Some other miscellaneous game show stuff: last Friday, the 1st, The Price Is Right did another April Fool's show. I hate to say this, but I think the novelty value of the April Fool's shows may be wearing thin, at least for people who watch every single episode. The core problem is their basic prank is: something goes wrong with the prize presentation. That's it. It's funny a little while when, say, the panel with the prize and the model turns around for the big reveal, and then doesn't stop turning, hiding again, but that's really only the one joke. There are a few others --- doors getting stuck, or a prize set in an unattractive display --- but the net effect is kind of like watching blooper shows: it's amusing unless you're paying attention.
They did have a bit of a running gag this time, not as clever as the year the show was ``run'' by Drew Carey's nemesis Mimi: the pretense that this was their 10,000th. Their 10,000th what? What was to be a surprise, for later in the show, which rather awkwardly tipped off that it would have to be either the 10,000th glitch in production or that it wasn't actually the 10,000th anything and this was yet another glitch. I appreciate the effort, but I'm kind of glad they won't feel the need to do an April Fool's show next year.
In giddier news, on Let's Make A Deal this week one contestant came as Freakazette. You no doubt remember this character from her maybe four seconds on-screen in one episode of the short-lived Freakazoid cartoon sixteen years ago. I felt like an elect member of an extremely tiny, nerdy fraternity for being in on what this person was. She only got on for a Quickie Deal, under the closing credits, where she got a couple hundred dollars for having something which begins with ``C' on her. Too bad; I'd have liked to hear how she'd have explained her costume to a bewildered network audience.
Trivia: In 1789 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania loaned £200 to John Hewson, a transplanted English calico printer in Philadelphia, to promote that industry. Source: Big Cotton: How A Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked Civilizations, And Put America On The Map, Stephen Yafa.
Currently Reading: A History Of The World In Six Glasses, Tom Standage.