Delicious recipe for disaster

You know what I don’t talk about often enough? TV. Seriously, look up everything under the “idiot box” category and… seventy entries? Okay, well I guess I do TV more often than I thought. Well, now my intro hook is dead. Way to go, facts.

The fact of the matter is that I really don’t watch that much TV anymore. At least not in the traditional sense. I usually have Netflix playing American Dad! in the background while I play handheld video games, but other than that it’s generally just watching the same serieses that I have on DVD/Blu-ray over and over again. I know “serieses” isn’t a word. That’s the point. It’s supposed to be cute.

We have maybe twelve channels of cable, and Wife has been making increased use of them lately, mostly in the way of Two and A Half Men and Two Broke Girls, both shows that I absolutely can’t stand. But! There’s this new game show on that she really likes called Hollywood Game Night, and it seems to be pretty darn good! I haven’t bothered to sit down and watch a whole episode myself, but what I have seen, I liked.

The premise is that there are two teams, made up of one Regular Joe captain and three celebrities. Already, we’re jumping into fairly Ryan-unfriendly territory. I am not a fan of celebrities as a selling point. I’m just not into the whole celebrity-mania business at all. Seriously, there are better things to talk and read about than actors and whatnot. Also, the show is hosted by Jane Lynch. Big red flag there.

Now, I’m not anti-Jane Lynch. In fact, I really like her as Reid’s schizophrenic mom on Criminal Minds. I just can’t separate her from Glee in my mind, and I hate Glee SO MUCH. Fact is though, that’s she’s pretty great as the host of Hollywood Game Night, so that’s good!

Anyway, the show has a bunch of wacky challenges like guessing what movie a screengrab comes from, but with the actors replaced with cats. Also one where kids draw pictures of celebrites and then the team has to guess which celebrity it is. There’s nothing really over-the-top, and I’m okay with that. The show has just the right level of silliness to be pretty darn funny without being overbearing. I don’t know if I’m articulating that thought well enough. Maybe… It’s funny just by virtue of being silly, which is something I will almost always get behind.

I guess the major draw for common folk would be the celebrities, but like I said, that’s just not really my bag. I was pretty floored when Jason Alexander showed up with a full head of hair though. I’ve seen the guy in a wig before, but he looks younger now than he did on Seinfeld. It’s more than a little shocking.

Anyway, I don’t have a lot else to say about the show yet. It’s only been on for a few weeks, but so far so good. Here’s hoping that they’re able to keep it fresh and that maybe I’ll take the time to sit down and actually watch the damn thing.


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