Alright then, let’s see what you wrote. I can’t vouch for the truthfulness or otherwise of what has come in, although doubtless there are grains of truth dotted about:
- The SRO show about quizzers turned out to be a quiz where 15 different contestants from five shows (Millionaire, Chase, 15 to 1, UC and Mastermind) battle it out to see who’s the best. Host was Jeremy Vine, who was pretty decent. We didn’t leave until midnight but at least they gave us a snack and a drink.
- ITV special to air later in the year named ‘Quizmaster‘ and is hosted by Jeremy Vine. The show sees 5 teams of 3 quiz show champs (Mastermind, 15-To-1, The Chase, Uni Challenge and Millionaire) playing an elimination tournament over 5 knockout rounds until 1 player remains. (I don’t think this sounds very ITV to be honest but we’ll see. Also crikey at the recording length, how long does it take to film a quiz?)
- Insiders relating to the Banijay Group are stating that Nickelodeon are playing safe and has shortlisted John Cena as the maze master for the US produced series of the Crystal Maze.
- Crystal Maze USA might be eyeing Richard Ayoade. (Well Ayoade is the kids’ favourite. Personally I hope it’s John Cena but mainly because I predicted it would probably be him weeks ago).
- I’d heard rumblings that The Amazing Race UK was being considered, but that Race Across The World pretty much stopped it dead in it’s tracks. (I still think the demanded editing style of TAR would go down like a lead balloon over here, so probably a good thing.)
- Channel Ten in Australia is bringing back The Amazing Race. In keeping with their continued existence on doing as little work on their television productions as possible and hoping viewers stick with it anyway, they’ve got a rugby player hosting. (Grant Bowler or GTFO.)
- ITV is planning to put WWTBAM on the week commencing 5th August for 6 nights at 9 pm.
- All the gunge used on UK telly comes from one online shop who also make and sell weird and adult messy fetish videos. Different legal company so all deniable but obviously the same people and style . It’s really creepy and will be a tabloid scandal one day. Everyone in kids tv knows it but pretends not to cos there’s nowhere else good to buy gunge from. (This is hilarious if it’s true. I’m not sure though, is it really that hard to make? They used to show how the Beeb made theirs on Going Live every other week.)
- Stool pigeon used to be fun and I enjoyed sorting the wheat from the chaff! I liked the spoof stuff! (I’ve completely made up one of the comments and reactions. Try and work out which!)
- The BBC and 12 Yard still aren’t confirming whether or not Eggheads is ending – the latest story relating to the show being that someone in Nottingham left a signed photo of Chris Hughes on a bus and will get a replacement courtesy of Jeremy Vine and Greg James. Apparently, the latest series of new episodes (since it’s almost as notorious as Pointless for having long blocks of repeats seemingly at random) is the 21st. If this series *is* to be the last, will the Beeb wait till it’s over before making the announcement (“We’d like to thank Jeremy Vine, Dermot Murnaghan and all the Eggheads over the years, blah blah blah”)? Or will they actually give the show a proper send-off, like they did with the Weakest Link in 2012? It would be nice if they did, IMO – it *has* been running for 16 years, longer than Link, with nearly 2,000 episodes in that time including a not-insignificant number of celeb episodes, as well of course as the two spin-off shows to find new ‘heads. *And* it has made the old Simpsons slot its own, too (whereas the likes of Ready Steady Cook and Flog It! never really nailed themselves to a single time slot, despite their own long runs and popularity). (Fair to suggest it probably deserves something even if it’s never really made the public conscious in the same way any of the other shows mentioned have.)
- Ever wondered what presenters get paid? Standard appearance fees for household names start at £20k a pop, for a one-off. Real top division stars like McIntyre and Norton are £50-60k.
Well there we are. Thanks to all of this month’s contributors.