Tuesday, October 31, 2006

IT'S OFFICIAL: BOB BARKER TO RETIRE

I've just gotten the official confirmation from Associated Press reports that Bob Barker will indeed be retiring at the end of the 35th season of the Price is Right. For more information, click here.

BREAKING NEWS: Bob Barker To Retire?

Well, folks, the wait may be over for it to happen. According to a source close to Golden-Road.net, it is said that Bob Barker is prepared to retire as host of the Price is Right at the end of this season. This is his 35th season hosting, and his 50th year on TV overall. This is NOT confirmed, however, at this time. Stay tuned for more details.

Monday's Results

My first day with Scoreboard results are these:

DOND: Tracee Jones returned Monday night still with the $500,000 and the $1 million on the board. Her fifth round choices knocked out $100,000 and $10. That drove the offer to $189,000. Saying the two big prizes are still there, Jones says no deal. Before going to Round 6, she gets a video cell phone message from her basketball players. After that, her next case selection eliminated the penny. Left at this point: $50, $300, $10,000, $500,000, $1 million. The offer at this point was $265,000. She is VERY unsure whether to continue, but she eventually takes the $265,000. Good news- she would've knocked out the $500,000 case on her next pick. Bad news- even though she probably would never have gotten to the end, her case had the $1 million. Second time in three weeks, I do believe, that the $1 million case has been selected, but not claimed.

Kevin O' Brien was next, living his dream to be on the show, and Howie has to keep telling him that it's for real now. He doesn't do so hot though- Rounds 3 through 6 were tough, knocking out several big amounts, from $100,000 to $1 million. But $25,000 and $50,000 were still left on the board amongst a few other amounts. After eliminating $200 and $300, Mr. O' Brien quits at $28,000. This time, it was a good deal- his case had neither of the decent amounts, $10.

WOF: Beginning their run in Dallas with "Best Friends Week", the team of Mark Chaluse and Stacy Lloyd-Thomas ran up a score of $20,850 in cash and stuff heading into the final round. That team had the Wild Card in the Jackpot Round, and with a big puzzle in the category of HEADLINE. They didn't take advanatage of it, though, as they hit the Bankrupt, losing the marker. Alas, the $6,000 speed-up round comes into play, and Angela Deiton and Jennifer Wynham win the match with SHREVEPORT LOUISANA on an On The Map puzzle, $23,550 to $20,850.

The bonus round started them off with:

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and the category of Phrase. That's all they would get, though, as their choices were duds. They try BOX LUNCH and GET LUCKY. Both are wrong, but the second guess was a lot closer- HOW LUCKY was it. This looked like a $100,000 difficulty puzzle, but what they actually missed out on was just as big- $50,000. Second show in a row, BTW, that's been lost.

Feud: Who will make it to the Halloween Spectacular, if there is one? It looks like it may be the Christophers, who defeat the Clarks. They only get $805 in Fast Money, giving them a current take of $21,650.

Millionaire: After Friday's disasterous effort, we start out fresh. Megan Benes was first, entering with a bank account of one penny. That's right, folks. She gets up to the $25,000 question, which asked her what was the full name of the count on "Seasame Street". After using her 50:50, she was left with Count von Numbers and Count von Count. The von Numbers looked too obvious to me, so I thought it was von Count. But with a fair memory of watching "Sesame Street" from a while back, Benes chose Count von Numbers.... and that memory was a foggy one, because I'm right and she's wrong. She left with $1,000.

Michael Sykes from Alexandria, VA didn't do that much better, ending up with $4,000. Andrea Ballinger returns on Halloween.

