Tuesday, March 26, 2013

An UNO game show? Skip

Is it April 1 already?

It was reported Tuesday that Mattel is teaming up with The Gurin Co., a production and distribution company specializing in "light entertainment," to make a game show based on UNO, that staple of sleepovers and family road trips. They're dreaming up two possibilities: a half-hour show with a $100,000 jackpot, or an hourlong show with a $1 million prize. The French will get to see it first.

They may be on to something. Think of the possibilities for other edge-of-your-seat card games, like Go Fish, in which the terrible guesser would have to go catch an actual fish, or War, where the contestants could beat on each other gladiator-style in between rounds, the winner getting the bigger deck.

Believe it or not, this is not the first ridiculous idea for a game show to crop up this year. In February, NBC announced "Hollywood Game Night," hosted by Jane Lynch and produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Millner ("Grimm"), which would feature "A-list celebrities hanging out and playing games with fun-loving non-celebrity contestants in a cocktail party atmosphere."

I assume they're talking charades or -- meta alert -- Celebrity, but with NBC you never know. We could be watching someone else just jump checkers all night.

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