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Finish Line For Marathon?

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I must say that CBS' game show marathon–catchy title Gameshow Marathon–hasn't worked for me, which is saying something since I am a nostalgia buff who spent way too much time watching the shows on which these updated takes are based.

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For me Bob Barker will always be associated with Truth (buzzer sound) or Consequences rather than Price is Right, so you know what color the TV was when I was growing up.

For some reason, the innocence of the game show days of yore does not transfer with the update, which was literal for the episode I caught in which an old black & white challenge from Beat the Clock, in which contestants shepherded helium balloons toward a container using only the handle and rim of a fishing net, was givn to Paige Davis and partner.

Paige had the kind of enthusiasm that could arch an FCC eyebrow with that full contact victory hug, but I digress.

Somehow, those 50's black & white people had an honest and innocent earnestness that is lacking in today's crowd, or maybe it's just me. How many Southerners does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to change the bulb and the other to tell you how great the old bulb was.

Ricki Lake has certainly come a long way since her doughnut dolly days on China Beach, I must say, but I don't see this marathon being run again anytime soon.

But, hey, I could be wrong.

By John Eggerton

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