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Would You Rather?: Graham Norton Tries in America AGAIN


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Posted Dec 24, 2011 @ 10:23 PM

Would you rather watch Graham Norton sitting in a New York studio tossing out ludicrous either/or scenarios for a mix of American grade B celebrities, the occasional UK import and some stand-up comics sitting down, or would you rather watch him comfortably at home in the UK simply doing longer series of his talk show?

This show is that first thing.

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Posted Dec 24, 2011 @ 10:36 PM

I made it through about 10 minutes of the first episode and bailed. I thought it was incredibly stupid and pointless.

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Posted Dec 25, 2011 @ 10:16 PM

I balied on it early too. It was raunchier than I expected (and I don't necessarily care, but it seemed to be unnecessarily raunchy). There are so many awesome UK panel shows that could be aired (QI, Would I Lie to You come to mind), that are better than this stuff.

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Posted Dec 26, 2011 @ 4:36 AM

But this isn't even a UK panel show. Its just a bad imitation with a British host, airing on an Anglophile US-based channel!

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Posted Jan 9, 2012 @ 7:24 AM

I caught it over the Xmas holiday and liked it; It's not a brit show?

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Posted Jan 9, 2012 @ 2:15 PM

These few episodes were filmed in NYC. I can't believe how few they did, and that they're running them as repeats already.

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Posted Jan 9, 2012 @ 10:39 PM

I thought it was silly and fun and I'd watch it again if there wasn't much else on.

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Posted Jan 10, 2012 @ 6:24 AM

Did I see the guy who plays Gene on "Bob's Burgers" on the ep where they ask "Would you rather have a head twice or half the size of your current one"?

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Posted Jan 10, 2012 @ 6:21 PM

These few episodes were filmed in NYC. I can't believe how few they did, and that they're running them as repeats already.

Aha. Then it really IS a British show! Making too few episodes and then MAYBE coming back a year later to make another small batch!

I'm mostly joking. But really, unless scripted shows I never got why even unscripted shows (which cost next to nothing to make) get limited runs. If you bother to drag the man a quarter of the way around the globe... then shoot a few dozen episodes. What can it take for a half hour panel show? An extra 2 weeks of filming? Heck, if I recall correctly, the old Match Game show used to back-to-back record 4 episodes every day they filmed.

Edited by WileyCoyote, Jan 10, 2012 @ 6:22 PM.


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Posted Jan 17, 2012 @ 5:15 PM

I thought it was fun, but not something I would seek out, more like in the background of me doing something else or if nothing else is on and I try to procrastinate from doing school work, this is great.

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Posted Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:46 AM

I do like this show as fun fluff, but the question this week about the peace in the Middle East/Palestinian pool boy totally took me out of it. It was just so racist and ignorant. Not funny at all.

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Posted Feb 7, 2012 @ 10:43 PM

It was okay, but not appointment television. I'd rather they bring something like Would I Lie to You? over.

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Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 12:31 AM

So. I love panel quiz shows. I love Graham Norton. I occasionally love BBC America. However, this show just isn't working for me.

I've tried. I've watched all the episodes aired so far, but I'm already bored.

I have a huge problem with the last category, Fill in the Rather. The answers rarely make sense and sometimes their response just rephrase the first part of the rather. I usually stop watching during this section.

My other problem is that panel shows are supposed to have a revolving cast. So even when I hate someone I don't have to see them every week. Not the case with WYR. I get to hate everyone multiple times during the five (or so) measly episodes shown.

They really should just import some of the actual British quiz shows.

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Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 11:45 AM

I'm confused now. At first when I first saw the same people on the show, I assumed it was a rerun and deleted it. Now I'm wondering if they didn't do multiple shows with some people. I'm not recalling hearing questions/answers as I'm watching a second episode w/Alan Cumming, for example.

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Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 11:59 AM

They definitely reused casts with just a bit of a mix thrown in to keep it different. They might have filmed multiple episodes at a time? Looking at the episode wiki page, it doesn't seem to have been as bad as what I remember.

However there's something going on because I've been recording the episodes on my DVR (watching then deleting them) and I hadn't even realized that there have been eleven episodes aired so far. Weird.

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Posted Feb 26, 2012 @ 11:50 PM

Recorded the most recent episode. Whoopi Goldberg was on and I really think she thought she was Graham's partner or something. Every time he "awarded" points she would concur. Sometimes taking what seemed like a long time to do so. Really odd. But really Goldberg if you ever see a clip of her on The View.

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Posted Feb 28, 2012 @ 9:42 PM

Recorded the most recent episode. Whoopi Goldberg was on and I really think she thought she was Graham's partner or something. Every time he "awarded" points she would concur. Sometimes taking what seemed like a long time to do so. Really odd. But really Goldberg if you ever see a clip of her on The View.

How did they fit her ego in the studio? There must be a high ceiling!