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| GSN's "I've Got A Secret" Review
| Tuesday, April 18, 2006
|I finally got to sit down and see GSN's new edition of "I've Got A Secret". GSN has done a lot of revivals, updates and original takes on shows. In all honesty, their only truly original game shows of any recent time are Cram, WinTuition, and BallBreakers. However, "I've Got A Secret" is either their best or second best take on a show ever. Getting the chance to talk to Burt Dubrow a few months ago (Yes, my phone is now fixed), I had high expectations. GSN's "Secret" website has clips of it, so I was anticipating it even more from that. This show far and away blew my expectations.
It's fairly safe (to anyone that knows me) to say I am very liberal, so the gay panel thing didn't bug me at all. Actually, I felt it was a refreshing twist. The entire panel had something in common beyond being has-been stars like any other panel revival of the past decade or so. This panel works together well, apparently likes one another very much, and really has a feel for each other. Oxygen's "Secret", while I did enjoy it, just seemed to have the stereotypical panel: the smart one, the gay one, the has-been former star, and the rotating panel member. They really didn't seem to blend together that well. This group really mixes perfectly.
The set, logo, and entire look is extremely classic. The set looks very much like classic Password with the color-changing neon mix of our times. Bil Dwyer is a terrific host. He really deserved another chance after the terrific show of "Dirty Rotten Cheater" was cancelled. The prizes are perfect for a panel show. As Mr. Dubrow stated, "If you win, you get a little something. If you lose, you get a little something." The secrets are really entertaining also. From the hoop lady to the ass-cheek pencil man, this show fits a nice night-club feel, as it should at 11:30PM ET. I'm a bit shocked that they also have some half decent celebrities also, unlike Lingo. Upcoming celebrities are Corbin Bernsen and George Wendt (He's becoming the GSN celebrity show whore, isn't he?).
They have done shows like Russian Roulette at 11PM before, but a hard trivia game just doesn't fit. This is a low-brain, high-fun game. The laughs, set, panel, look, and everything else is here. There were extreme worries in the beginning about GSN playing up the fact that the panel is gay, but this is not the case. If you've had a hard day at work and just want to sit back and have a few laughs, GSN's "I've Got A Secret" is your calling. The expert casting and classic look to the show makes this truly GSN's perfect entry into the late-night television world. A FULL episode listing will be available soon.
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