Unfindable and unwatchable
75thTrombone from Arkansas USA
13 March 2014
The Pyramid is my favorite game show format, and I was exceedingly
happy when I learned that it was coming back. But my happiness didn't
There were numerous small problems with the production values of this
show; among them were overwrought camera work and sound effects,
far-too-frequent audience applause, and an uninspired arrangement of
the classic theme song.
But what made this version of Pyramid absolutely unwatchable were the
celebrities. I don't know if celebrities have gotten stupider since the
'80s or if they just didn't bother testing their choices before
allowing them on the air, but some of them could not play the game at
The best (rather, worst) example happened during the week that Aida and
Nick Turturro were on. On one episode in the first round, Aida was
giving clues to the contestant, and the first word was INCH. Aida
immediately and furiously scratched her arm, and the contestant quickly
said "Itch!" Of course, there was no ding, and the word didn't change.
Aida looked back at the monitor, then looked around at the host and the
audience with a stupid grin on her face while the clock continued
ticking. About ten seconds later she realized her mistake and resumed
playing the category.
That is indicative of the whole series. Not all the celebrities were
stupid, and no others were THAT stupid, but the overall level of play
was simply abominable compared to the old episodes with Dick Clark, or
even the Donny Osmond version. There are many game shows that can still
be entertaining and fun when they're played poorly. Pyramid is not one
of them, and it's unacceptable that the producers hired celebrities
that were so very, very subpar.
As for "Unfindable," I'm astonished that the last two versions of
Pyramid have not had dollar amounts in their titles. Back when the
Osmond version was on, I must have looked past "Pyramid" in the TV
guide dozens of times without realizing that it was the game show I
loved so much. I guess the producers don't want to have a lower dollar
amount in the title than the last Dick Clark version had, but I think
"The $50,000 Pyramid" would have drawn more attention and been worth it
in the end.
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