‘Hole in the Wall’ Leaving a Hole in My Head

September 12, 2008

I’m not a big fan of prime time game shows.  In fact, I don’t currently (nor have I in a very long time) have any in my must see TV programs list.

Fox is cashing in on this Japanese game show.

Fox is cashing in on this Japanese game show.

But that said, it doesn’t mean that I’m not a fan of games shows in general.  I’ve already talked about my love for Bob Barker’s The Price is Right.  I don’t mind taking in reruns of Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune or even Family Feud once in a while.  I just don’t feel the need to see them during prime time.

Recently, I caught some episodes of a new game show called Hole in the Wall.  I’m not sure how I saw episodes of this show before it premiered Thursday, but I did – at least three times.  Once someone else had it on the television already, another time my husband found it flipping through channels and Tuesday it came on after Fringe

Normally, I might glance for a few minutes at one of these types of shows and move on, but not with this show.   All three times I got sucked in and watch a half hour.

Holes are in patterns for one, two or three team members.

Holes are in patterns for one, two or three team members.

Here’s the premise:  Teams of three must contort their bodies to match the shape of the hole in the wall so that when the wall moves at them they can pass through it instead of being pushed into the water.  It’s based on a Japanese game show.

This concept is by no means brain surgery.  But, in fact, it’s harder than it sounds and maybe that’s what sucked me in.

But at the same time I’m a bit ashamed that I’d waste my time with this level of crap at all.  It’s not like I don’t watch enough TV as is.

It’s not that the show is too easy. I can’t say that it doesn’t require skill.  But it’s more like who cares that you have the ability to shape your body like a hole in the wall.

My husband and I spent the last episode wondering what would make someone consider even competing on the show.  The money isn’t all the great (unless you beat the blind wall and I’ve yet to see anyone do it and judging by the communication skills of the contests I don’t see it happening anytime soon).  It can’t be for the bragging rights.  I mean, who wants to say I jumped through a hole in the wall touch me?

Remember when it meant something to make the cut for a game show that tested your knowledge like Jeopardy.  Or when the show tested your abilities on consumer smartness like in The Price is Right, spelling skills in the Wheel of Fortune or even trivial knowledge in Family Feud.

But now we are just jumping through walls.  Where’s the pride in that?

By husband and I were also astonished at the studio audience.  Please tell me that these people didn’t wait in line for tickets to see this!  Maybe they are all just family and friends of the contestants.

And what about the hosts?  It used to be that there was an art to being a game show host.  It required some pizzazz.  Not just anyone could be Bob Barker or Alec Trebek.  But it seems to be that a game show host these days is just a job when your career is flailing.  I swear, that Brooke Burke shouted (as in volume, not disrespectful) at the contests through the whole show.  No pizzazz there.

But I guess if there’s people like me out there watching this junk then it’ll remain on.  Ok, I’ve watched it and now I’ve written about it.  My new goal is to avoid Hole in the Head – I mean Wall.

Seriously, I felt like it was actually draining brain cells while I watch it.

But if you are desperately bored, you can catch an episode on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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Top 10 Season Finales I Can’t Wait to Watch

May 10, 2007

Season finales are all about climax, closure and cliffhangers.  However, this season I feel like several shows have been building towards the season finale all year long.  Others, in a more traditional fashion, will leave us hanging until the fall.  Here are the Top 10 season finales that I’ll be scheduling time on the couch for and queuing the DVR.  **Be forewarned the text below might contain some spoilers.**

Supernatural:  “All Hell Breaks Loose”
Dean and SamIn this two-part finale, the Winchester boys are once again facing the yellow-eyed demon (Frederic Lehne).  We’ve been leading up to this moment since this big bad took their father earlier in the season.  After last season’s battle in the finale we knew it was just a matter of time before Dean (Jensen Ackles)  and Sam (Jared Padalecki) came face to face with their nemesis again. 

Throughout this season, the boys have met others, like Sam, that are being targeted by the yellow-eyed demon, during the finale we’ll see a couple of them again, including Ava (Katharine Isabelle) from Episode 10 “Hunted” and Andy (Gabriel Tigerman) from Episode 5 “Simon Said.”  We’ll also meet a few more, such as Jake (Aldis Hodge) and Lilly (Jessica Harmon), when Sam is abducted by the yellow-eyed demon and brought to an abandoned town to begin the big battle to end the human race.

Separated from Sam, Dean enlists help from fellow hunters Bobby (Jim Beaver) and Ash (Chad Lindberg) to save his brother and stop the demon.  But who is really on the Winchester brothers’ sides?  And who will betray them in the end?

If that isn’t enough action for you, both Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith will be on hand to reprise their roles as Dean and Sam’s parents, John and Mary Winchester.  How exactly two dead people will be in the finale episode opens up even more questions.  What really happened to Mama Winchester mom?  And is John truly dead?

