Hot Idea: New Game Show Theme
Posted by aogMonday, 06 August 2007 at 19:44 TrackBack Ping URL

Our television failed last week, after 15 years of faithful service. The display shrank down until it was about 3 inches high on a 27 inch TV, which made things a bit hard to see. But I realized that this might be a great theme for a game show. There used to be Name That Tune which had people try to identify music from a limited initial sequence of notes. A modern version would play TV shows but only part of the image and the contestants would have to guess what the show was. They’d bid square inches of screen1 instead of notes — “Tom, I can name that show in 72 inches”. Let’s get some funding and have your people call my people.

1 I originally thought pixels, but you’d get long boring stretches of people under bidding each other by 1 pixel out of 100,000 or so, which would not be good TV.

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erp Tuesday, 07 August 2007 at 10:44

Watching a picture increment pixel by pixel couldn’t be as boring as the new TV show, “The Company.” We had a rare disagreement here at chez erp. My husband thought it was like watching paint dry, while I thought it was more like watching grass grow. What were they thinking?

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 07 August 2007 at 11:12

Ah, I didn’t explain it correctly. The picture wouldn’t build up, the players would bid on the area they needed, then the clip would play with only that many pixels / inches showing for some fixed amount of time.

I can’t comment on the current state of TV, despite our having acquired a beautiful Samsung 40” LCD (which SWIPIAW has been lusting after for years) because I only watch bits of whatever the kids have on from Nick Jr. and Cartoon Network. And some HGTV when SWIPIAW has a moment to relax (not often).

erp Tuesday, 07 August 2007 at 16:01

Does the perfect one watch the designer shows on HGTV? I find them fascinating. My husband watches them with me once in a while and he had people in stitches at a recent social gathering describing various window treatments and how important they are to good design.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 07 August 2007 at 16:24

Yes. She loves those shows.

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