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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I take issue with those who have decided to jump all over this one tweet in order to make the game show genre look outdated and irrelevant.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.
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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!
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!
Anyway, without further ado, here are your game show Daytime Emmy nominees:
Best Game Show
- American Bible Challenge (GSN)
- The Chase (GSN)
- Jeopardy! (syndicated)
- Let's Make a Deal (CBS)
- The Price is Right (CBS)
- Wheel of Fortune (syndicated)
- Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal)
- Jeff Foxworthy (American Bible Challenge)
- Steve Harvey (Family Feud)
- Todd Newton (Family Game Night)
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.
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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?
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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:
- How to Conquer Your Nervousness on a Game Show
- What NOT To Do at a Game Show Audition
- Game Show Casting: How to Stand Out
- Be a Contestant on Wheel of Fortune
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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.
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- 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
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!
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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.
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