The indignity of summer network programming is just too much to bear sometimes. Take Downfall, an ABC game show that premiered last night. There are many things wrong with it, but the biggest issue is this: Don't promise you're going to hurl contestants off of buildings and then fail to deliver. It is rude. And I, like many people, do not care for disappointment. Which is what Downfall is, at best. A disappointment that never should have happened.
Lots of new today, so let's get crackin'!
Once upon a time, Chris Jericho was a respected and charismatic wrestling Superstar. From ECW to WCW to WWE, he only gained in popularity, earning such nicknames as Lionheart, Sexy Beast and the Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla. ...Then he took that last nickname a little too seriously and started heavily hyping his own unfortunately-named heavy-metal band, Fozzy, with such songs as "To Kill a Stranger" and "Whitechapel 1888." (To this day, I'm still not sure if they're trying to be funny.) The debatable popularity of Fozzy, who had performed in front of "thousands" and sold "hundreds of thousands" of records, led to Jericho being the first celebrity eliminated on Celebrity Duets, after singing with Peter Frampton. And with an impressive record like that, you know it couldn't be long before he was asked to host his own music-competition TV show. (Hey, it worked for Billy Ray Cyrus.)