YMMV / Fremantle Media


  • Executive Meddling: It seems that when planning a revival, Fremantle (and its predecessors, All-American and Pearson) thinks they need to put their own "mark" on formats that had already been fine-tuned over the years and proven themselves to be of the can't-miss variety. The results...generally speak for themselves.
    • Syd Vinnedge mandated a "Hollywood mural" design for the Turntable on The Price Is Right in September 2002, which lasted all of six months before going to a new color scheme of the 1980s-90s patterns. (The version of the mural used on primetime shows, which had the same elements but set at night, was well-received.)
    • Fremantle's Blu-ray release of the Thames documentary series The World at War won praise for its extensive remastering...and condemnation for cropping and scanning the picture into widescreen.

  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The usual response to their revivals, and not without reason.
    • The current series of Family Feud has zig-zagged, starting out with a needlessly-tweaked format that had no returning champions. It changed back to the classic format in Season 5, although thoughts on the various hosts and audiovisual changes vary.
      • It's currently in 18th season (beating out the original ABC series in 2009 and passing the overall run of the Richard Dawson/Ray Combs eras with the 2015-16 season), with ratings higher than they've been in years thanks to a combination of host Steve Harvey and a change by Nielsen on how syndicated shows are rated.
    • All-American Television piloted versions of Match Game (with Charlene Tilton) and Card Sharks (with Tom Green) in 1996. While not publicly available as of this writing, by all reports they showed that the company had little to no idea what made these shows work.
    • The 2001 Card Sharks was thrashed for overhauling the front game to have one row of seven cards and ousting the survey questions in favor of hidden-camera "dilemmas" that players had to correctly predict in order to change the current card.
    • The 2007 American version of Temptation is a particularly glaring example, as explained on that show's page. Quick summary: low budget, pandering almost exclusively to females, and generally just coming across as an insult to its predecessors.
    • Million-Dollar Password was met with derision for excising pretty much everything about any of the franchise's previous formats, not to mention trying to play Password for six- and seven-figure sums.

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