Redivided

OK so the big news today is that I was trawling through GSNN and found a contestant call for something that sounds awfully like a US pilot for The Genius for a cable network. We don’t know if that’s what it is though, so let’s not get overexcited just yet.

In other news, Buzzerblog has the skinny on Who Gets Nothing, where contestants have to decide between them who gets what from ten unequal amounts of cash, the lowest of which is zero and the highest as much as £500,000. This sort of thing has failed to be successful in the past (Unanonemous and Divided both very much non-hits basically everywhere, but they did sell to a lot of places and both shows whilst not perfect weren’t completely awful either) so I don’t really see why it would suddenly start being successful in the future. You might still be able to be in the pilot if you want, although seeing as you won’t be playing for actual money (you’ll be paid a fee) I’m not completely certain what the point is.

In other news, Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge is nominated for a kids BAFTA in the entertainment category up against Junior Bake Off, Hacker Time and Swashbuckle. Commercial TV for the win!!!! It’s a shame they can’t seem to decide how many series the show has had though.

Music

It’s no secret that we believe Foster/Bolam should basically soundtrack all gameshows these days, so last night I was delighted to discover Nick Foster has a Soundcloud with a load of interesting things on it. It’s certainly not exhaustive but there’s some really good stuff on there. I’m particularly taken with his naming convention for The Cube background music and hope to see “mildly intense” make an appearance and more seriously the eggtimer music from 5 Minutes to a Fortune.

In other news Dishonest Friend of the Bar Endemol Joe has popped up with some news for all you old school Bar readers, quoted here a bit like Gerry Adams in the 80s and 90s:

Can I just say if you remember me from a couple of years ago when I said on here I was developing a new show called Ultimate Champion, which involved celebrities mastering different disciplines such as singing, magic, dancing etc. I was telling you how I was pitching these shows to different broadcasters. Well, three months ago I finally got the go ahead with the format which is going to be shown next year. The name has been changed to Get Your Act Together, but it is everything I hoped for and more. Never give up on your dreams!

An inspiration for us all, perhaps there might be hope of a Bar Good Friday agreement yet. I guess we’ll finally find out who he really is (although as was pointed out to me, if it just said “Endemol Joe” in the credits we’d collapse laughing).

OK, let’s all keep our fingers crossed…

So you say if I cut the red wire the site will work and a massive bomb won’t go off?

*cuts red wire*

Oh! Well that’s worked out quite well. Welcome back everybody, I hope you didn’t miss us too much. If you note any problems or issues then please let me know. Many thanks to our very generous host over the past eight years, hopefully now I have total control I might feel a bit more inclined to experiment with the coding a bit. Or not.

News in the last few days is that Fremantle France has optioned Bother’s Bar favourite The Genius for French speaking countries. Before everyone gets overexcited, that means Fremantle have the rights to make the show but nobody has actually commissioned it yet AFAIK. We’re still waiting to see what’s happening to the proposed Dutch version. Looking forward to episode three of the Korean one which should be up soon.

Slow

Hello peeps, I’m afraid the Bar is being a bit tempremental at the moment, normal service will hopefully resume shortly.

In the meantime, if you’re in the London area, Avalon are doing quiz runthroughs across the next month. E-mail james.fidler@libertybell.tv if you’re interested.

The Chase USA is on Challenge tonight

From 8pm.

Also the new and fully deserved second series of 15-1 starts today at 3pm on Channel 4. Yay. There’s no real quiz competition at that time so it’s got no excuses.

Barracks

The new episode of The Genius us up this week is about jury service… AND BETRAYAL.

Meanwhile we’ve mentioned the work of FOTB Ch4rlizard before, he makes amazing covers of the music you get on Fort Boyard and his latest work is no exception, a cover of the music from Caserne – the Fire Barracks:

 

Here’s an example of the original for comparison.

Check out his Youtube channel for other great covers here.