Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Call Me Miss Cleo

Because I may be psychic.
(alternately titled “Writer’s Strike Settled- Fox Still Prefers Working Without Them)
I wrote this on November 16th 2007

If the Strike does go on for awhile maybe the networks will finally get desperate enough and start broadcasting Japanese game shows. And hopefully they'll start with this awesome "Human Tetris"

So simple yet so profound. This may be the greatest game show ever. Just replace "may be" with "easily is.”
And what do you know - according to yesterday’s Variety
Fox has pacted with "American Idol" producer FremantleMedia North America to produce a U.S. version of the successful Japanese gameshow "Hole in the Wall."

Stunt-based skein is a sort of human version of the videogame Tetris. Players, dressed in spandex and hard hats, face down a moving barrier that features ever-changing cut-out shapes. They have to contort their bodies every which way in order to fit through the wall or else end up being swept into a pool of water.

Players compete in teams, making coordination and quick thinking necessary to win. Teams gain or lose points depending on whether they manage to stay dry through each round.

Fuji TV launched "Hole in the Wall" in July 2006. FremantleMedia has since produced eight international versions of the format in countries such as Australia, Russia and India.

FremantleMedia North America chief exec Cecile Frot-Coutaz said the format "has a universal comedic appeal with viewers of all ages across multiple platforms," noting clips of "Hole" have attracted more than 5 million hits on YouTube over the past six to nine months.

Frot-Coutaz indicated FMNA and Fox are looking to develop "Hole" as a family-friendly skein. Network has ordered a pilot and will decide later this year whether to greenlight the project to series.

My only concern, and one that is shared with this write who takes a decidedly more negative view than I do, is that it may get really boring after the first few episodes
But at least for those first few episodes it will be the greatest television viewing. Ever.

P.s. did y’all know that Miss Cleo came out as a lesbian? I wonder if she saw that coming…

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