So, I took a hiatus last week mainly because Doug submits “Excess Hollywood” here now, and out of respect for the man, I refrained from posting that Tuesday and Thursday.
Anyway, I wonder why “Sa-turd-ay Night Live” hasn’t spoofed it just yet, but I’m not very surprised. NBC probably asks them to veer away from other NBC shows.
I just don’t get the big deal with “Deal or No Deal.” And no that wasn’t a pun. I’m serious. I just don’t get it. I remember when we had shows like “Jeopardy” that would actually challenge us, before, and now we have a dumb game show like “Deal or No Deal.”
It’s bad enough the show is terrible, but as Conan said in the Emmy’s, NBC is depending on Howie fucking Mandel now for ratings. How sad is that?
“Who wants to be a Millionaire?” was a step in the right direction, even if the show was pretty lame, and then “The Weakest Link” which was also a good idea with a bad result. Game shows where the contestants actually earn their cash with brain power, what a concept!
Shit, even “Wheel of Fortune” where people just essentially pick letters is a show where audiences and contestants have to think and plan to win their loot, but “Deal or No Deal” is ridiculous.
I know fans, and websites, and understandably NBC like to depict the show as suspenseful, and tense, and as an edge of your seat game show, but come on. People just have to decide if they want to deal or no deal. That’s all. That requires no challenge.
People will defend it as something that does challenge, but give me a break. You’re just choosing between one option or the other, that’s not challenging, and it’s not surprising a show that doesn’t take much of a challenge would be such a hit.
Hell, “American Idol” is essentially just a damn karaoke contest, and it’s a huge smash in this country.
Aside from the basically simple premise of choosing, and not choosing, every so often we have guest spots from quasi-celebrities, and Celine Dion who I like to call the anti-Christ, because seriously, that woman IS the anti-Christ. Screw George Dubbya.
So, it came to me, I want to pitch NBC a show called “Say Cat and Point.” Hosted by Pauly Shore, “Say Cat and Point” has a contestant in front of three metal suitcases, one of which holds a million dollars. The object of the game is for the contestant to say cat and point at the right suitcase that holds the money.
Why cat? Well, why the hell not? It’s a simple word, and can draw suspense. The catch phrase from Shore would be: “Say cat…” (Dramatic score) “and point.”
The audience would gasp, the contestant (a heavy woman from a town in the Mid-West) would grew nervous, and she’d play.
It would make for a perfect line-up with “Deal or No Deal,” wouldn’t it? Sounds like a dumb idea, but then you wouldn’t say that if you’ve ever seen “Deal or No Deal.”
“Say Cat and Point” coming this fall to NBC!