Friendly Rating: All ages
Safety Rating: Language issues and really bad attitudes
Quality Rating: This could really have been a lot of fun
New series airs tonight on The CW at 8 p.m.
You know, this show could have been a lot of fun to watch – maybe not on a regular basis, but once in a while just for grins and giggles. But, no. They had to bring in two inane hosts attempting some sort of post-modern snark, dumb nicknames for the players and some really mean attitudes across the board. And really annoying loud music.
The show is basically musical chairs with a brightly colored and padded obstacle course, not unlike ABC’s Wipeout. So while the players run the course, achieving money points for each obstacle they conquer, then when the music stops, they have to cross a moat to get to the chairs on the stage. With additional eliminations based on whether they sit in the right chair or not, you get three rounds before the final three go after the big money.
The big problem is the language: bitch and ass used liberally. And the attitudes. There’s just a meanness to everyone and everything that kind of spoils the whole proceeding. People are encouraged to knock each other down – although one guy gets disqualified for grabbing above the neck. Also, in the pilot, at least two of the players got hurt for real. Something’s not right about that.
Sure, the premise is dumb, but a little bit of brain candy isn’t going to hurt anyone. And if that’s all this were, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. But the constant put-downs from hosts Jessie Cruikshank and Jamie Kennedy really ruined it. Too bad.