Dana Barrett: You know, you don't act like a scientist . . .
Dr. Peter Venkman: Well, they're usually pretty stiff --
Dana Barrett: . . . more like a game show host.
Ghostbusters (1984) [Sigourney Weaver & Bill Murray]
Friends, are you looking for an alternative to television coverage of the Iowa Caucuses? Do you enjoy game shows more than you enjoy gladiator movies? Better yet, do you have a streak of misplaced curiosity about The Man Behind This Blog?
If you answered "yes" to these questions, and if you live in an appropriate television market, it's time to set the TIVO because tomorrow, January 3, 2008, a substantial portion of the country will have the opportunity to watch -- or to avoid watching, or to avoid even the knowledge that they could be watching -- as I appear as a contestant on Merv Griffin’s Crosswords.
As we were reminded when he passed away in 2007, Merv Griffin's contributions to popular culture included the creation of two of the most successful game shows ever: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Crosswords was his final television venture, and one of his last acts was to syndicate the program in to all of the largest broadcast markets for this season. My youngest sister applied to the show -- being in the performing arts, she does what she can to supplement her income -- and passed the information along to me. For a lark, I gave it a whirl as well and the results will go out into the ether tomorrow.
Whether "my" episode will actually be viewable tomorrow depends on where you are. In markets in which the program airs twice daily, the episode should run as the second of the day. In markets in which the program airs only once, this episode will not run until -- what could be more appropriate? -- April 1. In the 2-show-per-day markets, the episode will also rerun on April 1. Got that? You can check your local times and stations here.
I am not at liberty to disclose how it all ends, but I will reveal this much: at one point I demonstrate a valuable advocacy skill by spelling with the Utmost Persuasiveness and Conviction a word that was not only not a correct answer, it was not even an actual English word. But there is a colorable argument that it should be.
Photo: Ty Treadway hosting Merv Griffin's Crosswords; © 2007 Crosswords, Inc.