Lifespan: September 1996 - January 1997
Host: Annie Wood
Produced by: Edwards/Billett Productions
Front Game Rules
|One female and one male player assumed the role of "Buzzer" in each part of the show. For each game, the Buzzer watched four prospective dates give an introduction to the Buzzer, one by one. The Buzzer ended each introduction by asking one question to each prospect, often about his/her intro. After all four prospects have had their opportunity, the Buzzer chooses the prospect s/he likes the least. That person is set aside, but not necessarily eliminated.
||Then, the interview portion begins. The Buzzer selects one of the three remaining prospects to interview. The Buzzer has a total of two minutes to interview each prospect. If at any point, the Buzzer is unsatisfied with the interviewee, s/he may sound a buzzer and eliminate him/her from the game. If the Buzzer likes the prospect, s/he rings a bell to choose that person. If all three remaining prospects are buzzed or if the time expires, the Buzzer gets the person who was taken out after the introductions.
||The Buzzer and his date then play a game of "Sympatico". Each person is given a sign with two opposites, and stand on either side of a partition. Host Wood reads a list of 5 situations (Would each of the following events be Possible/Impossible: you have 10 children, you vote Republican, etc.). Each time both players give the same answer, they win $100. If a perfect score is achieved, their total was bumped to $1000. Both couples competed against each other; the one with the highest score won an all-expenses-paid date.
End Game Rules
In the final part of the game, the roles were reversed. The Buzzer now sat on the hot seat while the prospect had the privilege of asking him/her a question and either buzzing or ringing him. A ring meant the date was on, a buzz meant the date was off in favor of a prize for the prospect. Either way, they kept the cash.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
This is about as far as you can take the dating show concept. This show is fast-paced, fresh, funny, and energetic. They broke the original template of the dater and datee never seeing each other face-to-face until a commitment is made, and that helps the buzzer make his/her decision. Sympatico is an interesting addition, and the Final Bzzz! is a great way to turn the tables on the decision-maker. Annie Wood is a little over-excited, though, and I would've preferred to see a little more in the prize budget.
Gameplay: 3 pts.
Host: 2 pts.
Presentation: 1 pt.
Execution: 1 pt.
Total Score: 7 pts.
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