I have always been a fan of some of the game shows that were part of the Marathon. When I first heard of this I thought it would just be some random summer replacement show or a show they would air on Saturday nights and was very surprised it was put in like a regular show that CBS had a lot of faith in. I came in thinking that this would be too much like an annoying celeb-reality show. And in some ways, I was right. Most of the celebrities seemed like what they were doing and daying were setup and looked like they wanted to be somewhere else, espically Lance Bass (who I already find very annoying). I\'ve never been a fan of celebrities on game shows and I\'ve dreaded the day that The Price is Right would have a celebrity version, and the Price is Right portion proved it cannot work. All of the celebrities seemed stuck up and others seemed totally disinterested. Ricki Lake wasn\'t that bad as the host but she needs improvement in quite a few ways. There were sometimes where she interacted way too much and seemed very nervous and other times she was too calm and didn\'t interact enough. Some of things she did like jump up and down and scream made me want to change the channel. She has to get out of obnoxious talk show mode and into game show mode if she is ever to host another game show. They also made these specials too much like current primetime game and reality shows. Too many stupid gimmicks and tweaks that didn\'t seem necessary. Kathy Griffin and Adrienne Curry were incredibly stuck-up and annoying on Match Game (not to mention Lance not wanting to be there at all), which I felt was the worst episode except for the Super Match round.
If they do another Gameshow Marathon, I suggest two things. 1. Use regular civilian contestants instead of celebrities. 2. Have Todd Newton host, not Ricki Lake.