This Day in TV History: June 24

On this day in 1963, the Password was “home.” “Will you take me home, please, Mr. Ludden?”

Allen Ludden appeared on his flagship game show Password with his then-new wife, Betty White. It was their first time on-screen as a married couple.

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Chandler Massey Wins Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

This was my favorite part of last night’s Daytime Emmy awards!  Chandler has totally taken my heart with his performances as the young, struggling and sensitive Will Horton on Days of our Lives. I relate so much to Will’s story on the show, well the coming out stuff mostly, and not so much the dirtybadwrong chemistry with the resident badass EJ DiMera. But he’s done such a beautiful and realistic job.



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Daytime Emmys 2012

My thoughts:

I loved the red carpet special right before the show. A beautiful night for the celebrities of daytime to strut their stuff. Also, a cute opening with Anderson Cooper and Oscar the Grouch.

I was happy to see Jeopardy! win best game show. The show has really aged well in my opinion. Also while I admit, I was rooting for Meredith Vieira, I was happy for Todd Newton when he won best game show host.

As a long-time fan, I’m personally torn about Days of our Lives winning best writing. To be fair, the award was given based on an episode in November 2011, after Dena Higley was let go and when Marlene McPherson & Darrell Ray Thomas first took over and the show was at a good place. Well before the Alamania, psycho Gabi, trying to pretty much erase Stefano off the canvas, and when half the town decided to start playing Musical Beds. And this writing team has done phenomenal material for Will’s coming out and Jack Deveraux’s PTSD story. Also, it’s nice to see the show getting recognized (the first time in this area since 1976). But it’s really awkward considering the jilted, uneven state of most of the show creatively at this point in time and well, considering the fact that NBC fired Marlene and Darrell.

The only significant let down with this year’s ceremony was the tribute segment to All My Children and One Life to Live. Not a single clip? Not even the use of the shows’ respective theme songs? Seriously, what happened? Did ABC or Prospect Park not give them the permission to use enough material from the shows to make a proper homage? It was a really awkward part of the show. As disappointed as I was with the short tributes As the World Turns and Guiding Light got, they at least used visual media.

After the fiasco that was last year, which contained a seriously rushed ceremony and a constantly repeating infomercial for Vegas, as well as let downs from previous years, I almost considered not watching this year’s show. But I left the show this year being entertained and for the most part pleased with how HLN handled things, so I’d be more than happy to see them produce next year’s, and I’ll be sure to tune in.

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Paul Feig on The $25,000 Pyramid

So I had been doing my typical catching up on GSN’s airings of The $25,000 Pyramid on Friday and I just happened to notice a little familiar face.

For those who are unaware, the guy on the right is Paul Feig, who years later went on into acting and created the short-lived but well-loved cult show Freaks and Geeks, which aired on NBC from 1999-2000. I see that he’s done a lot of directing in recent years, including for shows like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, and the movie Bridesmaids.

It’s always fun with moments like this, seeing famous figures before they actually got that way. Paul was a good player too, making it to the winner’s circle round both times on his first day. I’m actually a little jealous as a game show fan seeing as he played one of those rounds with the one and only Bill Cullen! It’ll be interesting to see what happens on his second day as champion.

And of course, this isn’t the first example of this, by far, even for this show. Other contestants of this caliber on Pyramid have included Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, the late actor David Graf, and comedienne and Pine-Sol Lady spokeswoman Diane Amos. David on his first appearance as a celebrity on the $100,000 version commented that he was able to get a lot done with the $10,000 he won in 1979, and it helped him as an upcoming actor. It’s nice to see their humble beginnings, so to speak, in the world of television.

If you want to see more of Paul playing, watch $25,000 Pyramid on GSN at 10:30 AM Eastern Time, or record the 3 AM late night repeat.

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Remembering Yvette Wilson

I was saddened to hear of the loss of Yvette Wilson, best known as Andell Wilkerson on the long-running UPN series Moesha and its spinoff The Parkers. I loved her character, especially on the latter show. She and Mo’Nique worked well on the show. A good example of a Lucy/Ethel type vibe with her character Andell and Mo’Nique’s Nikki Parker.

Before Moesha, she appeared on the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea. She was also a stand-up comedian and appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam seriesand movies including Poetic Justice, Friday, and House Party 3.

Yvette lost her battle with ovarian cancer last night at the age of 48. May she rest in peace.

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The Price is Right’s Newest Game: Double Cross

On Friday, viewers of The Price is Right saw a debut of a new pricing game, Double Cross.

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The Choice: Review

After Take Me Out at 8, another new dating show follows at 9 PM eastern on Fox, this time with celebrities!

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