TV Reviews: The Chase; Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host; Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!


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I am a really big game show junkie, I mean I really love game shows!  I loved watching Game Show Network when they showed classic game shows from back in the day.  Today, many of the game shows on TV are stuff I would never watch.  So for this TV Review post, I am going to review one game show that I really like, one game show that is so-so, and another game show that is really bad and not worth watching.  Let’s go!

The Chase on GSN

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I admit, this is one of the original shows on Game Show Network or GSN that I really like!  The show is based off of the British version which has the same name.  In the US version, there are three players instead of four.  And in the US version, Mark Labbett from England is called The Beast.  And boy, he is a beast when it comes to quiz questions!  On the UK version, he has taken down many players and has dashed the hopes and dreams of the contestant’s money hopes.  In the US version, he is feisty as ever and he wants people to lose!

Here’s how this show works.  Three new contestants compete on each episode.  The first contestant is given one minute to answer as many rapid-fire questions as he or she can, with each correct answer adding $5,000 to their bank.  After the minute is up, the contestant competes against the Chaser in order to retain their bank and continue to the Final Chase.

In the Chase, the contestant’s goal is to answer enough questions correctly to move their winnings into the team bank without being caught by the Chaser.  The contestant must answer five questions correctly without being caught to bank the money and continue to the Final Chase.  However, the Chaser offers the contestant two additional options prior to the start of the round.  The contestant can play for a higher amount of money than initially banked, but must instead answer six questions correctly without being caught.  The contestant can also choose to play for a lower amount and only be required to answer four questions correctly without being caught.  The other two contestants also have their chance to compete against The Beast.

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From GSN.

In the final chase, the team has two minutes to again answer as many questions as possible.  Each question answered correctly within the time limit adds a space to the gameboard.  After time expires, the Chaser is then given two minutes to catch the team by correctly answering as many questions as the number of spaces shown on the gameboard.  For each correct answer, the Chaser moves one step closer to the team. When the Chaser answers incorrectly or passes, the clock is stopped and the team is asked the same question.  If they get the question correct, they move The Beast back one step.  Regardless of the result, the clock then begins counting down from the position at which it was stopped, and the Chaser continues to answer questions.  If the Chaser runs out of time before catching the team, the team splits the banked money equally.  However, if the Chaser catches the team before time expires, the team leaves with no money.

I find both Mark Labbett and host Brooke Burns as very entertaining.  And this is in my opinion one of the best new game shows to premiere in the USA in a long time!  I think you will enjoy this game show as well!  The Chase airs new episodes on Tuesday nights on GSN.  To learn more go to: http://gsntv.com/shows/thechase/.

Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host

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This new game comedy show on TBS is something I don’t know really about.  I mean, the only object of this game is to guess who is lying and who is telling the truth.  That’s it!  The show is hosted by D. L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black and they are good at telling lies.  Because the contestants are getting the lies instead of truth.  The contestant earns money when they guess who is telling the truth.  Here’s a clip from the show.

Yep, that is all you need to know about this show.  The contestants hears two possible facts from history.  And these are possible facts that are going to be very weird.  I mean, this is an adult comedy show, you are not expecting boring stuff like things about The Civil War, are you?  It’s good the contestants earn thousands of dollars simply for guessing who is telling the truth.  But would I call this a game show or a comedy show?  I am leaning more on a comedy show because there is hardly any skill necessary to play this game.

Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host airs new episodes on Tuesday nights on TBS.  To learn more go to: http://www.tbs.com/shows/trust-me-im-a-game-show-host

Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!

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Canada always brings us some very interesting TV shows.  Some shows are very good like Falling Skies, Spooksville, R.L. Stine: The Haunting Hour, and others!  But some shows fall flat and are an embarrassment to TV.  Sadly, Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! is not a good TV show and I thought was painful to watch.

Let’s start with the obvious, you think this show is actually a TV show from Japan with all the Japanese graphics, people, and talking.  But nope, this show is shot in Toronto.   This show is a Japanese physical game show where contestants compete with a teammate against other teams as they tackle obstacles and challenges to test their mental capabilities, strength, endurance, and smarts.  This show is an adaptation of the ABC reality show I Survived A Japanese Game Show, at least that show was actually shot in Japan unlike this show.

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The studio-based kids game show makes use of zany costumes, conveyor belts, dizzy chairs, giant fans and velcro walls with themed competitions and more.  It should be a teenager’s ultimate paradise!  All the contestants on this show are from ages 12-16 that live in Canada.  This is what kills it for me, the Japanese language is incorporated with the show, but it is mostly English.  Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!  is produced by Toronto-based marblemedia, the production company behind the game shows Splatalot and The Adrenaline Project, they have created award-winning children’s programs for television, web and mobile.  And shows like this actually win awards in Canada?

