We've almost got ourselves a showcase showdown! Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that with several contenders now dropped from consideration, The Price Is Right has narrowed the field of Bob Barker replacements down to three: Entertainment Tonight cohost Mark Steines, actor George Hamilton and journeyman game-show host Todd Newton. CBS is expected to reveal the actual replacement host at its mid-May upfront presentation.Who of the three finalists is your pick? Vote here.
Question: I saw your comments last week about Gameshow Marathon, which seems to appall you. As a big fan of the classic '70s and '80s game shows, I have actually found Gameshow Marathon to be a guilty pleasure. It does have a couple of major flaws, but if tweaked a little, it could be very enjoyable summer fare. As for its faults, I think having C-list celebrities playing for charity takes any element of suspense out of it. Also, Ricki Lake is just not a good fit as the host of the games — she obviously knows her stuff, but her voice and style are just soooo annoying. But on the plus side, the faithful re-creations of the classic game-show sets are satisfying in a surreal kind of way. And I really like the concept of the tournament. This could be a fun summer show if it were played with real people (not celebrities) for their own cash and prizes, and if the games themselves had hosts who were more in the traditional host mold. Of course, most of the original hosts are no longer with ...