They said that it is the first show ever not to be on a religious channel. What channel was that show Genesis on around 2000?Originally Posted by Playmaniac001
No worries. You have eleven chances between now and Labor Day to catch the exact episode. (literally)This is a show that doesn't interest me at all. I might just watch it once out of curiosity, though.
More opinions on the show...
The National Catholic Register likes it, Newsday gives it a pretty good review, Variety is coy and noncommittal but thinks the show might succeed, and the Washington Post (no surprise) dumps on the show.
Like I said, people's ideological leanings tend to take over in the reviews. But this show is getting noticed by the media in a way that few GSN shows do.
Everybody's opinions are different, but I see we all have good reviews except the Washington Post. I think the show will succeed if it gains a big enough audience, and so far no mention of the content being too hard for the "general audience"Originally Posted by CaseyAbell
I'll see if this show reminds me of Jeopardy! a little bit, but a more alive version. This reminds me that when American Bible Challenge was first announced in January/February I stated it should be like a Jeopardy! formatOriginally Posted by wayne3924
My review of the premiere from the blog (with one mild spoiler)...
Just watched the debut of American Bible Challenge, and I'll be upfront. The show wasn't nearly as bad as its detractors insist, and it wasn't nearly as good as its fans maintain.
What it was, was a decent quizzer that played every kind of question and answer game imaginable. Starting with three teams of three contestants apiece, the show winnowed the teams down to two for a final face-off that posed the toughest questions of the night.
Along the way we got some entertaining moments. The early questions were pretty easy, to lure in the not-so-clueful about the Bible. I even got a lot of them right, and I'm no scriptural genius. The difficulty level gradually rose as the show went through round after round of varied games. The final winners unfortunately had the most irritating contestant of the night on their team. But that wasn't enough to spoil the whole show.
Jeff Foxworthy did a pleasant and competent job as the host, and the show's gospel choir produced better music than the bands on Oh Sit. (Faint praise, I know. The choir really did sing well.) Sometimes the humor got cringe-worthy - "word of the Lord or Lord of the Rings?" - but it was no worse than some of Jeopardy's aching puns. I'll probably stick around for the rest of the nine-episode tournament.
One of these days I'll take in GSN's Beat the Chefs and post a review. I'm no cooking fan, but I'll try to be as evenhanded as possible.
Of course now (well the second part). GSN and its contestants will make the show sound like a miracle when it's really not. But, the critics who really shot the show down were WRONGOriginally Posted by CaseyAbell
Correct. The show definitely reminded me of some of the "jokes", and yes puns on Jeopardy!, especially with Word of the Lord of Lord of the Rings, "Faithbook" categories and at least half of the questionsJeff Foxworthy did a pleasant and competent job as the host, and the show's gospel choir produced better music than the bands on Oh Sit. (Faint praise, I know. The choir really could sing well.) Sometimes the humor got cringe-worthy - word of the Lord or Lord of the Rings? - but it was no worse than some of Jeopardy's aching puns. I'll probably stick around for the rest of the nine-episode tournament.
I think people here are mostly secular or religion isn't a big part of their lives. Honestly, Baggage is as far removed from anything moral or wholesome as anything GSN has ever put on their airwaves, with the possible exception of Without Prejudice?( WP?, personally, was a show I hated because it didn't show differences among cultures. All it did was promote bigotry and hate under the guise of a Morton Downey retribution act).
Think ABC will bring in a decent amount of new viewers. People are very much into the Bible across the Midwest and South. Don't think anyone who lives in California or the East gets this unless they either have spent time down south or have relatives there.Fellowships are very big during the week in the South. People do Bible studies instead of watching prime time TV ...or Baggage type shows.
Look, I'm not condoning or trying to incite anyone about what they like. But there is a market for a Family oriented game show like ABC. It's worth a shot for GSN. Just as there is a market for what GSN put on a few years back with what i called the Alley Cat Block. GSN is pretty much trying to cover their bases with new types of shows that will bring in transients. This truly is as good a strategy as I have seen from them in years.Really hope it works for them. Personally, I won't care to watch ABC or BTC. Hope I'm in the minority . Think there is an audience with these shows, no mater what secular press like the Washington Post says....honest, does anyone think someone writing a review in that paper would like ABC?
BTW, lifestyles play a part in what someone cares to watch. I don't believe anyone ..or many people ....who are of an alternate lifestyle want to hear about the Bible and the condemning of their private life. I think it would be difficult for someone who has been taught they are wrong by religion to support any concept that attacks their belief system...
My wife's brother is gay. When he heard about ABC, he became pretty annoyed. Think this probably what many people may do who are gay/lesbian. But that show will probably attract as many people who think they can have fun with the Bible or just want to see a family oriented show. This has to be GSN's target. The audience is certainly out there.The host is a good choice for the subject matter. Best wishes to GSN.
I'm sorry. I dont get this part. I can see a gay individual being mad about a show like The Newlywed Game or Baggage on GSN. But what person would think American Bible Challenge would be offensive to gay individuals?Originally Posted by billycw
I've never heard a comment like this about American Bible Challenge before
I enjoyed watching American Bible Challenge last evening.
That's a good sum-up. Religious teachings I understand go between many others' beliefs who aren't just non-believers.Originally Posted by billycw