According to Chris Jericho’s Twitter account (which I read this morning as I set up Twitter on my new BlackBerry, the latest since one was stolen and one went haywire), the six-time world champ and nine-time Intercontinental champion, the lead singer of Fozzy and media gadfly to a level that would make Mo Rocca blush is set to host a new game show on ABC called “Downfall.” Here’s a link to the show’s page on ABC’s Web site (http://abc.go.com/shows/downfall), and here’s a short description:
In the six episode, one-hour weekly series, the addictive, action-packed Downfall will be played atop the roof of a Downtown Los Angeles high-rise, where contestants will try to quickly answer a series of trivia questions against the clock in seven rounds. Fabricated facsimiles of all prizes will be placed on the largest conveyor belt ever seen on TV with a pile of cash at the end ranging from $5,000 to $1 million. In each round, players will try to answer all the questions before their prizes and cash go over the edge, off the roof, and sent crashing 100 feet to the street below. If the cash goes over the side of the building, then the game is over and that player is eliminated.
Blah blah blah. The show will feature lifelines a la “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” and even family members can be placed on this conveyor belt; if Grandma can’t help Sonny answer the question, that bitch better hope she’s a stunt granny, ’cause she’s going over the edge! Anyway, that’s pretty damn cool for Jericho, getting a few weeks of network exposure; he’s a natural for this job and could even be really hate-able and mean to the contestants to keep up his WWE heelish nature. So set aside six episodes’ worth of viewing time before the show gets canceled. -Eric