Jersey Joe’s Year Three Round Up [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May24

Jersey Joe’s Year Three Round Up [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s Memorial Day weekend and not only does that mark the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also my SEASON PREMIERE!   This is my 141stblogumn (plus 6 for Fierce Anticipation) and kicks off my fourth year on F & N.  To start the new season off right, I want to update some of the great things we’ve talked about over the past three years.   THE SMURFS MOVIE Fierce Anticipation: The Jersey Joe Edition V – May 21, 2010 In my fifth fill in outing for Fierce Anticipation, I reviewed the live action Smurfs Movie.  Now, fast forward to 2013 and The Smurfs 2 will hit theatres on July 31.  While the first movie was set in New York City, this sequel is set in Paris as the gang tries to find a kidnapped Smurfette. I will probably skip this one.   THE BURGER KING RIBS EDITION Blogumn #2 – June 6, 2010 In my second official blogumn, I reviewed how Burger King went completely in a different direction by adding BBQ ribs to their menu.  While they tasted pretty good and sold out fast, the slow preparation time doomed them from future sales. But, Burger King hasn’t given up on ribs.  This summer, they are serving up the new Burger King Rib Sandwich to rival McDonald’s mega-popular McRib.  The sandwich is being served for a limited time only.   I SURVIVED THE BURGER KING WHOPPER PIZZA Blogumn #16 – October 1, 2010 Another discussion of a wacky Burger King product: their spin-off franchise Whopper Bar in New York City’s Times Square was serving up a $12 Whopper Pizza known as The New York Pizza Burger. The New York City Whopper Bar location closed last year.  However, locations are still open in other cities....

David Letterman: Game Show Host [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Feb22

David Letterman: Game Show Host [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Long before David Letterman became the king of late night, he was just another struggling Hollywood comedian. During the 1970’s, Dave was a fixture as a celebrity panelist on many game shows until he finally got a chance to host one of his own. Fortunately, that video has made it online and is hilarious! David Letterman grew up in Indianapolis and eventually worked as a weatherman in local television. He would eventually head to Hollywood, where he worked the comedy circuit and appeared as a game show celebrity panelist. Dave hosted a short lived morning show for NBC that led to his late night gig, Late Night with David Letterman. After a dispute over hosting duties of The Tonight Show, he moved on to CBS in 1993 and has been hosting his Late Show with David Letterman, since. One of Dave’s rarer TV projects was hosting the game show pilot, The Riddlers in 1977. Now a copy has been made available online. The Riddlers placed two teams, one made of five celebrities and one made of contestants with a common theme (five dance instructors were seen in this pilot). One player would read a clue and their partner would have to finish the answer to the hilarious riddle. Solving nine riddles wins $500 and a chance to play the Crazy Quotes bonus game. Missing a riddle, passed play to the other team. In the Crazy Quotes bonus game, players hilariously arranged themselves by intellectual ability to solve a series of more difficult riddles for a jackpot of $2,000. This pilot also features 1970’s celebrity guests Jo Anne Worley, Robert Urich, Joyce Builifant, Michael McKeon, and Debralee Scott. Take a look at the show that could have been, The Riddlers. Too bad – the game was just awful. The...

They Finally Brought Back The Pyramid [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep21

They Finally Brought Back The Pyramid [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s a classic American TV game show that we all love to play and now it’s back! This new version has been in development for years and sadly legendary host, Dick Clark passed away recently before he had to see the reboot. Here’s a look at how many times this show’s come back has failed and a preview so you know if the new version is worth your time. Here is your first subject… GO! People who are in show business… CELEBRITIES! You open up a magazine and the hot model in the middle… CENTERFOLD! Big Bird lives here… SESAME STREET! These are on the sidewalk in Hollywood… Um, uh, uh… Also in the sky…  um, uh… Dallas Cowboys logo… STARS! Score the most points in the opening round and you’re off to conquer the big pyramid for a chance at the big money. Of course, you’re constantly up against the clock. Just one wrong word or phrase in 60 seconds could cost you $100,000. When the Pyramid debuted in 1973, the board only featured a $10,000 jackpot. The show was first performed as a rough pilot presentation called Cash on the Line. It was presented to CBS executives in the Ed Sullivan Theater, New York. (Now home to the Late Show with David Letterman.) The execs liked the second part of the game and had creator Bob Stewart rework his pitch. Bob came back with the $10,000 Pyramid we all came to know, except with one change. The original bonus game consisted of 10 subjects in 60 seconds. This was dropped to the 6 subject bonus round still in use today. The bottom row of 4 subjects was simply nailed over with boards and painted silver that could be seen in early episodes of the show. (Look very closely at the publicity...