TPIR: Well, this show has certainly left the start from last week in the dust, for sure. For the second straight day, their contestants ring up a 5 out of 6 effort in the Pricing Games, with Clock Game being the only one lost this time. Among the wins: the now overplayed Stack The Deck (which was played perfectly, digit-choosing wise), Check Game (with another record-keeping error by Bob), and Any Number (a $21K+ car was won in only five picks, even though it was pretty easy). The person who won that car, Matthew, needed it to go find a job. He made it to the showcase as the top winner, facing Check Game winner Georgia. Georgia bid $16,500 on a game room and a party boat. She was way off, to no one's surprise, as the price was $26,209, a difference of $9,709. Matthew tried for some phones, a trip to Hawaii, and a Jeep Wrangler, and bid $23,777. Things looked good for him- only to have the ARP be $23,650, sending him over. That gave Georgia the win and $33,612. Matthew left with $22,900.

Jeopardy!: Not too long beore we go to NY for the celebrity shows, so let's see if they made the best of it. All three contetstants, including returning champion Chris Mazurek, were in five figures heading into FJ! under the category of Geography:

The only place where four countries meet at one point is found in this continent.

Monica gets it right with "What is Africa?", but only bets $201 for $11,001. Chris nails it as well, nearly doubling his winnings to $30,598. Susan writes....."What is Europe" instead. She drops back to second, and Chris now has a three-game total of $67,598.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

RECAP: Amazing Race X: Stage 7

David and Mary got a much-needed comeback victory last week to avoid the penalty box, and more importantly, elimination. Can they keep the momentum going?

The teams start out with this:

Clue #1- Travel by plane to Mauritius; spot next clue on a Nissan Versa.

Tyler and James began this leg way behind in the pack in last place. But in the airport, Dustin and Kandace buy tickets for Tyler and James, right in front of the eyes of Lyn and Karilyn. The three teams bicker over who should sit in front of them, and whom should be on which flight.

Clue #2: Teams must recognize model ship on car as a real existing ship on the water. They must swim to the ship, grab the clue, and get back to shore before reading the clue.

Thanks to the above mistake by Dustin and Kandace, Tyler and James go from worst to first! Unfortunately, they get lost thereafter while on their way to the ship, and go back to last place! Crazy! Dustin and Kandace take over the lead now.

Clue #3: Travel by car to Case Noyale (49 miles long). Once they get there, they must meet the official at the post office to get their next clue.

At this point, Dustin and Kandace still have the lead, with Rob and Kimberly second. Tyler and James continue to have problems finding their way, and are still last. With sixth-place finishes the last two legs, could this be the end of the line for them?

But another bad break hits- but this time, for Rob and Kimberly. Their car breaks down. In frustration, Rob walks out of the car and away from her, with Kimberly obviously upset. Eventually, they fall to last place.

That's not the only car trouble a team would encounter; Dustin and Kandace wreck into what I do believe was an ambulance, which Dustin says is her first car wreck ever. The other teams get tied up a little bit in the wreck before moving on. Despite this, Dustin and Kandace still have the lead heading into....

DETOUR: This week's options: SALT or SEA?

SALT: Teams must travel to a salt hill field, and must search three salt hills. Inside one of them is a salt shaker that contains their next clue.

SEA: Teams must walk to the dock, and find a small boat. Then, they will be rowed to a small island. Once there, teams are given a map, and must use it to locate a maston sail. Once they have the sail, they must bring it back to the boat and hang it up in order to go back to where they came from and receive their next clue.

David and Mary have the most trouble when tackling the salt fields, so they try the other task and waste valuable time. Most teams did the SEA task.

The Pit Stop was located at the Chateau Bel Ombre, where one team may be eliminated.

Dustin and Kandace lock in first, giving them their first stage victory and winning..... motorscooters! That's theirs no matter what.

In second: Tyler and James! That's more like their strong beginning in this edition of the race.

Third: Rob and Kimberly! They overcome their car problems and have four third-place finishes in the last five stages, with the other finish in first!

Fourth: Erwin and Goodwin.

Fifth: Lyn and Karilyn, just behind Erwin and Goodwin.

