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Offline Nick

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Re: Drew vows to stay as host until he dies
« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2024, 05:30:03 PM »
I mean the show's been around for over half a century and a great many skit ideas for showcases have come and gone.  Hard to come up with too many new ideas perhaps

Hardly.  There's a great repertoire of Showcase skits that were used time and time again that could still be used today (e.g., Every Room in the House, A Trip Down Main Street, The Price Is Right Department Store, the Priceless Train Depot, Port o' Price, Priceless Time Capsule, the prize-laden pirate ship, The First Bank of Price, The Price Is Right News, Our Girls Hit the Mall, A Salute to... I could go on, but I think that's enough for now), and that's not even getting into a revival of "Flakey Flick" style Showcases based on current films where you'd actually have to work out a new script each time you do it.

but given the lack of run time it no longer can happen anyway.

This is the real issue.  I don't see how any broadcast network can keep chipping away at programs with more commercials when the number of commercials for streaming programming is far, far less because people will not sit through commercials.  I know CBS has no reason to care, but if they did, they'd give a good five minutes back to the show so it could actually breathe.
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Offline ElectricPeterTork

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Re: Drew vows to stay as host until he dies
« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2024, 09:29:16 PM »
Hardly.  There's a great repertoire of Showcase skits that were used time and time again that could still be used today (e.g., Every Room in the House, A Trip Down Main Street, The Price Is Right Department Store, the Priceless Train Depot, Port o' Price, Priceless Time Capsule, the prize-laden pirate ship, The First Bank of Price, The Price Is Right News, Our Girls Hit the Mall, A Salute to... I could go on, but I think that's enough for now), and that's not even getting into a revival of "Flakey Flick" style Showcases based on current films where you'd actually have to work out a new script each time you do it.

This is the real issue.  I don't see how any broadcast network can keep chipping away at programs with more commercials when the number of commercials for streaming programming is far, far less because people will not sit through commercials.  I know CBS has no reason to care, but if they did, they'd give a good five minutes back to the show so it could actually breathe.

Watching the 80s Barker episodes, that's been the biggest thing I've noticed. It's the extra time Bob had to dick around with the audience and the contestants that made a big difference.

A common complaint is that Drew doesn't do that, but there's just no time. Read the taping reports from fans, people tell stories about Drew and George getting involved with the crowd and contestants and it having to be cut. The drop from, what, 42 minutes or so back then to 37ish today hurt. I mean, the show is still great, but a lot of little possibly memorable moments and natural interactions are lost for ads. Which is funny, because at heart, TPIR is already 37 minutes of ads when you think about it.
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Re: Drew vows to stay as host until he dies
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2024, 11:48:58 AM »
Quite a bold statement, Drew.
I wish you luck on that as you continue to carry the torch of TPIR for many years to come.  :wink:
« Last Edit: May 15, 2024, 12:04:25 PM by whowouldeverhurtawhammy »
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