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ABC Orders a Game Show Where People Plunge Off a Skyscraper

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 6th 2010 12:10PM
ABC logoIt looks like the networks have run out of ideas for reality shows and game shows that are set on the ground, so now they're thinking vertically. ABC has ordered a game show titled 'Downfall,' where contestants vie for $1 million by answering trivia questions on top of a skyscraper. If they miss a question, the money flies off the side of the building to the street below.

The part of the game that will get the most attention from viewers and the ABC legal department? Players might take a plunge off of the building too (wearing a harness, of course).

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Deciphering the Charlie Sheen 'Two and a Half Men' Situation

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 2nd 2010 2:01PM
charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_men_cbsIt was a shock to read yesterday that Charlie Sheen was reportedly not going to return to 'Two and a Half Men' next season. Could it be true that the star of CBS's top sitcom was ready to walk away from nearly a million bucks an episode because he was ready to "move on?"

Hmm... interesting. If Charlie is well enough to move on to other things, then why isn't he well enough to complete his run on 'Two and a Half Men?' Yes, the mixed signals are as difficult to read as smoke signals.

On one hand, if Charlie Sheen is really so damaged by his personal issues -- domestic upheaval, overzealous partying, the pre-emptive entry into rehab, the sober coach on set to counsel him during his return -- how would he be ready to move on? And if he can't work anymore even with all the help he's getting from the network and the production company, not to mention cast and crew and producers, could he do better elsewhere?

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Richard Hatch says he was sent to jail because ... he's gay?!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2009 3:41PM
Richard HatchRichard Hatch, the winner of the very first Survivor, was sent to jail in 2006 for not paying taxes on his winning from the show (and a radio talk show gig) and also got time for perjury. But he says that's not the real reason he was sent to jail.

Hatch said in an interview today on Today that the court system in the United States is set up to be against gays, and he believes that if he was heterosexual he wouldn't have gone to jail. Hatch is currently out of prison and confined to his home. He's getting out on October 7 but wants to be released now.

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Someone gets a million bucks on PBS

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 30th 2009 11:38AM
trunkWheel of Fortune isn't the only TV show that can have a million dollar payday.

A woman who brought in some carved Chinese jade to PBS' Antiques Roadshow probably didn't know how valuable her inheritance was. The jade is worth $1 million, and it's the highest price given to an item on the show. She got the jade from her dad, who bought it in China when he was in the military in the 1930s or 40s. The episode won't be shown until next year.

I once sold something on ebay and got $40.

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Colin Mochrie to host Canadian version of 5th Grader

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 16th 2007 11:05AM

Colin Mochrie and the cast of Are You Smarther Than a Canadian 5th GraderWho knew that the American version of Whose Line is it Anyway? would produce so many game show hosts. We have Drew Carey on Power of 10 and Price is Right, Wayne Brady on Don't Forget the Lyrics, and now Improv veteran and bald Adonis, Colin Mochrie, will be hosting a Canadian version of an American game show.

Colin will be hosting Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader, which will premiere on Canada's Global network on October 25th. The show will duplicate the format of America's Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, which airs on FOX and is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

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Matt LeBlanc sued by ex-manager

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 30th 2007 1:30PM

Matt LeBlanc is being sued by his ex-managerOther than our occasional snarky remarks about Joey . . . okay, my occasional snarky remarks about Joey . . . we haven't heard too much from Matt LeBlanc lately. Well, he's back in the news, but not for good reasons.

According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court LeBlanc's former business manager, Camille Cerio, is suing the former Friends star for back pay of one million dollars. Cerio, who claims she was LeBlanc's manager back in 1994, says the actor signed a letter approving payment of 15 percent of his earnings from "pilot and series derived from Friends Like Us (the name of the Friends' pilot) and subsequent jobs derived henceforth". In normal English this means she should've been paid for LeBlanc's roles on Friends as well as Joey.

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NBC denies $1 million offer for Hilton interview

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 22nd 2007 3:02PM

paris hiltonTo answer the question posed in Bob's previous post, no, NBC News did not offer to pay Paris Hilton one million dollars for an interview.

Previously, the New York Post had claimed NBC had outbid ABC for the interview, but NBC News denies this, saying they have never paid for an interview and never will. Still, other networks remain skeptical since Hilton's people have allegedly told them that NBC's Today already has the first interview locked down between Hilton and Meredith Vieira.

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Wayne Brady hosting new lyric challenge on FOX

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 20th 2007 4:01PM

wayne bradyWayne Brady will host Don't Forget the Lyrics, a new game show in which contestants must not forget the lyrics (in case the unoriginal title didn't make that clear).

The series debuts on FOX July 11 at 9:30 p.m. and July 12 at 8:30 p.m., and features contestants singing along with a studio band, the words in front of them karaoke-style. When the music stops and the words disappear, the contestant must continue to sing the correct lyrics. If the contestant correctly guesses nine lyrics in a row, they have one final chance to try for a tenth lyrics and the chance to win one million dollars.

If this sounds familiar, that's because NBC's Great American Singing Bee is pretty much the exact same concept. I don't quite understand how two networks became infatuated with this idea, but I blame the popularity of karaoke. And like karaoke, I assume these shows will be much tolerable if you've had a few drinks beforehand.

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Captain Kirk to boldly host a game show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 6th 2006 7:29PM
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner is becoming the next Regis Philbin. He's everywhere!

Besides appearing on Boston Legal, many different commercials (Priceline, DirecTV, ads for attorneys) and writing books and having a web site, he's just signed to host a new game show for ABC titled Show Me The Money. The game will involve contestants answering trivia questions for a prize of $1 million.

Sigh. Hey, I like game shows, but I fear the success of Deal Or No Deal will push out scripted shows (or, on the flip side, good game shows will be so popular the networks will run them into the ground by having them on 2, 3, 4 times a week). And if they are going to have a game show, why use an already cliche line from some movie from the 90s?

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