Whether it's because of the possible Hollywood writers' strike, the success of "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?" or something else, this television season is beginning to look like the Year of the Primetime Game Show. At the head of the trend is now-legendary reality producer Mark Burnett, but he's not the only one with game shows on the brain. Here's a sampling of the other game shows coming soon to a tube near you:
- "Jingles" — The latest Burnett show to be announced, this series will challenge teams of players to write jingles for products. (Advertisers must be thrilled!) CBS has ordered eight episodes of "Jingles," and viewers will vote each week for which team's jingle should be in a real ad and which should get its writers sent home.
- "Nothing But the Truth" — This Fox series, based on a wildly popular Colombian game show, will hook up contestants to a lie detector and make them answer questions about their lives. People who answer all 21 questions honestly will win $500,000, but they may also have to admit ridiculously embarrassing things about themselves. Is it better to get caught lying about cheating on your husband — or be honest, take the money and run?
- "Amnesia" — Another Burnett show, this one tests contestants' memories of their own lives. OK, technically it's called "Amne$ia." Producers will talk to friends and family members of the contestant to research questions, then challenge the reliability of their memories of key people, places and things.
- "My Dad is Better Than Your Dad" — Burnett's third new series is exactly what it sounds like: dads competing in a series of challenges, driven by what Burnett calls "the universally relatable concept of bragging that your dad is the best." So far, it sounds vaguely like a higher-stakes version of "Double Dare."
So, here's my question: Are there enough game show fans out there to support all these series?