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Big Debut Week: Price is Right, Let’s Make A Deal, Celebrity Name Game, Sports Jeopardy!

Big Debut Week: Price is Right, Let’s Make A Deal, Celebrity Name Game, Sports Jeopardy!

Find a comfortable chair and eye drops. You’ll be glued to the television all day.

Today begins one of the more exciting weeks game show fans have had in quite some time. Four big shows debut this week…two of them brand new. Today kicks it off three of them.

The brand new game, Celebrity Name Game, starts today in syndication (check your local listings). Craig Ferguson hosts the fast-paced and funny word game where teams of two, partnered with a celebrity, have to communicate the names of things in the world of pop culture to each other. There’s $20,000 on the line. The show has posted many previews over the past few weeks and it looks incredibly fun and funny, and a huge throwback to the great days of Win, Lose, or DrawPyramid, and those other shows. Craig Ferguson is brilliant as well, and Fremantle is probably the best out there so the show is in great hands. Can’t wait to see it.


CBS starts their new daytime game season today as well. We have Let’s Make A Deal starting its sixth season (check your local listings). Beyond some new games, prizes, and features, the biggest addition is that the show will finally go HD. Let’s Make A Deal has grown over the years to be an outrageously entertaining game that stands up with any versions from the past, so I can’t wait to see what they have in store this year.


CBS’s The Price is Right, at 11:00AM ET, will be having a big debut week. First you’ll finally be able to see the updated set in full instead of the snippets we’ve been teasing you with. The show is bringing back the game “Time is Money” with new and improved rules. Contestants can win up to $20,000 by placing five grocery items into three pricing categories. Another game also comes back refurbished. No idea what that is yet, so be sure to watch and find out.


Finally, on Wednesday, September 24th, Sports Jeopardy! will debut on Crackle (click the link or check streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, and smart TVs). The game, hosted by Dan Patrick, is the sports-trivia version of America’s most popular quiz show Jeopardy!. There are a few small differences from this streaming version compared to television (four questions per category instead of five, playing for points, $5,000 goes to the winner), but it’ll still be the same game we watch and love daily. The year-long season will culminate in a $50,000 playoff match.


There’s a lot going on this week, and all of it looks like a lot of fun. Be sure to watch and let us know what you think of all of them.


  1. John

    ‘CNG’ just wrapped up in my market, and I must say, it was pretty good. The celebrities do make a difference in breathing some life, and Craig does a fantastic job picking up the slack. The format might get a wee bit tired, but good casting will prolong its shelf life.

  2. TheOriginalDonald

    It’ll all depend on what time slots it runs on.

    That being said, I do give it a thumbs up

  3. TheOriginalDonald

    It’ll all depend on what time slots it runs on.

    That being said, I do give it a thumbs up

  4. The Starkman

    Saw CNG, didn’t really like it I’ll say. Yes the set had that homey Win Lose or Draw feel, but ferguson seemed to be trying to hard and looked to be hamming up the Scottish accent…the speed round may be the slowest speed round I’ve ever seen lol, and the end game is a pedestrian 10 in 60 with just a small twist for equal participation’s sake. I do like having to spin around and convey clues to 2 different people at the same time, that’s a fun and refreshing twist to the time honored Pyramid Password format, but it’s not a bad show…but it’s not a good one either.
    As for LMAD going HD…about freaking time.
    Sports Jeopardy the 4 questions so “Dan can be Dan” doesn’t bode well for Dan Patrick as Alex’s Successor, doesn’t it…I wasn’t against the idea and thought it a good audition for someone I had often thought would be the perfect fit to replace Trebek when his time comes to hang it up, but I’m having major second thoughts now. Doesn’t look to be a good show…the cheapness I can deal with, it IS an online only show and a 50k tourney at the end is not bad for that budget, it’s likely more than what GSN would pony up and the 5k Game show standard is ok…but the 4 questions is what bugs me…namely since ive heard it was for Patrick to have time to mug for the camera….bad sign and im about ready to move my mantel from Dan to Ted Allen to campaign to replace Trebek if this is as bad as I’ve heard lol
    Lastly, time is money seems more like a new game with reusing the Nifty title rather than a rehash of that Disaster of Split Decision proportions (if it wasn’t for the great coloring book explosion of 2002 it would be up there with split decision) The set is a little too gaudy but going high tech is the way things work for Drew and that’s not a bad thing. I’ll give Time is Money a chance, it’s too good a title to be stuck with the 2k’s Split Decision (Lets be fair On the Spot was so bad its more the 2ks PROFESSOR PRICE! LOL)

  5. TheOriginalDonald

    Question will be will they move J! to Stamford CT or not, because that will be the dealbreaker for Dan

  6. James M. Fabiano

    Ted Allen, eh? That just reminds me…remember when we all thought Carson Kressley was going to be the breakout star of the Fab 5?

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