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Game Show AMNE$IA Premieres On NBC

Posted by Jacci Lewis Categories: Games, Prime Time, NBC, Editorial,

Description premiered on last night and all I can say is - this is not your father’s game show nor is it a cheap ripoff of This is Your Life.

Game shows are inherently cheesy. The whole premise of doing some odd collection of tasks in order to win a prize precludes any sophistication or real style. Not that it isn’t entertaining to say, watch someone figure out how much Top Ramen, pantyhose and a coffee maker cost (The Price is Right), but generally the viewer agrees to suspend any expectation of real humor or insight in order to watch someone try to make a few bucks or win a new car.

Amne$ia is different somehow. Maybe it is the delightfully droll host or a better crop of contestants, but this show may just be an exception to the cheesy game show rule.

First of all, the premise is interesting: one contestant, all the most important people in his or her life and the chance to win big bucks by remembering the most minute details of their past. Sounds easy, right? I mean afterall who knows you better than yourself? But would you recall your 3rd grade music teacher’s name? How about her classroom number or even where you sat? Those are the kinds of facts that Amne$ia producers mine from contestant’s lives to try to stump them.

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This Week on TV (2/18-2/24)

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MONDAY (2/18)
  • Prison Break (FOX, 8pm):  Tonight may be the end of the show as we currently know it.  Maybe Michael can finally let go of that steely gaze now.
  • Dance War (ABC, 8pm):  The next contenders will be announced during the spinoff’s season finale.  Finally, a reason for me to watch.
  • Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (CW, 9pm):  Robin Antin is searching for a gal to complete an entirely different musical act.  With Danity Kane already taken, she had to settle for the 2nd crappiest group name available.
  • My Dad is Better Than Your Dad (NBC, 9pm):  “This competition series features fathers and their children in challenges that test the patriarch’s strength, intelligence and parenting skills.”  Since when did NBC start stealing ideas from ?

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Dennis Miller Set to Host Amne$ia

Dennis MillerYes folks, here comes another show from . This guy has more winning ideas in five minutes than most of us have in a lifetime. I’m convinced of it anyway. So, what is Amne$ia... and why can’t I remember anything about the premise? OK, that was a lame attempt at interjecting an amnesia joke in there. I admit it. Lame. Amne$ia is an game show that challenges the contestants’ memories. Sounds pretty average, right? Don’t a large bulk of TV game shows challenge the memory? Ah yes, perhaps about history or pop culture… but not Mark Burnett’s little gem. This show will actually question contestants about memories from their own past. Doesn’t that seem kind of easy, because, you know—it will be memories from the contestant’s own history? is set to host—and I think most folks either love Dennis or hate him. I am firmly in the love category since I adored him on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update and thought his HBO show was pretty great too. No doubt that he’ll bring a funny edge to the program. Amne$ia will debut on NBC later this season. Heck, it’s worth tuning into anyway—count me in.

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A Grand Slam for GSN?

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Games, Prime Time, Reality, Cable, Gossip,

GSN LogoThere are a lot of different game shows out there, which creates a lot of game show winners. But some of these winning stars blaze brighter – and longer – than others. GSN’s Grand Slam will pit these winners together in a battle royale of wits, to see which big winner is the true champion above all others. Hosted by Dennis Miller and Amanda Byram (the Swan), Grand Slam will pit past winners against each other in a head-to-head contest that will determine once and for all which winner boasts the most brain power. Grand Slam contestants will include Jeopardy winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, and Millionaire winners Kenvin Olmstead and John Carpenter, to name a few.

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