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18th Sep '16 3:02:08 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* It's generally accepted that, aside from the general improvement in the standards of the competitors and higher production values, the thing that really made the second season of ''Series/RobotWars'' take off was replacing Jeremy Clarkson (who was deadpan and often [[{{Jerkass}} quite rude to the contestants]]) with Creator/CraigCharles as host (it helped that, while Clarkson genuinely didn't like the show, Craig's [[LargeHam bombastic enthusiasm]] simply ''couldn't'' be faked). Whether Creator/DaraOBriain has managed to live up to Craig's legacy in the show's 2016 reboot is [[BaseBreaker a matter of some contention]].



* It's generally accepted that, aside from the general improvement in the standards of the competitors and higher production values, the thing that really made the second season of ''Series/RobotWars'' take off was replacing Jeremy Clarkson (who was deadpan and often [[{{Jerkass}} quite rude to the contestants]]) with Creator/CraigCharles as host (it helped that, while Clarkson genuinely didn't like the show, Craig's [[LargeHam bombastic enthusiasm]] simply ''couldn't'' be faked). Whether Creator/DaraOBriain has managed to live up to Craig's legacy in the show's 2016 reboot is [[BaseBreaker a matter of some contention]].
18th Sep '16 3:01:38 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* It's generally accepted that, aside from the general improvement in the standards of the competitors and higher production values, the thing that really made the second season of ''Series/RobotWars'' take off was replacing Jeremy Clarkson (who was deadpan and often [[{{Jerkass}} quite rude to the contestants]]) with Creator/CraigCharles as host (it helped that, while Clarkson genuinely didn't like the show, Craig's [[LargeHam bombastic enthusiasm]] simply ''couldn't'' be faked). Whether Creator/DaraOBriain has managed to live up to Craig's legacy in the show's 2016 reboot is [[BaseBreaker a matter of some contention]].
29th Aug '16 8:34:01 PM PaulA
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* Creator/GordonRamsay may be the patron saint of this trope. What popular cooking and restaurant shows spring immediately to mind? In the US, three featuring Ramsay - Series/HellsKitchen, Series/MasterChef, and Series/KitchenNightmares - will place high on the list, and Ramsay's profanity-laden tirades followed by occasional heartwarming praise are both famous. As of 2015, [=MasterChef=] US is on its fifth season without signs of slowing down, the US version of Hell's Kitchen has an impressive 13 US seasons with a fourteenth confirmed, making it a LongRunner (especially in the Reality genre), and Kitchen Nightmares managed a respectable 5 UK seasons and 7 US seasons before Ramsay chose to shut it down. Despite the show's success, there was no attempt to revive it with a different key chef. It's not just the US, either. Ramsay has versions of his shows in other nations, including his native England. Even non-fans will immediately recognize Ramsay's mannerisms and speech patterns. Only his flop, ''Series/HotelHell'', didn't seem to survive on Ramsay's larger-than-life persona. Say what one will about whether he is as great a chef as his reputation would suggest; he Ramsay has an amazing television presence.

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* Creator/GordonRamsay may be the patron saint of this trope. What popular cooking and restaurant shows spring immediately to mind? In the US, three featuring Ramsay - Series/HellsKitchen, Series/MasterChef, and Series/KitchenNightmares - will place high on the list, and Ramsay's profanity-laden tirades followed by occasional heartwarming praise are both famous. As of 2015, [=MasterChef=] US is on its fifth season without signs of slowing down, the US version of Hell's Kitchen has an impressive 13 US seasons with a fourteenth confirmed, making it a LongRunner (especially in the Reality genre), and Kitchen Nightmares managed a respectable 5 UK seasons and 7 US seasons before Ramsay chose to shut it down. Despite the show's success, there was no attempt to revive it with a different key chef. It's not just the US, either. Ramsay has versions of his shows in other nations, including his native England. Even non-fans will immediately recognize Ramsay's mannerisms and speech patterns. Only his flop, ''Series/HotelHell'', didn't seem to survive on Ramsay's larger-than-life persona. Say what one will about whether he is as great a chef as his reputation would suggest; he Ramsay has an amazing television presence.
22nd Aug '16 7:40:56 PM themisterfree
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** And Michael Strahan is also shaping up to be a good successor.



* ''Series/StrikeItLucky'' didn't last long in the US, and when it went to the UK the prizes tended to suck. But that didn't matter- people tuned into see the weird contestants and, of course, Mr. Michael Barrymore.



** The British version, ''You've been Framed'', was pretty much so-so and just cheap infill on an early Saturday evening, before the good stuff started. And then off-the-wall comedian [[Series/HarryHillsTVBurp Harry Hill]] took over doing the commentary and voiceovers. It's now the Harry Hill Show, with background film provided by members of the public.

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** The British version, ''You've been Framed'', was pretty much so-so and just cheap infill on an early Saturday evening, before the good stuff started.started- like the above mentioned ''Catch Phrase''. And then off-the-wall comedian [[Series/HarryHillsTVBurp Harry Hill]] took over doing the commentary and voiceovers. It's now the Harry Hill Show, with background film provided by members of the public.



* Both the Japanese and American incarnations of ''Series/IronChef'', with Chairman Kaga and the Japanese commentators/Alton Brown respectively. Gordon Elliott (in the ''IC Japan'' New York special) and Creator/WilliamShatner (the doomed ''Iron Chef USA'') have both tried to fill the hosts roles with poor results.
** While ''Iron Chef USA'' was awful Shatner himself as Chairman was thoroughly awesome.