DEAD LAST: David and Mary. These people just can't find a happy medium in the race. They finish last in the first non-elimination leg, then they finish first when it counted in the next leg, and now they finish last here! After Phil Kehogan tells the the bad news....



....he tells them that this stage is the second of the non-elimination stages, meaning the team is in the same situation they were in one stage ago- finish first, win a prize and definitely stay in the race; otherwise, no matter where they finish, they will be sent to the penalty box for at least 30 minutes before being allowed to lock in.

October Player of the Month and This Week in Game Shows

I'll begin the regular reporting of the results of the week's game shows on Monday. In the meantime, I'm ready to announce my first Player of the Month, this one for October:

BRIAN DECATO ("1 vs. 100")

He was on the premiere of the game show that wounded up beating "Deal or No Deal" in the Friday Neilsens, and wound up being renewed for another ten episodes besides the first five. This man played very well, going home with $135,000! Decato's performance, however, is not good enough to land him into the "Salute of Champions" at the end of the year.

This week's notable happenings in TV Game Shows:

Wheel of Fortune: They're not waiting until November to go to Dallas; it begins this week! They kick it off with "Best Friends Week"!
Jeopardy!: This is the show's final week of episodes before they head to NYC for their two-week long 5,000-episode celebration, which includes celebrities playing. Considering the less than stellar playing by most of the regular contestants so far this season (there has not been a champion of at least five games this season), the break couldn't come much sooner.
The Rich List: This is the debut week for the new FOX game show hosted by Brit Eamonn Holmes. Teams of two compete to name things on certain lists for a chance to win big money and stay as long as they like.
1 vs. 100: This is the real test to see if this show is for real. A few days ago, this show continued to drop in the Fast Neilsen Ratings on Friday, probably due to coverage of the World Series on FOX. Will that performance prove to be a fluke?
Dancing With the Stars: The final four awaits. Will this week's competition be anywhere as good as last week's classic?

Game Show Weekly Wipeouts

When things don't go a show's way on the week, sometimes the week's contestants will do so poorly, that a show will WIPEOUT for the week. Here's my definition for some shows to WIPEOUT:

Wheel of Fortune: Losing all five of the week's bonus rounds
Jeopardy!: All five returning champions lose
Family Feud: Losing all five Fast Money rounds OR all five returning champion teams lose
WWTBAM: No one breaks $25,000 on week
TPIR: No one wins at least $35,000 (thus, the green winnings graphic appears if a Showcase winner has a $35K or more total)
Deal or No Deal: No one wins at least $35,000
1 vs. 100: No one wins at least $35,000

Welcome to the Game Show Kingdom!

I've decided to get into the world of Game Shows, folks. I'm Bobby McBride, and this is the Game Show Kingdom!

Each week, I will update game show news using help from premiere game show sites, like GameShowNewsNet, Buzzerblog, and TVGameshows.net.

I'm also serving as the Game Show Scoreboard for the new generation. Every week, in the same fashion Steve Beverly does (or not, as he's been dozing on the job most recently), I will crown the week's MVP. Usually, this will be for winning the most on TV the entire week, but sometimes I will give it out to someone who gave a great or unbelievable effort, or did something unreal. The runners up each week, and the other big winners on the week will be listed on the "Rich Squad". Should my MVP match TVGameshows.net's "Player of the Week" pick for that week, the word "Undisputed" will appear in the title. I will also crown a "Player of the Month" after each monthly period. On the last week of December, I will begin the "Salute of Champions", which will consist of my Top 25 Contestants for the 2006 Game Show season. Five will be recognized each day, beginning at #25 and going to the big one, #1. Whoever gets the #1 spot will be crowned 2006 GAME SHOW KINGDOM GRAND CHAMPION(S).

I'm from Richmond, Virginia, and lucky enough to be in the hometown of former WWE Women's Champion, Mickie James. I'm a junior from Virginia Commonwealth University.

With that being said, I hope to keep this blog strong for many days to come!