Friday, 15 February 2008

Gameshows and Quizmasters

Yesterday was a day that reminded me how much I love working in the Television Industry. Things have been a little slow around here as I wait for my new show to start so yesterdays activities were like a breath of fresh air.

At about 12pm I got rounded up by Development and taken to one of the big meeting rooms to participate in a run through of a new game show they are developing. How cool a job is that? I want to be in Development.

I swear they spend all day reading newspapers, having brainstorming meetings, typing up proposals and doing run throughs of game shows.

So I head up there and we end up playing a quiz game. Well I am embarrassed to say that some of the greatest minds in Television are not so smart in general knowledge. We sucked. Badly. We won barely any money and did not work together very well as a team.

Quiz Master: For the final question and the chance to win this rounds cash, The Oscar winning film - Il Padrino - is Italian for what?

Contestant: Panicked expression Umm ... I don't know ... I don't know!

Executive Producer (Contestant): Oh I know this, I know this!

Contestant: I nominate (Executive Producer) to answer this for me

Executive Producer: The Postman! See guys, we finally won some money!

Quiz Master: WRONG! The correct answer is The Godfather!

I mean seriously, even I knew that.

Executive is never going to live it down.

One of the greatest minds in TV - but not so smart on the uptake.

We then had to all sit down and discuss how we found the game, any improvements that we could think of and whether we thought it would actually be liked by the general public.

What a wonderful way to spend a Thursday!


KaB said...

Bugger...I love shit like that! I live for games...

Is there a job opening, by any small remote chance?!? I'm moving to Mud Island soon...I want Development!

The Divine Miss M said...

@kab - Mud Island? Does one mean London? Cool! Development is always looking for people. They were actually just recently filling the place of one of the development researchers who left to go work on a Production. It is hard work and people burn out really quickly I think!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like your quizmaster had way too much fun. Still, if I had to be completely honest, I think I prefer games shows where the contestants are completely clueless so I can feel superior in comparison.

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Aww! How fun? I would have LOVED to be there!! Awesome!

Have a super weekend x

Elise said...

The Postman?!

That must have been so funny! The smug look when he answered it and the shattered "I got it wrong?" look...


The Divine Miss M said...

@kyknoord - Yes but that is because you suffer from a superiority complex ... most people like to feel like they can play along!

@blonde - oh my job is so cool ;)

@Elise - Yup, I haven't laughed so much in ages. They're still teasing him!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Interesting insight into the development of a program. Is the game show going to be produced?

The Divine Miss M said...

@nick - I have no idea, they basically develop the idea and when they think that the structure is good then they pitch it to the broadcaster and if the channel likes it then it gets commissioned. I think that at the moment it is just an idea!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I don't suffer, I enjoy it thoroughly.

sweets said...

ha~ good grief, i want your job!

The Chronicles of a Fashionista in PDX said...

That sounded like a lot of fun!! I wish I could have been there! I would have made myself look like a fool, but oh well :)