No, I am not making this up.
I was looking up something entirely unrelated on YouTube when it suggested this to me. Which kind of startled me.
You know, I was ragging on current TV the other day, when I encountered a new twist on the unfortunately familiar realm of Reality TV:
Just ran across something called “Exatlón Estados Unidos” on Telemundo. So I can tell you that not only English-speaking people have lost their minds. I’m kinda worried about humanity in general now…
— Brad Warthen (@BradWarthen) February 25, 2021
In case you don’t know what that is, count yourself blessed. But I was referring to this. It’s the collision of two national obsessions: Reality TV and sports. In other words, it’s a fake sport, being treated as “reality.”
But this thing I encountered today reminds me that once upon a time, game shows were occasionally interesting. And when I say “once upon a time,” I see that this installment originally aired exactly 15 days after I was born — and before most of y’all came along. So I remember “What’s My Line?,” but not this episode.
Of course, even though the host answered the panel’s first few questions — since panelist would easily have recognized the contestant’s voice — Dorothy Kilgallen figured out who it was fairly quickly.
Wow. I wonder how this appearance came about. Eleanor Roosevelt as a game show contestant? This is weirder than Bill Clinton playing the sax on Arsenio’s show…