Image Credit: GSNI love the Game Show Network. I realize this is a bold statement coming from someone (way) under the age of 50. But in the two weeks after I graduated college, I literally sat on the couch all day every day watching GSN. I can’t help it! I’m obsessed with reruns of the classics ($25,000 Pyramid, Password, Card Sharks etc.), and I’m even a fan of some of the new shows (just try and give me a Lingo puzzle I can’t solve). So when the news broke that Carnie Wilson would be leaving her post as host of GSN’s The Newlywed Game, I had some mixed emotions.
My first feeling was one of joy. Have you seen GSN’s recent revival of the show? It pales in comparison to the days of Bob Eubanks. The questions are just downright silly. (Yes, even sillier than they used to be, if you can imagine that.) And there’s this ridiculous tie-in to eHarmony’s 29 dimensions of compatibility. I know we live in the digital age, but there’s no need to ruin a classic game show with 29 dimensions. So with Wilson out, I make a plea to the powers that be: Bring back Bob!
My second feeling was one of worry. (The kind of worrying I do about TV, not the real kind of worrying.) People reports that GSN plans to announce a new host “in the near future.” Who could this possibly be? I’m afraid that if GSN doesn’t find someone to bring back the Eubanks charm, the show’s going to die forever. And I don’t want to live in a world where people don’t know about The Newlywed Game. So many people of my generation already don’t know about Password. This is a truth I’m not willing to accept.
Are you glad Carnie Wilson is leaving? Have you even seen her on the show? (My editor was even shocked I cared.) And who do you think should replace her? And are any of you ready to just see The Newlywed Game die once and for all? (It’s OK, I’ll still like you.)