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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.
25th Dec '15 10:07:42 PM glickmam
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* Just about any show hosted by Creator/BillCullen that wasn't the original ''Price is Right''. Most of the shows he was associated with went off the air in a year or less (''Series/WinningStreak'', ''Series/HotPotato'', ''Series/ChildsPlay'', etc.) but he was such a phenomenal host that he made even the most mediocre game format watchable. Although many of those shows he hosted that did end up failing generally ended up doing so as a result of getting ScrewedByTheNetwork, not because of any formatting flaws. The lone exception, ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'' (which also qualifies), got a ''much'' longer run in the UK, but had a much ''shorter'' run a second time in the US (with successor Bill Rafferty).

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* Just about any show hosted by Creator/BillCullen that wasn't the original ''Price is Right''. Most of the shows he was associated with went off the air in a year or less (''Series/WinningStreak'', ''Series/HotPotato'', ''Series/ChildsPlay'', etc.) but he was such a phenomenal host that he made even the most mediocre game format watchable. Although It should be noted, however, that many of those the shows that he hosted that did end up failing generally ended up doing so as a result of getting ScrewedByTheNetwork, not because of any formatting flaws. The lone exception, ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'' (which also qualifies), got a ''much'' longer run in the UK, but had a much ''shorter'' run a second time in the US (with successor Bill Rafferty).
18th Dec '15 4:09:12 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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** No need to wonder how it would be without Stephen Fry for much longer. Time will tell if Sandi Toksvig can carry it on.
20th Oct '15 10:41:31 AM RoseAndHeather
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* Anderson Cooper on the first two seasons of ''Series/TheMole''. He was by far one of the funniest and most charming game show/reality show hosts out there. He also gets bonus points for being one of the only hosts witty enough to spot RealityShowGenreBlindness and tease the contestants for it.

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* Anderson Cooper on the first two seasons of ''Series/TheMole''. He was by far one of the funniest and most charming game show/reality show hosts out there. He also gets bonus points for being one of the only hosts witty enough to spot RealityShowGenreBlindness and tease the contestants for it. Not-so-shockingly, he's currently one of the most-respected broadcast journalists in the world.
6th Oct '15 5:19:40 AM Gimere
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* Marc Summers of {{Nickelodeon}}'s ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''.

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* Marc Summers of {{Nickelodeon}}'s Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''.



* ''NickelodeonGUTS'' wouldn't be the same without Mike O'Malley and Moira Quirk, and it really showed with ''My Family's Got GUTS'', where [[ReplacementScrappy Ben Lyons]] and Asha Kuerten replaced them. Though the former duo weren't working for Nickelodeon at the time, and Asha was praised by some fans for equalling Moira.

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* ''NickelodeonGUTS'' ''Series/NickelodeonGUTS'' wouldn't be the same without Mike O'Malley and Moira Quirk, and it really showed with ''My Family's Got GUTS'', where [[ReplacementScrappy Ben Lyons]] and Asha Kuerten replaced them. Though the former duo weren't working for Nickelodeon at the time, and Asha was praised by some fans for equalling Moira.



** The ComedyNetwork reboot definitely gets a boost from both host Darrin Rose (who, impressively, doubles as announcer), as well as Debra Digiovanni and Sean Cullen, the only permanent panelists.
* No one but Peter Tomarken could host ''Series/PressYourLuck'', but Todd Newton came pretty damn close with ''{{Series/Whammy}}!''.

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** The ComedyNetwork Comedy Network reboot definitely gets a boost from both host Darrin Rose (who, impressively, doubles as announcer), as well as Debra Digiovanni and Sean Cullen, the only permanent panelists.
* No one but Peter Tomarken could host ''Series/PressYourLuck'', but Todd Newton came pretty damn close with ''{{Series/Whammy}}!''.''Series/{{Whammy}}!''.



** ''Total Wipeout'' (the UK version, airing on Creator/{{BBC}}) itself may count too. It's hosted by [[TopGear Richard Hammond]], and his snark makes watching the contestants fail miserably even funnier.

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** ''Total Wipeout'' (the UK version, airing on Creator/{{BBC}}) itself may count too. It's hosted by [[TopGear [[Series/TopGear Richard Hammond]], and [[DeadpanSnarker his snark snark]] makes watching the contestants fail miserably even funnier.



