Category Archives: Syndication

Celebrity Name Game Review

Celebrity Name Game is everything a game show should be nowadays. The show is hardly original, but all the good game show ideas are taken. All we can really expect from new game show concepts is that they don’t execute old concepts badly. Based on that criteria, Celebrity Name Game and it’s host, Craig Ferguson, excel.

Like most game shows, Celebrity Name Game combines elements from classic game shows and adds two, likable, but B-list celebrities. In this case, the show is a mix of Pyramid and Family Feud with teams of three people: one celebrity and two civilians.

The first two rounds and the bonus game are ripped straight from Pyramid. The first round has one team pick from semi-cleverly named categories, such as “Kicked to the ‘Curb,'”which features celebrities who had appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm. The other team is left with the remaining category. In this round, the celebrity team member provides clues to the two civilians, who take turns guessing the answer. Each correct answer is worth $100. The celebrities swap teams. The last team to go chooses the category for another round like the first. Now, correct answers are worth $200 each.

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Bizarre Video of the Day: “The New Monkees”

In the 1980s, MTV wanted to recapture the magic that was The Monkees, which the network was rerunning at the time, so they created New Monkees. Brian Boone over at Splitsider wrote an excellent article about why the show didn’t work. Here is the opening of the show, which for some reason features an imitation of the Rocky Horror lips, and the video to New Monkees’ single “What I Want.”

If I can find a full episode, I will review the show.

Weekly TV Update: January 7

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Each week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

Michael J. Fox returns to television with a new sitcom.

Jimmy Kimmel makes the cover of Rolling Stone. His issue is out on newsstands now.

Do you want to be a contestant on Jeopardy? Entertainment Weekly has some tips for the online test.

Honey Boo Boo’s mom may be the first reality star not to blow their money.

David E. Kelley still thinks people are interested in a Wonder Woman reboot.



Cool TV Video of the Day: The Family Feud September Incident

This video has already made the rounds on the Internet, but its still funny. Enjoy the usually calm and collected Richard Dawson as he loses his mind over a ridiculous answer.

Top 5 Holiday TV Favorites

Christmas Day is filled with marathons of A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life, which gets old fast. Instead of sitting back and watching the same movie over and over again, take a look at What! What’s a Dial?‘s Top 5 Holiday Favorites.

5. Letterman Quarterback Challenge

In 1998, David Letterman and Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde tossed footballs at a meatball placed on top of the Late Show Christmas tree. Testaverde was unable to knock the football off. However, comedian Jay Thomas came from the green room and knocked the football off in one shot. This led to the tradition of Jay Thomas going on the Late Show and telling the story of his encounter with the Lone Ranger, which always precedes the annual Quarterback Challenge.

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Google Celebrates Star Trek’s 46th Anniversary

From left to right: Spock, Uhura, Kirk, McCoy, and Sulu

Google is celebrating the 46th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series with an interactive Google doodle. For those who do not want to miss any part of today’s doodle, someone has posted a video of the full game.

Cool TV Video of the Day: Who’s on First?

The Abbot and Costello Show only lasted two years. However, that was enough time for the eponymous comedy duo to record some of their most famous bits for television. Here is the famous “Who’s on First?” sketch:

Cool TV Video of the Day: Soupy Sales is Pranked

Soupy Sales hosted various children’s shows from 1953 to 1979 and appeared on several game shows, such as What’s My Line? and Pyramid. However, the most memorable moment from Sales didn’t even air on television. The crew Sales’ show pranked him with a topless dancer behind the door he always opened. The video below is the censored version.

Weekly TV Update: August 20

Nikki Minaj may become an American Idol judge.

Franklin & Bash‘s Malcolm McDowell will play a history professor on Community.

Kelsey Grammer claims his Emmy snub for Boss was because he is a Republican.

After NBC lays off 20 Tonight Show staffers, Jay Leno takes a pay cut to save more jobs.

Kelly Ripa will finally announce her new permanent co-host on September 4.

Update: USA Today confirms Michael Strahan is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host.

Cool TV Video of the Day: Niles Dancing to Old Time Rock and Roll

In The Nanny‘s second season episode “Canasta Masta,” Niles is alone in the Sheffield and starts rocking out to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.” Check out The Nanny‘s clever homage to Risky Business.

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