How to make a successful exciting primetime game show:
1. Choose a concept that has been done many times before, but raise the stakes - Password was moderately successful. How about Password Plus, giving it the same glamor as shampoo with conditioner? Oh, you already did that. How about Super Password, implying a vague sense of superiority over its predecessor? OK, you did that too? Time to really up the ante: Million Dollar Password. Leave no mistake about what's at stake in finding this password. As a bonus, it's reminiscent of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, giving audiences a sense of pleasant nostalgia until they realize it's still on the air with Meredith Viera.
2. Choose a pleasant, non-threatening host - If it weren't for Howie Mandel's slickly shaved head and goofy non-humor, Deal or No Deal would be lost in the sea of shows with women-objects guarding numbered metal briefcases.
Without Jeff Foxworthy, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? would seem like a silly, rhetorical question instead of the poignant realization that, yes, some rednecks aren't, and you might be one.
Regis Philbin is perfect, and again serves as a reminder of the success of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and that Regis is not yet dead.
3. Make it look like a strange, harshly lit, dystopian future - I'm just assuming. What recent game show doesn't look like that?
5/24/2008 - Fox Is Most Watched Network For The First Time In History With a strong finishing kick from "American Idol," Fox captured the distinction of America's most popular television network for the first time since it began operation in 1987.
9/13/2007 - It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Returns! - By far the best show on TV If you enjoy brilliant comedy that stretches the boundaries of your typical TV series, then I suggest you donate 30 minutes to season 3 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiering Thursday the 13th at 10pm on FX.