Monday, June 27, 2011


The following is just my personal opinion. Yours may vary.

As another summer is upon us, I look upon all the reruns and the so called "new" fare, composed of mostly so called 'reality' shows, in puzzlement.
Do the major networks really expect us to watch this stuff?
There is no point in commenting on most of the summer fluff, so I will concentrate upon two stalwarts of television: Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

As far as I know, you can make a week's worth (five episodes) of Wheel of Fortune quicker than its sister program, because WoF doesn't have returning champions like Jeopardy!
On the other hand, since Wheel does more location shooting and awards bigger prizes, viewers get to watch more episodes of Jeopardy! in any given season. WoF is in rerun mode now, while Jeopardy! is still presenting all new episodes until the end of July. But both series will be back for new seasons around Labor Day 2011.

Although the genre even has its own cable channel now, game shows are not as prolific on network television as they once were. Only The Price Is Right beats Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune for longevity, but the Merv Griffin created series have withstood the test of time, as Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak were recently presented Lifetime Achievement awards at the Daytime Emmys for hosting their respective programs.

The two shows are syndicated, with many alternate versions available for viewing too. Check your local television listings for time and channel.

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