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Banzai! on Fox - Thoughts?

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Scott Weinberg, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Well-Known Member

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    First commercial break here; I'm kinda gape-jawed as I watch it.

    What was with the panties?? [​IMG]
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

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    It's only a Japanese game show type program in superifical only. There is nothing of what makes them so infinately more watchable than our home grown variety(for example severe punishment for ignorance). It's nonsensical without knowing WHY that could be desireable.

    Quite a bit of the footage was on USA like a year ago. If you notice the Simon footage was from AI 1, and I personally saw the Frasier footage around Halloween 2001.

    I predict a life measured in weeks, the novelty for the few that find it amusing will wear off by then
     
  3. Jason Seaver

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    If I remember correctly, this was originally a British program - heck, they don't even pretend otherwise (Dot had a Union Jack on her chair, would an American program use soccer, etc.) - but I don't know whether Fox is airing the UK pilot and new episodes, or just reuse of the UK show.

    That's right - if there are new episodes, it'll be an American version of a British version of a Japanese game show. It strikes me you could cut out a step here.

    Anyway - I enjoyed a couple of segments, especially "Lady One Question". I think the show kind of needs to be toned down, though, because the voiceovers aren't going to make most of these more funny. But, then, no-one would know it's a take-off on Japanese shows, right?

    There's an entertaining show hiding in here, if you lose the parody angle, which makes no sense because it's a genre that most of the audience isn't familiar with. Wouldn't it make more sense to find a Japanese insane show that's popular, then hire the producers to make an American version?
     
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    I found it hilarious, but I'm betting the novelty will wear off. Also, their server seemed to be overloaded, so I couldn't play at home.
     
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    Takeshi's Castle has been resurrected on TNT as MOST XTREME ELIMINATION CHALLENGE. I must admit, it's a hoot. The weirdness of the original show with (sometimes downright filthy) English dubbing. Really funny stuff.
     
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    I've always thought TV Champion could be made into a US reality show. Each week, ordinary people compete in contests built around their hobby or profession. The twist is the contests are incredibly complex and difficult. The winner does not luck into his win - he/she will usually have earned it.
     
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    I've followed Banzai on Channel Four in the UK and I thought it was some of the funniest things I've seen on TV. Most of the skits last night, though, were from the old series from the Brit show. There were a lot of very explicit skits that they couldn't show here and I even though the panties skit was a bit risque to air here. However, otherwise the show was almost identical. That Mr. Shake Hands Man is actually Mr. Shake Hands Man II because celebrities over there started recognizing the original Mr. Shake Hands Man. Lady One Question is fairly new, I think - she just appeared on last year's series for the first time. Also, as with most programming there - there was only one commercial break in the UK version. [​IMG] Those interested can find the Region 2 DVD of Super Banzai Video Show to include some of the best bets from the show - and just how explicit it does get.
     
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    I cant believe stuff like this is on instead of Andy Richter, Family Guy, Fastlane, and Firefly.
     
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    Oops, I meant TNN. They're a long way from NASHVILLE NOW aren't they?
     
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    Good Summer fun.[​IMG]
     
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    There is nothing of what makes them so infinately more watchable than our home grown variety(for example severe punishment for ignorance).>>>

    Surley someoen here must have seen this on as well on one of the Korean channels. I beleive it was a Japanese Gameshow where they played musical chairs wit LIVE Fireworks... IIRC, Clown heads with shooting sparks sprouting from them...

    Why can't we have stuff like that? [​IMG]
     
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    Banzai has been showing here (uncencored) for a while now... it's fun but I did tire of it after 3 weeks or so.

    Maybe if I got together with friends and actually placed bets...
     
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    I've been seeing Fox hyping this show for a while now, and it looked pretty repellent. Well, I was pretty bored last night and didn't turn change the channel after the Simpsons. I just have to say either this show should either be offending my liberal sensitivities, or make me laugh my ass off, and I can't decide which. The show at first glance looks like one of those things that reproduces Asian stereotypes so horribly that everyone is too shocked to say anything. But after watching it, I'd have to say it just might be one of the funnier parodies of reality TV out there. Sure, baby-racing seems harsh, but the overall tone of the show seemed more scripted than off-the-cuff. Anyone think I'm looking too deep or is it really slipping under the radar of the network that gives us "Tempation Island"?

    Two side notes on last night's show:
    1) It was in Fox WS! Interesting, it would be the only "reality" show that's not in SD.
    2) The "silent woman" interview with "Mr. Sulu" Takei was playing the music from Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" albums, which was pretty sweet. I'd suggest them to anyone who's a fan of the book.
     
  20. JustinCleveland

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    Jeff,

    You hit it on the head... it's a terrible show, whose novelty wears thin in minutes. Yet Family Guy gets shifted and cancelled. Where's the justice?
     

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