Card Sharks (2001)
In the 2001-2002 television season, there was an ill-fated attempt to revive the classic game show BTSW for syndication.
The format is almost the same, except for a few changes, all covered below.
Why It Sucks
- Lack of drama.
- A very lazy set.
- Inept hosting from Pat Bullard, who'd already proven his incompetence on previous game shows he'd hosted.
- Due to each player sharing a single row of cards, a contestant could potentially have a good run and get hit by a bad card, causing the opponent to win effortlessly.
- The money the contestant wins is their stake at the Money Cards, so the contestant can potentially win less than that total if the cards outright blow.
- The Money Cards now uses a 3-2-1 pyramid, instead of having the third card on the second row.
- The cards are now turned over with a button, which is very lazy.
- A contestant now has to use Clip Chips just to change the card.
- The interesting (sometimes hilarious) surveys are gone. Instead, we have lousy, Street Smarts-esque questions.
- It was so bad, that after this version tanked, absolutely zero attempts were made to revive the series before 2019, not counting Game$how Marathon's 2006 effort.
- The announcer, Gary Kroeger, is the only one of the cast to not have only been there for the check.
- The 2000 pilot had a better format and a significantly less lazy (and more game show-like) set.
The set was recycled and repurposed for the short-lived Press Your Luck revival Whammy!, which aired on GSN from 2002-03.
A full episode, if you're brazen enough to watch it. Also, Game Show Gumbo (formerly Game Show Garbage)'s Top 5 Worst Revivals of the Past 30 Years places this at #2, behind only Temptation: The New Sale of the Century.