* In Australia, there was practically a national outcry (among people of a certain age group, anyway) when "Baby" John Burgess was dropped as host of ''WheelOfFortune''.

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* In Australia, there was practically a national outcry (among people of a certain age group, anyway) when "Baby" John Burgess was dropped as host of ''WheelOfFortune''.''Series/WheelOfFortune''.



* Regis Philbin for ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', in spite of the show having lasted almost four times as long with successors Meredith Vieira and Cedric the Entertainer.

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* Regis Philbin for ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', in spite of the show having lasted almost four times as long with successors Meredith Vieira and Cedric the Entertainer.



** And also ChrisTarrant makes the British version of the show what it is. The guy knows a heck of a lot, and never gives anything away with his [[StockCatchphrase "Is that your final answer?"]]
* ''WinBenSteinsMoney'' was carried by the father/son-like relationship between Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel. When Kimmel left, it went downhill in a hurry.

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** And also ChrisTarrant Chris Tarrant makes the British version of the show what it is. The guy knows a heck of a lot, and never gives anything away with his [[StockCatchphrase [[CatchPhrase "Is that your final answer?"]]
* ''WinBenSteinsMoney'' ''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.



* Just about any show hosted by Creator/BillCullen that wasn't the original ''Price is Right''. Most of the shows he was associated with went off the air in a year or less (''Winning Streak'', ''Hot Potato'', ''Child's Play'', etc.) but he was such a phenomenal host that he made even the most mediocre game format watchable. Although many of those shows he hosted that did end up failing generally ended up doing so as a result of getting ScrewedByTheNetwork, not because of any formatting flaws. The lone exception, ''Blockbusters'' (which also qualifies), got a ''much'' longer run in the UK, but had a much ''shorter'' run a second time in the US (with successor Bill Rafferty).

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* Just about any show hosted by Creator/BillCullen that wasn't the original ''Price is Right''. Most of the shows he was associated with went off the air in a year or less (''Winning Streak'', ''Hot Potato'', ''Child's Play'', (''Series/WinningStreak'', ''Series/HotPotato'', ''Series/ChildsPlay'', etc.) but he was such a phenomenal host that he made even the most mediocre game format watchable. Although many of those shows he hosted that did end up failing generally ended up doing so as a result of getting ScrewedByTheNetwork, not because of any formatting flaws. The lone exception, ''Blockbusters'' ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'' (which also qualifies), got a ''much'' longer run in the UK, but had a much ''shorter'' run a second time in the US (with successor Bill Rafferty).



* ''Series/FriendOrFoe'' just wouldn't have been the same without Kennedy's [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]] at anyone who went Foe, as repeatedly proven by numerous other game shows which have since used the same prisoner's dilemma gimmick, every last one of which has fallen flat on their faces.
* 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 Labbet from the UK version to act as the Chaser on that version of the show as well.

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* ''Series/FriendOrFoe'' just wouldn't have been the same without Kennedy's [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]] snarking]] at anyone who went Foe, as repeatedly proven by numerous other game shows which have since used the same prisoner's dilemma gimmick, every last one of which has fallen flat on their faces.
* 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 Labbet Labbett from the UK version to act as the Chaser on that version of the show as well.



* 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 - [[HellsKitchen Hell's Kitchen]], MasterChef, and 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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* GordonRamsay 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 - [[HellsKitchen Hell's Kitchen]], MasterChef, Series/HellsKitchen, Series/MasterChef, and KitchenNightmares 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 [=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.



* Bob Saget on ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' (though they try to make it seem like Tom Bergeron was always there these days...)

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* Bob Saget on ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' (though they try to make it seem like Tom Bergeron was always there these days...)



* Both the Japanese and American incarnations of ''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.

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* Both the Japanese and American incarnations of ''IronChef'', ''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.



* Joel [=McHale=] of ''TheSoup''.

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* Joel [=McHale=] of ''TheSoup''.''Series/TheSoup''.



* ''UnsolvedMysteries'' was never the same without Robert Stack.

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* ''UnsolvedMysteries'' ''Series/UnsolvedMysteries'' was never the same without Robert Stack.



* Many American ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' fans feel this way about Drew Carey, has his interactions with Ryan and Colin were often the best part of the show. Aisha Tyler hasn't had nearly as much luck.

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* Many American ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' fans feel this way about Drew Carey, has his interactions with Ryan and Colin were often the best part of the show. Aisha Tyler hasn't had nearly as much luck.
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