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Without a hint of irony, these two 90s ratings-busters stay incredibly faithful to the originals
Long-suffering TV viewers will know that when Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes: “What has been will be again … there is nothing new under the sun,” he was talking about light entertainment. It’s hard to tell whether the vogue for reboots is based on sepia-tinted nostalgia or simply a dearth of blue-sky thinking. Certainly, one might look at the simultaneous revival of one-time ratings-busters The Crystal Maze (30 June, 9pm, Channel 4) and Blind Date (24 June, 7pm, Channel 5) and wonder whether the great brains of our major television networks simply all lived in the same 1990s student house.
The most startling element of these particular reboots is their determination to replicate the originals with little concession to our altered times. In the case of Blind Date, the format is identical: a contestant puts questions to three potential dates hidden behind a screen. »
- Fiona Sturges
Richard Ayoade brings a 21st-century wit to the update of the venerated 90s gameshow – but maybe only nostalgic mid-lifers will be interested
And so the reboot of the 1990s continues. Twin Peaks, Blind Date, now The Crystal Maze (Channel 4). Next thing you know, there’ll be a new Labour government, and a new dawn. Things can only get better ...
Anyway, Richard Ayoade is the new Richard O’Brien (and the new Edward Tudor-Pole, but no one remembers him). In spite of a purple suit and a gold hand on a stick (“follow the hand, follow the hand”), new Richard is less flamboyantly theatrical than old Richard, but still amusing and arch. “Wow, it’s like looking at Heat magazine,” he says of the five boiler-suited TV personalities lined up outside the Industrial zone. Yes, they’re celebs, collecting crystals and then – in the Crystal Dome – gold tokens, in aid of Stand Up for Cancer. »
- Sam Wollaston
“Hello! This must feel like deja vu. But that’s television for you. Same thing. Slightly different faces.”
Thus did Richard Ayoade open Channel 4’s reboot of its cult 1990s hit The Crystal Maze. The new presenter, as brilliantly deadpan and subtly destabilising a presence as the original host Richard O’Brien, gave a brief explanation of the game for newcomers: “I will lead five contestants round the maze at an artificially accelerated pace in order to give the illusion of jeopardy. There will be fiendish games, fistfuls of crystals and an ungainly scramble for gold tokens in that dome.”
Related: Why the new Twin Peaks is way better than the original
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- Lucy Mangan
When Blind Date returns on Saturday, it will find itself surrounded by swarms of its bastard progeny; a clutch of dating shows that have scraped its baseline DNA and used it to form all manner of warped hybrids. Take Me Out. First Dates. Love Island. That creepy Channel 4 thing where people are forced to have it off in a massive coffin.
The danger is that, in this new dating show landscape, Blind Date simply won’t be able to keep up. There’s a chance it’ll look old fashioned and fuddy-duddy in comparison. Here are the obstacles Blind Date needs to scale if it’s going to be a success.
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- Stuart Heritage
Paris — Conecta Fiction, the new Latino TV drama co-production forum, hosted a panel at Series Mania which analyzed adaptations of scripted formats from Spain and Latin America.
For the world’s TV business, fiction makeovers are relatively rare, repping just 2% of exported scripted drama in 2016, according to statistics presented by Eurodata TV at Series Mania. That said, redos have indirectly yielded some of Spain’s greatest ratings hits in international: RAI1’s “Braccialetti Rossi,” an Italian reversion of Spain’s hospital-set “Polseres Vermelles,” a teen friendship drama produced by Filmax and first aired on Catalonia’s TV3; France’s “Disparue,” which made over Spain’s groundbreaking missing daughter mystery “Desaparecida,” punching 20%-plus ratings on France 2 from its debut in April 2015; M6’s evergreen ratings phenomenon “Escènes de menage,” inspired by Jose Luis Moreno’s “Escenas de Matrimonio,” made up of comic sketches of marriage, charting its small miseries and even smaller joys.
