Thursday, April 19, 2012

Moment of Silence

It seems like some shows will be on tv forever. What is a weekday morning without The Price is Right? Or a weekend without Unwrapped on the Food Network? Or a workday evening without Cash Cab?

Oh, wait. I guess we're going to find out with that last one.

In what I can only describe as a total TRAVESTY, the Discovery Channel has given the Cash Cab the axe.

The show first premiered in December 2005 and has been an early evening staple since. It's the perfect show to "check in" on, as the format for viewing never changed.

Step 1: Watch people get in the cab.

Step 2: Make fun of the people in the cab.

Step 3: Watch people struggle to answer general knowledge trivia questions OR be blown away by how much useless knowledge some people have.

 Step 4: Flip back to the show you were actually watching now that the commercial break is over.

The Master of Ceremonies, former Secret Boyfriend of the Week, Ben Bailey, kept things light and funny, and demonstrated his insane talent for multi-tasking. In fact, the only time the Cash Cab was involved in an accident, Bailey wasn't even behind the wheel. Apparently, some producer was driving the cab to the garage after filming when a pedestrian was struck and killed. IN CANADA. Yeah, it wasn't even the American version of the show!

The US Cash Cab actually has a really impressive safety record, especially if you consider how Metro bus drivers can't help but mow down at least one pedestrian a day. And that's when they are only trying to drive and text at the same time. Ben Bailey is driving, running a game show, getting questions from the producers AND feeding them to the contestants. Impressive, no?

But, alas. All good things must come to an end.

Oh, and don't worry about Ben Bailey. He got a new gig hosting a new NBC game show called Who's Still Standing as of December of last year. Meh.

Actually, 2005 (according to wikipedia), but whatever. The sentiment is true enough.


Anonymous said...

Wow! I really liked Cash Cab... made me laugh, cry, and put a smile on my face.

Scienter said...

Nooooo! I love Cash Cab. :(