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Aaron Birch Jul 13, 2016
If the idea of yet another TV game show with an uninspiring presenter and ever so slight spin on the tried and tested Q&A formula fills you with apathy, you're not alone. Although TV quiz shows often rake in the viewers for a relatively low production budget, hence their popularity with TV studios, the whole genre feels a little stagnant. Perhaps it's the rise of the Internet, a general change in viewer culture, and the changing tastes that come with it. While many shows of the past delighted audiences with images of shiny new appliances, cars, and holidays to far-off destinations, today's shows mostly award cold, hard, and boring cash. Great for the winner, but not too interesting for the viewer. Give »
There is one certainty in TV: whenever the networks locate a hit, they’ll try to replicate it until everyone is sick of it. To that end, ABC just ordered a revival of 70s staple Match Game to join last summer’s surprise hit Celebrity Family Feud and a new version of that other 70s game show (and syndication giant) $100,000 Pyramid, which they ordered in January. The three shows will all air in a three-hour block on Sundays this summer starting 26 June. They’re calling it “Sunday Fun and Games”. What, does some drunk frat boy own the copyright on “Sunday Funday”?
- Brian Moylan
We’re going to end this live blog now, thank you very much for all the touching contributions via GuardianWitness, especially the insights into the world of TOGs.
For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family.
We are all so terribly sad upon hearing of the passing of Terry. I can’t put into words how the whole Radio 2 family is feeling.
None of us were expecting this, come out of a clear blue sky, so it’s really hard to take in.
Related: Terry Wogan: the intriguingly subversive national treasure
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- Jessica Elgot
Sir Terry Wogan was a broadcasting institution and cultural iconoclast. He hosted a multitude of television and radio programs, including the quiz show Blankety Blank, as well as the charity program Children in Need, which was first broadcast in 1980, and which he continued to host after his retirement from regular broadcasting. With that singular Irish Blarney and an irreverent whimsy, he helped make the Eurovision Son Contest, for which he provided acerbic commentary for the BBC from 1971 to 2008, relevant again, long after Brits ceased to take the program seriously. "Who knows what hellish future lies ahead?" he mused at the beginning of the 2007 contest. "Actually, I do. I've seen the rehearsals."Wogan, who died of cancer at 79 on Sunday, was an ubiquitous presence in England and Ireland. He had a brilliant ability to coax celebrities into saying things that adorned morning headlines, and would deliver lacerating »
- Greg Cwik
4 items from 2016
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