It’ll be an exciting two hours.  And if this show doesn’t get picked up for a third season, we’ll know the yellow-eyed demon got to someone at CW.  The first part airs on Thursday, May  10 with the final hours hitting the screen on May 17.

Heroes: “How to Stop an Exploding Man”
This series has been building towards this “explosive” finale since the first episode.  As an audience, we are starting to see the pieces fall in place as the various heroes converge on New York to either stop or assure the success of an exploding man.  In my opinion, I think we are going to be seeing where some loyalties lie.

For instance, I still haven’t figured out where Angela Petrelli’s (Cristina Rose) allegiance are.  I’m pretty sure that she and her husband were once a part of Linderman’s justice league-type organization, but she doesn’t seem to relish those days.  So why would she allow her son Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) to buy into Linderman’s plan?  Does she see something in those premonition dreams she has that we don’t know about?  Or does the truth we learn about Nathan and Peter’s father in “Landslide” play a role?

I have a feeling that the older generation of heroes will play a big part in this finale and that we haven’t seen everyone’s powers yet.  We know that Hiro’s dad will return, with a few surprises of his own, to help Hiro (Masi Oka) in “Landslide.”  We know at one time Kaito Nakamura (George Takei) worked with Linderman, but is he still?

I also hear also haven’t seen the last of Simon Deveaux (Tawny Cypress) or her father, Charles (Richard Roundtree), a former patient of Peter (Milo Ventimiglia).  My guess is that it isn’t a coincidence that so much has happened on the top of the Deveaux Building.

Will they stop the exploding man?  Will it be Peter?  Will Hiro kill Sylar (Zachary Quinto) or will someone else?  Or does Sylar live?  Will Bennett (Jack Coleman) and company be able to destroy the Walker system when they realize it’s a little girl?  Or did Bennett already know?  

Need to catch up on a few episodes, check out the Heroes marathon on Sci Fi on May 19 or for a sneak preview checkout the TV Guide Channel Special “Heroes:  Final Super Secrets on May 15 at 8 p.m.

I can’t wait to find out these answers and more when the finale airs on May 21.  Not to mention, I am on the edge of my seat to find out what is in store for next season.  Let’s just hope it’s minus the long breaks between chapters. 

How I Met Your Mother:  “Something Blue”
One of the few sitcoms I watch, this show has kept me in stitches all season.  In “Something Borrowed,” we saw Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) finally say their I Dos.  And Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) learn that the phrase “It’s for the Bride” will get him almost anything.  Now, the finale is all about the reception.

Or is it about the secret that Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) have?  A secret that will send Barney into a frenzy to find out.  I hear the secret involves free champagne and an engagement ring.  Could we finally get a hint at the elusive mother from the title?

Here’s another fun show that needs to be renewed.  Characters like these are golden and will be missed after the finale airs on May 14.

Bones: “The Stargazer in the Puddle”
If sexy Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and his partner Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) aren’t enough to get you to tune into this drama, check out the cool murder cases.  Of course, the season finale will include one of the stranger cases when Bones and company try to identify the remains of a female.  But there’s conflicting data about the person’s age — like 60+ years difference.

And despite Angela’s (Michaela Conlin) refusal of Hodgins’ (T.J. Thyne) proposal in “Spaceman in the Crater,” the pair came to an agreement about their future in “The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House.”  Therefore, there will be a wedding in the finale, complete with an appearance of Angela’s dad (Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top).  But will Angela make it down the aisle?

Likewise, Angela’s dad will not be the only father in the finale.  Bones’ dad, Max (Ryan O’Neal) returns with more information about Brennan’s past including a 1993 video of her mother.  What revelations does Max bring?  Why would Booth come to blows with him?

We’ll have to wait until the finale airs on May 16 to find out.

Smallville: “Phantom”
Clark and LanaOur favorite superhero’s epic battle with arch nemesis Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) will finally come to a head in the sixth season closer.  But the biggest news is that at least one person is going to die during this episode.

According to E!Online, the big death will be one of the four main characters — Clark (Tom Welling), Lex, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) or Chloe (Allison Mack).  Well since I know the Smallville will have at least one more season, I can’t see the producers killing off Clark or Lex.  That leaves Lana or Chloe.  I hope it’s Lana.  Since she’s started dating Lex, I can’t stand Lana.  Gone is the sweet girl next door, replaced by a conniving witch.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not against villains.  In fact I love to hate Lex and am impressed at how they transformed Lex from Clark’s friend to his rival.  But watching Lana grates my last nerve.

Hopefully, Chloe won’t be the victim.  In the beginning I didn’t care for her character, but over the last couple years she’s really grown on me, especially since she found her own beau, photographer Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore).  Besides, we finally get to find out what her meteor freak power is in this episode.  I hear that she’ll have something in common with someone over at Heroes and that Lois (Erica Durance) is key to the manifestation of this power.

