We judge Daytime Emmy races: Game Show

Our forum posters are dedicated to the Daytime Emmy Awards. To predict the winners, they do just like the judges and watch all the episode submissions. Then they rank them. 

In the Best Game Show race, they agree with our Experts that “Cash Cab” will win this race for the fourth time over twelve-time champ “Jeopardy!” which tied with “Wheel of Fortune” last year. 

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Below is a sampling of their insightful commentary. Read their thorough analyses here


Cash Cab
The host Ben Bailey interests me already even while telling the viewer how the game is played. Michelle, Michael, and Richard play the first game. Bailey really is a good host. The show is very basic, and I wouldn’t say it’s all that compelling, but Bailey makes it work. They’re at $1,000 and now a redlight challenge. They win the challenge, and now they are up to $1,450. Will they go double or nothing on a video question. Another trio gets in. They use a shout out to Alice, and they lose. They are thrown out. Four guys get in. They also get up to $1,450. They go for double or nothing. They guess “Booby” and double their money. Show is over.

The show aired on 2/15/2011. The show is coming from the TJ Watson research center in NY. It’s the IBM challenge. Two of their best contestants challenge the IBM computer system named Watson. They can’t just play. We’re getting an IBM commercial disguised as the history of Watson’s creation. This is going on forever. When does the game show portion begin? It takes five minutes to get into the game. Watson is wiping the floor with the other contestants. Six minutes of game and then even more history on Watson. Only one round of question because of the ridiculous amount of Watson history. Before the final question, more blah blah blah about Watson. Watson gets final question wrong, but still wins $35,734.

Wheel of Fortune
It’s a Christmas-themed episode. When did they change the music for the show? Don’t like it all. Not crazy about the new announcer (new to me since I haven’t watched in years). How does Vanna White still look good? The contests are fun which I don’t usually find with the show. Pat Sajak often obnoxious, but the contestants are making him bearable. The reel has commercials!!! Seriously!?! First main puzzle was Bulletin and Boogie Board. Second one was Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Third one was Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing. Bonnie won all three. The other contestants were happy for her. I’d have been annoyed. More commercials! Insanity! And she wins the fourth one: Celebrity Sighting. Bonnie wins $50,000 for final puzzle: good guess. Bonnie is a lot of fun and she wins over $81,000.

“Who Wants to Be A Millionaire”
Another celebrity week. 4th day of celebrity week. Money for Alzheimer’s charity. Anthony Anderson is the celebrity. Some chit chat about the charity. More chit chit that is not amusing. The set is different than I remember. The money system is now different and a bit confusing since I do not watch the show. Anthony Anderson is being annoying as hell. Meredith Vieira is a good host. She does a good job of keeping the show on track, but even with her, the show still takes forever to get through these questions. Anderson manages to get up to $250,000 by the end of the show as he takes a guess about a Rembrandt painting. 


I had also been thinking that the Watson episode would be a great submission, but your points are certainly well taken, Crystal. I had forgotten how much of the episode was dedicated to the development of Watson/the work IBM is doing, which some may find interesting but others will certainly not. That’s why I love doing this judging forum. It’s incredible how different things can seem when taken out of their previous context and viewed as part of a competitive process like this.


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