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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Is there a Hole in Your Wall...?

The Fox station is a conundrum. On the one hand, they put on some of the best programming on television; 24 and House come to mind. On the other hand, Fox somehow manages to put on the absolute worst, bottom of the barrel programming (this is the station that introduced, "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire" to the world)

Tonight, Fox tosses another hat into the "let's abandon all dignity" ring with their new show, "Hole in the Wall." If you haven't seen or heard of this show, here's the entire summary: "contestants stand on one end of a platform as a wall with shapes cut of it moves towards them. They must get through the hole. If they do, they get points. If not, they get dumped into water."

That's it. That's the entire summary.

Fox "previewed" this show Sunday night, and I am sad to say I watched it. (Cut me some slack! I was tired, feeling lazy, and had been seeing promos for it all day while watching the Eagles cruch the Rams - woo-hoo, Go Eagles! 2009 Superbowl champs!)

There is no subtle nuance to this show. There are no intrictate story lines or strategies. Just people jumping through holes.

The best - or worst, depending on your perspective - part of this show is the catchphrase. Right before the wall starts moving, the announcer says in a deep ominous voice, "It's time to face the hole." There's a certain amount of trauma that goes along with hearing the phrase "it's time to face the hole" 10 times in 30 minutes...

This show is based on a Japanese game show. You know, the Japanese have given the U.S. many amazing things. Technology, cars, karate, sushi, and Ken Watanabe to name a few. Game shows are not one of them. No, game shows ar *not* one of them...

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