Look, I know this is a kids show, but I thought they did a poor job with this show.  I know kids will basically do anything to get on TV.  And I am sure the kids on this show are having fun.  But I thought marblemedia could have done something better.  For inspiration, I am including a classic clip from the show Double Dare.  Now that was a great kids game show!

Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! airs new episodes on Disney XD.  Learn more by going to: http://www.ytv.com/shows/149/japanizi-going-going-gong/

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Geek Alabama Rewind: Week of 8-3-13


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Here is the latest weekly recap for Geek Alabama!  Some of the most popular posts from last week included a contest to win a signed copy of Open by Craig Gross, post talking about The Saw Lady, Natalia Paruz, infographic talking about how wise are we with money, making a no-bake strawberry pie, my review of Disney Fandom, and a post talking about Shea Allen being fired.

Win A Signed Copy of Open by Craig Gross

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Want to win a signed copy of Open by Craig Gross?  Click on the link to enter this contest!  So far, no one has entered, so enter right now!

http://geekalabama.com/2013/07/31/win-a-signed-copy-of-open-by-craig-gross/

Music Thursdays: The Saw Lady, Natalia Paruz

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This post really impressed Natalia Paruz since she has shared this post often with her social media followers.  Click the link to read this post!

http://geekalabama.com/2013/08/01/music-thursdays-the-saw-lady-natalia-paruz/

The Evening Post: How Wise Are We With Money

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This infographic was very popular with the readers this week!  This infographic is about the problems with people and money, it’s worth your time to read this!

http://geekalabama.com/2013/08/01/the-evening-post-how-wise-are-we-with-money/

Guy’s Cuisine: Making A No-Bake Strawberry Pie For Summer 2013

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Want to make a pie that involves no baking after the pie shells are baked?  Try this no-bake strawberry pie recipe!

http://geekalabama.com/2013/07/30/making-a-no-bake-strawberry-pie-for-summer-2013/

My Review of Disney Fandom on Disney XD

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If you are a fan of Disney, Star Wars, or Marvel.  Disney Fandom talked about some of the awesome things coming up!  Click the link to read this post.

http://geekalabama.com/2013/08/02/my-review-of-disney-fandom-on-disney-xd/

The Evening Post: Shea Allen Being Fired

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This week, Alabama made national news once again because a news anchor talked about some bad things on her blog that got her fired.  Yep, this is a lesson to everyone!

http://geekalabama.com/2013/07/31/the-evening-post-shea-allen-being-fired/

My Review of Disney Fandom on Disney XD


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For three nights this week, Disney XD was transformed into Disney Fandom.  This block was to showcase the latest things from Disney straight from Comic-Con and the D23 Expo.  Tuesday night featured the On The Red Carpet special from Comic-Con.  Yes, the hosts did a good job talking about some of the cool things coming up from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilms.  The other special was Star Wars Tech.  It was an hour featuring the science behind the Star Wars films.  Yes, this hour made geeks and nerds drool!

On Wednesday night, Disney Fandom featured Earth’s Mightiest Show All Marvel Special, which talked about all things Marvel from the new movies, the new show coming to ABC this fall, and the new cartoons coming to Disney XD.  On Thursday night, I really enjoyed My Family Recipe Rocks Star Wars Special Edition.  Host Joey Fatone went on a guided tour of the Rancho Obi Wan Museum in California.  We also got to see Steve Sansweet and wife share recipes from the Star Wars Cookbook!  The museum was epic!

The other shows featured a special called Meet the Disney Legends which honored the many individuals whose imagination, talents and dreams have created the Disney magic.  The other special was called Once Upon a Time: For the Fans.  The show featured behind the scene looks from the ABC show Once Upon a Time and the new show Once Upon a Time In Wonderland coming this fall!  Add in three movies from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and it was a good block!

Now I have to wonder this?  Could Disney Fandom be something we can look forward too in the future?  I wonder if Disney was doing this as a test to see if Disney Fandom could bring in an audience.  Cartoon Network turns into Adult Swim at night.  And Nickelodeon turns into Nick at Nite at night as well.  Could Disney be looking to feature more adult programming on Disney XD or Disney Channel at night?  I could see Disney Fandom becoming something where you see some of the latest news coming out of Disney, Marvel, and Lucasflim.

Disney Fandom could feature reruns of shows on ABC like Once Upon A Time and the new Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. coming this fall.  The block could feature the Star Wars films, adult Disney films, action cartoons from Disney XD and Disney channel, and specials from the other Disney owned channels.  Disney Fandom could also bring back some classics to re-air again!  Disney could also develop certain shows that would only run on Disney Fandom as well that could compete with Adult Swim and Nick at Nite.  Hopefully Disney Fandom will not be something we see once a year after Comic-Con.  If Disney was smart, they should feature Disney Fandom more often!   By the way, I wish other networks would do something like this as well!

