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Carrie Grosvenor

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Changes in Store

Friday May 30, 2014
Just a quick note to mention that, starting next week, you'll notice a much different look here at About.com Game Shows! The blog, which has been a mainstay on the site's main page for as long as I've been here, will be no longer. Instead, the design will feature a more streamlined and, hopefully, easier to use format, highlighting all of the more in-depth coverage that we've always had.

I will still be here, covering your favorite game shows new and old. Only the look of the site will be changing. And while we won't be able to communicate via blog comments any longer (as a matter of fact, comments have already been disabled), you can still reach me via email, Facebook, and/or Twitter. For links, visit my bio.

While I'm sad to see the blog go, I'm looking forward to a fresh design and some new features. I hope you'll love them!

Pat Sajak's Puzzling Twitter Post

Wednesday May 21, 2014
By now you've likely heard about Pat Sajak's tweet heard 'round the world. If you haven't, it goes a little something like this:

If you've followed Sajak for any length of time on Twitter, you know that he's a fan of throwing out one-liners and moving on to the next one. Some are funny, some are insightful, and some miss the mark. For example, since the above tweet was posted, he's come out with, "Sometimes it's fun to poke a stick in a hornets' nest just to hear the buzzing," and "Later today I'll be tweeting my views on the subjects of nuclear proliferation and free-range chicken." (And my favorite, "Taking next few weeks off. Computer models have already determined winners.")

So, did Sajak tweet the "unpatriotic racists" line just to stir things up? My guess is yes. While we all know that he has very strong political views, tying global warming in with patriotism and/or racism is completely illogical, and I'm sure he understands this. While it might have been a touch misguided, I would be willing to wager that this was just another case of Sajak poking a stick in the hornets' nest. And the buzzing is coming through loud and clear.

While I personally believe that climate change is a very real and important issue, I take issue with those who have decided to jump all over this one tweet in order to make the game show genre look outdated and irrelevant. Yes, I'm looking at you, Salon. They've cherry-picked a few game show hosts with conservative views and trotted them out as if there's some kind of game show conspiracy afoot.

In a nutshell, while I certainly don't agree with what Pat Sajak tweeted, I don't think he meant it to be taken quite so seriously. Even if he did mean it, there's no reason to assume that every game show host is a climate-change-denying, Obama-hating, anti-science Republican. Let's move on.

Photo courtesy Sony Entertainment

Semi-Final Match-Ups for the Battle of the Decades

Monday May 12, 2014
This is the final week for Jeopardy's Battle of the Decades, with the nine semi-finalists facing off on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The three winners of these rounds are the finalists, and they will go head-to-head in the finals on Thursday and Friday. The contestant with the highest combined total will win the tournament, and loads of bragging rights.

Here are the match-ups for the semi-final rounds:
  • Monday: Chuck Forrest, Ken Jennings, and Russ Schumacher
  • Tuesday: Tom Cubbage, Leszek Pawlowicz, and Brad Rutter
  • Wednesday: Colby Burnett, Roger Craig, and Pam Mueller

This promises to be an excellent week of tournament play, so don't miss it!

Tune-In Reminder: Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades Quarter-Finals

Sunday May 4, 2014
I've been loving the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades so far - it's great fun to see all of these fantastic players return to the game, especially those that we haven't seen in some time. We're down to the final two weeks of competition, and it all kicks off on Monday, May 5th.

The match-ups for the quarter-final round, which takes place from May 5th through the 9th, are as follows:
  • Monday: Leszek Pawlowicz, Robin Carroll, and Roger Craig
  • Tuesday: Tom Nosek, Pam Mueller, and Russ Schumacher
  • Wednesday: Mark Lowenthal, Brad Rutter, and Dan Pawson
  • Thursday: Tom Cubbage, Rachael Schwartz, and Ken Jennings
  • Friday: Chuck Forrest, Mark Dawson, and Colby Burnett

The winners from each round, along with four wild cards, will move on to the semis and the finals the following week. This promises to be one of the most exciting tournament finales we've ever seen on Jeopardy!, so don't miss it!

2014 Daytime Emmy Nominations: Best Game Show & Best Host

Thursday May 1, 2014
Congratulations to the nominees for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards! This time around there are six shows nominated, and four hosts. I'd love to know how they narrow these things down.

