Game Show Network

The boy-next-door at 76: John Davidson's still cute, still busy

Sitting in the audience one night, I spotted the name "John Davidson" in the program for a touring production of the "Finding Neverland" musical.

That's odd, I thought. I wonder if he's related to the famous John Davidson; maybe he's a son or a grandson or ...

Actually, this was THE Davidson, the classic leading-man of a previous TV generation. He's still busy at 76, doing strong work in "Neverland," while also taping some bits for the Game Show Network. The latter may be his ideal niche; here's the story I sent to papers:

Brooke Burns: An immensely lucky/unlucky person

One of life's easier chores is interviewing Brooke Burns. She's quick, bright and has an interesting life to talk about -- ranging from ballet and "Baywatch" to her current duties hosting "The Chase" on the Game Show Network. Here's the story I sent to papers:


Don't fret: TV game shows are alive and well

In its earliest days, TV was giving $50 to a lucky few on "What's My Line?" In its loudest days, some shows were handing out $1 million.

Game shows have soared, crashed, then revived. Now "The Chase" (Tuesday, Aug. 6) is the latest arrival this summer. Here's the story I sent to papers:


Surrounded by big-concept, big-budget
dramas, TV people still sometimes go retro. They re-discover game

Oh yes, Ohno is back and having fun

With Guy Fieri hosting, the NBC version of "Minute to Win It" was mostly loud. With Apolo Anton Ohno in charge on GSN (Game Show Network), it's kind of fun. Here's the story I sent to papers:


Strange things happen to anyone – an
Olympic great or a living-room bumbler – when the world pays
attention. Apolo Anton Ohno can tell you that.

Colton goes home too soon

I came fairly close to nailing "American Idol" tonight. My prediction had Elise Testone, Hollie Cavanagh and Colton Dixon in the bottom three; they were.

I also predicted, alas, that Elise would go home. Instead, it was Colton. Two contestants (Cavanagh and Phillip Phillips) were reduced to tears; I was reduced to my usual stunned look. Here are a few comments about the show and about Dick Clark:

1) First, Clark. For the second straight night, Ryan Seacrest had an excellent mini-tribute.

The Dick Clark tributes begin

Dick Clark was a master of many things, you know. That ranged from producing award shows to spotting and spotlighting pop talent.

And there's one more: Clark was an excellent game-show host. He was nominated for 10 daytime Emmys for best game host, winning three times. So it's logical that Clark tributes are coming from GSN (formerly Game Show Network).