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GSN's 'Think Like a Cat Game Show' Should be Put Down

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The Bottom Line

The Meow Mix Think Like a Cat Game Show is a game show for cats. There's no way around this. I'm a cat person and have three of them sharing my home, but this half-hour travesty was way over the top, even for me. The only beacon of light this show dispenses is the hosting talent of Chuck Woolery, who would be charming and professional enough to pull off a game show for slugs. Skip this catastrophe and do something better with your Caturday night.

Pros

  • Chuck Woolery
  • It's only 30 minutes long
  • Chuck Woolery

Cons

  • The first game has eight cats racing down tubes to get to a can of food. It doesn't get better.
  • Cat 'Jeopardy'
  • The end game is completely random

Description

  • Eight cat-testants and their owners compete for the chance to win a million dollars.
  • The first game whittles the group down to three in a race to get to an open can of cat food.
  • The second game is Cat Jeopardy, which eliminates one more team.
  • Game three tests how well the cat owners know their pets, with one team moving on.
  • The endgame consists of a circle of bags of dry cat food. The cat chooses one, and the owner chooses another.
  • If the symbols inside the two chosen bags of cat food match, the team wins a million dollars.
  • The show airs Saturday, November 15th at 9:30pm Eastern, on GSN.

Guide Review - GSN's 'Think Like a Cat Game Show' Should be Put Down

Let's get a few things clear right away: I love cats. I have three of them. I'm a cat person. I'm also a game show person. Love 'em. And Chuck Woolery? He could host every game show on the air and I'd be tuning in to watch them all. So why is it so utterly and completely disastrous when the three are combined?

The Meow Mix Think Like a Cat Game Show starts off with clips from the auditions, where over 1,200 teams from across the country tried out to be on the show. Most of the clips feature the contestants who actually got on. I'd really like to see clips of those who didn't, because that would have been more entertaining than what actually followed.

The games themselves are cheesy, which doesn't automatically make this a bad show. Some of my favorite game shows are chock full o' cheese. But the line in the cheese is drawn when you ask your audience to cheer for a cat to race down a tunnel to get to an open can of cat food, while its hapless owner is crouched down behind the can desperately trying to coax the animal to victory. And let's not even get started on the concept of Cat Jeopardy.

While it's good to see Chuck Woolery back doing hosting duties, it boggles the mind to consider that GSN canceled the ever-popular, Woolery-hosted Lingo, yet brought him back to host this cat game show. Mr. Woolery, we love you. But please don't do this show ever again, should there be (shudder) a sequel.

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