Thursday, March 27, 2008

Up the Stakes!

I just finished watching one of my favorite shows: MXC- Most Extreme Elimination Challenge.  I actually came across the original when I was living in Norway (which was dubbed in German for some reason) and a few years ago found the English dubbed version, which is hysterical!  I can't be the only one who love all these Japanese game shows because they keep popping up everywhere.  I think American TV needs to take some direction from these programs and keep up with the times.  You can't just play word puzzles or guessing games, you have to put your life on the line!  It's like that Schwarzenegger movie, Running Man.  American Gladiators and Fear Factor has come close, but I need a little more on the line than going up against roided-out meat heads and eating vile concoctions.  So, I was thinking about some of the ways we could re-vamp our shows to be a more competitive form of entertainment with our eastern brothers and sisters.
- The Apprentice would become Which Appendage?
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?/ Are You Quicker Than an Angry Gator?
- Dancing with the Stars/ Dancing with Jaguars
- Who Wants to be a Millionaire?/ Who Can Live Longer Without Air?
- Deal or No Deal/  Meal or No Meal (Choose the case with the most food)
- The Moment of Truth/  The Moment of Truth (Except you are connected to electrical circuits, if you lie, you get zapped!)
- American Idol/ Outrun a Tidal (Wave)
Okay, now I'm stretching!  But you know what I mean. I guess it's not fair cuz I don't watch any of those shows, but I think I would if producers would take a cue from these more outrageous programs, they could really be on to something.  And maybe relieve a little problem I call "over-population."  What? Did I go too far?  Ahhhhh, I am a little buzzed right now.  I had to bitch-slap my husband for messing with my socks.  I mean come on, who pulls off a woman's sock?  Honestly! Just when I had maintained the perfect mean body temperature.   
Anywhoo, if you are as enthralled as a I am by the willingness of people to brutalize their bodies for entertainment there is some great stuff out there!  Check out : Human Tetris or  MXC . It's all good fun, ladies and yentleman!


Kyddryn said...

Hah! I LOVE MXC!! The dubbed commentary, the fact that there's always someone named Babaganoush, and the challenges just have me in fits of giggles. I think the Japanese have to be so contained in their daily lives, these shows are an outlet for aggression, exuberance, and just plain silliness.

I'm glad to know I'm not alone, enjoying the fun.

Shade and Sweetwater,

Mamma Schmoo said...

I love MXC! I think that you should start your own tv network and put on all of the shows that you have listed. I would totally watch them all. Can you think of something that would make shows like The Bachelor more amusing/less pathetic?

Tai Chi Mamma said...

I love those crazy Japanese! Nothing is taboo for them! Your list of possible shows would greatly be an improvement over what's currently out there!! You're too funny!!!

MereCat said...

That was pretty funny. I love your new shows!