Elizabeth Banks Named Host Of Press Your Luck Revival

B.K.

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Oct 31, 2017
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It was supposed to rain all day today, but didn't rain a drop until the show started. My TV has been out most of the time, so far.
 

MinusTydus

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Jul 28, 2018
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The bonus round takes WAY too long and brings the pace of the show to a screeching halt. The show's very good, but Banks is wasted here. Get that paycheck, girl... but you're better than this. Give me that Power Rangers sequel, dammit.

 
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EvilChameleon

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Oct 25, 2017
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"better than this"
"stuck on a gameshow"

There's this show on CBS that's been running for 47 seasons, perhaps you've heard of it, it's called The Price Is Right. People will be jumping at the chance to host it once Drew retires.

And also, again, it's super rare for a woman to be the host of a gameshow in the United States. This isn't some ho hum job.
 

Lonestar

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Oct 25, 2017
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I guess they didn't think anyone would pay such close attention to it. There were five or six patterns that he had to completely memorize and he had to have perfect timing to hit the squares he wanted.

Looking at this story, and what eventually happened to him was interesting. Mostly because, he died in 1999 at the age of 49. Making him 34 years old in this video. Aging is mysterious.

Missed the show, though, hope it was decent, I grew up on Press Your Luck.
 

Doorman

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Oct 25, 2017
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These last couple of years of ABC trying to revive all these game shows has actually really surprised me with how much they try and stay faithful to the originals, even down to stuff like set designs and sound effects. Press Your Luck might be one of the biggest examples of this, with the exception of the addition of the bonus round, which seems unnecessarily drawn-out and loses all the head-to-head competitive aspect that made finales in the original PYL so interesting. Seeing the view on the final spin, knowing that the result of this one press is going to decide things one way or the other, was really cool. Now they do that.....and then there's somehow still another 20 minutes of show left.

I wonder why they felt like they needed to stretch this out to being an hour long. 30 minutes for two rounds was fine, or if they wanted to make it an hour they should go through a third round of the board and find a way to up the stakes that way. Banks at least provides good energy but the pacing of things does seem odd now.
 

The Real Abed

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Oct 25, 2017
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The original ran from 1983 to 1986. There was a guy on the original version once who realized that there were safe spots on the board that never had Whammies and always had free turns AND that the marker that went to each square wasn't really random. The board had a fix number of patterns that the squares would light up in. He studied the board and lights for months and finally got a spot on the show. He ended up spinning over 100 times and won over $100,000.
How does one designing a game that prints out tens of thousands of dollars not make sure to make it exploit-proof?
I guess they didn't think anyone would pay such close attention to it. There were five or six patterns that he had to completely memorize and he had to have perfect timing to hit the squares he wanted.

Random Number Generation has come a long way since the eighties. I wonder if the new show uses true randomization or if it's still pattern based.

Also, not Michael's fault. It's all on them. Shame he died so young too.
 

FinKL

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Oct 25, 2017
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I like it, Elizabeth is great here! I don't remember the bonus round though, was this always there? I don't think it was and dislike it
 

Phil32

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Oct 28, 2017
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This show just brought back the memory that Peter Tomarken is gone. :/

But I missed this reboot tonight because of the Stanley Cup game. I bet it'll be On Demand though later this week, so I'm looking forward to seeing it!
 

lenovox1

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Oct 26, 2017
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I like it, Elizabeth is great here! I don't remember the bonus round though, was this always there? I don't think it was and dislike it
No, both the original and the GSN versions of the show were a half an hour. The "bonus round" pads the show out and allows the audience to form a connection to the winner.