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« on: August 27, 2003, 03:53:04 PM »
Blackout, Shmackout: Where's Gary?

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8/25/2003    

Game Show Network's attempt to step into the limelight surrounding the nation's top ongoing story, the California gubernatorial recall, was almost trumped recently by the newest top story of the month — the big blackout.

The network had a press conference Aug. 15 to announce the first two candidates who'll participate in the net's election spoof Who Wants to Be Governor of California: The Debating Game. But then the lights went out in the East and Midwest that Thursday night, and executives sweated it out, wondering whether Left Coast news crews would be deployed to cover blackout fallout.

\"We were so nervous,\" publicity vice president Cindy Ronzoni said. But a little thing like breaking news didn't deter this important coverage of something related to the state's recall circus.

Eighteen news crews showed up, with more dialing in — including political reporters who, according to Ronzoni, at first didn't get GSN honcho Rich Cronin's humor. They appeared to act as if they actually expected a political Kennedy to walk out on stage, not the Friend or Foe host who will be boss of the game-slash-debate.

But reporters who showed soon got the drift of the entire enterprise when Kennedy introduced participating candidates Gary Coleman, the former child actor, and Mary Carey, an adult-film actress whose résumé includes Hot Showers 6. One of the first questions for the wanna-be governors: spell Schwarzenegger. That stumped both of them, but Coleman was able to answer another question, correctly distinguishing between pictures of a wooly mammoth and Joan Rivers.

The network will announce three more show participants in the next two weeks from among the field of 133.

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2003, 04:35:14 PM »
I saw the promo and it looks like the most God-awful thing since AN3aC. Seems to me like it's gonna be an hour of mocking the candidates [although some of them deserve to be mocked, that belongs on the late-night talk shows], mocking others [say what you want, I find Joan Rivers funny], and the typical political grandstanding. I would not be surprised to see Kennedy inject plenty of her own opinions into this mess, making it worse. She's a farce and should be banned from television. She's #2 on my all time worst hosts list, just behind Wayne [you know someone's bad when they're better than Tom Campbell *and* Blake Emmons, #3 and #4] Hell, I bet even John Davidson would be better. It would be funny to see him forget the rules again.

And another thing....why, oh why are there gonna have to be those inispid newsbreaks on the election in primetime? GSN is turning into a mix of G4, MTV, and CNN.

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2003, 06:27:50 PM »
[quote name=\'PeterMarshallFan\' date=\'Aug 27 2003, 03:35 PM\']I saw the promo and it looks like the most God-awful thing since AN3aC.

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They haven't even taped the damn show yet, let alone picked the other participants.  And you're already making judgments on it.

(Besides, \"AN3AC\" was nowhere near as bad as its progenitor.  It wasn't great, but it wasn't awful, either.)

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I would not be surprised to see Kennedy inject plenty of her own opinions into this mess, making it worse. She's a farce and should be banned from television. She's #2 on my all time worst hosts list, just behind Wayne [you know someone's bad when they're better than Tom Campbell *and* Blake Emmons, #3 and #4]


She's not Bill Cullen, but for her regular show, she works just fine.  She'll be perfect for this show.  She and I probably don't see eye-to-eye politically, but I find her witty and intelligent.  I wouldn't use her for a standard-issue game show, but she probably wouldn't do a standard-issue game show anyway.

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And another thing....why, oh why are there gonna have to be those inispid newsbreaks on the election in primetime? GSN is turning into a mix of G4, MTV, and CNN.


To promo the special, obviously.  I don't think you're going to confuse any of this with C-SPAN.

And once again, I hate to drag this out, but GSN has to program for a broader audience than game show hardcores.  Chuck Schaden, the Chicago broadcaster known for his programs of old-time radio shows, has always said, \"The past is nice to visit, but even I don't want to live in it.\"  And I firmly believe that Game Show Network should celebrate the past, but also should be doing programming that reflects contemporary America.  Game shows in themselves are escape and it's fun to see their fun-house reflections on reality.  Besides, we all need a good laugh any way we can get it, especially from something this silly as the recall campaign.

And a year from now, when the video game block will've failed (and from similar attempts to garner demos and advertisers by GSN in the past, it's destined to fail), the whining and moaning some of you have made in this forum will prove itself to be irrational and unnecessary.

Meanwhile, I continue to look forward to Oct. 1 and what I hope will be the ultimate comment on the most ridiculous election in American political history.

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2003, 07:25:02 PM »
Wow.  Well said, Mark, every word of it.  I don't usually do this but....uh.... \"me too!\"
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2003, 07:58:48 PM »
[quote name=\'uncamark\' date=\'Aug 27 2003, 06:27 PM\'] To promo the special, obviously.  I don't think you're going to confuse any of this with C-SPAN.

