Title That Tune: Has Fox Revival Hit Sufficient Of The Properly Recognized Notes From Traditional?
Fox started the revival of Name That Tune, the musical quizzer from the 1950s (when it was on the radio) and last on this Wednesday night was a syndicated daytime show from the 1980s. Does the new version – now all together – hit the right notes?
Now Younger Matt loved the old name That Tune which really is one of the great quiz shows to play on at home. The bid-a-note round, for which it’s best known, really got the drama upset back then.
The Fox reboot is hosted by 30 rock and Broadway vet Jane Krakowski, who really seemed to make her move around the middle of the first episode. There’s a little too much of the “why yeah, Kyle, that was it.” [insert song title]! “, But her short tap dance duet with a candidate, the sweet moment pictured above (where Cessalee knew but couldn’t do anything with the song title“ Tequila ”) and her clear desire for boogie when the house band rocks, brought out of her Personality and her skills as an entertainer.
The house band is led by American Idol alum Randy Jackson, and during the first episode you had to worry for a while that it had painfully little to do. And when he was given the task of clumsily describing the unceremoniously revealed bonus prize Cessalee had won (a coffee maker, I think?), You really worried.
I think the producers sensed this too and wanted to raise Jackson’s profile with a segment called “Get Deep With Randy” in which he gives some advice (in one case about Sinatra) to the player entering the Golden Medley . He also types out the sparse piano notes during the bid-a-note round and jams with the band into the commercial break. (If you asked yourself like me, Jackson has lost 100 pounds since undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 2003 after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.)
The gameplay is as follows: In the first two episodes, the first round is either “Title Track” or “By Request”, but they were almost identical. You will be given a category, a song will play, and the two participants will try to tune in first to get that tune properly named.
The two players then go to the bid-a-note round, where correct answers fetch $ 10,000 to $ 25,000 each. Now I know the drill – if the clue says it enough for you, boldly offer to “name that melody in one note”. But man, some of those clues were large-format street maps that led straight to the song titles. (“That tune made Maverick gasp”!) There was little drama when someone dared hear a single note.
I was wondering how many notes were used in the classic name That Tune to be bid. Nobody seemed to start higher than seven here when it seems up to ten can be played for you. (Maybe players are just being urged to hurry.) Do any other Olds remember?
The player with the most bid-a-note wins goes to the Golden Medley round, where they have 30 seconds to name seven tunes for $ 10,000 each. If he gets them all, the price will be rounded up to $ 100,000. This is the round that really separates the players from the posers, using only your encyclopedic musical knowledge. Add in that some of the arrangements could knock you a bit off (so much synth!), And it’s pretty exciting to see someone lead the board – for her and of course Jane.
What do you think of the new name That Tune? Or are you just glad Ken Jeong isn’t hosting?