Merv Griffin Entertainment, the company behind Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, has teamed with Namco Bandai Games America to develop a reality game show based on the 30 year old video game Pac-Man!
This news doesn’t get me excited . . . or angry . . . or even confused . . . it makes me sad. This is one of the saddest announcements that I have ever written about, because this isn’t the announcement that Merv Griffin Entertainment is making a reality show based on the video game Pac-Man. It’s the announcement that no one at Merv Griffin Entertainment has an ounce of creativity, of common sense, and perhaps even lack simple dignity.
Roy Bank, Merv’s head of Television describes the show to Deadline as:
A big, crazy Wipeout-type event with a lot of energy. The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man is and bring it to life, to bring what is essentially the world’s biggest game of tag to television.
The World’s biggest game of tag in history.” Now I get it. Roy Banks was the creative force behind the show Are you Smarter Than 5th Grader before coming to Merv Griffin Entertainment. He must have hired those same 5th graders to create new shows for him. What’s next Duck – Duck – Goose? Wait, I have one for you. Pong! Wait, we have tennis already, damn . . . give me another minute and I’ll have gold for ya Roy. The FBI and others train agents to “tail” suspects and record where, when, and what, a person was doing during the time they were under surveillance. Why not do a reality show about that training? There’s your World’s biggest game of tag.
To recap . . . Roy Banks . . . Merv Griffin Entertainment . . . Reality Show Pac-Man . . .Train Wreck . . . Merv Griffin rolls over in grave.