Hosted by Darrin Rose The Comedy Network Monday, 7:30 p.m. watched it with your parents as you ate your dinner or whatever you did. And these things are really a great memory for me.”
The show captures some of that campy retro appeal, replete with a brightly lit spinning wheel and fluorescent orange booths for the panellists. It’s part of a greater revival of game shows that the three credit to the desire for a simple kind of satisfaction.
“I love watching people win,” says DiGiovanni. “Seriously, we don’t give away tons of money, but we give away some money. Watching a 23-year-old girl win $6,000 — oy, I can’t believe I haven’t cried yet, to be honest.”
“It’s like sports,” adds Cullen. “Instant drama, things happen, you watch it unfold, and you develop a story. And it’s all random and weird, and you can scream at the TV and go, ‘You stupid idiot, (the blank) is CATMONKEY!”’
And while Who Wants To Be A Millionaire it’s not, the higher production values of the remake take aim at Canada’s reputation of producing the campiest kinds of game shows with the dreariest of prizes.
“It’s always been that way,” Cullen said. “We used to watch Bumper Stumpers and you’d win upwards of $100. Or on Definition, you’d play the whole game, you’d win a golf umbrella and a couple T-shirts.”
Still, despite the low payouts, nearly 70,000 people tune in every weeknight, according to the network — and it’s attracted some top working comedians. The upcoming season is set to feature Dave Foley of Kids in the Hall fame, the rapper Ice-T, Canadian comedy legend Catherine O’Hara, the Gemini award-winning Russell Peters, and Daily Show correspondents John Hodgman and Kristen Schaal.
The chemistry between the regulars is already palpable; many of them have worked together on shows like MuchMusic’s Video On Trial or know each other from the standup circuit.
“There’s already a sort of built-in chemistry right away,” says DiGiovanni. “I think this year we’re having a lot of fun because it’s a lot of people we already know.”
Season 2 of Match Game will air weeknights at 7:30 p.m.