Monday, March 11, 2013
Grumping about the wheel
Latest example: this thread at Buy a Vowel. The poster runs through an interview with Harry Friedman, showrunner for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Naturally, the poster interjects a running string of complaints, whines, and general disgruntlements about this, that and the other on Wheel.
An example is Harry's comment that everybody on the show, including Pat and Vanna, chips in ideas for puzzles. The suggestions then go to Friedman for final approval. Which inspires this from the poster: "Harry's responsible for the crappy puzzles because he approved them." Well, at least he isn't responsible for the good puzzles, right?
The post winds up with these kind words for Harry and his show: "I should have expected [the interviewer] to address the dubbing, the bad puzzle writing, or the broken nature of the Trip Puzzle...but not one discouraging word was said about either show. A further problem is that Friedman acts like Wheel's perfect when it clearly isn't, and the interview emphasizes the chrome at the expense of the decaying material underneath."
Gee, you'd think the guy didn't like the show or something. Seriously, if Wheel is so bad, why does he bother with the interview? Of course, the show is much, much better than the poster allows, but grumping is a time-honored privilege for us denizens of the game show Interwebs. Lord knows I do enough of it.