If I had Mitt Romney’s money, I’d bet $10,000 that half of the viewers to NBC’s new game show, “Who’s Still Standing?” wouldn’t last past the second commercial.
It took me 15 minutes to bail out of the series, which will have a pre-Christmas run of four straight nights starting at 8 tonight. If I had a nickel for every promo that NBC has run about the series in the last few weeks, I’d probably have $10,000.
I did get a laugh from the headline in the TV Topics cover in Sunday’s Buffalo News that proclaimed the series as “Floor-Dropping Fun” and added in the sub-head that it “offers thrills for the whole family.”
Fun. Wow. The headline was more entertaining than anything in the series, which arrives after a successful run in Europe.Of course, Europe already is driving this country crazy with
economic problems that have made our stock market schizophrenic. Now this?
But back to “Standing,” a campy, cheesey game show hosted by bald Ben Bailey, who is the answer to his own trivia question. Who is the host of “Cash Cab”?
“Standing” basically borrows from every game show on TV. “Wheel of Fortune,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Jeopardy” immediately come to mind, with the more recent ones escaping my memory because they didn’t last very long.
The rules are simple. One overly-enthusiastic contestant tries to eliminate 10 equally enthusiastic contestants in a trivia contest full of elementary questions such as what is the hottest hand in five-card poker and what movie role did actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry play at different times. (I’ll answer in a few paragraphs below).
When one of the contestants can’t answer, he or she is dropped 20 feet through a trap door to a floor to no-man’s land to the thrills of the overly enthusiastic audience.
The rules favor the main competitor, coed volleyball coach Jared Young tonight, over his 10 challengers. He can pass on a question and a challenger will be eliminated if he or she can’t answer it. If he defeats five competitors (I didn’t stay past one), Jared can walk away with his winnings to that point. To get the $1 million grand prize, he has to carry on..
Answers: “Catwoman” and a royal flush.
I ’m never one to underestimate the intelligence level of the American audience. I mean “Deal or No Deal” lasted far longer than I would have guessed. But I think I’d have a better chance of getting a royal flush in a card game tonight than “Who’s Still Standing”? has of becoming the next “Millionaire.”
Sports Beat: New York Giants and the New York Jets fans downstate had to suffer Sunday afternoon in two blowouts losses. But why did Buffalo viewers have to suffer along on an afternoon the Bills were blacked out when better games were available?
The Giants were being pounded by Washington on Fox’s Channel 29 at the same time that Kansas City was upsetting the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers. The Jets were being pounded by Philadelphia on Channel 4 when New England was in a closer contest with Denver and Tim Tebow. (The Pats eventually won by a big margin).
Someone answering the phone in Channel 4’s newsroom told me that the station asked to carry the New England- Denver game but was forced by CBS to carry the Jet game. You can’t blame Fox for sending Channel 29 the Giant game because nobody could have expected K.C. to beat the Packers. However, Denver is the Bills’ next opponent so there was extra interest in the Tebow game here Sunday and more reason to carry it over the Jets game.
It would have been nice if the networks switched our area to the more competitive games, but that doesn’t happen much anymore and it is less likely to happen when New York teams are involved. I’d guess one reason for the minimal switches is to protect DirecTV, which carries all the games on the NFL Sunday Ticket.
Got to hand it to Time Warner Cable, which “announced” late Sunday night that it wouldn’t take off Buffalo Sabres games during the season despite its ongoing battle with rights-holder MSG. It is a smart public relations move, which basically puts the puck in MSG’s court. TWC is telling fans that MSG will be the blame if the games are dropped after the current contract expires on Jan. 1. Of course, that’s not exactly accurate. After all, the best card that MSG has is pulling the games off in the hope that disgruntled fans would force TWC to make a deal. If MSG allows the games to continue to air, TWC won’t have as strong an incentive to make a deal.