Aside from rounding up the last of the escapees from the Phantom Zone, Clark will be busy tracking down Lionel (John Glover) when he finds out how he blackmailed Lana into marrying Lex.

This finale, which airs May 17, has cliffhanger written all over it.   

Lost:  “Through the Looking Glass”
I personally have been satisfied happy with the flow of this series in the second half of this season.  The producers have dealt out quite a few answers lately.  But some fans (me) are never quite satisfied and are always hungry for more answers.  The finale should dish out a few more answers, if not a couple of deaths.

We’ve been teased with the idea of a rescue from Naomi (Marsha Thomason) and her cohorts.  But since we just learned that Lost will have three more season, I’m going out on a limb here and saying the castaways will not be rescued. ;-P  On a side note, I think it’s great that we now have an end date for the series.  I can now sigh a little relief knowing that the answers will come by 2010 and that I’ll get some closure without an unexpected cancellation (you can’t tell that I’m still bitter about Drive).

Since I’ve learned that just when I think I understand Lost, it throws me a curveball, I won’t even guess at the finale.  But I hear there’s a big smack down between Jack (Mathew Fox) and at least one other castaway that might divide the residents on the beach.  And of course, expect another showdown with the Others.  Hopefully, it’ll come with some more answers about Dharma Initiative.

Need a Lost refresher, check out “Lost: The Answers” on ABC on May 17 at 10:07 p.m. before the two-hour finale airs on May 23.  Get your fix while you can, I hear that Lost won’t return until January 2008 with an uninterrupted run a la 24.

Grey’s Anatomy:  “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” 
Grey’s AnatomyThis medical drama with a very hot cast is expected to finish its third season with lots of surgery and lots of sex.  Relationships on all fronts seem to have juicy tidbits this episode.

With the pilot for Private Practice out of the way, we are back to life at Seattle Grace where the interns are finishing their first year by getting the results of their big exams.  I hear one didn’t do so well.  We also find out who is the new chief.  Just a guess, but I don’t think Addison (Kate Walsh) got it.

I am personally looking forward to seeing Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Burke (Isaiah Washington) head down the aisle.  Cristina, who often gets the best lines, should be a riot in the big traditional wedding the mothers have planned.  The big question is if the will actually go through it.  And if not, who calls it quits?

Speaking of marriage, Callie (Sara Ramirez) and George (T.R. Knight) are suppose to come to some resolution about theirs.  Jane Doe/Ava (Elizabeth Reaser) will find out she is married.  But why hasn’t dear hubby been looking for her?

And although I don’t know if she turns up in the finale, I hear McDreamy’s new friend from the bar (Chyler Leigh) in “Testing 1-2-3” will be back next season.   Yeah, just what we need — more drama for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey).  I’m actually ready for them to move on.

This cliffhanger airs May 17.

Numbers:  “The Janus List”
This drama has been a nice break from all the serial dramas I watch.  The fun characters and intrigue are more than enough to entertainment when I can’t understand the math — and I’m not bad a math.  The third season promises to close with a lot of action.

I’m not clear on the details of the finale, but I hear it involves poison, a mad bomber on a bridge, a CIA cover-up (or is it a FBI secret) and a distressed Megan (Diane Farr) is back from her mystery assignment.

Hopefully we’ll have time to dive into the brothers personal lives too.  I’d really like to see Charlie (David Krumholtz) and Amita (Navi Ramat) move their relationship to the next level.  I know that he’s a little short on social skills, but geez Charlie, make a move already.  Non-committal brother, Don (Rob Morrow) also needs a little personal time.

Catch the Epps brothers in action in the season ender on May 18.

NCIS:  “Angel of Death”
Normally full of self-contained episodes, NCIS has had several storylines that have played out through the whole season all full of secrets.  This finale promises to unravel these secrets.

What will happen to the team when these secrets are revealed?  With the future of the series up for grabs, I hope they wrap up the storylines on May 22 rather than leave us with a huge cliffhanger.

Price is Right: “Million Dollar Spectacular”
You can stop laughing now.  I love The Price is Right, much to my husband’s chagrin.  My college roommate and I used to plan our classes so that we could meet back in our dorm for lunch and our dose of TPIR.  We always talked about heading to California for spring break one year so we could be contestants on TPIR.  We didn’t make it, but it was fun to dream.

Bob Barker, 83, is the ultimate game show host, the host by which all others are measured.  So I think it’s only appropriate that after 35-years, they give him on a proper send off on prime time. 

Catch Barker’s last call “to come on down” on May 16.  And for you die hard fans, you can take in the tribute “Bob Barker: A Celebration of 50 Years on Television” on May 17.