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Monthly Archives: May 2014

5 Game Show Controversies That Weren’t in ‘Quiz Show’ – Mental Floss

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In which I, as a controversial “game show villain,” look back at similar controversial figures from game show history, from Michael Larsen to Richard Hatch.

Everyone knows about the so-called “quiz show scandals” of the 1950s, when TV programs like Twenty-One and The $64,000 Question got tons of press for rigging or tilting games in favor of popular contestants, which led to President Eisenhower getting involved and Congress making rigging quiz shows a federal crime. Robert Redford in his 1994 film Quiz Show dramatized this little piece of history for America.

To the credit of the government and the major networks, no similar scandal has made headlines since those laws were passed. Still, game shows are not without controversy. Any time there’s a ton of money at stake, people will be tempted to find ways to skirt the rules and beat the system, one way or another—and the controversy over whether these ways are ethical or fair is one reason we watch.

Here’s a list of scandals from recent history when someone made the news for flouting the rules or breaking the system—the true anti-heroes of game show history.

(Read the entire article at Mental Floss)

How ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and FanFiction Conquered Pop Culture – The Daily Beast

I had an epiphany while watching Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica “re-imagining” in 2004, an epiphany that, in retrospect, revealed that this was the beginning of a new era in pop culture. I mean, there was plenty of hype at the time that said that Battlestar Galactica was the beginning of a new era in pop culture, but none of… Continue Reading

Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He’s Even Scarier) – The Daily Beast

We’ve heard a lot recently about what constitutes “going too far” when it comes to holding people accountable for their offensive beliefs—a lot of stuff about “freedom of speech,” a lot of stuff about “tolerance,” a lot of stuff about “political correctness run amok.” Predictably relatively little of this has been said about Donald Sterling,… Continue Reading