Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I've Got a Question - You've Got an Answer

As I was sitting here trying to think of what on earth I could write about tonight I decided to turn on the TV - something I don't do very often. Sometimes I wonder why I continue to pay for Direct TV when neither Amanda or I ever seem to really watch TV but of course every time I mention having it shut off, Amanda tells me how much she'd miss not being able to watch it every once in awhile. Sigh ... 'tis one of those "rock and hard place" conundrums of life!

Anyhow, I was looking for a little background noise so I switched on "Cash Cab" on the Discovery Channel and then switched over to "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune". I like game shows that require me to use my brain a little bit and don't have contestants jumping up and down all over the place squealing in delight every time they get an answer right. Granted, some of them actually do that on "Wheel of Fortune" but I guess I can live with it though I wish they wouldn't feel the need to shout out every letter they're guessing. Yelling "T!" isn't going to make one be there if it wasn't in the puzzle to begin with. Maybe, though, Pat Sajak is secretly deaf ... hmm ...

When "Deal or No Deal" first came on I liked to watch it but it's gotten to be a bit on the ridiculous side what with it taking a contestant an hour to open cases. Maybe it's the stodgy New Englander in me but I just can't stand over-the-top contestants be they either male or female. Just open the damn cases and get on with it! This is probably why I will never be a game show contestant - well, that and the fact that I would have to pass an audition test (there is that whole failed the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" test twice thing that I still haven't blogged about!) or I would have to make an audition tape along with "my people" and send it in for the producer to toss in the trash because I'm a) not bubbly enough, b) not interesting enough, and c) I don't really have any "people" so they'd know I hired some stand-ins! Which is too bad because I could really, really use a million dollars and would love to meet Howey Mandel.

Still, I do like game shows and like to watch them from time to time which brings us to the question of the post -

What game shows do you like to watch or
would you love to be on if you could?

By the way, if any game show producers come across this post via a Google search then I beg you to give me a chance! I could be interesting and maybe even bubbly if the price was right (no pun intended!).


  1. Anonymous10:48 PM EST

    hmmmm, deal or no deal, and I guess that's it! Can't stand the reality game shows. I think they're all phoney.
    oh, and if I was on Deal or no Deal, I wouldn't be greedy!! ;0)

  2. I'm like you when it comes to the game shows- I prefer the ones that actually make me think a little -jeopardy, Millionaire and I do love Cash Cab too. In the fall of 2006, Maya was just starting to talk then and to our surprise, she fell in love with "Deal or No Deal!" Enough so that for Christmas that year, her speech therapist got her the Deal or No Deal game that came with its own little silver case -which was the main attraction for the therapist to get that for her in the first place and which Maya loved - carried it around all over the place for weeks!
    Any response yet on your "mystery person?" I've not had any but mine doesn't usually show up really frequently any more. Last summer, the stalker was showing up almost daily!

  3. Anonymous2:23 AM EST

    University challenge. Since I can't understand the questions yet alone the answers I doubt I'd do well. But I'd love to sit there looking stupid!

  4. Anonymous7:26 AM EST

    I love Cash Cab!!

    That is the only game show I stop on when I surf. I'd love to be on it, but I'm not much of a NYC my chances are slim to none.

    Was it you that posted something about dreams a week or so back? I posted a few dreams I had last night.

  5. I have to say it did get a little ridiculous and I am not watching near as much as I was a year ago. P.S.: If you get on the show, hire me to be your "people". It would be fun! :o)))

  6. You probably had the same problem with "millionaire" that I faced with the two Jeopardy, "You can go now" events ... You max the test and then someone takes your picture and interviews you and you just don't "fit". Whatever they are looking for, we aren't it. Just not quite manic or bubbly enough I suppose.

  7. I like Deal or No Deal but it only takes 45 minutes for the whole show here. The Weakest link is good too but I wouldn't want to be on any game show, or any television show for that matter. I did appear in The Generation Game back in 1981 but that wasn't planned - MWM and his Mum were the contestants!

  8. We have British versions of 'Deal Or No Deal', 'Millionaire' 'Wheel Of Fortune used to exist. They are more small-scale and not so good.

  9. Hmmmm, I'm not much of a gameshow sort of person. I'd have to say Wheel of Fortune for nostalgia's sake if nothing else. My Grandmother was absolutely addicted to that shoe. She passed away in 2007 and whenever I sit down to watch Wheel of Fortune I think of her. Considering I like Scrabble I guess this connection isn't too much of a stretch. :)

  10. Honestly, I really don't care to watch game shows. Although when I was a kid and spending time with grandma, we ALWAYS watched Bob Barker on The Price is Right. She was a huge fan. When i watch TV, I tend to watch Food Network's Alton Brown on Good Eats. I like his show. No.. at present weight, there's no way I'd want to be on any TV show!

  11. I don't watch game shows. Although I guess you could call programs like Idol or SYTYCD game shows. There are contestants and there is a prize.

    In the 70's I watched them with my mom and sister...our favorite was Match Game.


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