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Pac-Man reality TV show in the works



pacman.jpgPac-Man as a reality TV show? It's an idea so profanely stupid that it has to be true. Hollywood, it seems, has become the shock jocks of the 21st century, concocting atrocity after atrocity until we squeal for mercy.

According to, Merv Griffin Entertainment has teamed with game maker Namco Bandai Games America, which owns the Pac-Man brand, to develop an unscripted series based on the video game.

The Pac-Man show is envisioned as a "big, crazy Wipeout-type event with a lot of energy," said Merv Griffin's president of TV Roy Bank. "The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man is and bring it to life, to bring what is essentially the world's biggest game of tag to television."

In other words, Bank has never played a game of Pac-Man in his life.

Pac-Man has been on TV before; anyone remember the Saturday morning cartoon in the early '80s? Hanna-Barbera produced it beginning in 1982. In 1984, it joined the Rubik, The Amazing Cube Hour. Yeah, it was as bad as it sounds.

Because Pac-Man celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, I suppose it made an obvious target for TV. But a reality show? I wouldn't sweat it. This has all the marks of a trial balloon. And this sucker is going to pop long before it sees the light of day.


[Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 6:12am]


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