By Su Holmes
Regardless of its enduring attractiveness with either broadcasters and audiences, the quiz express is marginalized in stories of renowned tv. Su Holmes takes a clean method of quiz indicates whereas additionally revisiting, updating, and increasing latest quiz express scholarship. Discussing Double Your cash, The $64,000 buck query, Twenty-One, the cost is true, Who desires to be a Millionaire, and The Weakest hyperlink, Holmes addresses the connection among quiz indicates and the tv style; the early broadcast heritage of the quiz convey; questions of institutional legislation; quiz convey aesthetics; the social value of "games;" "ordinary" humans as tv performers, and questions of quiz convey reception, from interactivity to online fandom.
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This perspective is valuable in highlighting how the use of generic labels is often evaluative, rather than neutral. For example, in her book Ordinary Television, Frances Bonner’s bid to distinguish between the terms quiz and game show indicates a clear hierarchy at work: Game shows as a category are now understood to include quizzes, though once the latter term applied to the kind with the more intellectual questions (like . . Mastermind). The relegation of ‘quiz’ can be regarded as a sign of the increased importance of play and fun on television.
Given the emphasis placed on knowledge in scholarly work on the quiz show, its relative marginalisation in reality formats is worth some note. To be sure, Big Brother and other programmes may incorporate elements of quizzing, whether spontaneously played by the participants or set as a task by the production team. The fact that reality shows often test contestants (toward the end of a show’s run) on their accumulated knowledge of fellow participants indicates that knowledge, in the form of ‘human knowledge’, has a role to play within the game.
The UK version of The Apprentice, dealing with the traditionally ‘masculine’ sphere of business and originally screened on BBC2, aims to position itself as a more ‘serious’ form of reality TV. To this end, it often aims to de-activate its generic association with the game show. As the central ﬁgure of Alan Sugar explains to the new candidates at the start of series three: ‘This is not a game show. There are no blonde women to lead you off when you don’t win the prize . . This is the hardest interview of your life’ (28 March 2007).
The Quiz Show (TV Genres) by Su Holmes