There are lots of good things about living in Richmond… the climate’s good… most of the people are nice… it’s an affordable market…
…but this town has an amazing aversion to being entertained.
Specifically, it hates game shows.
There are six syndicated game shows in production this season. Only two will appear on broadcast television in Richmond this season, if the listings I’ve seen so far are correct…
- Jeopardy! – WRIC/8 weeknights at 7:30 pm (with year-old reruns at 12:30 pm)
- Wheel of Fortune – WRIC/8 weeknights at 7:00 pm (I hesitate to mention that, as my dad will stop reading here – he HATES that show!)
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has a new format this season. I won’t see it.
- Family Feud has a new host this season – Steve Harvey – and has moved to Orlando. I won’t see it.
- Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? is back. I can watch it on CMT, but not everyone in Richmond has CMT.
- And Don’t Forget The Lyrics! has come back from the dead. I will hold my nose and watch it on VH1 (home of every stupid dating show in existence), but not everyone in Richmond has VH1.
Our major network affiliates (and the CW station) have found time for every asinine courtroom show being produced this season, including Swift Justice With
A Loudly Shrieking Harpy Nancy Grace – as well as 90 minutes of news from 5-6:30 pm on all three of them (which is basically the same newscast done three times over, as this is Richmond, and there just isn’t that much news here – it would only take them 30 minutes to read the entire Times-Dispatch on the air, for cryin’ out loud!), and the CBS affiliate does a 7:00 pm newscast as well – but no game shows.
I realize that game shows don’t air because Richmonders, in whatever (ridiculous) focus groups they have been assembled, tend to shy away from them… but (ridiculous) focus groups tend to tell programmers what the participants think the stations want to hear, not their real opinions. Television sucks, in large part, because of (ridiculous) focus groups and paint-by-numbers programming.
It’d be nice if the producers of those game shows would consider putting them online for markets where the shows don’t air… but since there’s no effective way to police it, the stations that do air the shows would throw a fit, fearing they’d lose audience (read “local advertisers”).
So I guess I’ll have to do without. It’s not the worst thing in the world, mind you… but it annoys me. So you get to read about it, if you actually read this far. Thank you for your patience.