Anyway, without further ado, here are your game show Daytime Emmy nominees:

Best Game Show
Outstanding Game Show Host

Big congrats to GSN, who scored nominations for two different shows and one host - that's impressive, but not surprising considering how well both game shows are doing.

The Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on June 22nd, but as yet no television network has stepped up to air it.

Photo courtesy Getty Images

Cedric the Entertainer Leaving Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Thursday May 1, 2014
Cedric the Entertainer, who took over as host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire this past fall after the departure of Meredith Vieira, will be leaving the show after this season.

According to Deadline, Millionaire will be moving production to Connecticut (which is in and of itself an interesting development), and Cedric doesn't think the new location will fit in with his schedule.

Cedric the Entertainer has received a lot of criticism since taking over the reins of the show, but like many hosts who take over existing shows, I was fairly certain that eventually he'd settle in and fans would come to accept him. Now it looks like we're back to speculating over who will end up hosting the show once again. I wonder if Mark L. Walberg is available?

Image courtesy Valleycrest Productions Ltd.

Wheel of Fortune Returns to Hawaii

Tuesday April 29, 2014
Wheel of Fortune is returning to Hawaii to film four weeks of shows in September, 2014. The shows will be taped at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island.

Those who wish to audition for these shows should keep an eye on the KHON2 website for details - auditions will be held in late May on the Big Island and on Oahu in June. These auditions will be for individual contestants, as well as couples and best friends.

Wheel of Fortune has filmed numerous themed weeks on location, and this will be the fifth time the show has traveled to Hawaii. These shows are always lots of fun because of the upbeat atmosphere and gorgeous images of the locations that we see during each broadcast. Of course I don't think many of us need any extra incentive to visit Hawaii!

If you'll be in Hawaii during the audition period (and returning for filming if you don't live there), be sure to check out these contestant tips, as well as the following resources:

Logo courtesy Sony Entertainment Television

Bob Barker to Appear on The Bold and The Beautiful

Tuesday April 29, 2014
Bob Barker fans are in for a treat when the former host of The Price is Right makes a guest appearance on the CBS soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful. The show will air on April 30th, 2014.

Barker will be playing himself, and is appearing as part of a three-episode story arc that deals with animal rights. Barker will be seen being interviewed the the character Liam Spencer, and will explain his well-known views on animal rights and his activism.

Barker retired from The Price is Right in 2007, but even then many actors from CBS soaps would turn up as guest models or to be part of the showcase presentations, along with other celebrities. This is a fun little turn of events, considering. Since 2007 Barker has returned to The Price is Right twice - once to promote his book, and more recently to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Check local listings for The Bold and The Beautiful schedule information.

Photo courtesy CBS

The Price is Right Celebrates 8000 Episodes

Monday April 7, 2014
April 7th marks the 8000th episode of The Price is Right, which is a pretty impressive milestone! Today's episode will feature clips from the past, highlighting some of the other milestones that the show has enjoyed. For example:
  • Almost 70,000 contestants have "Come on down" to play
  • 2.4 million people have seen the show taped live
  • More than a quarter of a billion dollars (that's billion) has been given away in cash and prizes
The games featured on the show will be ones that appeared on the 1000th, 2000th, 3000th, 4000th, 5000th, and 7500th episodes, along with Plinko (of course). Prizes include trips to Thailand and Hawaii and new cars.

One thing I love about The Price is Right is that they know how to celebrate, and this episode is no exception. Happy 8000th, TPIR!

Photo courtesy CBS

Happy 50th Birthday, Jeopardy!

Sunday March 30, 2014
As Jeopardy! celebrates its 30th season in syndication, with Alex Trebek at the helm for all 30, another anniversary for the show is being celebrated today.

The original run of Jeopardy! with Art Fleming as host debuted on NBC on March 30th, 1964. At the time, quiz shows were out of favor and Fleming was not known as a game show host. But somehow the show survived for several years. After its cancellation it returned for another short run, before finally settling in to the version we've all been watching for decades.

As I told Todd Leopold of CNN, one of the reasons for the show's success is that it doesn't need gimmicks. If you watched it back in the 1960s, you'd still recognize it today. Even still, Jeopardy! has always embraced both new technology and new ideas, keeping it current and classic at the same time.

So, Happy Birthday Jeopardy! May you have many, many more.

Photo courtesy Jeopardy! Productions Inc.
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