Monday, August 13, 2007

And the Answer is: "What is the End of An Era"?



Merv Griffin. The name might not ring a bell but if you’ve watched television between 5pm and 8 pm, you know of his ingenuity. The man behind such classics as Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune passed away this weekend. Besides his daring creativity (remember these shows were respectively created in the 70’s and 80’s and are still today rating favourites), I’ve admired Merv Griffin’s path. From a hardly paid radio announcer, Griffin carved himself a diversified self-made-man career. Amongst his numerous lucrative deals in real estate and in television and his talk show host abilities, Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune are easily his most significant legacy. Though these shows lack in fancy graphics, bells and whistles, they hold that certain je ne sais quoi that is lacking in today's television programming. Nobody is scantily clad on Jeopardy and no one gets bleeped on Wheel of Fortune and that, is refreshing. These shows remind us of the power of television: educational family programming. Every show cannot be PBS material nor should they all be R-rated. But folks: there is a middle ground.

Merv Griffin joins the Aaron Spellings and Don Knotts of a television era that was all about the love of television. Today’s TV Execs need to take a cue from that era’s playbook and rewrite some of the rules because today’s game, is not much to brag about.

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