Five Game Shows Ripe for Revival

According to TV Squad, the new version of Let's Make a Deal will begin production next week. The original, last seen in 1977 but revived sporadically since, gave rise to the famous Monty Hall Problem. Original host Monty Hall will be back to produce the new version, which will be hosted by Wayne Brady.

If it's a hit, we can surely expect many more game shows to come back from the dead, as daytime programming executives never let one successful idea stand alone. Remember when The People's Court was the only place to go to get your fix of low-stakes daytime court room drama? We don't either. So, if the daytime landscape is poised to get more game shows, here are a few we'd like to see brought out of retirement.

Double Dare

TV Guide's 29th greatest game show of all time, Double Dare is familiar to every American born between 1980 and 1985. VH1 should do a version with anyone not crazy enough and/or too crazy to get cast on one of the ...Of Love shows. Since most of those people operate at the intellectual level of the kids on the original, the physical challenges and slime-filled final obstacle course of Double Darewould serve their dignity far better than ...Of Love anyway. If Flavor Flav is still alive -- and someone should check -- he should host.

Card Sharks

The original Card Sharks, from 1978, was hard to understand. There was a Q&A; round, a regular deck, and some big cards. It all made sense on screen, but if we tried to write an explanation for you it would be longer than the drive from LA to Vegas on a Friday night. Essentially, the game boiled down to guessing what the next card would be by betting higher or lower. At its core, however, Card Sharks was something else: a perfect drinking game. For the revival, send the production team to a different college campus each week, sign up some students as contestants, and let them do what they were going to do anyway on a Thursday night -- only tape it for a national TV audience. Please get Tara Reid and Colin Farrell to host.

Supermarket Sweep

The original featured teams facing off with shopping carts in a supermarket; whoever collected more money's worth of items in the allotted time was the winner. In 2009, many Americans now skip food in order to buy plasma TVs and XBoxes, so the new version should take place in a big-box electronics store. It will be much more fun to watch contestants wrestle the largest TV they can find into their shopping carts. Pro Tip: Go for the OLED models. They're compact and insanely expensive.

Singled Out

Last seen on MTV, this 1990s dating game show identified prospective mates by categorical elimination (tall or short, blonde or brunette, quantum physicist or comp lit professor). The fun part of Singled Out was derived from from watching the attractive contestants get eliminated, then seeing the two winners try to act happy with the results. Olivia Munn should host. Although, Singled Out is basically to blame for the existence of Carmen Electra, so proceed with caution.

Nick Arcade

Whatever happened to virtual reality? Aren't we all supposed to be living our lives through virtual avatars by now? Like that new movie with Bruce Willis in the ridiculous wig? Nick Arcade was the one where contestants competed for the opportunity to participate in a video game, which really meant flailing around against a blue screen while trying to see what was happening on a monitor. TV weathermen do this every day, but no one wants to see a game show where people are wrong all the time. Anyway, with the rapid advance of video game technology since Nick Arcade went off the air in 1993, we expect the new version to pit contestants against one other for the chance to be plugged into the Matrix. Laurence Fishburne should host, obviously.

Okay, we've done your job for you, network programming executives! You're welcome.

Let's Make a Deal premieres September 21st on CBS. Check local listings.

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