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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 14 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

You can just imagine the meetings…

England:
A – Hmm, Millionaire is our most successful gameshow format ever, but it’s getting a bit boring. Maybe we should pull it for a while.
B – Nooooo! That’d mean thinking up a new gameshow, potentially as bad as Shafted or The People Versus!
A – Why don’t we try a different prime time format that’s NOT a game show?
B – What, like reality?
A – NO, something completely different
B – Far too risky. Everyone loves Millionaire.
A – Well… can we tweak it then?
B – Hmm… Format popular worldwide… Still pulling in many viewers… Logical conclusion: Change it!
A – Now you’re talking!
B – Everyone likes Millionaire… What else do people like?
A – We always get big ratings for football
B – We do, don’t we? OK, idea of the century here… Football themed Millionaire!
A – Fan-bloody-tastic. They won’t be able to resist!

USA:
A – Hmm, Millionaire is our most successful gameshow format ever. We’ve had it pulled for a while now, shoved it on daytime, and it’s quite popular. Maybe we should resurrect it.
B – Yeeeah! That’d really be a show of solidarity with our British allies in the War!
A – Right. Let’s get Regis back and do it then.
B – But… won’t it be a bit boring?
A – Yer what?
B – Well…we’ve seen it all before.
A – What should we do then?
B – Americanize it.
A – How? Claim that we’re liberating the contestants…you know the kind of thing…you reach $32000 and we bomb your house! Reach $64000 and we kill your mother! But no worry, the money makes it all better and liberates you!
B – Might have legal problems there. I was thinking along the lines of being BIGGER.
A – Who Wants to be a Fat Millionaire? Prizes paid in Fast Food vouchers?
B – Err…No. How about… Super Millionaire!
A – Now that’s just genius.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This 67th post was filed under: Headliner.

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