I've made up my mind to watch more of ABC's summer game shows, in the hopes that my +1 to the ratings may inspire more. "Millionaire" was never my favorite, but this run has been pleasant and brought back many memories of what I liked about it. The production design is pretty spot on, modernizing or freshening what we knew just enough.
Jimmy can be very funny at times but he's not quite the host I want for this show. He's maybe a bit too glib? Or lacks gravitas? Neither of those are exactly the words I want, but I guess it's intangible. He strikes me as trying just a bit too hard. Different styles of humor, I guess. He came closest to what I wanted while talking out Catherine's last question.
I share the general very low opinion of Phil and cringed when I saw his name. I admit I didn't mind speeding through the early questions, and while I wanted to see more of her, Pam was very gracious about being essentially ignored. (Of course, if it were me, I'd check everything with my guest, knowing the way my mind works.)
But when we got to the end of the episode and they used those "_ Minutes Late," I had to cackle. I've just started to recognize how editors work, after all the years of TV I've watched, and the same trick was used on Sherry Pie in this year's "Drag Race." (For those not following, it she was disqualified after the season taped due to sexual misconduct.)
If the intent had been for Phil to be "in on the joke," it could've been presented differently. But they wanted us to roll our eyes at him, and I appreciate that. It was a somewhat tough question for me, only because I started second guessing myself, wondering about an island or something. Of course this run isn't about the "gotchas" so I shouldn't have.
The preponderance of Jeopardy! champs the contestants hadn't known before, and no other trivia experts other than Ike's actual friend from the trivia league I see a few of us play in, makes me wonder whether ABC is planning something new in primetime for us. It seemed very pointed otherwise. We'll see!