by the announcer, Carlin jumps out of her seat, hugs a fellow audience member and drags him to the floor, hugs her fellow players, rushes the stage and hugs host Drew Carey, and loudly thanks Jesus for this opportunity. Wow. Drew seems pretty excited by all of this too, even though he repeatedly calls Carlin "Carla'" by mistake.

Anyway, good enthusiasm, Carlin! Just try to save some energy for the actual game show itself.

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'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel' Extended Through 2014 -- It Should Be Longer

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 9th 2010 7:31PM
Earlier this week, both 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' stay on the air through 2014 thanks to a new contract agreement between ABC and CBS Television Distribution. It also keeps hosts Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak in their respective chairs through the same time period.

Ho-hum, I know. Most test patterns have had shorter runs on TV than 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel.' How is that news?

It just got me thinking: what would the world of TV and really the world itself be like without daily doses of America's favorite quiz show and America's favorite wheel spinning and letter guessing show?

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ABC Picks Up Game Show Set on Skyscraper

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 6th 2010 10:30AM
Everyone loves a good game show. Fans enjoy the spectacle of real people playing a game with the chance to win enough money to change their life, while networks enjoy the low-production costs that make those prizes cheaper than filming a scripted series. It's a win-win for everyone, except, of course, when the players lose. The only trick in a genre as old as the game show is to come up with a fresh new idea.

Or, you could just play the game on top of a big building.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has given the greenlight to 'Downfall,' a game show in which contestants vying for cash must complete tasks to prevent their winnings from falling off the side of a building. Just as 'Speed' was pitched to studios as 'Die Hard' on a bus, in Hollywood terms, 'Downfall' is 'Jeopardy' on a building.

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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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'Wipeout' Getting Down and Dirty with Nintendo

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 19th 2010 8:05PM
ABC's Do you want to experience the awesome majesty of the 'Wipeout' obstacle course but without having to endure the painful humiliation of having to sacrifice your dignity on national television? Nintendo has the answer.

A video game version of the popular ABC game show is headed to the Nintendo Wii and the DS. An official release date has not yet been set.

David Oxford of Activision Publishing said in a released statement, "Watching ABC's 'Wipeout' on TV is outrageous fun, and viewers can't help but dream of trying the obstacles themselves. We designed the video game with this in mind. 'Wipeout: The Game' brings all of the challenge and laugh-out-loud hilarity without the pain."

I assume he means the emotional pain and not the physical, unless of course someone catches you playing it in public.

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The Most Epic 'Press Your Luck' Moment You'll See Today

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 17th 2010 6:30PM
The cult hit CBS game show 'Press Your Luck' has long been a hotbed of television legends from the pre-celebrity appearances by the likes of talk shot hostess Jenny Jones and Myke Horton aka 'American Gladiator's' Gemini to the unstoppable force that was ice cream truck driver Michael Larson.

One that seems to have fallen under the radar is this epic "spin battle" between two contestants in the final throes of the episode. Both of these mighty Whammy warriors bring their scores to an astronomical amount that could rival the majesty of Mount Olympus, only to come crashing down to game show doom.

Check out this bit of "Game Show Thunderdome" where two women enter, but only one leaves ... and then, technically, the other but without any money or sense of personal dignity.

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