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Weakest Link - In the US?

(April 2001)

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RD
Robert De Rosa
I have just seen on NBCi that the BBC's game show 'The Weakest Link' is now appearing in America on NBC One.

Smile
KA
Karl
Is it re-runs of our British episodes or ones with Americans on?
RD
Robert De Rosa
Karl posted:
Is it re-runs of our British episodes or ones with Americans on?


There are actual American audiences and contestants.

Smile Rob
KA
Karl
Cool, is it Anne Robinson or a cheap yank immitation?
(sorry if this sounds like 100 questions Smile)
AL
alekf
I saw the promos for it on NBC this weekend. It premiers next Monday. In the promos, at least, it was the authentic British contestants and Ann Robinson - not an American spoof…
ST
staruk
Haven't you guys heard about this? The papers have been ranting about this for ages. Anne's doing proper US versions of the Weakest Link over there with real american contestants. No spoofs!
RD
Robert De Rosa
staruk posted:
Haven't you guys heard about this? The papers have been ranting about this for ages. Anne's doing proper US versions of the Weakest Link over there with real american contestants. No spoofs!
That is what I said! Wink
AS
Asa Admin
Talking of USTV, I've uploaded some images of US TV's presentation over the Millennium as I was very lucky to be in New York over that time and got some off-camera shots, mainly from ABC where they were showing 'ABC 2000' with Peter Jennings (the guy you see on World News Tonight on N24) The quality isn't the best but theres some end credit promos from Fox, ABC and NBC on there. I'm sure ITV got inspiration from NBC for theirs!

http://www.tvhome.co.uk/ustv.shtml

Cheers,
Asa

By the way, does anyone know a way to point a video camera at a tv and for it not to flicker?
RO
rob Founding member
I think the US weakest link will be very entertaning and think it should be shown over here on the BBC but NOT Choice (coz we dont all have Sky digital..yet..)
SE
Square Eyes Founding member
Anne Robinson is set to make a killing out of this. The Americans may struggle a bit with her accent, they see here as some kind of dominatrix, and expect her to get even nastier. The top prize on the US version is $1m.

See www.nbci.com for more info.
BD
BjD
Has anyone noticed that Anne Robinson looks like she's about 30 on the American version promos? Hmm.. The Sleakest Link, perhaps? Smile
CA
cat
I saw a report on this on MoneyLine Newshour on CNN/US last week.
There were plenty of NBC idents featured on the report, and actually, whilst I wasn't interested in tv presentation when I was in the states, looking at it now, it is rather good.
The American's are actually really emphusisatic about the show, and there is a huge board in Times Square, of course, next to Rockefella Centre, NBC/GE HQ.
With a picture of Anne saying 'You are the weakest link, goodbye'
Robinson is recording at KNBC in LA. Incidentally, I was talking to my mate in the US, who does continuity, after a fashion, for FOX and CBS.
I was asking him why they called stations on the west coast KSOMETHING, and ones on the east coast WSOMETHING.
For example, in LA, there is KCBS and KNBC, and in NY there is WNBC, and WCBs. does anyone know why, he couldn't think of a reason for it.
I know they were called REDBLUE, red for west blue for east, but where the K and W came from I have no clue!

And Asa, there is a way of plugging in the camcorder to the TV and recording directly from it, however, I have never worked out how to do it!
And I must send you those Mp3's of US idents, I keep forgetting, you can add them to the sound central section.

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