Learn more about Disney Fandom at: http://shows.disney.com/fandom

Animation Monday: Pac-Man And The Ghostly Adventures


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So this week on Animation Monday I am going to talk about the poor attempt to bring back one of the most beloved video game characters, Pac-Man.  Pac-Man And The Ghostly Adventures premiered on Disney XD and so far I have not really enjoyed it.  The series is an American-Candidan produced computer-animated television series in production by 41 Entertainment for Disney XD.  The first thing I really don’t like is the opening sequence to the show.  It sounds like a young kid made it.

The show follows Pac-Man, who along with his friends Cylindria and Spiral helps protect Pac-World from the threat of Ghosts.  After watching a few episodes for this post, I say this show is poorly written.  Many other people on the internet agrees with that statement.  The plot in each episode is stale and very predictable.  The only good thing about this series is the animation.  I thought the animation, although computer animated, was pretty good.

Pac-Man-and-the-Ghostly-Adventures-1About the plot, sure I know this is a kids show.  But in the animation world today, many kids shows like My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Phineas and Ferb, and Adventure Time has huge adult followings.  The writers and animators of all kids shows not only needs to make a show great for kids, they need to make them so adults will enjoy them as well.  Pac-Man And The Ghostly Adventures will probably make kids happy, but adults will find the show boring and lackluster.

The show was partly created because a video game from the show titled Pac-Man And The Ghostly Adventures will be out later this year.  So far, the critics have criticized the game and are saying Pac-Man should not have been brought back to create something like this.  For a 1980′s video game icon, these hurtful words are like kids being forced to watch violent and graphic shows.  Parents know it’s wrong to have kids watch violent stuff.  Namco Bandai Games should have thought twice before bringing Pac-Man back in a bad and poor way.

pac manBringing back Pac-Man this way has done very poorly.  If the creators of this cartoon and game could not do better, they should have left Pac-Man alone.  Sometimes, leaving a classic video game character alone is the best thing to do.  If I want my Pac-Man fix, I am going to play online and enjoy!  If you want to have your Pac-Man fix, I suggest you click on the link to play classic Pac-Man for free! http://www.freepacman.org/welcome.php

Animation Monday: Lack of Action Animation On TV


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There’s a crisis going on in the animation world.  The number of action animated shows being cancelled is alarming.  I mean, I enjoy the comedy animated shows like Phineas and Ferb, My Little Pony: FIM, and Adventure Time.  But I also like to enjoy the action animated shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Young Justice.  Sadly, many animated shows in the action genre have been cancelled.  And that sucks!

Last week, Disney and Lucasfilm announced the cancellation on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the delay of the upcoming series Star Wars: Detours.  Most likely, Disney is never going to make Star Wars: Detours.  The cancellation of The Clone Wars comes at a very bad time!  What is going to happen to Ahsoka Tano?  Lucasfilm Studios have said they are continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen.  And they are advising fans to stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. (cough: Disney XD)

It’s too bad we will probably never see Star Wars: Detours.  This comedy series co-created by the Robot Chicken team of Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Todd Grimes was going to be awesome!

Sadly, Star Wars is not the only cancellation.  Many fans are upset that Cartoon Network has cancelled Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice.  Both shows ran their series finale episodes last weekend.  The fans and the creators of these shows have been all over Twitter trying to pressure Cartoon Network to save these shows.  Cartoon Network will premiere Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman in April on DC Nation.  You can tell Cartoon Network is wanting to take DC Nation to a more comedy direction.  Also, did you know Cartoon Network is bringing back The Powerpuff Girls?  Here is a screenshot from the new series.

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Over on Disney XD.  Marvel Universe has struggled along with only Ultimate Spider-Man which has done well.  Two new series will premiere this Summer.  Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents S.M.A.S.H. will air sneak peaks in late May.  My hope is these shows will last instead of being cancelled after just one season just like Motorcity and Tron: Uprising.  Sadly, I have noticed that both DC Nation and Marvel Universe have been doing poorly in the ratings.  This is not a good thing for people who love action animation!

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Nickelodeon has The Legend of Korra and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  And The Hub has Transformers: Prime which is on its last season.  Many people have said the lack of action animation is due to the lack of merchandise sales and not due to TV ratings.  I know many cartoons on TV today are tied to the merchandise sales to determine if the show gets another season or is cancelled.  I still think there is a market for action animated shows on TV.  The networks have to give these shows a chance to find an audience.  I hope I get to watch and review more action animated shows on Geek Alabama in the future!