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* Both the Japanese and American incarnations of ''Series/IronChef'', with Chairman Kaga and the Japanese commentators/Alton Brown respectively. Gordon Elliott (in the ''IC Japan'' New York special) and Creator/WilliamShatner (the doomed ''Iron Chef USA'') have both tried to fill the hosts roles with poor results.
** While ''Iron Chef USA''
host role- the former failed, the latter was awful Shatner himself as Chairman was thoroughly awesome.damned awesome but got hamstrung by UPN's typical idiocy.
3rd May '16 8:46:45 PM Pegase
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*''Series/ProjectRunway'' is heavily reliant on the personas of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (and maybe to a lesser degree Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and/or Zac Posen). The absence of their personalities makes the All-Stars incarnation of the show much less interesting.
15th Apr '16 11:25:21 AM RevDave
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* Viewing of ''Series/AmericanIdol'' dropped drastically every time judges were replaced. With Simon gone and now running the American version of ''[[TheXFactor X-Factor]]'', it is a safe bet Idol isn't long for life.

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* Viewing of ''Series/AmericanIdol'' dropped drastically every time judges were replaced. With When Simon gone and now running left to run the American version of ''[[TheXFactor X-Factor]]'', it is a safe bet Idol isn't long for life.ran it's final episode in 2016.
1st Feb '16 9:42:56 PM jayharrison
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* Olmec of ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'', much more so than the actual (rather mediocre) MC, Kirk Fogg. The producers acknowledged this by giving the job of reading the {{Rules Spiel}}s for the various challenges to Olmec rather than Fogg starting with the second series.[[note]] Which is a bit hard on Fogg, who has publicly stated that he was shoved in front of the camera with little to no preparation, and the rules spiels were written on cue cards he was seeing for the first time; the fact that the punctuation on the cards was haphazard at best resulted in equally haphazard line readings.[[/note]]

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* Olmec [[Creator/DeeBradleyBaker Olmec]] of ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'', much more so than the actual (rather mediocre) MC, Kirk Fogg. The producers acknowledged this by giving the job of reading the {{Rules Spiel}}s for the various challenges to Olmec rather than Fogg starting with the second series.[[note]] Which is a bit hard on Fogg, who has publicly stated that he was shoved in front of the camera with little to no preparation, and the rules spiels were written on cue cards he was seeing for the first time; the fact that the punctuation on the cards was haphazard at best resulted in equally haphazard line readings.[[/note]]



* ''Series/WinBenSteinsMoney'' was carried by the father/son-like relationship between Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel. When Kimmel left, it went downhill in a hurry.
* No one ever, ''ever'', tuned into the original ''Series/YouBetYourLife'' for game value; they tuned in to watch Groucho Marx be, well, [[DeadpanSnarker Groucho Marx]].

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* ''Series/WinBenSteinsMoney'' ''[[Series/WinBenSteinsMoney Win Ben Stein's Money]]'' was carried by the father/son-like relationship between Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel. When Kimmel left, it went downhill in a hurry.
* No one ever, ''ever'', tuned into the original ''Series/YouBetYourLife'' for game value; they tuned in to watch [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx Marx]] be, well, [[DeadpanSnarker Groucho Marx]].



* Series/TheChase wouldn't be anywhere near as entertaining without the Chasers themselves and their own comments and quips about the contestants and show itself. Or presenter Bradley Walsh and his own jokes and comments (and the tendency to burst into laughter or such like whenever someone says anything entertaining). This is also likely why the US version didn't try and find a US equivalent quiz genius and simply hired Mark Labbett from the UK version to act as the Chaser on that version of the show as well.

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* Series/TheChase ''Series/TheChase'' wouldn't be anywhere near as entertaining without the Chasers themselves and their own comments and quips about the contestants and show itself. Or presenter Bradley Walsh and his own jokes and comments (and the tendency to burst into laughter or such like whenever someone says anything entertaining). This is also likely why the US version didn't try and find a US equivalent quiz genius and simply hired Mark Labbett from the UK version to act as the Chaser on that version of the show as well.



** Unless your name is Bill Cullen (see above), whose version lasted a respectable five years alongside Clark's in the late-1970s.

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** Unless your name is Bill Cullen (see above), whose version lasted a respectable five years alongside Clark's in the late-1970s.late 1970s.
22nd Jan '16 4:04:15 PM nombretomado
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* Try and imagine ''Series/{{QI}}'' without StephenFry or Alan Davies for a second. Davies once missed a show, and they left his seat empty rather than replace him.

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* Try and imagine ''Series/{{QI}}'' without StephenFry Creator/StephenFry or Alan Davies for a second. Davies once missed a show, and they left his seat empty rather than replace him.
22nd Jan '16 4:03:57 PM nombretomado
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* Humphrey Lyttelton was ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' to such an extent that his death in 2008 and subsequent replacement by StephenFry, Rob Brydon and Jack Dee has elicited all of the complaints listed above. It's still good, but it's definitely not the ''same''.

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* Humphrey Lyttelton was ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' to such an extent that his death in 2008 and subsequent replacement by StephenFry, Creator/StephenFry, Rob Brydon and Jack Dee has elicited all of the complaints listed above. It's still good, but it's definitely not the ''same''.
7th Jan '16 5:20:36 PM JMQwilleran
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* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' has an in-universe example. The characters play a game of Simon Says hosted by a friendly gnome named Simon. When you get right down to it, it's really not much different from a traditional game of Simon Says, but ''boy'' does Simon work to sell it.
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