- John Hopewell
The Amazing Race is trying to pretend that season 29 is a brand-new twist with its cast of all strangers. Everyone would like to forget the Blind Date season, but it did happen. The thing that does separate season 29 from the maligned Blind Date season is that the cast gets to pick their partners this time around. This new wrinkle occurs by having the race "begin" before the teams even get off the start line. This "hit the ground running" theme is emblematic of the whole season premiere as these pairs of strangers are aggressively ready to play the game, and it couldn't be more entertaining to watch.
It seems you can’t please everyone.
One question that has been looming over the series, however, was not addressed in the final episode of the season: How did Jack die? Not everybody was happy that the mystery was still left unsolved.
Fans took to social media on Tuesday night to air out their feelings over not learning the answer to the biggest question regarding Jack’s death.
The mysteries just keep coming on This Is Us.
The NBC hit's first season wrapped with a gut-wrenching finale on Tuesday night, with everyone’s favorite couple, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore), agreeing to separate after their lingering marital problems finally became too much for them to bear.
However devastating it was to see Jack and Rebecca part ways -- hopefully only temporarily -- it was Jack’s parting words to his wife that left a lasting impression, and raised many more questions about what the Pearson parents may go through in This Is Us' second season and beyond.
“You’re not just my great love story, you are my »
Is this the end?!
This Is Us finished off its freshman season with a heart-wrenching finale on Tuesday, and fans of Jack and Rebecca are not going to be happy. That’s because at the end of the episode, titled “Moonshadow” (more on the significance later), the Pearson parents separate.
Yup, it’s going to be one long summer.
Jack and Rebecca’s relationship woes have been bubbling up for the past several episodes, and in the finale, the writing was on the wall.
A not-so-sober Jack successfully made his way to Cleveland, Ohio -- where Rebecca was about to kick off her five-city tour -- in a last-ditch attempt to fix his marriage. But any semblance »
I got a chance to see the “Termidate” episode of Workaholics last night and while the concept was solid, I just don’t think the show delivered. The show did a parody of some of dating shows you used to see back in the 90s, namely Blind Date. Nina Dobrev guest starred as the girl who the guys would be pining after. First of all, don’t ever try and do a Southern accent Nina. I mean I know the whole thing was supposed to be a joke but it just wasn’t good. And frankly I thought the entire show was just
Workaholics Just Isn’t That Funny Anymore »
- Nat Berman
8 February 2017 11:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
StudioCanal has a sales hit on its hands with German romantic comedy My Blind Date With Life.
Based on a true story, Blind Date stars Kostja Ullmann as a severally visually impaired man who, with the help of his friends, manages to bluff his way into a career at one of Munich's finest luxury hotels. Anna Maria Muhe (Love in Thoughts) co-stars.
"The fact that it is »
- Scott Roxborough
From Sex Box to Naked Attraction, dating shows have taken a dystopian turn. What a joy then that TV is returning to the innocent days of matchmaking
2017’s dating scene is a complicated and frightening place. There are apps for no-strings hook-ups. Apps based on special interests, or political leaning, or whether you like Slayer or not. There’s even a dating site exclusively for undertakers and taxidermists. Modern folk are busy, and this saves everyone time and money on unfulfilling dates.
Yet there was something thrilling about the old way of doing things. You’d arrange to meet someone and turn up, hoping with all your might that they did too. Blind dates were even more fraught: desperate attempts to convince your brittle self-esteem that you were stood up because of some calamity, not because they saw you, were appalled and left. This was the world of pre-mobile, pre-internet dating. »
- Luke Holland
TMZ is reporting that Rob Lowe is currently fielding job applications for an assistant. Related: Rob Lowe On His ‘Fake’ Blind Date With Madonna At 21: ‘I Was Totally Bummed’ The list of job requirements is a bit lengthy, as the actor is in the market for someone with a specific set of qualifications. Lowe, 52, […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
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