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 I'll have to read the PR again....I could've sworn it said \"after the special.\"

And a look at GSN's site gives me the impression this won't be the end of the election idea--two games and a special section devoted just to the special. I would be surprised to see this kind of thing become a regular feature.

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And once again, I hate to drag this out, but GSN has to program for a broader audience than game show hardcores. 

I never said they had to devote a whole network to the hardcores. What I said was they could simply do more than they are doing.

Oh, and to all of you [the universal \"you\"] who will say \"GSN will make pots of money to buy more classics,\" time to put up or shut up. I don't see this money they're apparently making going anywhere you claim it's going, instead to ridiculous marathons of 19-episode wonders and other shows that only failed 3 years ago, plus inispid specials like this.

At least I get Nick GAS....I had forgotten how much I liked \"Finders Keepers.\"

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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2003, 02:21:00 AM »
Have any of the \"professional contestants\" filed for the governor's race?  Might be a good opportunity for more face time.
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2003, 10:11:57 AM »
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I don't see this money they're apparently making going anywhere you claim it's going, instead to ridiculous marathons of 19-episode wonders and other shows that only failed 3 years ago, plus inispid specials like this.



I'll echo those statements.  I can't understand why they keep buying recent failures, when they have so much in the \"vault\" that is way better.  What's next for GSN - \"Winning Lines\"?
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2003, 10:37:49 AM »
[quote name=\'Ian Wallis\' date=\'Aug 28 2003, 10:11 AM\']
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I don't see this money they're apparently making going anywhere you claim it's going, instead to ridiculous marathons of 19-episode wonders and other shows that only failed 3 years ago, plus inispid specials like this.

I'll echo those statements.  I can't understand why they keep buying recent failures, when they have so much in the "vault" that is way better.  What's next for GSN - "Winning Lines"? [/quote]
 This is just so mind-blowingly simple that I don't know why we have to say it over and over.  WE like the classics.  WE want to see more reruns of older shows.  WE get a kick out of forgotten or neglected shows because WE have an interest in this genre and its history.

WE number a few hundred people, and that's just not going to cut it for GSN.

I promise you that as fans themselves, Cronin and Boden and whoever else is making the decisions around there know perfectly well that there are \"better\" shows they could be running.  But those shows just don't draw a significant enough audience.  A larger audience will tune in to something more contemporary, even if that something is 21 or Weakest Link.  GSN is not running a museum.

And I don't know who's telling you that GSN is making \"pots of money\" for the purpose of buying more classics, but that's just laughable.  GSN might decide they want to pursue some classic packages or they might not (recent evidence would suggest not), and of course it's always better to have more money than it is to have less money, but those two things are virtually unrelated.
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2003, 08:10:35 PM »
I just got a bizarre idea from the promo---notice a significant chunk of it is regurgitated from an old FoF commercial [the \"Vote for Kennedy\" one] One is lead to wonder, were they planning something similar to this before the CA mess flared up?

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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2003, 08:19:00 PM »
[quote name=\'PeterMarshallFan\' date=\'Aug 28 2003, 05:10 PM\'] One is lead to wonder, were they planning something similar to this before the CA mess flared up? [/quote]
 No.
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2003, 08:41:54 PM »
[quote name=\'Matt Ottinger\' date=\'Aug 28 2003, 10:37 AM\']
And I don't know who's telling you that GSN is making  "pots of money" for the purpose of buying more classics [/quote]
 A couple of [Double Talk mode] backside smoochers [/DTM] at GSN's boards.....there's one that this especially applies too but that doesn't need to be delved into here.

Back to the original topic: I feel this is terribly patronizing to California citizens who have to go through this governmental mess, and hopefully once this show airs once it'll die a quick, painful death and be buried forever.

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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2003, 08:59:03 PM »
[quote name=\'PeterMarshallFan\' date=\'Aug 29 2003, 05:41 PM\'] A couple of [Double Talk mode] backside smoochers [/DTM] at GSN's boards..... [/quote]
 Well THERE'S an authority whose credentials I won't question. :P
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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2003, 09:09:47 PM »
[quote name=\'clemon79\' date=\'Aug 29 2003, 08:59 PM\'] [quote name=\'PeterMarshallFan\' date=\'Aug 29 2003, 05:41 PM\'] A couple of [Double Talk mode] backside smoochers [/DTM] at GSN's boards..... [/quote]
Well THERE'S an authority whose credentials I won't question. :P [/quote]
 No need to. :-P