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, with the American import of Temptation being a particularly glaring example.
    • 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.
    • 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 zig-zagged, running three years as a daily series with no returning champs and a lame format (this Trope), then started averting hard since the beginning of Season 4, 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 host Steve Harvey...and Nielsen changing how syndication is rated.
    • The most infamous of the revival attempts were probably in 1996, when All-American Television piloted versions of Match Game (with Charlene Tilton) and Card Sharks (with Tom Green) that tore the heart and soul out of each, stomped on them, and blasted them with an AK-47. So bad, they make the versions that eventually sold (1998-99 and 2001, respectively) look like masterpieces.

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